Hairdressing runs in his blood. As a third-generation stylist, Jeff—the owner and director of Gemmette Hair Studios—not only loved hair from a young age but acted on his passion and began working in the industry at the age of 15. He then went on to attend the Vidal Sassoon school in London before garnering enough skills to become a color specialist and educator for Paul Mitchell. Now Jeff shares his endless love for hair not only with his clients but with his team of stylists at both Gemmette Hair Studio locations. Under Jeff's tutelage, each stylist much complete the salon's training program before working their way through the ranks of junior, senior, and designer stylist. And, even after all that training, the group still shows offs their hunger to learn by mastering the latest hair trends and techniques through continuing-education courses.
Along with precision cuts for adults and kids, Japanese hair-straightening treatments, and corrective coloring, Gemmette's crew is skilled in eyelash extensions and makeup applications. Hair can also be restored with the salon's reviving blow-dry treatments, which help brighten locks, protect against breakage with argan- and olive-oil-infused products, and boost volume.
Though the focus in each Gemmette Hair Studio is the client, the owner did not skimp on decor. Both locations offer elegance—one with baroque decor and the other inspired by zen—as well as fully stocked color bars boasting every shade of the rainbow, including pot of gold.
Salon owner Nubia Suarez relies on 35 years of professional salon experience as she oversees the beautifying treatments Utopia Salon and Day Spa administers. Her staff members, who each specialize in the individual realms of hair, nails, waxing, and massage treatments, work to soothe and groom their patrons' exteriors using a combination of Dermalogica skincare products and pampering add-ons. Utopia Salon and Day Spa sports an antique-chic interior, ensconcing visitors in a waiting area with hardwood floors, overstuffed armchairs, and an oriental rug. Like Fabio's speech patterns, the expansive space is unified by wooden accents and soft hues.
On the Side Day Spa pampers its clients with natural products and holistic spa and nail services in a peaceful, serene environment. Masterful muscle-workers revive worn-out bodies during a one-hour mojito hot-towel massage. The experienced, licensed therapists gently stretch overtaxed muscles and joints to relieve pain in trouble spots before mummifying clients in minty-lime-scented towels. Tired, achy lower limbs can opt for a rejuvenating foot treatment and pedicure. A trained nail tech sloughs off dry skin with a brown-sugar-coconut scrub, slathers on a pineapple-papaya mask, and finishes with a coconut-pineapple massage. After a hot-towel wrap, lazy legs will be energized and ready to take on another day of work carrying their owner. Polished piggies can step out confidently in flip-flops to show off bright coats of chartreuse tangerine or vermillion pink.
Maria De Santis, permanent-makeup specialist and founder of A Face Forever Permanent Cosmetics, seizes every opportunity to further her knowledge in the field of micropigmentation. Though she currently holds 15 advanced industry certifications, she continues to enroll in education programs and study emerging procedures. She imbues lips with rosy color, touches up eyebrows with hair-like brushstrokes, and reconstructs features that have undergone damage from surgery or injury. Because of her extensive knowledge, warm bedside manner, and ability to stay inside the lines of coloring books while blindfolded, local doctors, including Mitchell Chasin, Mark Granick, Suzanne Offen, Andrea Strauss, and Duncan Burnett refer their patients to Maria.
The popularity of Viva Glam Salon's beauty treatments among brides led to it earning a spot on the Knot's 2012 Best of Weddings list. Regular clients can benefit from the stylists' experience and attention to detail during ammonia-free color treatments and formaldehyde-free Brazilian blowouts. Styling services can replicate glamorous looks from different eras: stylists perform traditional updos, vintage finger waves, and modern braids and fishtails. In the makeup chair, stylists perfect complexions with traditional and airbrush applications, ensuring clients look their best before a driver's license photo or cheekbone-modeling session.