Never one to settle for the stagnant beauty services of yore, technician ThuLan has travelled across the country to learn new treatments and proudly add them to her service menu. She imparts her knowledge of nail and eyelash care to clients from her nail station. To enhance mani-pedi services, ThuLan enlists the aid of such relaxing treatments as a hydrating paraffin wax, exfoliating green-tea mask, and hot-stone massage for the forearms and lower legs. She then decorates fingernails with a natural-looking silk wraps or a protective layer of shellac or organic SNS gel polish. And to personalize each pedicure service, ThuLan encourages clients to dip their toes into a pedicure chair's built-in whirlpool, which she fills with aromatic lavender salts and handwritten love notes. For faces, she provides waxing services and applies eyelash extensions, a trade in which she became certified after completing 200 hours of practice.
Flower arrangements and chic furniture decorate the interior of ThuLan Nail Retreat, hinting at its staff's passion for beauty. The pampering experts transfer that passion into spa treatments that leave clients looking and feeling their best. Nail services range from manicures and pedicures with hot-stone massages to organic gel nails. Eyelash and brow tinting, eyelash extensions, and permanent makeup also beautify guests.
Binda Neupane, GBS Browz's founder, hails from Nepal by way of South Carolina. In her homeland, she was inspired to learn the art of threading for hair removal after being exposed to the tradition in a hair salon. In Nepal, the tradition gets passed down directly from generation to generation, like the American tradition of not really knowing whether Alexander Hamilton was a president. Binda took up the trade with enthusiasm, and after learning it from masters and practicing it herself for many years, she opened up GBS Browz. Though the salon's name hints at its brow-shaping specialty, Binda can also render henna body art and improve complexions during facials. For the latter, she might incorporate fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, or herbs.
Located inside Sun-Rayz Tanning, Derick Steven Hair Studio offers haircuts for men, women, and kids. The savvy stylists also update tresses with partial or full highlights as well as perms. Special occasions get an extra dose of glamour after the stylists create special looks such as braided updos with buns or cascading curls.
Valerie Pellegrino’s skills as an aesthetician and makeup artist work well together when revamping clients’ visages. Customized facials zone in on gently combating everything from stubborn pimples to excess oil to dry and flaky skin. Once problematic skin is vanquished, Valerie paints blank canvases with airbrush makeup and fake eyelashes long enough to braid.
At Newtown MediSpa, Dr. David Hendricks and his staff do all they can to keep skin looking healthy. They refresh it with beauty injections such as Botox and Juverderm, revamp it with facials and chemical peels, and streamline it with laser hair removal or waxing. In addition to skin-focused med-spa treatments, they offer traditional spa services such as Swedish massages and the Swedish massage's rival, the Norwegian back scratch.