To uphold its promise of delivering a New York–style salon experience, Bonne Vie Salon adopted many of its stylists from the city after they earned certifications from Vidal Sassoon and Frederic Fekkai. The salon's décor also suggests grandeur worthy of the Big Apple: a golden chandelier, sandy-colored columns, and a flood of natural light greet clients as they enter the 1,800-square-foot space.
The setting befits the salon's high-end services, which include trendy Japanese straightening treatments and a hot cutting method that uses scissors heated above 200 degrees to slice through hair without damaging the ends. Italian-made, naturally derived Davines products supplement each service, bathing locks in luxury so that clients don't have to don a top hat full of caviar.
Recently awarded Best of 2013 Winter Park by Orlando Magazine, the salon sits next to an expanse of reserved parking for clients, as well as restaurants, galleries, and museums. Many of Bonne Vie's hairdressers speak two or even three languages, transforming styling sessions into learning experiences for clients who want to brush up on their wookiee snarls.
A licensed nail technician applies nail knowledge experience alongside countless tricks to keep clients' faces and nails looking their best. This expertise is implemented in services ranging from eyelash extensions and body wraps to acrylic-nail applications and traditional mani-pedis. OPI gel and CND Shellac polishes give fingers and toes a long-lasting pop of color, whereas eyebrow shaping allows for more dramatic eyebrow raises after seeing a friend's pencil shaving collection.
Impressionist paintings line the walls of Alkemy Skincare, adding to the quiet, serene spa environment that surrounds owner Teresa Gomez and her staff as they cleanse complexions and sleeken curves. Teresa calls on her degree in Natural Health and Paramedical Skincare to refine visages through facials that use organic Dr. Hauschka products, reduce cellulite with subdermal heating and ultrasound, and remove hair from bodies and sweltering fur coats with laser technology.
The myriad scents of flowers and fruits inside Una Donna Piú might convince visitors that they're wandering through one of the spa's Mediterranean locations. Just as they do in Rome, Paris, Madrid, and Caracas, available treatments draw from nature's alluring fragrances and vitamins, utilizing European products to award guests a hiatus from stress.
Hair artists—whose complimentary consultations and customized cuts helped the salon earn the 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Hair Service in Orlando Style magazine—clip away and recolor hair at their stations. During texture treatments, they can enhance volume or work fruit-based straighteners through curly hair that refuse to relax after wearing a propeller beanie upside down. Nail treatments address cuticle care and beyond with seasonal services, such as a papaya-honey mask, exfoliating scrubs, and aromatherapy massage. Warm sips of "Erbe de Frutti" tea lull the senses following facial or waxing appointments, and makeup applications serve to accent features.
Although a wide range of services are offered at Bonjour Day Spa & Nail Salon, they all fall under the same umbrella: relaxation. Bonjour's professional aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists hold that umbrella with unwavering dedication. They knead away aches and pains with various types of massage, including Shiatsu and stone—a method that utilizes heated or chilled rocks depending on your needs and whether or not you have a nest full of bird eggs strapped to your back for safekeeping. The beauty experts also keep appearances fresh with facials, mani-pedis, and hair removal services, and bundle treatments into spa packages for individuals or parties.
Without an ounce of help from the sun, staffers at The Glo Studio turn pallid bodies into golden temples. A solution concocted from 100% organic DHA and 95% all-natural ingredients imbues skin with sun-kissed color, leaving youthful tissues untouched by UV rays or sentient beach castles. In around 15 minutes, an airbrush artisan cloaks clients in a custom tanning blend, transforming human pelts with a choice of natural-looking light, medium, or dark hues.