Along with her partner, Arturo Diaz, Paola Salamanca decided to open Studio Spa Garden of Healing in 2009, located in a renovated two-story cottage lit by ample windows. The spa—winner of MyCityBeauty magazine's Best Spa in Orlando award—represents a tripartite marriage of Paola's interests in television and film, her family's work in the beauty industry, and Arturo's career in acupuncture and natural medicine.
This harmony among diverse elements becomes apparent as soon as one walks in the spa’s front door and encounters, amid shades of pale lilac, Arturo crafting herbal remedies or redirecting energy pathways with acupuncture. Not far off, beyond a skin bar stocked with Dermalogica products, guests sip sangria or herbal tea in a dimmed relaxation room as they await appointments for facials or a variety of massages, including deep tissue, Thai massage, and "tui na," a Chinese therapeutic massage.
Having traveled abroad to locales such as Spain, Colombia, and India, the spa’s staff boasts knowledge of basic skincare techniques as well as advanced or alternative methods such as vacuum therapy and fire cupping. For her part, Paola works with actors and models and often travels on-set to share her wisdom—a fact that may explain her penchant for adding a dramatic musical score to each of her treatments back at the spa.
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.
Ever since muscles began rebelling against their owners in the late ?90s, Natalie Scoville has made it her mission to massage them into submission. As a world-traveled licensed therapist and member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Natalie is trained in a slew of techniques ranging from flowing Swedish strokes and prenatal techniques to integrated therapeutic bodywork.
The expert stylists of Zaphire Hair Salon customize haircuts to suit facial features and each guest's fashion sensibilities. They trim the locks of both men and women, adding depth with highlights or hydrating locks with a deep-conditioning treatment they customize to suit individual hair needs.
Beauti-Call provides plush looks with maximum convenience. With practiced precision, Beauti-Call uses a water-resistant adhesive to bond individual eyelash extensions to natural lashes and create semipermanent, voluminous effects. The faux- or cruelty-free real-mink strands can be customized to suit facial features by tweaking curl, length, thickness, and coy blinkability. After initial applications, the specialists can return for touchups whenever they're needed.
The company's experts also perfect smiles with in-office teeth-whitening treatments. An LED-activated solution evicts stains caused by tea, soda, and coffee, revealing pearly whites up to 12 shades lighter. The teeth whitening service takes approximately one hour to complete.
Brandi Snyder has spent much of her life around cameras, splitting her time as a model and photographer. At Lashes by Lavish, she helps others get camera ready by thickening and lengthening their natural eyelashes with realistic NovaLash extensions. Brandi carefully bonds individual lashes to a synthetic or mink extension with a waterproof adhesive. These lashes are shower safe and won’t fall out during cathartic fits of weeping. In fact, they’ll only fall out when the natural lash sheds, which happens roughly every 60 to 90 days.