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.
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.
Inside modern pink, black, and white treatment rooms, trained technicians uproot unwanted fuzz from areas including brows, backs, legs, and bikini zones, freeing patrons from the monotony of shaving or belittling hair until it leaves. After offering guests complimentary cups of coffee or tea, aestheticians can also add oomph to lashes with tinting or extension treatments, and professional makeup applications send guests back into the world sporting flawless and refined complexions.
As a medical aesthetician and owner of Studio Skin Deep, Yasmin Beeck understands the role one's skin condition plays in the grand scheme of their overall health. She takes skincare seriously, as she believes that a troubled complexion can signal underlying internal imbalances in need of professional treatment. To combat these effects, Yasmin rejuvenates skin with customized facials, peels, and microdermabrasion sessions. She also strips away unwanted hair with waxing, and pumps up lashes with eyelash extensions, which make twinkling noises any time you flutter them at a prospective beau. Throughout all her treatments, she emphasizes educating her clients, keeping them informed on the best way to maintain their beauty inside and out.
Experienced makeup artist and lash extender Carina Brooks King helms Beauty by Carina, where the licensed-and-insured specialist offers a variety of beauty services. She offers her own line of eyelash extensions, which she applies onsite at clients’ homes. She also offers makeup services, waxing, eyebrow shaping, and nailcare and art.