When you’ve been styling hair for more than 35 years, it can be easy to fall into a routine. That’s why Hairs 2 U owner and master stylist Toni Staskus continues to attend classes and hair shows whenever she can, ensuring she stays up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques. Her commitment to education has led Toni to earn master hair-colorist certification from Wella, Clairol, and Redken, as well as certifications in hot-fusion hair extensions and KeraGreen organic hair straightening.
Inside the lavender-walled salon, pop-art paintings and magazine clippings inspire clients to request classic cuts or the modern, asymmetrical looks favored by most Picasso models. Beyond relaxing, texturizing, and perming tresses, Toni and her staff also weave in glitz in the form of feather, tinsel, or party-color extensions and can lend their coloring expertise to tint eyelashes or freshly shaped brows.
For co-owners Catherine Imbesi and Arlene Webber, Salon Ciseaux hasn’t just been a place to use their talents as master stylists: it’s also a place to share their passions with others. For Imbesi, that means showing off her strong work ethic, one she formed when opening her own salon and simultaneously finishing her college degree. Webber, on the other hand, uses her global experiences and people skills to make the salon a welcoming space for clients of different cultures. Together, the curly-haired owners tame tendrils in their certified Ouidad curly-hair-specialist salon and helm a team of stylists who craft new hairdos, remove unwanted hair, and meticulously groom nails. The duo has also shown off their hair skills on the runway, having been handpicked by designer Juan Carlos Obando to style his model’s hair during New York Fashion Week in 2008.
The licensed massage therapist at Studio V Salon & Spa administers therapeutic and deep de-stressing massages to clients' tensed muscles, working alongside a brigade of ace stylists, nail technicians, and medical practitioners that beautifies and pampers patients with spa and salon services. The registered nurse practitioner wields lasers to perform hair removal, photofacials, and skin resurfacing, and Sjolie personalized spray tans coat skin in botanically extracted ingredients free of preservatives. Elsewhere, manicures and pedicures reshape nails, keratin and styling sessions soften and sculpt tresses, and a pumpkin facial coats epidermises in a pumpkin-enzyme scrub that briefly transforms noses into elegant carriages.
The experienced wax technicians at Divine Wax & Skin believe that a Brazilian wax should evoke minimal discomfort and take no more than 10 minutes. It starts with the wax. Not trusting domestic strip waxes that can pull the skin, the staff members use professional-grade hard wax from Belgium, which is designed to grip each hair shaft without sticking to the skin. They apply the wax with fresh new sticks each time and never reuse material—like a good comedian or a terrible schoolteacher. The technicians also educate clients on care and maintenance to help skin stay smooth for up to three weeks. Apart from its signature waxes, the staff glamorizes bodies with Norvell airbrush tans and dresses up down-unders with vajazzling services.
Corpus Waxing Center's owner, Dea Prieto, hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and calls upon her beachy experiences there to perform the center's specialty—Brazilian bikini waxes. Prieto has been perfecting her technique since 1998 and continues to train in the latest hair-removal methods, eschewing old-fashioned strategies such as reciting the works of Edgar Allan Poe until hair sulks away naturally. Swift gloved hands remove wax-bound hair from any area of the body using medically sterilized equipment and fresh batches of a hard, green wax for each treatment. Vajazzling services are also available, employing authentic Swarovski crystals to make skin glint like a freshly polished light bulb.
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.