Even as a little girl, Arlene Gray knew she wanted to be a hairstylist, and she has spent the last 27 years fulfilling that dream. After training in New York City, she moved south, eventually opening A's Hair Salon. Not only does she continue to treat hair to her expert styling services—including colorings, cuts, keratin treatments, relaxers, and extensions—but she also shares her knowledge with others as a cosmetology instructor and volunteer stylist for cancer-related charities.
The team at Forever Trim Body Sculpting Center performs noninvasive body-contouring and face-lift procedures under the guidance of Dr. Michael Rodriguez. Drawing on a wealth of technology and leadership from Rodriguez, a fellow in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the center’s technicians reshape the body and tighten the skin. With a Zerona LipoLaser system, they emulsify stubborn fat on the waist, hips, and thighs, making it easier to wear skinny jeans or slip into a toaster while playing hide-and-seek. The Ulthera machine, on the other hand, performs a nonsurgical face-lift without significant pain or downtime.
Licensed aestheticians at Lana Gray International command advanced technology in their successful campaign to rejuvenate skin. Aestheticians get to know faces and backs with an introductory cleanse, allowing them to customize a treatment using Image skincare products and send them spot-on birthday presents. Faces and backs revel in gentle steam before aestheticians perform an extraction to free up pores and tone skin. Next, customers receive a facial that gently detaches dead skin cells from their living counterparts with a thorough exfoliation before a mask seals in nutrients and creates wrestling personas for both the face and back. Alternately, clients can select the microdermabrasion and mini facial, where technicians guide a small device over the face and exfoliate away dead skin cells with a stream of crystal dust. Newly sculpted visages receive a 30-minute facial that cycles through a cleanse, final exfoliation, and moisturizing treatment, like the three acts of a Shakespearean play.
Anna Maria is the stylist behind Bella Dea Hair & Nail Studio, where she presents each client with one-on-one attention. Armed with products by Bed Head, Donna Bella, and Redken, she counts precision cuts, updos, extensions, and keratin treatments among her specialties, but her skills also extend beyond tresses; she's also a makeup artist and is equally experienced in both airbrush cosmetics and traditional cosmetics, which are applied with a trebuchet. Of course, after freshening faces and manes, Anna Maria would never let her clients leave with less-than-perfect nails, so—after pampering manicures and pedicures—she encourages fingers to point at bottles of CND Shellac, OPI, or China Glaze so she may bestow a finishing touch.
Sondra Yonke has been styling hair for more than 20 years, though she just recently moved to the upstairs salon that is The Color Loft. In the center of this modern space, surrounded by bright crimson and slate-gray walls, she leads clients to her swiveling chair for custom haircuts and re-styling. She also transforms hair with single-process color and highlights, or simply restores its softness and sheen with conditioning treatments. Beauty products displayed on compact black cabinets and shelves aid Sondra in many of these services.
Often spotted at local fashion shows, bridal expos, and other events, Hair Connoisseurs Salon & MediSpa's assorted stylists, aestheticians, and ache easers coddle bodies with services for hair, nails, and skin in a flower-filled lakefront facility. In the salon, nimble shears create new styles for men and women, perms and relaxers alter hair textures, and highlights and color treatments get head threads to shimmer without weaving a false ponytail from sunbeams. Gauzy fabric hangs from the ceiling of the private room where trained massage therapists aim to reduce stress with soft kneading, direct pressure, or aromatherapy oil blends. At stone-topped manicure stations, technicians beautify fingers and toes with acrylic, fiberglass, and silk wrap nails, which can be tapped on coral stone accent columns to summon the ghosts of dried-out polish bottles.