Sassy and inspirational quotes—such as "If you are confident, you are beautiful"—adorn the pink hallways and individual rooms of Fetish Beaute Boutique. These messages lend to the fun and welcoming atmosphere the staff works to create. The collection of tanning beds and sunless-tanning options darken skin tones, and a menu of waxing services readies bodies for the beach or competitive slip 'n' slide records. Makeup artists not only beautify faces for special events, they also teach lessons in proper application and color selection. Elsewhere in the shop, shelves teem with lotions and balms to enhance the tanning experience, as well watches, jewelry, and other girly accessories.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. A. Miller Alonso brings more than 25 years of experience to his practice, two decades of which was spent as chief of plastic surgery at St. Agnes Hospital and Harbor Hospital. He specializes in cosmetic treatments such as face lifts, tummy tucks, and thigh lifts, in which he deftly hones curves, tightens sagging skin, and transforms dimpled surfaces into smooth laminate countertops. When he's not whittling figures at Creative, Dr. Alonso is traversing the globe organizing surgical missions and teaching surgeons how to perform techniques of his own invention.
Salon owner and NIC nail technician Katinna Hill never considers her job to be done. She enjoys watching her clients leave Pampered & Polished beaming with pride while toting gleaming nails, but she also continues to fine-tune her techniques through educational classes and workshops. Though trained by Young Nails, OPI, and Creative Nail Design at times throughout her more than 20-year career, Katinna still seeks out the latest industry trends and the legendary nail guide penned by Mona Lisa's beautician.
Bottles of brightly colored nail polish find themselves in high demand at My Parlor, where the team of talented nail technicians uses them to cover fingers, toes, and love letters. The staff is also experienced in hair extensions that give lackluster locks new length and body.
Narcissus Salon's practiced stylists, all of whom are Redken and Paul Mitchell Master Specialists, strive to personalize each client's mane makeover, taking into account hair texture, facial structure, growth patterns, appearance, and lifestyle. A consultation helps formulate desirable 'dos before a conditioning treatment infuses heads with more moisture than a rain cloud after a sauna session. Staff members then dry and style tresses with a toasty blowout. Alternatively, clients can send scissors chasing after frayed ends in addition to the conditioning service. Otherwise, a cut and color treatment enliven locks with a new hue, which can be spread all over, streaked into partial highlights, or thrown onto hair in the style of Jackson Pollack to achieve a classic, arty look.
While working at other peoples' salons, Shelly Spann yearned for something of her own. "I wanted to get my name out there," she says. One day, while watching reality TV, Shelly was struck by an idea. All of the shows were "centered around women and hanging out together, so I thought, 'Oh my God, how awesome would it be if we did that?'" Shelly masterminded a business that beautifies brows on location at get-togethers as partygoers sip champagne and wine. "It takes a little bit of the edge off of waxing," she says with a laugh.
Now Shelly divides her hours between mobile services and time at her full-body-waxing headquarters. She uses Nufree Nudesse, a sugar-free wax alternative that removes hair with less pain, irritation, and grumbling from cranky candles. Clients can also request numbing creams to keep procedures even less uncomfortable.
Waxing and brow sculpting aren’t Shelly’s only specialties, though. The fully licensed aesthetician also beautifies her clients’ complexions with a selection of exfoliating and hydrating facials. Her treatments range from mini and teen versions of her signature facial to custom European facials that take their cues from individual skin types.