Throughout his 20-year career in hair, makeup, and photography, Robert Govero has instructed stylists as an educator for Vidal Sassoon and Aveda and styled models for print and television. Now at the helm of Robert Govero for HAIR, the seasoned pro leads his own team of hair and nail experts. Stylists modify manes with cuts for the family and texturizing treatments that range from perms to Brazilian blowouts. They also imbue strands with color by L’Oréal and INOA, which uses an oil-based formula to hydrate hair as it deposits odorless, ammonia-free pigment. Meanwhile, nail treatments can strengthen fingers with shellac polish, acrylic tips, or tiny chain-mail vests.
At Preston Salon Spa, namesake founder Steven Preston and his congenial staff of stylists cure drab tresses with comprehensive salon and spa services. Coifs ranging from trendy to traditional materialize as staffers curtail overflowing tendrils and cure styles with a blow dryer. Aveda treatments launch a multi-pronged attack on noggin maladies, detoxifying scalps and nourishing thirsty strands to produce hair softer and healthier than a nutritionist's grocery list embroidered on silk. In addition to tending to hair on the head, professionals can also uproot fuzzy outliers from lips and brows or subtly highlight natural beauty with a dusting of makeup.
A commitment to using natural products, such as vegan nail polish, guides the staff at Serene Scene Morning Spa as they unfurl services by appointment 24 hours a day. The natural essential oils used in the spa manicure and other treatments fill the air with aromatherapy scents and zero airborne chemicals. Dessert-themed services such as the Cupcake pedicure or the foot spa Sundae paint appendages candy colors to match the pastel walls of the spa's private rooms.
As soon as you enter Beauty Boutique Nail Bar and Organic Cosmetics, you feel like you've walked into the nail-salon version of wonderland. Live plants, trickling fountains, and hanging lanterns decorate the waiting area, creating a soothing ambiance before the pampering even begins. Customers step up onto pedicure thrones, luxe nailhead-trim chairs set apart from the rest of the salon with twinkle-light-wrapped birch branches and lace curtains. In addition to mani-pedis, the staff continues the ultra-relaxing theme with wine-focused facials—the Merlot, for instance, is a moisturizing and hydrating treatment that protects skin from sun damage and free radicals.
Jessi Rekart has been charging for her salon services since she was a child; at age 10, she often styled her mother’s hair for $5 per session. Now, with 10 years of experience under her belt, she specializes in color treatments and cutting curly hair. Tired of taming her own curly mop with straighteners and sandwich presses, she trained in New York to become a certified DevaCurl care consultant. Using what she’s learned, she designs flattering hairdos for curly-haired customers and shares wave-taming techniques during styling lessons.
Hope Lawyer administers her own brand of lavish care. The manicurist takes to the fingers and toes with zeal, flushing out dirt particles, shaping the nails into uniform crests, and dressing them with coats of colorful polish while clients relax in the comfort of a private space and apologize to each toe for calling them piggies. Hope adds purposeful flourishes, such as honey foot scrubs and soothing hot-towel wraps, to embellish her nourishing treatments.