Catherine Martin of European Esthetics packs 30 years of experience and ample know-how gleaned while attaining a degree in nutrition into each treatment performed. Studying in France, Catherine learned how to unite pure medical-grade ingredients with USDA-certified organic products when pampering clients with facials. All services are designed to eschew inflammation and accommodate even the most sensitive epidermises. Microdermabrasion facials and light therapy are the star players on European Esthetics' treatment roster.
Sisters Sarahy Masis and Rossy Murillo had to share things their entire lives, and it's their shared passion for beauty that led them to open their own hair salon. Sarahy simply loves styling, cutting, and coloring hair, and is dedicated to staying ahead of ever-changing hair trends and technologies. Rossy boasts a dynamic sense of style and the ability to work with all hair types, even impenetrable Kryptonian tresses.Together, they make their chic downtown salon a destination for new, personalized styles. Plush, angular couches match the modern aesthetic of boxy salon chairs facing tall rectangular mirrors. Shades of sea-foam green create a relaxing setting for the sisters to perform colors, cuts, extensions, and keratin treatments, along with nail and spa services.
Beatriz Hernandez is a fully accredited master nail technician with more than 20 years of experience. As head instructor and founder of Institute of Nail Artistry, she draws on this experience daily to mentor the next generation of technicians in services ranging from color acrylics and fill-ins to free-hand nail art. Guests are always welcome to stop into Beatriz’s nail clinic for these treatments or request one of the school’s signature mani-pedis with OPI or Essie color polish.
Jennifer K. Spears, the owner of The African Violet brings her experience in spa and massage therapy to each client she treats. Each formula in her arsenal—from scrubs to masks and wraps—is created by Jennifer from scratch with ingredients such as honey, essential oils, or products with antioxidants. Before each treatment, she takes the time to get to know each client's comfort levels, aiming to create a relaxing experience. The African Violet also customizes Swedish, deep-tissue, and ayurvedic massages for each client after a brief consultation.
Perhaps it was the warm, friendly service. Or maybe it was the use of skincare products by Aveda. No matter the catalyst, the fact remains that Day Spa 12 West Stone has flourished into a full-fledged spa since starting as a modest salon in 1980. Today, visitors can get pampered and hide from peeping feds for a whole day, enjoying a massage in a softly lit aromatherapy room and relishing a salt glow treatment or a mani-pedi before lunch. When owner Carol McAlister takes a break from soothing her clients into states of bliss, she pours time into her second passion, no-kill animal shelter H.A.R.P.