Skin Deep: Jolie Laide
Skin care will soon be taking center stage at Jolie Laide.
Since opening two-and-a-half years ago, the salon and spa's focus has been more on hair design. The large space opens with mismatched upholstered sofas arranged on a half-circle of leopard-print carpeting and, in the back, six or so stylists' chairs face giant mirrors. A pink-and-black color scheme and chandeliers complete the boutique look.
The focus has also been on giving clients a tailored experience, so most appointments are preceded by a consultation and stylists know their customers' preferences intimately, owner Jillian Brice said. All staffers are first trained in-house for 18 months.
"A lot of times, our appointment times are longer than anyone's that I know of," Brice said. "We're going to build a relationship."
This personal effort will extend to Jolie Laide's spa menu, which is expanding starting next month.
Joining the existing skin-care lineup will be a mineral salt scrub, mud wrap and thermal recovery treatment designed to both relieve stress and do a body good.
"I'm really excited," said Daisy Mangino, one of Jolie Laide's two estheticians. "We're also going to be customizing our facials - you'd come in for a consultation, and we'd decide what your skin needs."
Jolie Laide's original spa lineup will remain, including waxings, a purifying back treatment and a variety of facials, one focused completely on the eyes.
Those Lying Eyes is the spa's speediest service - at 20 minutes, it gives clients a moment to relax while a combination of lotion, chilled tea bags and an oatmeal cream are layered over the eyes to firm and smooth the skin.
That might sound as girly as putting cucumber slices over your eyes, but Jolie Laide has a lineup of services tailored for male clients, including manicures, pedicures and a Gentleman's Facial that treats irritation.
"We do a lot of skin [treatments] on guys, a lot, just because of shaving and everything," Brice said. "And they notice a huge difference right away, because usually they're not using nice products to begin with."
757 S. High St., Brewery District