From custom-formulated skin care to a hairstyling tool that costs as much as a pair of designer shoes, the luxury sector of the beauty world continues to grow. When only the very best will do, these ultra-elite offerings are sure to hit the mark.
Service: A Slice of Hair Heaven
In New York’s Flatiron district lies a private enclave known as Ashley Javier Parlor. For years, the space was by invitation-only, serving hairstylist Ashley Javier’s notable clientele—New York society, top models, fashion industry executives and celebrities. But since opening his doors to the public, Javier hasn’t looked back. “I like to test my work on all different people,” he says. Just because you can get an appointment (they are only available 10 days of each month) doesn’t mean you’ll get to relish in Javier’s talents. “I want to know what a client wants but not all women know what they want or that the style they want won’t work for them, and I let them know,” he says. “I’m about the perfect length (blunt, right above the collar and never longer than the bra) and shape.” And, his justification for his pricey three-hour Prive Session, which includes a cut, color, highlights, keratin treatment (if needed) and styling? “I don’t want my clients to be a slave to their hair. My goal is to do something different and anyone who has had the experience can attest to that.”
Program: Problem-Solution Skin Care
The Haute Couture Program from Biologique Recherche took years to bring to fruition. Dr. Philippe Allouche, head of creation, Biologique Recherche, says the made-to-measure products are an extension of the brand’s problem-solution approach to improving skin. “We extended that scientific method to customized products.” A skin diagnosis measures hydration, sebum levels, elasticity and pigmentation. The data is compiled and a personalized plan is devised with creams and serums that will be used for six months. Allouche says the skin evolves due to genetic factors, hormonal variations and environmental changes. “The program adjusts with monthly skin assessments.” More than 60 actives are incorporated to target acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, loss of tone and dehydration, and deliver long-term results.
Retreat: The Ultimate Mind-Body-Soul Connection
She’s helped establish the healthy eating habits of Blake Lively, Sandra Bullock and Charlize Theron and this January, you can get in on a four-day retreat with celebrity nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella. The Rise Private Holistic Health Retreat will call a private Malibu, CA, estate the setting for the refuge, which promises to change the way women eat, strengthen their self-confidence and help them reconnect with who they are. “Bringing health, passion and purpose into alignment with healthy food creates a mind-body-soul connection,” she says. Pasquella designs a detoxifying and healing menu using local, organic food. Daily activities include healing massage, chakra balancing, shamanic journeys, meditation and yoga. No need to worry about maintaining your new sense of wholeness once the getaway is over. Pasquella will work with you (via video and phone conferences) to ensure the changes continue at home.
$25,000 per person, cynthiapasquella.com
Product: The Good Hair Investment
Celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh coifs the styles of Gisele Bündchen, Miranda Kerr and Rose Byrne. So it was natural for the hair virtuoso to launch his own line of styling tools. Josh recently debuted his Pro Tools 2000 Pro Dryer after searching for a high-end dryer that offered everything he needed: a true cold-shot air button and an on/off ion
function. “There were aspects of other dryers I admired, but I could never find one that had everything,” says Josh. “I always wanted to create my own line of tools that would make styling more efficient.” He says the blow-dryer blows air out at 80 miles per hour, for fast drying. “Just like how women spend money on their color and cut, they shouldn’t skimp on the tools that keep their style looking fabulous.”
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