Plastic surgeon Joseph Russo has spent the last 20 years adjusting bodies to erase the appearance of age with skills picked up during training at Harvard University. He currently directs the beauty-oriented crew at Laser Gentle Medical Spa, which employs laser and skincare treatments to refashion complexions and contours. Lasers zap unwanted hair, veins, and age spots in painless treatments, and facials and peels target façades to cleanse pores and adjust oil balances. I-Lipo treatments affect change from the inside out by penetrating the skin with low-level lasers to admonish fat cells and smooth cellulite.
At Atir Natural Nail & Skin Care Spa, manicures aren’t meant to be a simple indulgence. Instead, the staff focuses on the belief that beautiful nails are healthy nails, combining the usual services of trimming cuticles and applying polish with added attention to maintaining hands’ natural wellness. They moisturize the skin, remedy cracked cuticles, and soften calluses, restoring the damage caused by constantly walking on your hands to avoid waking the downstairs neighbors.
Working exclusively with natural nails—no acrylics here—Atir’s technicians cover four bases: hydration, maintenance, protection, and polish. Since each client’s nails are different, each manicure begins with an in-depth consultation, after which may prescribe everything from a moisturizing dip in paraffin to a hand treatment that fights signs of aging or abuse from gardening, beanstalk-climbing, or other repetitive hands-on jobs. Pedicures are just as in-depth, incorporating six types of botanical pedicures infused with such fruits as pomegranate and blood orange, and services such as heated foot wraps and massages help sap tension from well-traveled soles. Beyond natural skin care, the spa also soothes the skin with natural treatments, including chemical peels and waxing.
Licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Christine’s Day Spa know how to pamper their clients, but the spa’s service list reflects a greater goal: with 15 facials and peels, the staff has a far-reaching slate of aesthetic treatments with which it dedicates itself to vivifying its clientele's complexions. Their botanical extracts and cosmeceutical products help to boost collagen and minimize fine lines, slowing signs of aging without having to slather faces with molasses.
Massage therapists administer Hawaiian, reiki, and traditional European massages to relax muscles, and Christine’s Day Spa's UV and sunless tanning helps to burnish bodies with golden glows. An array of nail services exfoliate, moisturize, and polish fingers and toes. The spa is open after hours every weekday, and its interior unites floral arrangements with vivid orange and red sponge-painted walls for a warm ambiance.
Master stylists Wendy and Sue combine more than four decades of experience and multiple certifications to beautify clients. And though they’ve studied extensively in the chemistry of hair—both have trained with Paul Mitchell and Joico—it’s the chemistry they share with their clients they care about most. They aim to transcend the “assembly-line” feel of chain salons, instead focusing on intimate, one-on-one service. Before any cut, color, or texturizing treatment, they make thorough consultations with the client. The stylists use professional products by Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Joico, which are known for nutrient-rich ingredients and lack of Silly Putty.
It calls itself a salon, but the extensive service menu at The Salon at 142 encompasses not only hair care, nail care, and makeup, but also facials and waxing treatments worthy of a "spa" title. Along the glossy hardwood floor, a sunlit row of photosynthesizing salon chairs and mirrors stripes the airy interior, which is manned by an experienced staff. Even toddlers are welcome at the styling stations as the team has experience styling the coifs of entire families. Sepia-toned photographs of flowers nestle into frames, lining the walls of a private treatment room where hot towels, paraffin wax, hydroxy acids, and specialty serums coddle faces, hands, and feet.
The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.