Pure Serenity tailors its upscale beautifying services to the individual follicles, countenances, and skeleton outfits of each patron. Hair treatments reboot stalled head nests with the classic shampoo, cut, and style ($35 for women, $18 for men, $10+ for kids), and perms ($40+) and foils ($35+) add texture and color to strands that may otherwise be mistaken for a ream of office paper. Nail services include phalange-pampering manicures ($20+) and pedicures ($35+), and clients may augment their calcium-rich keratin tips with a full set of artificial nails ($40). Indulgent facials rejuvenate crumbling façades ($30 for 30 minutes, $50 for 60 minutes), and bikini ($25), full-leg ($45), and chin ($10) waxing keeps corporeal surfaces smoother than an ice rink tended to by a zamboni-driving Fabio.
Lipstik Beauty Lounge's stylists de-poof manes with the formaldehyde- and keratin-free ThermaFuse Amino Fusion Smoothing Treatment. A practiced hairdresser first consults with guests to outline the service before slathering hair fibers with an amino-fusion product rich with biocompatible amino acids that render strands shinier than a freshly laundered bowling ball. Post-treatment locks boast greater manageability, less frizz and volume, and a shorter dry time. Because ThermaFuse requires no curing period, patrons in pursuit of a different head-hue can color their hair the same day as their smoothing, or steep their feet in vats of food coloring for at least 72 hours.
At Metamorphose Salon, a style-savvy posse of beatifying beauticians pampers visitors from finger to toe with an array of spa services. During each mani-pedi, experienced digital stylists preen patron's extremities, doting for 45 minutes on the fingers and an hour on the toes, soaking, massaging, and moisturizing away stress and dry skin. Utilizing an artistic eye, nail technicians sculpt tips to the client's specification, rounding out points, squaring edges, or crafting tiny busts of Michelangelo. After relaxing hand and foot massages, detailers paint paws with OPI lacquers bright enough to make a rainbow blush, leaving skin soft, supple, and revitalized.
Nail artists at Holly's Nail Shop pamper and polish finger sheaths under the approving eyes of screen icons' portraits. Nail technicians begin each treatment with a buff, file, and cuticle inspection, carefully grooming each digit like a mathematician preparing his equations for their first public appearance. Solo pedicure options proceed with an exfoliating scrub, in which sea salt and aromatic scents help roughened heels slough off weathered skin. Digits dip into a warm vat of paraffin wax, which ensconces skin in a hydrating layer that helps hands retain moisture. A colorful layer of polish then slips over nails, accenting appendages' natural beauty without strapping mirrors onto knuckles at flattering angles.
When Christine Goodness opened the original Classical Concepts Salon & Spa in 1995, the 300-square-foot salon had just three styling stations. Today, though her business has expanded, she seeks to continue the connection with nature that inspired her to go into business in the first place. Her pair of Aveda concept salons was mentioned in Salon Today in an article on environmentally friendly beauty. ?Our salon was designed by a green architect and we have energy-efficient appliances and green building materials,? she told the magazine.
At both locations, Goodness's staff of stylists launches the happy purr of busy shears and the subtle fragrances of Aveda products. Inside private-treatment rooms, aestheticians spread layers of natural-plant waxes infused with essential oils to whisk away unwanted facial and body hair and apply soothing facials packed with botanical ingredients and minerals. To combat stress from posing as twin investment bankers, massage therapists ease muscle tension in clients with hot-stone, reflexology, and chakra-balancing massage techniques. After emerging from treatments designed to lull them into relaxation, clients browse the rows of Aveda products available to recreate treatments at home. Christine works among the potted bamboo and meditating statues, considering further eco-friendly measures and arranging free services for patients undergoing treatment at The Saratoga Radiation Oncology Center.
Ania Hair Studio & Spa's stylists fear no wave, corkscrew, or kink that comes their way. With their certification from Ouidad, a line of curl-centric products, and their trademarked curly-hair salon techniques, the only curl they don't tackle professionally comes with a roast-beef sandwich at Arby's. Their team is comprised of stylists of every skill level, from beginner to master artist, but they all work closely with their clients to find the cut or color that suits them best. In the spa department, aestheticians pamper skin with facials and waxing services, as well as eyelash extensions and mani-pedis. Massage therapists, alternatively, soothe muscles with various bodywork modalities, reiki, and herbal steam. The studio itself features a modern, urban aesthetic, with a corrugated-metal ceiling hovering over painted exposed vents and track lighting. Yet wood accents, granite floor tiles, winsome yellow orb lighting, and a smattering of plants lend the space an eclectic, decorative vibe. You'll also discover wicker chairs padded with brown leather cushions—even individual items cull their aesthetic influences from disparate yet complementary sources, like a basketball arena outfitted with a slip 'n' slide for players to cool off after each dunk.