Like any good teacher, style director and salon owner Shelley Hutchinson believes you are never done learning. Her 14 years as a cosmetologist have led her to oversee a staff of hairstylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists, all of whom continue to hone their skills through educational seminars. As they absorb new techniques, they graduate on a track from apprentice to senior stylist, having chosen a major in either scissor biology or beehive keeping. Shelley herself attends international trade shows to keep up with the world's aesthetic tastes, adapting her knowledge of cuts and colors to make the most of the salon's partnership with Goldwell.
Inside Shelley's beautification venue, sunlight illuminates fixtures inspired by the natural world. Potted trees, floral arrangements, and bamboo window shades complement the earth-toned walls of private spa and public styling areas. The services also draw from nature: guests can warm their feet during the Tranquil Earth pedicure featuring hot rocks, or they can nourish their features with an enzyme peel's pineapple and papaya extracts.
Makeup artist and paramedical aesthetician Jessica Lafata enhances the gleam of smiles and smirks with microdermabrasion treatments that use the DiamondTome skin-resurfacing system. Clinicians wielding diamond-tipped wands go to work removing the top layer of facial skin where dead cells and cryogenically frozen ingrown hairs reside. The wands creep in closely to lips, warding off smile lines without the risk of harmful ingestion that crystal-based therapies may pose. By eliminating dried-out patches of skull sheathing, the treatment not only reveals the supple layers beneath, but also stimulates deeper tissue layers, which can result in the firmer flesh a person needs to support a Jenga tower on her cheeks. A patterned sofa rests on light wood flooring inside the lounge, where track lighting illuminates modern art.
Katerina Mathias aims to show each client their true potential. She uses chemical peels, diamond microdermabrasion, and other skin care therapies to bring out the best in each person's skin. She also uses professional skin care products, as well as organic, custom-made masks and oils. Clients leave her spa with glowing complexion, nourished skin, and clear pores.
But what qualifies Katerina as a skincare expert? The answer is twofold, spanning both formal and personal experience. First, she earned a bachelor's degree in organic chemistry, receiving institutional confirmation of her enzymatic and molecular know-how. Next, after moving from Russia to the United States, Katerina became a mother. And although it was the textbooks that imparted stats about cells and atoms, it was her long hours as a new mom that drove home the need for quality self-care. "As a woman and a mother, I know it is not easy to break free and love yourself," she explains, "but once it happens, it starts a chain reaction that improves all aspects of life."
Co-founder of Deify Laser + Beauty Lounge and Pulse Laser and Skincare Center, and owner of Platinum Salon New York City, Melissa Cavanaugh, has teamed up with her sister Kaleigh to bring Manhattan's style and aesthetic authority to East Greenbush. At Always Stylin Laser & Hair Salon, the Cavanaugh sisters empower women to feel their best with a wide variety of salon and med-spa services ranging from laser hair removal to eyelash extensions.
Clients can acquire a new hairstyle and color to surprise a pet parrot, or enlist a body-contouring treatment in order to tone up and slim down. Talons are primped with regular and ANC gel manicures, while paraffin wax softens hands and feet. Diamond tip microdermabrasions and chemical peels top off a range of other classic facial services, which can be enhanced with brows' fresh arches thanks to waxing services. Amongst Always Stylin's other services are spray tans, extensions, makeup applications, and bridal services.
Black, white, and brown decor embellishes Revival Salon and Spa's space, which is outfitted with hair-, nail-, skin-, and massage-treatment areas. Crystal chandeliers hover above stylists, who mend spilt ends with Pure NV botanical keratin treatments and change hair hues with Goldwell dyes. Nearby, nail technicians cradle fingertips as they wrap digits in gel, acrylic, ANC, Shellac, and metallic coverings. Aestheticians wield skincare products to refresh visages with 11 facial treatments, each designed to erase specific skin concerns. Specifically, these facials can treat fine lines, acne, and rosacea that comes and goes, just like Katherine Heigl's presence on television. The staff further beautifies clients by adding length to manes with Socap and Invisi-Tab hair extensions or defining peepers with NovaLash eyelash extensions.
Inside her independently owned salon at the Delmar Wellness Center, Tara Tucker tends to skin using experience gleaned from the Austin School of Spa Technology and advanced ongoing-training workshops. A lifelong love for helping others look and feel their best drives Tara as she works to combat premature aging or hyperpigmentation with facials that feature products from Rhonda Allison. Galvanic microcurrent therapy sends pulses deep into pores to jump-start collagen production and reset the body's internal digital clock, and chemical peels harness the power of glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid to speed exfoliation of sun damage, fine lines, or acne. Above and below the neck, Tara also helps keep skin looking smooth with waxing services, and offers special-occasion makeup services to prep mugs for a night on the town.