The seasoned staff at Runi Ltd have been prettifying physiques with custom services for more than 40 years, putting into practice expert training they've gained both at home and abroad. Resident aestheticians whip up custom combinations of pharmacy-grade skincare products that help cleanse visages and remove damage caused by studying the sun through a magnifying glass. They work alongside stylists who build trendsetting styles from each client's wish list. Staffers further cultivate relaxation and beauty through massages, manicures, and waxing services.
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.
True to their salon’s name, the nail technicians at Aspire Nail Studio help hands and feet live up to their full potential with soothing manicures and pedicures. As clients strain to keep their fingers and toes from wiggling ecstatically, the technicians scrub away calluses and cut off Chinese finger traps before brushing vibrant colors of polish across nails. In addition to the standard mani-pedis, they can apply glossy acrylic nails that call for attention with glitter or pink-and-white designs.
The goal at Bellezza Beauty Salon & Spa is to make clients feel beautiful inside and out, via an extensive menu of spa and salon services. The expert stylists on staff have decades of experience as well as a slew of awards and certifications. Nail guru Jennifer, meanwhile, draws on her Sebastian training to pamper hands and feet with beautifying and hydrating treatments. Retreat to a private room for relaxing services such as therapeutic hot stone massage.
Curl Up & Dye Hair and Nail Studio offers head-to-toe treatments. On jet-black styling chairs, hairstylists work on men and women to fashion new and fresh 'dos, including coloring, keratin treatments, perms, and updos. They also can add SoCap hair extensions for Rapunzel wannabes and design mani-pedis.