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.
As an aesthetician and cosmetician with more than three decades of experience, Isabel Aviles knows which products to use to bring out the best in her clients’ skin. Medicated cleansers tackle acne, exfoliating acids peel away signs of aging, and seaweed masks aim to detoxify the body and disguise appearances at underwater costume parties.
Trained massage therapist Deborah Carter uses her more than 25 years of experience to customize massages for each client using an array of modalities. She aims to help heal and relax the client using everything from traditional Swedish strokes to the firmer kneads of a Russian sports massage. Carter is also trained in the Vodder Method of manual lymph drainage, which she relies on to detoxify the body of impurities and excess water being stored in buckets on the knees.
Carter performs these relaxing sessions at Townsend and Company Salon and Spa, where wood-covered ceilings and exposed-brick walls give the modern salon an organic feel, and the dimly lit treatment rooms create a cocoon of comfort for clients to recharge or molt away their caterpillar shell.
Seasoned stylist and Albany native Katie Steinbach imbues Bombshell Beauty Lounge with a vintage atmosphere, contrasting retro ambiance with a full roster of modern salon services. Backed by her team of continually educated technicians, Katie skillfully sculpts and adds hues to hairdos, and removes excess fuzz with waxing. She also educates clients on the art of makeup application, demonstrating trendy techniques and how to prevent mascara smudges when sitting in the first five rows of a killer-whale show.
Founded by the French–born sibling duo of Jean Claude and Paul Simille, the modern-looking, brightly lit Jean Paul Spa & Salons lays out a full-service menu of hair-helping and body-beautifying services. The alternative-healing method of acupuncture harnesses the natural medicinal power of needles to gently poke strategic areas of the body. Before the 60-minute session, a 30-minute consultation with an experienced therapist will attempt to discover the root of physical ailments. Or opt for a permanent eyebrow-makeup treatment, which injects coloring into naked brows, creating a soft, natural arch that can be enhanced with additional makeup. The ink stays in place, cutting down on time spent reapplying smudged-off eyebrows.
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.