For the stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists of The Mane Event Spa and Salon, “going to the office” is synonymous with spending the day in a beautiful, historic house in Lebanon. But that’s not to say that they don’t work hard. They pour passion and expertise into each one-on-one treatment, including hair services, makeup applications, manicures, and massages. They also offer facials that eschew the use of harsh chemicals and controlled fire in favor of plant-derived G.M. Collin products.
Licensed massage therapist Janet Shelton has been giving massages “since before I can remember,” she says. At first, these were mostly casual sessions for her twin sister, who “was born asking for a massage.” But as Shelton grew up, she came to take her hobby more seriously. Coming from a family of nurses, she “always want[ed] to do something to help people,” and with its positive impacts on injury recovery, therapeutic massage seemed to fit the bill.
Since then, Shelton has supplemented her massage-therapy license with work experience in chiropractic offices and spas. Depending on a client’s needs, she can perform an active clinical massage with stretching and feedback or gently knead for a soothing, quiet experience. No matter the modality, clients can bring in their own music on an iPod and breathe in the scents of botanical oils Shelton blends by hand.
Robin Ford tends to hands and feet at Expression Salon alongside a staff of other nail technicians and hairstylists. While she works, staff members dole out a wealth of beauty treatments—from haircuts and color services to facials, waxing, spray tans, and gel manicures. Stylists use products by Thermafuse, L'Oréal Professionnel, and Kenra. The salon's coral-colored walls and punchy green accents surround visitors, along with free WiFi and our collective unconscious.
Salem Dental Center’s general dentistry mavens Dr. Nicholas Caba and Dr. Daniel Rooke marshal more than 25 combined years of smile refining, attending to each dimension of gum and enamel health with care. The examination ensures that chompers are fit for bleaching, scouring for signs of periodontal disease and decay as well as providing an oral-cancer screening (an $85 value). A comprehensive series of digital x-rays (a $120 value) gives dentists a clearer look at tooth roots than the accepted method of tightly squinting, revealing potential hazards deep inside the chewing factory. Finally, patients hotrod their smiles with an in-office Lumibrite bleaching (a $295 value). With the aid of a UV light, the gel-based Lumibrite treatment whisks visitors in and out of the dental recliner in about one hour, leaving teeth an average of two to three shades brighter and grins an average of six to eight Clooneys more charming.
Sherie Bruno has amassed a diverse staff that tackles every beauty issue under the sun. Rosacea, acne, and wrinkles take leave during european facials pumped up with Yon-Ka skincare products. A licensed electrologist wields a laser to remove stubborn body hair, and a waxing specialist banishes fuzz with strategically placed flypaper. Other pampering services include micronized green-coffee body wraps, therapeutic massage therapy, and infrared-sauna sessions. Best Face Forward is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stylists, aestheticians, and licensed massage therapists assemble under the roof of Salon 554, a downtown day spa and salon that relies on name-brand products. Hair caretakers spritz clients with products from Pureology, a brand that eschews the alcohol found in other hair products, and skin specialists unleash the topical creams of Bioelements, a line of products developed by the country’s first licensed aesthetician. Massage therapists vanquish stress with the strokes of nine modalities while sprinkling skin with soothing essential oils. Powder-blue walls and dark hardwood floors spread before guests, stretching through a salon whose branching spaces house marble washrooms, abundant plant life, and private treatment areas where clients find refuge from the outside world and the flesh-covered cyborgs who constantly pester them for hugs.