When Michele Taber, a licensed cosmetologist of two decades, decided to open Meeshe’ Salon and Spa in her native county, the beautifier selected a waterfront Cayuga Lake location that exuded tranquility. Her salon and spa treatments transfer the natural serenity indoors with mani-pedis augmented by seaweed wraps and full-body scrubs that exfoliate with sea salt instead of the traditional tool, corrugated cardboard. A fleet of freshly updated tanning beds warm bodies to a beachy glow, and shears or wax rid bodies of excess hair.
The elite troop of stylists and aestheticians at La Tresse by Renee sprinkles patrons with top-name products during services that improve nails' appearances and clients' moods. During the 60- to 90-minute spa mani-pedi, a skilled nail technician shapes unruly talons in a flurry of precision clips. Extremities then bathe in a salt scrub, which sloughs away extraneous cells and rough, flaky patches. Talented fingers massage hands and feet, and hot towels make their nerves tingle with warmth. Paws then slip into a soothing moisture mask that leaves skin as soft as James Taylor’s bathrobe. A coat of polish dresses and strengthens nails for strolls through the yellow pages or fraudulent jaunts across the keys of a player piano.
When walking into CC's Hair Affair, you might catch a faint whiff of ginger, peppermint, or lavender?key ingredients in many of the shop's styling products and shampoos. What you probably won't smell is ammonia, as the team uses ammonia-free Paul Mitchell products for its perms, and a low-ammonia permanent hair color, also by Paul Mitchell, which offers superior gray coverage while conditioning strands with a natural beeswax base. In fact, high-quality Paul Mitchell and Matrix products are used in the majority of the treatments here, each chosen for its ability to help hair look its best without stripping it of moisture or covering it with a lamp shade.
Of course, hair isn't the only thing body part that benefits from the staff's attention to detail. Nail experts lavish attention onto hands and feet during indulgent mani-pedis, while facials reveal smoother, softer complexions, and eyelashes get a boost from extensions.
Crystal Colville welcomes her clients to Fortunato's European Hair Design to bring out the best in their appearances. In her work as a stylist, Crystal expertly wields shears, weaves in bold highlights, and banishes frizz with keratin treatments. Her skills as a makeup artist ensure cosmetics accentuate clients' best features. Crystal's expertise doesn't stop there, though—for clients looking for a sun-kissed glow without the UV rays, she offers spray tans.
At Fortunato's, Susan?s steady hands trim split ends and add layers and bangs to dos. All the while, she draws on more than 20 years of experience, training in New York and Toronto, and a commitment to keeping up-to-date on industry trends. Susan's keen eyes assess clients? face shapes and skin tones before creating new looks and adding complementary highlights. The stylist?s skills also include Brazilian blowouts and keratin treatments.
Working within Decisions Salon, aesthetician Jody hones in on beauty needs. She uses five types of facials to tackle skin concerns such as fine lines, unevenness, or dryness, and even tends to hard-to-reach areas with acne back facials. Jody also takes clients step-by-step through a makeup application, and gives nails up to two weeks of chip-free shine with gel polish.