Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and genetically modified ingredients don't belong in any of the skincare products used by master aesthetician Shelley Birnbaum. Driven by a passion for eco-friendly practices, as well as a dedication to providing effective spa treatments, Shelley decided to only stock and employ balms and salves made from organically derived materials. But she wasn't content to merely vend these products—she began making them herself.
Along with her ReNew Botanicals Organic & Vegan line, Shelley draws on a handful of other trusted brands to naturally treat a wide range of skincare concerns. Her facials soothe complexions and address signs of aging with such earth-loving components as grape seed oil, olive leaf powder, and odes addressed "To That Really Nice Field." Many of her treatments are vegan, ensuring any client can stop by for a refreshing pick-me-up.
If you’re in dire need of relaxation, there’s no shortage of solutions at The Inn at The Colonnade. You could check in to one of the hotel’s luxury suites, or you could simply make a beeline for the spa. You’ll be in good hands should you choose the latter, thanks to a staff of massage therapists who soothe aching muscles and aestheticians who wax unwanted hair, polish nails, and extend eyelashes.
Though the hotel upstairs is home to plenty of identical rooms, the spa’s therapists take pride in crafting individual treatments that address each client’s specific needs. They dedicate a large part of their efforts to blending aromatherapy oils that relax and rejuvenate the senses. There are a total of six to choose from, all of which feature exotic ingredients such as grapefruit, rosewood, and shark pheromones.
In 1924, Carl Griesser, who was instrumental in creating the American branch of Paris-based Intercoiffure America, founded Carl’s Salon and Day Spa. Stylists, some of whom have been employed at the salon since the 1950s, draw on extensive experience and specialization in dual-dimension hair-coloring techniques to perfect the 'dos of ladies and gents. Beneath freestanding mirrors and walls as pristinely white as a marshmallow during a job interview, Professional Series L’Oréal products give coiffures the capacity to draw pleasant double takes.
Chatter drifts from patrons twirling in black salon chairs up to rough timber ceilings, which add an organic accent to the salon's many sleek surfaces and right angles. Crowded shelves parade products from Moroccanoil, Dermalogica, and Murad, and vegan elixirs from Surface harness natural ingredients including wheat, mineral oil, and compliments from park rangers
Since graduating from the Aveda Institute in Washington, DC, Lisa Basta dreamed of opening an organic hair salon. Today, she has. At Studio L Salon, she uses her alma mater's naturally derived products in each of her salon services, helping her clients to adopt a more ecofriendly approach to beauty. As clients sink into styling chairs amid wooden floors and mint-hued walls, Lisa works to eliminate split ends, shape hair, and update color with a variety of services. Partial or full highlights add depth and dimension to natural hair color, and Rusk keratin treatments banish curls, frizz, and nesting birds for months. When not doting over clients' manes, Lisa doubles as a waxing artist, removing unwanted fuzz from brows and upper lips.
In the spa, registered massage practitioner Rebekah Allen integrates various modalities to perform custom treatments. Clients can also opt for scalp massages or hot-stone work, which may incorporate aromatherapy oils in scents such as freshly cut hair.
The cosmetologists at Flow Dominican Salon come from all over the world, hailing out of countries from Jamaica to Nepal. Maybe that's why they're able to offer such a diverse array of beautifying services. Clients can smooth hair into finger waves or condition locks with Dominican hot-oil treatments. Stylists can also swiftly erase unwanted hair with waxing or threading services. For those looking to adorn hands or feet, professional henna artists decorate skin with traditional Indian body art.
Fine tuning the health and beauty of the human body is the main order of business at Soma Solutions Wellness & Nutrition Centers. The nutrition coaches on staff draft dietary plans and teach clients how to avoid consuming extra calories by never again licking stamps. The certified personal trainers offer one-on-one workouts and all-you-can-sweat group classes.
Medically supervised technicians see to the aesthetic nature of the business, working to rejuvenate the skin with laser treatments and injectable solutions. The GentleMax laser zaps unwanted hair, spider veins, and sunspots on all skin types using high-intensity pulses of light. Noninvasive VelaShape II sessions, which have been featured in Shape, target cellulite and lax skin with robotic massage.