Facial specialist Stephanie of The Mane Attraction administers customized facials to address individual skincare concerns. Before the Mane facial, Stephanie analyzes each customer's skin type to determine the appropriate balance of cleansing, lotion, and sweet-tooth extraction. The customized facial sweeps dirt and oil from faces before a skin-renewing mask hydrates hides and a massage of the neck and décolleté melts away tightness in the body's northern hemi-cylinder. Customers can also reduce wrinkles with the age-defying facial, during which Stephanie anoints faces with skin-tightening products that help strengthen collagen fibers and encourage cellular renewal. The facial also armors skin with antioxidants to protect it from environmental toxins and airborne scurvy.
Heading down Main Street in historic Clarence Hollow, you might notice a whimsical three-story structure with a clock at the top. Salon in the Tower lives in that building, and as Kaitlin Fritz reported for metroWNY, it’s the realized vision of Roe Baran, Jennifer Ilunga, and Laura Patterson. The trio spotted the quaint, schoolhouse-like structure while scouting the area, after the salon where Ilunga and Patterson had previously worked shut down. After meeting with the building's owner, they worked around the clock and opened the redecorated salon four days later.
What began as a staff of two has now grown into a team of 14, with Ilunga and Patterson—both educated at Bumble and bumble University—holding the reins. In addition to performing the latest cutting and coloring techniques, they perform spa treatments such as massages, facials, and mani-pedis against a backdrop of dark wooden columns, trim, and wall paneling. They use Pevonia's botanical- and marine-based products for skincare services, and they carry the Olivia Garden line of bamboo brushes, which can help with home hairstyling or distract an attacking panda.
More than 60 skin and beauty treatments fill the menu at Advanced Body Care, causing visitors to pause as they consider the best way to beautify their hair, skin, and nails. The full-service salon and spa’s staff helps out with consultations that take into account personalities and lifestyle habits to match guests with the treatments right for them.
Lively chatter fills the air in the salon, where stylists battle frizz, fly-away hair, and coiled snakes with CHI and keratin straightening treatments before coloring strands with Goldwell and J Beverly Hills dyes. Facial skin perks up after a nonsurgical face-lift or a custom facial, the latter of which can be enhanced with add-ons that include glycolic peels and an eye-contour treatment. For more than 15 years, Advanced Body Care’s massage therapists have loosened tense muscles with therapeutic massages; today, they continue to draw on their wealth of experience to soothe bodies in quiet treatment rooms.
Before she became a certified reflexologist, Karen Kuehmeier Rosolowski used reflexology to help keep her own children happy and healthy for eight years. She also earned certification in anatomy and physiology, and she continues to expand her knowledge of meridians and energy forces. Inside her massage room, candlelight flickers against Japanese-style room dividers. After clients settle into a cushioned chair or onto a therapy table, they can fall asleep or chat with Karen as she massages their bare feet with reflexology techniques facilitated by lotion or essential oils. While Karen works, she targets the 7,200 nerve endings in feet, which relate to other areas of the body by way of a vast network of blood vessels, tissue, and ethernet cables. When properly executed, reflexology can subdue stress, increase circulation, and strengthen the immune system.
"I enjoy helping people become pain free so that they can get their lives back," writes nationally certified massage therapist Donna Brainard on her website. It was this passion to help others that originally led her to the New York Institute of Massage, where she graduated in 2002. But her education didn't end there. To this day, Ms. Brainard enrolls in new courses to keep up with the latest massage techniques and check whether humans have developed superhuman strength. Her efforts become evident within her quiet massage room. Here, soft music massages eardrums as the practitioner's nimble fingers use Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology techniques, which she augments with lotions and a passable whale impression.