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.
At Rebecca’s Salon, the focus falls heavily on the eyes. The salon specializes in eyelash extensions, and its certified lash stylist outfits peepers with thick, sultry synthetic lashes that can last up to six weeks. With lashes that come in numerous thicknesses and lengths, the stylist can meet each client’s needs and affix lashes that best suit their personal style. Rebecca’s also carries lash dip, a pharmaceutical-grade coating that adds volume to upper and lower lashes, and rounds out its services with waxing, manicures, and pedicures.
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.
After a serious auto accident, massage therapy was instrumental in Mark Banaszak’s recovery. Inspired to heal others, Banaszak became a licensed massage therapist himself. Since 2006, he has helped clients to relax, de-stress, and feel more like a biscuit mix with Swedish massages. He also addresses specific injuries and physical problems with deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial-release techniques.
At White Lotus Therapeutic Massage, licensed massage therapist Alexander Huber Sciolino draws from different modalities to customize each treatment to his clients' liking. With help from fellow therapist Kelly Zywiczynski Giles, Alexander works with clients on either table or chair to address issues such as anxiety, chronic pain, or sports injuries acquired vicariously through the TV.
Clients dictate the particulars of each session, deciding whether the massage therapist uses scented oils, puts on music, and sings the high or low harmony to "Amazing Grace." Therapists follow proper draping protocols to put clients at ease as they apply light pressure, deep strokes, and hot stones to ailing muscles.
High-school pals Andrea Veres and Christina Yeates drew inspiration from their own friendship when they opened The Waxing Studio & Spa in 2006, treating skin with the same care they give each other. Their approach is low-tech and gentle, and the airy spa's sleek, black-and-robin's-egg-blue rooms stay chic and tidy with nontoxic, earth-friendly cleaners. Light streams into the quiet massage rooms, where therapists demonstrate camaraderie during tandem and couples massages, before showing commitment to the earth by laundering towels in high-efficiency machines.
Aestheticians gently balance complexions with bronze scales and Hungarian skincare products from Szép Elét, an organic line rich in active ingredients and aromatic botanicals. The Waxing Studio & Spa’s defuzzing specialists created a stage between a traditional bikini wax and a Brazilian—jokingly dubbed the "B.I.T." or Brazilian In Training—to ease women into skimpier swimsuits without cutting support for bacon consumption, and eyebrow specialists will shape arches for men and women with tweezers or the ancient art of threading.
To support their community, the staff invites local vendors to display their handmade jewelry, paintings, and purses in the boutique alongside Szép Elét tonics to take home.