It's not the typical tattoo and piercing shop. Heavy metal music isn't blasting. The clientele are lacking the stereotypical gruffness of tattoo-parlor clientele. And the walls are lined with hundreds of designs that visitors can spend hours perusing. Nobody gets the same ol' tattoo at Dakota Ink Tattoo. Every imprint is unique as a snowflake?even tattoos of snowflakes?as the staff works with clients to create original art for others to envy.
Licensed medical aesthetician Phyllis Gasparri performs each facial treatment at Skin Perfect, drawing on more than 25 years of experience as she treats acne and wrinkles during services that emphasize clinical approaches to skincare. Among her weapons of choice are lasers—which she uses to reduce scar tissue and remove hair and tattoos—and exfoliation tools such as microdermabrasion wands and chemical-peel solutions. To keep up their progress, clients can take home products from SkinCeuticals and Cell Renewal Systems or purchase one of the shop’s own line of mini facial steamers, which sterilize and clean the face while discreetly opening envelopes within a 50-yard radius.
Love Your Tan has mastered the art of creating a fresh, off-the-beach look?minus the beach (and the sun). The salon's high-performance booths, all of which are outfitted to connect with iPods or other music sources, include standup beds, high-pressure beds, plus options for rotating face bulbs for a little extra pop of bronze. Along with bed tanning, bronze-seekers can opt for airbrush spray tanning. The perks of a spray tan go far past a natural-looking tan, too. The spray has a raspberry-almond scent, contains small amounts of caffeine to help correct and prevent sun damage, and is a fast-drying, streak-free formula with skin-firming technology, essentially making it the sun's younger, more successful sibling.
When she was studying Indian spirituality, Trudy Pellegrino came across an art form that would become her livelihood: henna. Derived from a dried, ground plant that is mixed with water to form a paste, henna is used to paint intricate designs on the body to celebrate occasions such as weddings or religious holidays. Trudy, having a bachelor's degree in fine arts, schooled herself in the art, developing henna recipes and techniques, and fine-tuning her work until she was ready to turn pro. Today, the artist mixes her certified-organic henna with water, lemon juice, and aromatic oils. Some of the ornate swooshes and squiggles she paints date back to 8,000 BC or the advent of temporary tattoos on gum wrappers. In addition to traditional bridal henna and for-fun designs, Pellegrino can also paint trial-run tattoos for customers who want to test-drive a design before they go in for a permanent one.
Cactus Medspa is a collaboration between Cactus Salon and Associated Plastic Surgeons, and the result represents the best of both worlds. At the spa's six locations, specialists smooth faces with Botox and other injectables, focusing on beautifying their clients as the staff does at the parent salon. With an eye toward safety, a board-certified plastic surgeon oversees each treatment.
NY Liposuction shrinks waistlines and enhances bodies with medical weight-loss treatments. Its liposuction procedure removes unwanted fat cells from torsos using the latest tumescent technology, with tiny incisions and minimal scarring. The focus is on creating beautiful figures.