At Yelena Skin Care Salon, the only things that shine brighter than the lobby's gilded picture frames and golden wall accents are the glowing complexions that flow forth from candle-lit treatment rooms. There, technicians customize facials to minimize redness or diminish signs of aging, incorporating products by Murad or blemish-targeting light therapy, and doling out relaxing upper-body massage and warm mitts and booties for hands and feet. Body-care treatments range from soothing Swedish massages to sea-salt scrubs that leave skin soft and hydrated, while Yelena's staff can also wax away unwanted hairs, leaving legs and brows as smooth as a dolphin's silk pajamas.
Inside the U.S. Bank Building sits Europa by Sasha Salon & Spa, bedecked in marble fixtures and vivid paintings that glow under soothing spa lighting. Aestheticians help faces slough off dead skin cells through exfoliation and imbue cheeks with moisture and the motivation to finally finish their novels. Massage therapists knead sore tissues, and expert colorists enhance mop tops with color treatments, allowing hair tones to match a new outfit or freshly reupholstered couches. Other services include manicures, formal updos, makeup applications, and sauna sessions.
Under the leadership of Dr. Robert Rossio, a board-certified plastic surgeon, Aesthetic Lasers & Cosmetic Rejuvenation Center is a comprehensive stop for non-invasive laser and skincare treatments. Beam-wielder Dr. Rossio will direct the light of the future (intense pulse light) to minimize age spots, wrinkles, acne scars, and overly enthusiastic or hyper pigmentations ($500 for three treatments), as well as to eradicate unwanted hair and lamentable tattoos. Though the number of tattoo-removal treatments (four sessions for $500) depends on the size and ferocity of the image, no image is too big or scary for the undaunted RevLite photons.
With 25 years’ experience finishing nails and making her own products, owner Roza takes a natural approach to nail treatments. Shellac's combined base coat and topcoat establish a symbiotic relationship with UV light, curing without the need for drying. With about 12 shades to choose from, clients get their digit medallions coated with a thin protective layer whose resilient finish can be expected to last two to three weeks. Unlike other dapper hand décor, this Shellac application involves no buffing, leaving patrons with no damage to nails and the ability to finger-pick banjos in stunning style.
Some things remain unchanged during Alfredo’s International Salon’s 30 years of business, such as its location and the staff’s commitment to pleasing clients. But what continues to change is the list of services, which keep up-to-date with Japanese straightening treatments and hair extensions.