The massage therapists at Herb Spa don’t focus on offering a head-spinning selection of services—instead, they give their undivided attention to making sure their techniques are highly effective. Both therapeutic and Swedish massage styles are employed to melt away stress and ease body aches, and a deep-tissue massage focuses on releasing deep-set knots within the muscles. Therapists help to further eliminate muscle aches with the use of water-heated hot stones, which aim to expand constricted vessels by increasing blood flow. To release built-up energy within the body, the studio's team relies on pressure-point therapy and singing Motown classics while massaging feet during reflexology sessions.
Since 1993, Ellen LaBella has been honing her expertise in styling and aesthetics. At Salon Kokopelli, which she opened in 2006, Ellen gives patrons the benefit of her carefully curated range of treatments, waxing away unwanted hair, infusing hair with highlights or full color, or rejuvenating skin with nutrient-rich facials. One of those facial specialties is the marine-enzyme facial, which exfoliates the skin and includes a mask of vitamins and oils that are essential, unlike James Bond in a James Bond movie. The Salon Kokopelli team can add a youth-glow hand treatment to facials, which uses a hydrating cream to moisturize winter-wracked hands.
Skintelligent Face & Body Spa pampers bone bags with an array of relaxing and beautifying treatments. Tickle your visage with one of the spa’s facials, such as the Ultimate exfoliating facial ($95), which draws on the powers of glycolic or lactic acid to remove outer layers of dead skin, revealing youthful undercells that glow like a snowman in a bowling alley full of black lights. Carcasses are relaxed into states of blissful torpor with bodycare services, such as the hot-stone back treatment ($85), which exfoliates and detoxifies skin with a mud scrub before a hot-stone application and massage sap out muscle-bound stress. Nail services such as manicures ($17) and pedicures ($38) keep extremities safely coated in chromatic polish, and waxing removes unwanted hair from areas ranging from the upper lip ($8) to entire legs ($80), leaving skin drag-free for office water-polo retreats.
Robert Berberian has been running salons since he was just 24 years old. He and his wife Elizabeth, both master stylists and colorists, have assembled a team of equally qualified hair experts who cut, color, and condition hair at Roberts Salon and Spa. Several of them are specially trained with So.Cap hair extensions, which are made with real human hair, much like an alarming greeting card. The aesthetician on staff pampers skin with facials and waxing treatments, and the nail tech adorns digits with OPI varnish and nail art featuring flowers and abstract designs.
In order to enhance the skin’s natural beauty, the aestheticians at Glow Skincare Studio know they need to look deeper than its outermost layer. During their lymphatic-drainage treatment, team members wield LymphMed devices designed to remove the lymph that accumulates in subsurface layers over time, freeing skin from its dulling, wrinkle-producing effects. Once they’ve cleansed the deep dermal tissues of lingering toxins, they set to work tending the skin’s visible portions with facials customized with organic, paraben-free Atzen or Oha products. Before each of their signature, Glow Lux, or teen facials, the team consults with clients to learn about their deepest epidermal desires and explain what to expect during each facial.
The recipe for beautiful skin is simple: combine attentive care with innovative technology. At least that's the view of L'Essentiel's Dr. Vatche Seraderian and Susanna Barmakian. They draw from a well-curated collection of epidermal therapies to create custom regimens for their clients, saving skin from the embarrassment of arriving at parties with identical glows. Six different chemical peels, four injected dermal fillers, and two means to permanent hairlessness form the crux of the spa's smoothing repertoire.