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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Winner of the 2011 Wicked Local Reader's Choice Award for Spa and Salon, Jathar Salon and Spa rejuvenates weary bodies with hair, skin, and nail treatments. Padded by cushy spa tables, patrons submit to the soothing influence of veteran massage therapists whose deft kneading leaves muscles as content as a puppy in a tennis-ball factory. In the spa's other private treatment rooms, aestheticians begin facials by conducting a custom skin analysis on guests draped over contoured beds. Vibrating massage chairs cradle visitors during pedicures, and manicurists meticulously craft nails and cuticles into pristine condition before gussying them up for big-league cat’s-cradle championships with vibrant coats of OPI or Essie polish. On the way in or out, a complimentary coffee and snack bar refreshes peckish bodies.