The soothing orange walls of Guru Waxing and Nail Spa surround guests as they sip on authentic indian chai tea, lounge in leather armchairs, and bask in the entertaining warmth of a flat-screen television. Meanwhile, owner Kalpana Gurung tends to visitors’ needs while drawing on her 16 years of beauty-industry experience and ability to tell the difference between body hair and stuck-on cotton candy. Kalpana and her staff polish hands and feet, apply purifying masks to faces, wax unwanted fuzz, and tint lashes and brows.
The loyal staffers at Finishing Touch Spa & Salon?many of whom have been at the salon-spa since its inception 30 years ago?beautify bodies in a soothing, tropical-theme atmosphere. On the salon floor, a consultation kicks off hair appointments before nationally certified Redken stylists shampoo strands, lop off locks, and then style them with a blow dryer or a ride in a convertible. In the spa's private treatment rooms, Finishing Touch?s Caribbean flair helps guests to leave the concrete world outside and escape to an oasis of soothing hues and tropical-island wall hangings as they prep for anti-aging facial treatments, mud wraps, body waxing, or massage-therapy services. Before treatments, guests are encouraged to sip complimentary beverages while guessing which of the spa?s ubiquitous plants have recently been shampooed.
The stylists at Kozy Salon sculpt cutting-edge styles amid periwinkle walls and lace curtains. While some of them snip away at split ends and craft face-flattering layers, others straighten tendrils or add permanent curves to languid locks. Dull coiffures come to life as they slather them with bold hues or brighten them with highlights, and they help lashes achieve more definition with eyelash tanning than by winking at the sun. When they aren't molding new 'dos, the stylists primp hands and feet with spa mani-pedis and lengthen talons with acrylic or solar gel nails.
New Moon Salon & Spa?a full-service day spa?lives up to its name with relaxing nail, massage, and skincare services that rejuvenate bodies and minds. Nail techs keep hands and feet chip-free for up to two weeks with CND Shellac, or hydrate digits with nourishing almond oil during traditional mani-pedis. More than 10 massage modalities call on hot towels and stones to help loosen tight muscles, as essential oils infused with the scent of cedarwood, wild thyme, or eucalyptus instill a sense of calm. The staff also dolls up faces with permanent-makeup applications and uses wax to subtract unwanted hairs and solve tricky arithmetic tattoos.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Haircut and color
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell color
Brands Used: Matrix for retail
Combining keen aesthetic intuition with professional-grade products and equipment, the stylists at Front Street Hair Studio use an arsenal of techniques to create changing, energetic new looks for their clients. They begin each appointment with a thorough consultation, determining how anything from a quick trim to a full head of highlights will accentuate a client's best features, even if their best features are solving integral and differential equations. From there, the stylists tend to tresses using Aquage shampoos and styling products?made using nutrient-rich blends of organic seaweeds and algae?as well as vibrant coloring formulas by Wella.