Inside Salina’s nail salon, a team of technicians clip, shape, and buff digits before applying eye-catching polishes. Classic mani-pedis leave nails sheathed in a colorful polish, and pink-and-white acrylics create a natural-looking extension of the nail, which doubles as a protective layer when attacking unruly shoelace knots. The salon also handles more comprehensive tasks for clients, such as applying UV gels and gluing on silk wraps.
Owner Kate Longo's personal goal is to make every service all about you, but her website echoes Aveda's greater goal: "to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty but around the world." That's why Longo and her staff of expert stylists use Aveda products, which are made from pure flower and plant extracts. Salon guests can keep it light with an invigorating condition treatment, or they can opt for a full-day pampering package that comes with a haircut, highlights, and facial wax.
You open your eyes. The atmosphere is relaxing, sterile. Whiteness extends into infinity. You're either at Skin and Beauty Lounge or in prison with THX 1138. Luckily for you and for your skin, it's the former.
Linda Martinez, a medical aesthetician with 30 years of skincare experience, is the mastermind behind the new-concept spa. Her life-affirming attitude creates a fun and friendly environment amid the contemporary furnishings and amenities, which include a cupcake bar stocked with complimentary treats. In private treatment rooms, the spa's professionals administer expert services, such as custom facials, med-spa treatments, waxing services, and spray-tanning sessions. They encourage guests to bring their personal iPods or MP3 players—treatment rooms are equipped with docks and speakers—to further customize and enhance their experience.
At Shelton-Saxe Aesthetics, the road to supple skin is paved with customized masks, nourishing vitamins, and repairing enzymes. Andrea Ward, the center’s aesthetician, spent eight years at the luxurious Bellagio hotel and spa in Las Vegas creating in-depth facials for guests. Here, she offers high-end hospitality with a clinical edge, customizing treatments to each client's skin type regardless of whether she’s using natural enzymes to repair past skin damage or aromatherapy oils to enliven the senses. Aside from the extensive menu of facials, Shelton-Saxe Aesthetics offers therapeutic massage and waxing services.