Some salons are content to slather faces with a mix of mud and sugar and call it a facial. That’s not the case at SeriouSkin, where aestheticians curate a menu that includes only those treatments and products that have been clinically proven to safely remedy skin issues such as acne, wrinkles, and unwanted hair. The spa’s licensed staff members are all trained masters of their trade, skillfully deploying services that range from laser hair removal and permanent makeup to FDA-approved Bio-Roller micro-needle therapy, which improves the look and feel of skin through use of fast-moving, collagen-stimulating needles filled with inspirational quotes.
Despite its clinical technology, the salon features a softer side, including a brow bar where aestheticians can shape eye awnings with a range of powders, pencils, waxes, and brow mascaras, or enhance lashes with conditioners and extensions. The studio is thoroughly stocked with a wide range of quality products by brands such as PCA Skin, Ayur-Medic, and Jade, and aestheticians are happy to recommend products that can be used at home to enhance any treatment’s effectiveness.
Brothers Richard and Philip Samuel operate Maximum Tan, pitching in daily to maintain five levels of tanning equipment at seven salons. A computer system monitors the freshness of lamps in every lie-down and standup UV bed, tracking each bulb's hours so that it can be changed before the standard recommended time. The employees, who are trained in skincare, tanning hygiene, and equipment operation, can bronze bodies with custom airbrush tans or escort guests to self-operated VersaSpa booths. Each store is kept cool so that customers can stay comfortable after tanning sessions or long days babysitting electric blankets.
For nearly three decades, Accents Salon has turned out dulcet ’dos, mesmerizing nails, and lustrous skin from its location in the historic Old Box Factory building on the Erie Canal. During the deluxe manicure, a nail technician massages, conditions, and soothes mitts with heated lanolin and mellifluous music from a tiny violin before performing a spa pedicure from across the pond. The European spa pedicure plunks little piggies into a whirlpool tub, schools foot bottoms like a professor sporting steel-wool elbow patches, and exfoliates all over with a massage and moisturizer application. Patrons spend a few minutes in a vibrating chair as a skilled staffer kneads out knots in stressed legs and feet. Then, in a final act of restoration, a pampering professional will crop overgrown cuticles and burnish all 20 nails before gussying up digits with OPI polish.
Drenched in marigold tones, the Sun Tan City facility transforms exteriors with cosmetic treatments that harness different wavelengths of light. Smart Tan–certified professionals invite clients to lie down, stand up, or sit down to bask in bronzing rays and tanning sprays. The staff also whitens teeth with LED light during Beaming White treatments, and slims bodies or out-of-shape sports cars with infrared light during Fit body wraps.
Tanning Bed bronzes bodies with a bevy of beds calibrated to control the ideal combo of UVA and UVB light. The tanning center's tanning beds offer a better way to copperize your chassis by allowing you to control your exposure to the sun's trilogy of UV rays. Thanks to a set of beds sporting bulbs that are regularly changed, tanners receive the maximum bronzing benefit from the warm, relaxing bath of vitamin-D rich light. Customers can choose to generate a golden bod through an array of options, including one-week ($9.99), one-month ($39.99), and three-month ($89.99) memberships. Packages of two ($9.99), 10 ($39.99), and 20 visits ($69.99) are also available, helping turn your skin bronze more efficiently than wearing a dress of living goldfish.
Maxim Spa and Salon's stylists are trained and equipped to outfit noggins with plumage in a broad range of hues. Flaunt avian tendencies with a choice of fashion-colored feathers, or send a more subtle signal to your flock with natural colors that blend into your hair. Today's Groupon includes an initial appointment and one feather ($10 each for additional feathers), which is inserted via a beaded system. Like a poodle's luxuriant fur or a Cyclops's delicate eyelashes, the feathers are safe to wash, blow-dry, and curl.