Though their menu of services is succinct, the practitioners at Simply You can address a multitude of cosmetic concerns. Stylists refresh overgrown tresses with haircuts and coloring services, and nail technicians groom digits with regular and spa mani-pedis. In the spa, aestheticians use Bioelements products to create facials customized for each client’s skin type and likelihood of getting pied in the face. Other specialized treatments confront acne, skin sensitivity, and signs of age.
Armand makes engaging with the present moment a worthwhile endeavor—in one room, a jacuzzi tub rests within reach of flickering candles and terry-cloth robes. In another space sits a plump massage table primed for soothing deep-tissue massages as well as body treatments enhanced by the scents of rosemary, mint, and success. Complementing the spa’s pampering treatments, Armand’s full-service salon plays the part of primper with aesthetic services powered by high-end products from Aveda, Goldwell, Moroccanoil, and OPI.
Karizma Salon & Spa's staff leave no body area ungroomed—clients can head to this cozy spot for head-to-toe touchups. Hairstylists take it from the top, scissoring hair into new looks and adding dimension with highlights. Massage therapists relax clients with Swedish and hot-stone massage, and nail technicians add gleaming polish to fingers and toes. Aestheticians refresh visages with facials and lash extensions, and waxing techs round out the salon's services, removing hair from both body and face.
Anyone who shaves regularly knows that keeping skin smooth and stubble-free is a chore. At LiVi Laser Hair Removal Center, located within Nuance Salon, a certified laser hair-removal technician?who works under the tutelage of a medical director?draws on more than five years of experience to free clients from that chore. She aims the beams of a Candela laser at bikini lines, underarms, and other regions of the body, gradually halting future hair growth. The treatment is effective on all skin types.
The knowledgeable technicians and therapists of Cape Cod Nails and Spa strive to treat their clients with superlative services in a pristine, ultrahygienic environment. Clients cozy in with a complimentary cup of tea as nailcare pros gild put-upon paws with traditional polishes, no-chip OPI Axxium, CND Shellac, and gel treatments. Each nail service is insured by the salon’s Application guarantee, which promises a redo if the paint chips or quits before a set date. Their pipeless Sanijet pedicure basin is engineered for optimal cleanliness during soaks, and all nail techs keep metal tools sterilized with a dry-heat autoclave, as well as dispose of files and buffers after their first use. The salon’s living-air purification system keeps a steady flow of fresh, clean oxygen swirling past guests as they sample beauty products and aesthetic treatments.
"I literally lie awake in bed at night dreaming up my next theme service, or solving a skin care problem for a client. I know I am nuts, but I really love my job," Painted Red Nails owner Jessica Mahler says on her online bio. Mahler has been taking nail care very seriously since the age of 10, when she set up an informal manicure shop in her family home. She soon began competing in advanced nail-care competitions, taking home a national championship six years later. After graduating high school, she became a licensed instructor of cosmetology, and even went on to train under German podiatrist Katherine Vongavel. The certified master pedicurist also opened two Painted Red Nails locations to further fuel her all-consuming passion for nails and beauty. Her intensity has paid off—the flagship Osterville site was the winner of Cape Cod Life's 2010 Best Day Spa award.
One service that may have been a product of Mahler's late-night musings is the waterless manicure. Since she believes that warm, soapy water is not beneficial for the skin around the nail, she opts instead for a blend of moisturizing, natural oils that allow for longer-lasting polish applications. During pedicures, she makes sure to use non-greasy moisturizers that are absorbed into the skin, instead of sticking around to block sweat glands and sabotage attempts to pirouette barefoot across polished wood floors.
Mahler and her team also offer waxing, massages, makeup, and facials at the Mashpee location. Many of them are certified to perform Dr. Hauschka skincare treatments, which use lymph stimulation to create radiant, refreshed skin.