C Salon's staffers render a diverse set of hair, nail, and skincare services. So it's important to them that they stay on top of their game. By taking continuing-education classes, they improve their hair-related skills, such as cutting and styling strands, coloring them with highlights or single-process treatments, or applying custom color extensions. The skilled stylist are consistently on top of their game for special occasions, such as weddings, proms, and quinceañeras. C Salon carves out a piece of its menu specifically for those services—bridesmaid upstyles and bride trial runs, to name a couple. A couple of C Salon's stylists even have experience working for film and television, since it's crucial that the cords running from the camera to the monitor look keratin-treatment-level shiny.
As the name indicates, the staff at Dermal Dynamics specialize in treating the dermis. The aestheticians and massage artists work on all things skin, even its underlying tissues. Through microdermabrasion, they create clear complexions. The Dermal Dynamics team also tends to eyelash extensions, massage therapy, cellulite treatments, and waxing.
Massage therapist John Rowinski abides by the Goldilocks method: If one massage is too gentle and another too firm, then the one in between should be just right. This approach led him to create the "deep Swedish" modality, a middle ground between the flowing kneads of a standard Swedish massage and the highly focused pressure of deep-tissue work. His clients are far from limited to these three options, however. Each of John's massages is a custom and distinct experience, and he channels more than 20 years of practice—conducted at spas, medical centers, and athletic venues—to inform his services.
His pampering menu also highlights hot-stone massages, which coax tension from muscles by warming them with ocean basalt stones. His prenatal massages allow expectant mothers to recline on their sides, propped against a specialized body pillow that optimizes comfort. Though it is not classified as a massage, his lymphatic-drainage therapy does involve manual manipulation and aims to enhance the natural flow of lymph fluid throughout the body for increased well-being and relaxing "whoosh" sounds. John administers these services at his own venue or on location, traveling to patrons' homes or offices for an additional fee.
The accomplished staffers at Della Stella Salon & Spa perform beautifying services that span the human body, from elevated updos to relaxing spa pedicures. Prior to appointments, patrons can get lost in magazines, books, or free WiFi while sipping complimentary drinks in a waiting lounge. Sleek black wood shelving and muted pastels form the salon's backdrop, and plush burgundy seating allows comfortable perusal of the salon's magazine collection. Victorian chandeliers and ornately framed mirrors cast an eclectic vibe on the salon’s otherwise modern interior, much like wearing a tea gown over a pair of jeggings.
U-TAN's glowing beds already evoke a science-fiction vibe, so perhaps it's not surprising that one of them can speak. The Orbit Avantgarde pipes up in a British accent, guiding guests through the bronzing process while cooling their skin with built-in air conditioning. This cozy bed is but one member of a high-tech fleet, whose combined amenities include aromatherapy, water misters, comfortably contoured surfaces, and the option to stand. At the platinum level is the high-pressure Magic bed, which sits upon its royal throne with an open design and high-pressure bulbs for especially swift results.
The salon administers spray tans as well. An automated MyMyst booth dresses bodies in a copper layer that suits the client's skin type, and technicians deftly wield Infinity Sun airbrushes, tanning patrons with the same system used by celebrities when preparing for an awards ceremony or hiding from the paparazzi in a sand dune. As visitors achieve their desired hue, they can tune into the room's XM radio stations and peruse a wide selection of lotions, some of which target acne or eczema.
Attentive staff, minimalist furnishings, and open, uncluttered spaces place the focus on each client's needs at this chic Aveda concept salon. A 60-minute elemental nature facial begins with a consultation to address skin concerns with a choicely worded letter. Next, a customized selection of products goes to work to make your glower glow. A gentle exfoliation scrubs away skin's epi-most dermis, leaving a clean, fresh layer of skin that hasn't been seen by the naked eye since you were 3. Then, moisturizers hydrate thirsty cells, avoiding the crispy edges of the oily-dry spectrum in favor of a pleasantly neutral spot in between. After 60 minutes of face time, your aesthetician will move to its ancillaries with a 15-minute, chakra-balancing massage. Expert fingers realign wandering chakras—energy centers in the body— with the help of a balancing blend of aromas, then a deep tissue massage of the back and spinal muscles matches inner balance with outer balance. Unlike the time you got stranded on an interstate island, leave prepared for any challenge your face might face with $20 worth of Aveda skincare products.
From their sculptures to their architecture, it’s clear that Italians have long understood beauty. The professional beautifiers at Casa Bella Salon fittingly draw inspiration from the country’s aesthetics. They appoint their salon and spa as a villa, coating its worn stone walls in the famed bougainvillea vines that ensconce many a Tuscan manor. They further channel this ancient beauty into modern styles as they sculpt hair, apply makeup, and rejuvenate skin. They also provide manicures and pedicures, topping nails with a single hue or the stripes of the Italian flag.