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The talented nail technicians at Birgit's Hair & Skin revamp scraggy digits and torn-up toes with relaxing nail services enhanced by high-quality OPI polish. The classic manicure hydrates hands with a warm paraffin dip add-on ($6 value) before filing and shaping nails, and sends off pampered appendages with a professional polish (a $20 value). During the signature pedicure, feet swim through the frothy spumes of a whirlpool bath inhabited by foaming sea rocks and rubber duckies, and can choose from three decadent foot treatments: cooling aloe stress relief, warming enzymatic sea-mud mask, or invigorating peppermint sea twist. The opulent pedicure exfoliates and massages appendages, trims and primps toenails, and applies a long-lasting coat of polish (a $42 value). The entire service lasts approximately one hour—about the same amount of time the average person spends tying their shoelaces each day.

8416 Main St
Williamsville,
NY
US

High-school pals Andrea Veres and Christina Yeates drew inspiration from their own friendship when they opened The Waxing Studio & Spa in 2006, treating skin with the same care they give each other. Their approach is low-tech and gentle, and the airy spa's sleek, black-and-robin's-egg-blue rooms stay chic and tidy with nontoxic, earth-friendly cleaners. Light streams into the quiet massage rooms, where therapists demonstrate camaraderie during tandem and couples massages, before showing commitment to the earth by laundering towels in high-efficiency machines.

Aestheticians gently balance complexions with bronze scales and Hungarian skincare products from Szép Elét, an organic line rich in active ingredients and aromatic botanicals. The Waxing Studio & Spa’s defuzzing specialists created a stage between a traditional bikini wax and a Brazilian—jokingly dubbed the "B.I.T." or Brazilian In Training—to ease women into skimpier swimsuits without cutting support for bacon consumption, and eyebrow specialists will shape arches for men and women with tweezers or the ancient art of threading.

To support their community, the staff invites local vendors to display their handmade jewelry, paintings, and purses in the boutique alongside Szép Elét tonics to take home.

8500 Roll Rd
Clarence Center,
NY
US

After years of salon experience, Melanie Speidel found herself disillusioned with the industry’s often impersonal standards. She decided to combine her know-how into a joint venture—A Place in the Park—where she planned to offer classic salon and spa services with a highly personal touch. The popular salon quickly outgrew its first location, and in 2010 she moved into a spacious, stand-alone building with blond hardwood floors and plenty of natural light. The current location shares its space with Luisa Bruzga, a holistic specialist offering hypnosis, reiki, and massage.

1045 Union Rd
West Seneca,
NY
US

Since creating her aesthetic care center in 1984, owner Brenda Romanow has focused her attention on biochemical advancements in the skincare industry to provide her clients with the most effective anti-aging treatments. Under Brenda's watchful eye, Desired Image's trained staff employ a skin analysis to assess the client's dermal health, type, zodiac sign, and stress level before constructing a beauty blueprint that can include everything from chemical peels, targeted facials, and body-detox wraps to specialty treatments such as laser spider-vein removal. The beauty haven also stocks its shelves with a professional, chirally correct skincare line that helps combat inflammation and sensitivity with molecularly compatible solutions that can easily bond with the skin's lonely receptors.

871 Niagara Falls Blvd
Amherst,
NY
US

Recently featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Vanessa Williams founded The Flawless Group to free up time for busy folks through luxury-concierge and mobile-spa services. As a concierge, Vanessa can take care of day-to-day errands including arranging travel plans, picking up the dry cleaning, and chauffeuring clients around town in a luxury car or adult-size stroller. As a licensed aesthetician, her spa services can take the edge off of workaday stress with massage therapy, meditation, and facials. Whether an individual, corporate entity, or educational institution, each of Vanessa's clients saves time and might become superhuman.

1416 Sweet Home Rd.
Amherst,
New York
US

Inside Spa400's medspa setting, trained aestheticians help patrons improve skin quality with facials, microdermabrasion, and peels. SilkPeel dermalinfusion treatments shun the use of aluminum crystals or tiny face power washers and favor wet-abrasion technology, gentle exfoliation that renews the skin while removing any dead skin cells, and the infusion of medical-grade topical solution. The treatment effectively treats most skin conditions including dehydration, oily skin, fine lines, acne, acne scarring, rosacea, solar-damage and hyper-pigmentation, and requires no down time–all while rejuvenating skin for a healthy summer glow.

400 International Dr.
Williamsville,
New York
US