The Hair Spa's talented stylists nurture tresses beset with split ends or overall poor health inside an immaculate, spa-like salon. A sudsy shampoo gently removes dirt, oil, and heavy buildup left after drying hair with a sandstorm. A follicle doctor infuses locks with a deep-conditioning treatment designed to restore wounded wisps according to specific hair needs. A mending mask restores strength and elasticity to chemically damaged hair, and a quenching mask hydrates chronically arid manes. Stylists then shear and style newly supple strands into an abridged 'do adopted from a shot of their favorite celebrity or a self-fulfilling photograph of the client sent back in time from three hours in the future.
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To keep their skills fresh, the staff at Studio M head to New York and Beverly Hills to learn the latest beauty trends and techniques. Once back at their Clifton salon, the stylists blend these new skills with their years of experience to create flattering styles with ombre highlights, Keratin Complex straightening treatments, and SoCap hair extensions. Meanwhile, aestheticians perform Yonka facials and crystal microdermabrasion to restore skin's youthful glow as digits receive coats of OPI polish and LCN tips. For head-to-toe rejuvenation, clients can call upon the spa's therapist who customizes massages to suit each guest, using hot stones to ease tight muscles and reflexology to relax hopelessly tangled toes.
Owner and stylist Jill opened Santa Fe Salon back in 1992. She and her small team of stylists and nail technicians have a true passion for their work and frequently take refresher classes to keep their skills up to date. They specialize in Redken and Goldwell hair color and mani-pedis with bright OPI, Essie, and Misa nail polishes.
The powerhouse trio behind V'Va Hair Salon knows how to handle an unruly mane. Owner Vanessa and her well-coifed stylists, Jessica and Jamie, deftly transform hair from so-so to chic with the help of professional-grade tools including shears, coloring solutions, and air-funneling blow-dryers. The result? Fashionable, expertly styled locks left free from frizz after Keratin treatments or shining after applications of glaze conditioner. The trio also delivers stunning wedding-day makeovers for brides-to-be, and helps those less-than-confident with an eyelash curler with makeup lessons or analysis of that nightmare with the laughing mascara.
Sulis, The Spa at Melandre borrows its name from the healing waters of Bath, England, where throngs of people once flocked to bask in the rejuvenating steam of the city's natural springs. But though the focus on health and replenishment remains the same, Sulis has expanded upon the spa traditions of 1,000 years ago to treat clients to a host of modern amenities, as well as décor and healing practices borrowed not just from the ancient bathhouses, but also from around the world.
Visitors are first greeted by a stone carving of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and happiness, before they are ushered to lush changing rooms. There, they find stone-tiled showers that pay homage to the limestone aquifers of Bath, along with plush robes, slippers, and towels. From there, guests can head to the modern tranquility room to enjoy a cup of tea, listen to peaceful music, and inhale soothing aromatherapy, or they can skip straight to their treatment and save the unwinding for later.
Aside from pampering clients from head to toe, transformative services aim to enhance the health and beauty of hair, skin, nails, and spirits. Hair-removal services use natural ingredients such as a sugar paste, which removes hair in the direction of growth, or an antimicrobial botanical wax. Facials and body treatments cleanse and exfoliate the skin to remove dead cells, blackheads, and clothing that’s been super glued on. A foot bath and warm herb neck towel prep clients for a Swedish-style massage that uses long strokes, various depths of pressure, and essential oils to knead out knots and improve circulation. Meanwhile, airbrush-makeup application enhances features for special events and daily affirmations in front of the mirror, and clients can easily replicate the results at home using Bare Minerals makeup, which is available for purchase in the spa.
No updo is too intricate and no color scheme too crazy for the team at Visual Elegance Hair Studio, where the stylists' shears seamlessly transition from classic cuts to trendy, asymmetrical bobs. Brides leave the styling chair with romantic curls falling softly about their shoulders or swept up to conceal the emergency backup bouquet hidden behind their ears, and everyday guests emerge looking like better versions of themselves following corrective-color or texturizing treatments. Never ones to shy away from trends, the staffers can weave in feather extensions or paint strands with vivid streaks of Urban Shock color to match newly polished nails on the hands or feet. Waxing services swiftly sweep away strands squatting outside the brow line or above the lip, and Chi Enviro Smoothing System treatments keep hair in its rightful place atop the head, but eliminate frizz using a formula rich with amino acids, proteins, and silk.