After proving herself a dedicated employee of Patrick's Hair Design throughout two decades of outfitting patrons with signature hairstyles, Jodie Gil purchased the salon and undertook a full renovation to amp up the atmosphere with modern amenities. Today, a 25-person staff consists of hair artists, nail techs, and skin specialists, who boast years of experience in their respective fields and knowledge of cutting-edge techniques. Along the row of flatteringly lit styling stations, clients communicate their coiffure needs to help stylists shape and color their locks, and nail techs adorn digits in OPI and Essie polish at the plush, spa-like nailcare station. Facials are customized to suit individual skin types and are available in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute versions, and massages are available in six different modalities.
The owners of Farashé the Day Spa designed it with the feng shui elements of water, fire, metal, wood, and earth in mind. It makes for a fitting setting, since the treatments that take place there, like feng shui, draw from ancient Eastern healing philosophies. These Ayurvedic treatments range from scalp massages that stimulate the senses to applications of warm oils that separate clients from the lampposts to which they’ve frozen their foreheads. Aestheticians also perform Western spa treatments including facials with Dermalogica or GM Collin products. During body treatments, therapists draw from natural ingredients, such as mineral salts and sea mud, which clients then wash off with a massaging Vichy shower. Treatments take place amid the arched doorways and draped gold silk curtains that mark the spa’s Indian- and Moroccan-influenced decor.
When the team of licensed massage therapists aren’t targeting knots with Swedish, deep-tissue, and myofascial-release techniques, they advise clients on matters of fitness and nutrition. Devout believers in the health benefits of massage, the staff spends much of the time attending conferences and devising new treatments. These treatments sometimes make it onto a list of services selected for their ability to help reduce cellulite, release endorphins, and ease digestive problems caused by accidentally swallowed car keys.
NovaLash-certified extensionist Gail Hallman, a graduate from the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics, is well versed in the art of applying eyelid fringe. The semi-permanent, individual, synthetic lashes are designed to resemble a naturally curled lash and respond better to wear and tear (flirty winks, marathon crying sessions) than any other material. Lashes vary in length and thickness.
After another back-bleeding day at the leech farm, your body will be ready for a relaxing tune-up. Today's Groupon to Awaken Wellness gets you a customized 90-minute massage for $55, a $110 value. Retreat to the serene studio for an appointment Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. or Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cozy lounge is outfitted with oversized armchairs, and peaceful therapy rooms will keep you feeling calm with warm lighting and natural colors.
This relaxing bastion of beauty offers an arsenal of soothing services, including hydrating facials, fuzz-banishing waxing, eyebrow tinting, and tress taming haircuts to primp up and polish valued patrons. Start de-stressing from the top with a stylish hair cut (women's from $45, men's from $25), or dip below the follicle border with a 45-minute Ayurvedic chocolate herbal facial, complete with warm steam, a customized mask, and a knot-melting massage ($70). A 30-minute essential oil wrap provides all-over skin smoothing with moisturizing warm oil, burnishing bodies with flowing strokes from an exfoliation brush to stimulate the lymphatic system and promote detoxification ($65). Finish your bout of crown-to-sole indulgence with a 60-minute whirlpool pedicure ($55), including a hydrating foot mask and slick of polish to prettify piggies for vigorous toe-texting. To maintain the delicate balance of LD Hair Design Studio’s pampersphere, clients are asked to leave wee ones and their gregarious imaginary friends at the homestead.