The best gardeners are said to have a "green thumb," savvy art collectors have "the eye," and those in the know say that Josanne Stephens of Spa in the City has a "special touch." Over the last 25 years, Josanne has pinned down the craft of beautification to a science. The focused beams of Spa In The City's lasers zap away nail fungus, unwanted tattoos, spider veins, and skin creases from napping in an amethyst mine.
The beauty hotspot Eliza Studio does much more than cut, highlight, and style hair?although those chic services are available. The independent professionals inside the welcoming space also polish nails with mani-pedis, remove unwanted hair with waxing services, and rejuvenate skin with facials and peels. Specialized massages, such as reflexology and lomi-lomi sessions, eliminate stress and tension, and permanent makeup applications enhance permanent eyelids.
Salons at Preston Valley eschews the factory-floor feel of some haircutting outposts by providing stylists with their own private spaces. Florence Fidelma Kasyoki is one such hairdresser, and she outfits her own little slice of salon with natural, sweet-smelling flowers, putting guest at ease. As clients enjoy the floral fragrances, she cuts, colors, and styles their hair, mowing through as many as 15 inches a day, approximately the height of 3.5 Tom Cruises. To invest locks with sheen, she doles out conditioning treatments using gentle haircare products. She complements her trims with head, hand, and shoulder massages.
Because it's virtually impossible to paint nails underwater, the technicians at May Nails Spa offer the next best thing: mani-pedis performed amid tranquil faux beach decor. Full-wall prints of crystal waters and bone-white dunes peek past Greek-style archways and columns. However, sea scenery isn't all the walls hold; they also boast prismatic nail polish displays (a mere sampling of the salon's more than 400 individual gel shellac tones). As nail techs gently care for cuticles, the salon's licensed aestheticians administer voluminous lash extensions and nix fuzz with specialty waxing. They also deliver invigorating facial treatments, which rid grease from the complexion of clients and face paint from off-the-clock blue men.
Shear Heaven, a popular, full-service salon and spa, relaxes and beautifies clients in an elegant yet unpretentious environment. Two floors—the ground floor houses the hair and nail experts, and the top floor is dedicated to the soothing spa—furnish plenty of space for the vast array of services offered. Have tresses snipped, shampooed, and styled into chicness ($40+), or revel in a 30-minute Swedish massage to melt away knots, worries, and hidden pockets of iron ore ($35). Groupon holders can fan-kick fancy toes and fingers after a spa mani-pedi ($55), go smoothly to the beach with a double-underarm wax ($50), or lay back and envision a perfectly velveted visage during a European facial with exfoliation, a must-do preparation when having a plaster cast of your face made for posterity ($70).