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.
From head to toe, inside and out, the attentive staff at You're So Vain Salon and Spa cossets clients with therapeutic services. Stylists twist and tease locks into vibrant new styles and nail techs, meanwhile, fortify fingers and toes with gobs of mortar or long-lasting OPI color. Aestheticians give attention to epidermal layers with chemical peels and DermaSweep MD—a facial that sweeps away dead skin cells with topical solutions, vacuum pressure, and a precision brush-tip exfoliation. The spa treatments, including hot-stone massages and teeth whitening, can be combined into packages, with bubblegum-scented options for Little Girls spa parties.
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.
Treating the cosmetic blemishes that can appear on aging skin requires a forward-looking approach. Overseen by Drs. Hratch Karamanoukian and Raffy Karamanoukian, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa keeps pace with the passage of time by constantly seeking out new advancements in technology, skincare products, and cosmetic procedures.
The center’s cache of technology includes cosmetic laser systems that work to improve skin tone and texture by addressing fine lines, acne scars, and scratch-and-sniff tattoos. Beyond light, these and other systems can also use sound waves or radio frequencies to firm and lift faces. Even the more traditional spa procedures at the clinic pamper clients with medical-grade products and equipment. The crystal-free microdermabrasion system uses a diamond-encrusted titanium wand to smooth away impurities, and facials with botanically derived balms and vitamin C rejuvenate complexions.
Audubon Women's Medical Associates' female nurse practitioners, licensed aesthetician, and board-certified physicians focus solely on meeting the needs of fellow women—whether examining future family members with ultrasounds, clearing away unwanted fuzz with laser hair removal, or soothing the day-to-day stress of balancing work and home life with massage. In addition to checkups and aesthetic treatments, the healers make over daily routines with their Transitions Lifestyle System, a nutrition-oriented program that incorporates meal planning, fitness and exercise, and behavior modification.