Chet Cardinale, a licensed acupuncturist and registered dietetic technician, has trained extensively in acupuncture and herbal medicine both at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and at the Jiangsu Provincial People's Hospital. At his eponymous clinic, he employs the traditional and esoteric acupuncture techniques he's learned, placing thin, sterile needles along the body's energy pathways and supplementing their healing effects with Chinese herbs and nutritional counseling. He tailors each session to individual patients, aiming to help them quit smoking, reduce energy imbalances, or assuage stress and anxiety.
Laura Christine's Salon & Day Spa oscillates between a serious day spa for grownups and a playful beauty venue for young girls. In the salon, stylists create custom cuts, modify textures, or brighten tresses with one of nine specialized color treatments. Nail techs shape and shine up nails, all the while hydrating fingers and toes with hot oils, paraffin, or sips of bottled water. In the spa, aestheticians wax unwanted hair, soothe skin with three types of facials, or nourish the body. In addition to traditional massages, therapists perform raindrop therapy—a whole-body massage that taps into the olfactory sense. During the treatment, a therapist applies essential oils in featherlike strokes. Parties for children take on a whimsical personality. In lieu of drawn-out therapies, aestheticians perform truncated beauty treatments that involve glitter, neon hairpieces, and hot-pink cosmetics. In contrast, parties for adults have an indulgent vibe—aestheticians variously lavish patrons with chocolate, adult beverages, or blank checks.
Partnered with Aveda, Corto's Salon & Seasons Spa contains knowledgeable beauticians who pamper bodies with soothing facials and skin-smoothing waxing services. Spend an hour relaxing amid sumptuous hues and warm lights as the signature facial assiduously works to rejuvenate skin via personalized products and tender hands. Philosophers can emerge from bliss with reduced facial lines and a clear head, perfect for materializing hypotheses regarding the makeup of a platonically ideal bologna sandwich. With the facial, hands and feet can relish a resplendent massage that will leave them feeling as light and free as appendages felt before the advent of gravity. For waxing services, bewhiskered bikini lines ($25) and lanate lips, brows, and chins ($35) are improved via wieldy wax, which works to gather troublesome tufts and send them packing. Furry forearms ($25) and ruffled chests ($45) can even be rendered sleeker than their amphibian counterparts.
Pink walls, tiaras, and rows of frilly white dresses just waiting to be worn. It’s a dream come true for some children, but it wasn’t always the dream of Little Diva’s Day Spa owner Debi Lamparelli, a beauty-industry veteran who credits her niece with the idea for the kids-focused salon in an article from WNY Woman. Soon, though, she found herself as enthralled by the idea as her pintsize patrons, telling WNY reporter Ashley Johnson, “I love children and would love to celebrate a special time in their lives. I love dressing girls up and making them feel like divas.”
The love of dress up is apparent from the moment customers enter the pink-striped salon, where rows of girls aged 2–13 can be found relaxing against candy-colored overstuffed pillows as aestheticians trim and paint nails and accentuate already rosy cheeks with gentle swipes of a makeup brush. Debi and her staff take the idea of royal treatment literally, providing snowy-white princess gowns and sparkling tiaras that their pintsize customers may don to emulate their favorite Disney character or eccentric mayor. The salon also hosts spa–themed birthday parties for up to 12 girls, pampering party guests with age-appropriate indulgences such as facials, pedicures, cupcakes, and sliced cucumbers for each set of eyes.
After moving to Buffalo, Nece Bellomo found herself returning to a passion she had first discovered in her homeland of Brazil: styling hair. “I just like to make people happy, to make them beautiful,” she says, recounting how she embarked on a whirlwind of education with hair mavens from Paul Mitchell and Rusk. Seven years ago, after only six years working in other people's salons, a devoted clientele motivated Nece to open her own salon and spa.
Drawing on a sleek New York aesthetic for inspiration, Nece and her daughter—a Goldwell-educated stylist and coworker—decorated the space in blacks, whites, and silvers and hung mirrors with ornate scrollwork frames to reflect back their clients' masterful coiffures. Although Nece is drawn to modern styles and keeps abreast of the latest coloring techniques and trends, she and her team focus on shearing ’dos that suit their clients’ face shapes, preferences, and inspiration from their favorite Bjork album.
In addition to pampering tresses, the salon and spa also enhances nails with chip-resistant Gelish polish, lavishes feet with scrubs and pedicures, and waxes away unwanted body fuzz.
Founder and licensed therapist Kristen M. Wood soothes distressed musculature with seven different modalities of massage, from smooth Swedish strokes to the localized finger pressures of shiatsu bodywork. The clinic's specially designed massage table leaves backs optimally exposed to the therapist’s 10-fingered artistry, and hot-stone massages ease muscular tension and warm insides faster than a bowl of chicken-noodle lava. Kristen culls inspiration from ancient China and modern science alike to design techniques that bolster cells’ oxygen supplies, relieve soreness, and alleviate stiff joints.