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.
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 olfactory senses. 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.
Whether working out of the studio or in clients' homes, the licensed aestheticians at GlamHer Lash Studio beautify clients with semipermanent eyelash extensions and complimentary arm and shoulder massages. Semipermanent extensions may last for as long as two months, helping to strengthen natural lashes in the process. In addition to extensions, the studio also offers in-home microdermabrasion treatments and hair-removal services.
The massage therapists at Holistic Bodywork ease stress and pain over the massage table with approaches ranging from Swedish relaxation to deep tissue. Technicians use hot stones, soothing lotions, and varying levels of pressure to unravel muscle knots and relieve the tension caused by constantly impersonating your twin brother. They also provide off-site massages for spa-themed parties or events.
At Hair Works, expert stylist Susie Kokanovich transforms tresses into stunning works of art with masterful cuts, conditioning, and coloring. With a decade of professional experience under her belt, and top-shelf Difiaba Italian coloring product at her fingertips, the seasoned hair artist creates fashionable new 'dos and head-turning hair colors that mask any gray strands.