A Phyto product exclusive salon, John Martin Hair Salon uses haircare products made with handpicked botanicals rather than formaldehyde, synthetic dyes, and other harmful chemicals. In craft, too, the stylists here are committed to providing only the best and keep up with the latest trends and techniques by continually studying under industry leaders.
Andrea Carangelo viewed her brother, Mark, as a miracle worker. She watched as he used his skills with massage to help people manage the pain of multiple sclerosis. Later in life, she experienced an injury so intense that she couldn’t walk—a back surgery damaged her femoral nerve—and it was her brother’s massage work that helped her regain use of her leg.
Those memories remain with her today, guiding her vision for Massage Therapy & Wellness Center. Andrea draws upon more than 10 modalities—her specialties being warm-bamboo and hot-stone massage—as well as upgrades such as aromatherapy to tailor each of her 60- to 120-minute custom massages. After leading a consultation to identify her client's concerns, she keeps communication open throughout the session, explaining every technique she uses and tapping tension-releasing commands to muscles via Morse code. She typically applies a light oil or gel to enhance bodywork, and for especially intense problem spots, she may apply Prossage ointment to radiate warmth deep into tissue layers. Her studio augments the relaxing effects of massage by surrounding clients in soft lighting and calming music.
Beach Bum Tanning's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified Airbrush Artists also implement customized airbrush tans over 150 ways by using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
What do New York Fashion Week 2011, the Fall Into Beauty Tour, and Jerseylicious have in common? They all featured the award-winning makeup looks of Ereny Milad. Winner of WeddingWire's Brides Choice Award 2011 and 2012 and The Knot's Best of Weddings 2012 and 2013, the MAC Pro makeup artist and owner of LUSH ARTISTRY also served as a resident makeup artist at New York Fashion Week from 2008–2012. Harnessing her skills of contouring, highlighting facial features, and hiding blemishes, Milad—along with her staff of expert beautifiers—brings out clients' natural beauty with a slate of services including glamorous makeovers, airbrushing, and bridal makeup. Milad also leads hands-on classes, during which students learn the secrets behind her dramatic runway makeup and understated everyday looks for cleaning the bathtub.
At Tansmania, trained and certified tanning advisors help customers achieve their tanning goals with a variety of beds and UV-free tanning options. Customers can choose from four different levels of tanning beds as they work toward their optimal hues with the aid of products. In addition to tanning, the salon features a private cedar-planked sauna room that radiates with infrared heat. Guests can recline in the cozy space as patented Tecoloy heaters raise the temperature and LED lights stimulate skin cells to promote cellular regeneration. The relaxing experience is heightened by the aromatic scent of the wood and customers' choice of music.
At Therapeak Massage Clinic licensed massage therapists give treatments in private massage rooms—all blanketed in soft lighting and equipped with cushy tables. There, clients can enjoy services that range from deep-tissue and Swedish massage to more concentrated techniques for the back, neck, and shoulders. Some therapists specialize in prenatal massage, and others have advanced education in pediatric myofascial release. They can also customize treatments for children or dressed-up pets posing as children.