A gold mermaid watches out over the bustling activity inside NY Splash Beauty Salon. As jets of water splash up against the gilded sculpture, clients seated at the reception bar relax before and after treatments, soaking in the sounds of tiny crashing waves. During appointments, stylists pamper patrons above the neck with haircuts, color treatments, and makeup applications. On the spa side, nail technicians clip, buff, and coat keratin covers with vibrant hues. Their waxing experts remove unwanted follicles from legs, arms, and faces in procedures that take less time than shaving or securing an eviction notice for squatting hairs.
Hair Today's seasoned stylists snip and primp their clients' manes with products such as Redken, Matrix, and American Crew, accentuating flattering features and keeping coifs in vogue or defiantly out of it. A shampoo cleans and freshens follicles, and a cut carves strands into enticing new forms, a two-step process as salutary as removing leaves and debris from a car's grill before brushing it with a full bucket of toothpaste. Head fronds can shift allegiance to another frequency along the spectrum of visible light after a partial color, and a supervening blow-dry finalizes the sleek new ‘do. Gentlemen, alternatively, can swing by the salon twice for a pair of 30-minute haircuts that keep domes trimmed and dapper enough to sweet-talk fedoras into never caving, no matter how much downward force a piggyback rider can exert on them.
The fully licensed staff at Cocospa glamorizes nails and pampers limbs with skin-softening treatments, seating clients in massage chairs throughout a 5,000-square-foot facility. Guests can select preferred colors of polish as the Coco spa manicure softens hands with moisturizing lotion and a 10-minute massage. The corresponding pedicure exfoliates paws with a green-tea mud wrap, and a callus-softening serum dwindles the tough spots caused by sleep tap-dancing. After a 20-minute massage with essential oils and hot stones, toes sink into a warm paraffin bath and receive a glossy coat of polish to conclude the one-hour service. Clients on the prowl for longer-lasting finger art can opt for the UV permanent french set. An exhaust fan dispels meddlesome powder fumes as staff members affix elegant shells to natural nails, leaving mitts looking chic without the need for knuckle tattoos of the Eiffel Tower.
Artistex Salon & Spa’s talented staff, overseen by the accomplished colorist Odete DaSilva, luxuriates mitten-fillers and fire-stompers with a vast menu of spa services. Indulge in augmentations to arm and leg endings with a 90-minute mani-pedi, commencing with a foot soak in a stew of grapefruit extract and tea-tree oil. A sugar scrub treats hands and feet to sweet exfoliation that removes calluses and dead cuticles, rendering skin softer than a jab from the Snuggle Bear. Feet are further pampered with moisturizing shea-butter extract, a cucumber-and-green-tea clay mask, and a massage that incorporates botanical extracts to relieve digit discomfort. The mani-pedi’s finale clips finger- and toenails before shellacking them with a choice of polish.
The nail technicians, massage therapists, and aestheticians at True Grace Spa & Nail use top-shelf products to yield long-lasting results. By slathering hands and feet in a private-label lotion containing pure botanical ingredients, nail technicians hydrate the skin without leaving the greasy after-feel associated with cheap lotions or used motor oil. During signature facials, aestheticians nourish faces with Decléor products that contain all-natural ingredients. To enhance the therapeutic benefits of massage, kneading professionals may add the spa's signature Cellular Renewal lotion or Moisture Vitality lotion, both of which restore vitality to the skin and promote relaxation with subtle aromas of citrus or lavender.
Refreshing facials and a variety of massage modalities, including hot stone and prenatal, helped to secure Born of Earth Spa's first- and second-place nods in the Best of Fairfield County Readers' Poll in 2012. The spa's staff also ushers in relaxation with seaweed mud wraps and blueberry-smoothie peels, both designed to gently detoxify the skin. A plush banquette with pillows ensures that pedicures are cozy experiences, cradling clients as they sip warm tea or have their toes transformed into beautiful french braids.