Valerie Pellegrino’s skills as an aesthetician and makeup artist work well together when revamping clients’ visages. Customized facials zone in on gently combating everything from stubborn pimples to excess oil to dry and flaky skin. Once problematic skin is vanquished, Valerie paints blank canvases with airbrush makeup and fake eyelashes long enough to braid.
Never one to settle for the stagnant beauty services of yore, technician ThuLan has travelled across the country to learn new treatments and proudly add them to her service menu. She imparts her knowledge of nail and eyelash care to clients from her nail station. To enhance mani-pedi services, ThuLan enlists the aid of such relaxing treatments as a hydrating paraffin wax, exfoliating green-tea mask, and hot-stone massage for the forearms and lower legs. She then decorates fingernails with a natural-looking silk wraps or a protective layer of shellac or organic SNS gel polish. And to personalize each pedicure service, ThuLan encourages clients to dip their toes into a pedicure chair's built-in whirlpool, which she fills with aromatic lavender salts and handwritten love notes. For faces, she provides waxing services and applies eyelash extensions, a trade in which she became certified after completing 200 hours of practice.
Flower arrangements and chic furniture decorate the interior of ThuLan Nail Retreat, hinting at its staff's passion for beauty. The pampering experts transfer that passion into spa treatments that leave clients looking and feeling their best. Nail services range from manicures and pedicures with hot-stone massages to organic gel nails. Eyelash and brow tinting, eyelash extensions, and permanent makeup also beautify guests.
At Newtown MediSpa, Dr. David Hendricks and his staff do all they can to keep skin looking healthy. They refresh it with beauty injections such as Botox and Juverderm, revamp it with facials and chemical peels, and streamline it with laser hair removal or waxing. In addition to skin-focused med-spa treatments, they offer traditional spa services such as Swedish massages and the Swedish massage's rival, the Norwegian back scratch.
Cara Bartkus is never in a rush. Long before opening her own spa, she first attended the Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences, then became a certified aesthetician, and later worked at several spas to gather all the experience necessary to become a well-rounded aesthetician. She also augments her treatments by laying candles throughout the small spa space and by using Eve Taylor products made with organic essential oils.
While what's considered beautiful can sometimes seem monolithic?a one-color, one-style type of beauty?the stylists at DeLou Couture Beauty Services recognize that beauty comes in all hair shades (even those usually found only in crayon boxes) and textures. They want their clients to feel good about themselves and to treat their tresses right, so they work with customers from all ethnic backgrounds to choose the haircut and haircare techniques that are right for them.
In addition to cuts, color, and services such as natural blowouts or relaxers, DeLou Couture's stylists also primp nails, wax unruly brows, and apply makeup so clients' lipstick can match?or artfully clash?with their new highlights. Most of these services can also be taken on the road, for at-home prettifying sessions and special occasions such as weddings and away soccer games.