The expert aestheticians at Exquisite Skincare and Waxing mollycoddle guests from the neck up with facials custom-fit to their skin types and strengthened with Dermalogica tonics and salves. The Dermalogica facial commences with a mapping that analyzes the face’s topography and plots the most direct bus route from the chin to the forehead. A skinsmith then double cleanses and exfoliates the visage, ridding it of stubborn makeup, dirt, and past-their-prime skin cells. Warm steam opens up pores before a gentle extraction, if necessary, whisks away blemish-causing bacteria from the face. The façade refurbishing continues with a customized mask and application of serums, toner, eye cream, and a hydrating moisturizer. A light facial massage concludes the pampering, transporting minds to places of relaxation—like a sandy beach or the inside of Paul Bunyan’s pillow. Exquisite Skincare ensconces visitors in a serene setting decked with lavender paint, glowing chandeliers, and fresh flowers.
As a certified permanent makeup technician, Alynn Dasta has mastered micropigmentation?a large word for cosmetic tattooing. Her organic, hypoallergenic pigments can enhance lips, eyes, and brows, removing the need for daily primping. During all of her treatments, she uses the Softap method, which allows for precise application of the pigment by hand. She also precedes each appointment with a consultation, and helps her clients to determine what colors will best complement their skin tone and favorite feather boa. Alynn doesn't just deal in eyeliner and lipliner, however?she can also reconstruct areolas or disguise scars on clients who have undergone surgery.
Nail technician Gigi performs numerous appendage-pampering treatments at Chateau Hair Designs, including gel manicures, pedicures designed for men, and acrylic-nail services. During the signature pedicure, feet soak in a whirlpool before Gigi kneads away tension with a foot massage and tops toenails in a vibrant lacquer.
The Millers envisioned a beauty resource for western New York – a place where creativity would flourish and clients would be treated like royalty; style would be up-to-the-minute and education ongoing. Until now, brands like Jo Malone, Oribe, Aqcua di Parma, and Kai were only to be found in major cities, hours away.
A curled sidewalk delivers patrons to the temple-like entrance of Shear Effects. After crossing the threshold, patrons enter a Colonial Revival–style red-brick residence, where owner and stylist Amy Bast and her team of beauty professionals foster beauty and wellness. Double-hung windows shed natural light on stylists as they cut, color, or texturize strands in the salon. Voyeuristic squirrels cast their unremitting gaze on nail technicians who groom fingers and toes in a mani-pedi room. Beneath the vaulted ceiling of an upstairs massage area, a licensed massage therapist doles out soothing strokes and certified myoskeletal-alignment therapy, which combines muscle-balancing techniques with joint mobilization to alleviate neck and back pain.
Park Avenue's stylists are professional listeners as well as scissorers, ensuring that specific hirsute needs will be tended to through the salon's hair services. Reconfigure your coiffure with a Personal Expression haircut ($32+ for women, $22+ for men), which includes a shampoo, blow-dry, and style. If hair is complaining of bodiless boredom, the soft body wave or straightening ($60+ each) adds some distinctiveness, while updos ($45+) and short-hair stylings ($22+) also add flair to follicles. If you're unsatisfied with your eumelanin/pheomelanin ratios, opt for a chromatic adjustment with a single-process color ($55+) or a spectrum-spanning head cocktail with full highlights ($65+). Other available services include a deep conditioning treatment ($15) and a scalp treatment ($10).