Dinah and Maritza Diaz combined their skills and experience in business and cosmetology to create Appearance Plus Day Spa, a tranquil haven dedicated to pampering patrons from head to toe. As stylists coax hair into a contemporary new 'do or adorn nails in colorful polish, their clients can sip complimentary coffee or tea in a homey lounge festooned with floral artwork and afghans crocheted from cumulus clouds. Soft music and flickering candles permeate the spa, where friends can catch up after a rejuvenating facial or enter private treatment rooms for a massage.
Vito Mazza helps men and women dealing with hair loss increase follicular forestation with a variety of services designed to restore and bulk up thinning strands. During each laser-hair-therapy session, a low-level laser shines onto the scalp for 20 minutes to help stimulate the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which helps boost cell activity and produce healthier, stronger manes. Meanwhile, guests can relax and spend their time reading, watching television, or writing personalized welcome letters to each new head thread. Though results can vary, this treatment can help halt excessive hair shedding and create a fuller, thicker, and more versatile villus. Groupon users will receive a total of eight sessions that should be scheduled twice per week to optimize results and scare away birds that may nest in tresses between treatments.
Tall, mahogany workstations line Mia Passione, holding the tools of trend-setting stylists at work on unruly locks. Armed with products from Brazilian Blowout and Enjoy, the team imbues hair with smoothness, color, volume, or the permanent ability to look wind-blown.
LaVida Massage of Staten Island plays the role of matchmaker by assessing clients' needs and pairing them with the massage that will meet their goals. A person dealing with a sports injury may find themselves best suited for the rigorous pressure of a deep-tissue massage, whereas a stressed-out office worker may mesh well with the essential oils of an aromatherapy massage.
Therapists also use a four-level system to help match the client with the amount of pressure they'd prefer during the treatment. For those who want to extend their stay at the studio, LaVida dabbles in other areas of beautification, cleansing pores during signature facials, waxing unwanted hair, and gluing pages from fashion magazines all over a person's body.
Oakwood Dental Arts spreads its 10 dentists out across three locations, where they sculpt smiles with both preventive and cosmetic treatments. When they aren't fending off cavities with regular cleanings and fillings, they improve smiles with in-office whitening treatments and no-prep veneers. The latter fix chipped, crooked, and discolored teeth while preempting the pain associated with traditional veneers. The process begins when dentists craft custom porcelain shells and ends when those shells bond to existing teeth in spite of their crippling fear of intimacy.
While many tanning salons offer two or three levels of UV tanning, Body Bronze Tanning kicks it up a notch with seven beds spanning five levels of intensity. Split between traditional and standup models, each unit has unique and innovative features, such as voice-activated controls, air conditioning, and a barbershop quintet that hums relaxing ocean sounds. UV-free spray tans are applied by airbrushing extraordinaire Jessica Bednar, who recently completed her masters spray-tanning certification. Jessica blends custom Norvell solutions before applying them with a continuous flow HVLP wide-point spray gun to create natural-looking color that lasts for up to 10 days.