Skintastic's certified technicians blend technology with medical-grade skincare products in their attempts to revitalize faces and restore skin health. Complimentary consultations begin each service, during which a skincare expert checks to see if clients' faces have any existing skin conditions or are actually balloons hiding behind masks. Skilled hands coat faces in either Sensi or Esthetique chemical peels, which battle conditions such as acne, rosacea and hyper-pigmentation for 45–60 minutes, all while helping topical products penetrate the skin's many layers. During microdermabrasions, technicians employ a DiamondTome wand that polishes skin with diamond chips and vacuums as it removes the topmost layer. The treatments, which vary in length based on each client's skin condition, can render softer, smoother skin without causing any need for downtime.
Candles, plants, and flowing curtains channel a warm, relaxing vibe in Samatva Yoga's custom-built studios, where students of all skill levels practice ancient poses with a modern twist. To expose pupils to a range of yogic styles, more than a dozen seasoned instructors build an interdisciplinary class lineup that fosters experimentation and self-growth. The studio's signature classes stem from classical traditions such as Hatha and Ashtanga, whose poses and breathing exercises cultivate strength, flexibility, and focus. Many sessions take place in muscle-loosening 105-degree temperatures, which help pores eject body-bound impurities and books on tape lodged in the subconscious. In addition to teaching backbends and arm stands to groups, staffers guide individuals through assisted poses during Thai massages and dissolve energy blockages with reiki treatments. At the downtown Kingston location, a sauna invites students to unwind and detoxify after they stretch and balance in classes and workshops.
When beautifying the heads and bodies of his clientele, Yetmir Keqa of Salon Yetmir draws from eastern European roots, an apprenticeship at James Brett Coiffure, and a natural stockpile of dry wit and sincerity that helps to ease minds. During hair services for men, women, and youth, Mr. Keqa caters to his subjects' personalities and penchants for auditioning for shampoo commercials, using products by Davines and colour infused with milk protein. Facials and massages soothe away stress and brighten countenances, and mani-pedis leave extremities ready for first-impression handshakes. While clients admire glossy black treatment chairs and full-length, thick-bordered mirrors, they sip a complimentary macchiato that lightens the mood and keeps hair awake long enough to say goodbye to its split ends.
Viola's European Esthetics Studio chases a single, simple mission?to make clients feel better. With a 20-year industry veteran and staff beautician Violetta Dudek at its helm, the studio performs an extensive list of rejuvenating services, including deep-cleansing facials, Japanese manicures, eyelash extensions, and electrolysis. Each begins with a consultation in order to tailor treatment to the client's needs, and the studio can even use a high-resolution computer skin analyzer to pinpoint collagen quality and check skin for spyware. Electrolysis sessions vary in duration based on the client's needs, with a single session lasting a minimum of 10 minutes.
Within the calming green walls at Soothing Oasis Spa, certified aestheticians maintain a tranquil oasis in the midst of a hectic world, helping clients reduce stress and refresh bods with head-to-toe pampering services. They nix unwanted patches of hair with the help of warm wax, festoon nails in brilliant hues during mani-pedis, and help faces regain long-ago looks via anti-aging facials.
At their newly opened location, the skin therapists at Solace Spa cater to clients' beauty needs with advanced products, from body sugar for hair removal to Dermalogica facials free of dyes, fragrances, and fillers. Their strict adherence to proper health-care and cleaning practices leave clients to relax at ease.