Inside Platinum Salon & Spa, the building unfurls into an oasis for relaxation and beauty, one that licensed massage therapist Claudette Meno calls home. Claudette’s massage-therapy room immediately pushes the mind into a state of relaxation, readying clients for a soothing full-body massage, deep-tissue therapy, or a Zen hot-stone treatment. Expectant mothers can rest their swollen feet during a soothing prenatal massage, heightened by an exfoliating reflexology foot treatment.
Located across the street from Lakewood's Clover Park High School, this warm, intimate hair salon specializes in relaxers, fashion-forward haircuts, and Paul Mitchell color. With licensed stylist Tricia at the helm, clients can pop in for a Brazilian blowout—a semi-permanent smoothing treatment—or prep for a special night out with a roller set or natural press. Along with hair services, the studio offers bikini and Brazilian waxing to ready bodies for daring swimsuits or even more daring mini-snowsuits.
Whether it’s your hair or skin that needs rejuvenation, you can rest assured that the staff at Asami Day Spa & Salon will have you covered—sometimes literally. The spa’s skincare treatments include five types of facials designed to exfoliate and regenerate various types of skin. For issues that go deeper than the skin, there are six massage styles to choose from, including a signature spa modality enhanced by the calming scents of botanicals. True to the latter half of its name, Asami also houses a salon in which stylists skillfully remove knots, tangles, and the eggs of nesting birds.
Northwest Skin Center & Medical Aesthetics beautifies skin with a suite of high-tech treatments delivered by a friendly, professional staff. During the Brazilian bikini laser hair-removal treatment, which normally takes 30 minutes or less, a Sciton Profile laser zaps hair with bursts of light, disabling fur-growing glands for confident swimsuit-wearing both at the beach and at the office. Though many patients report a mild stinging during treatment, the cooled hand piece helps alleviate discomfort as it defoliates epidermises. Most areas require three to six treatments to achieve completely fuzz-free skin, and this treatment may not be effective on dark skin types.
Licensed massage therapist Sang Ko believes that there's an intrinsic link between the state of the mind and its manifestation in the body. Drawing this idea, Sang customizes bodywork to the particular needs of each individual. Clients may solicit Sang for light-to-medium Swedish strokes or request firmer deep-tissue or trigger-point techniques to alleviate lower-layer aches. Sports massages are also available to improve range of motion and athletic performance.
Stylist Sunny Galaviz views hair as her canvas—which is appropriate because she's also a painter. At Davinci Salon and Spa, she swaps her brush and palette for professional hair products such as Matrix, Joico, and Wella color, and expresses her creativity through cuts, color, and texture services. Although she's an artist, she guides her wild side with professional training at Toni & Guy in Long Island and more than 20 years of experience.