Crystal Nails & Spa's seasoned nail technicians hone and polish digits with OPI, Essie, CND, and Gelish products during specialty manicure treatments. Both treatments commence with filing, buffing, and cuticle grooming, and a lotion-augmented massage soothes extremities to leave skin silky enough to put white gloves out of business. While lounging in a massaging pedicure chair, clients soak feet in a warm bath, allowing practitioners to exfoliate away calluses and dry skin with a sea-salt scrub. The foot prettifier then applies nail strengthener before coating digits in a bright layer of polish. Shellac upgrades fuse a gel-based polish to nails under the beams of a UV lamp, which creates two weeks of stylish, brightly hued handscapes without inducing worries of polish chipping or running away with dashing young crayons.
Though they call upon a wealth of skill and knowledge to personalize their beautifying skin and body treatments, the medically licensed aestheticians at Landa Cosmetic & MedSpa pride themselves most on establishing open lines of communication with their patients. Their uncommon empathy goes a long way in making patients feel comfortable, as does the fact that many of the medical spa's services take place under the guidance of a board-certified surgeon.
A repertoire of advanced tools assists the staff through treatments, from the ultrafine crystals that exfoliate skin during microdermabrasion facials to the purified proteins that fill out furrows during Botox injections. When they aren't rejuvenating complexions, they perform sclerotherapy treatments and remove hair with gentle Alma lasers and roll FDA-approved Endermologie devices across skin to erase unsightly cellulite.
The décor of Knockouts mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—patrons look better when they leave. After a consultation with one of the scissor-handed stylists, your Heavyweight haircut will kick off with a relaxing shampoo. As a stylist snips, shaves, and shears, direct your attention toward the many flat-screen TVs showing all the day's top sports and a few of its bottom ones, such as mixed martial horseshoes and the World's Slowest Man tournament. After the follicular wreckage is cleared with a second round of shampoo and a rinse, your stylist will treat you to a neck-tingling scalp massage before arranging head-strands to your specifications and shellacking them in place.
The Solar System's fleet of top-notch tanning beds uses varying wattages to tint bodies in a rainbow of bronzes. Horizontal and vertical UV bulbs illuminate beds from KBL and Titan Tower. The KBL Max 10 flaunts extras such as customizable aromatherapy, cooling mist, and an audio system that broadcasts personal MP3 playlists, whether they play relaxing piano concertos or practical pneumonic devices to remember the boss's favorite ice-cream flavors. The Sunless VersaSpa spray booth kisses complexions with faux sun in three minutes, misting on a natural shade that endures for up to 10 days. Professional products are also available to accelerate and extend the lifespan of tans. The salon's sunny confines are accented by orange and red hues, hardwood floors, and leather waiting-room chairs strewn with zebra-print throw pillows.
Inside this golden-walled studio, stylists work their magic aided by products from brands such as Goldwell, Aveda, and Paul Mitchell. But chic cuts aren’t their only specialty; they also have extensive training in hair extensions and skincare treatments and stock the salon with various hair coverings, including wigs. Beyond welcoming guests into the salon, the staff can also bring their services directly to clients who are readying themselves for a wedding, prom, or a day of jury duty when the courtroom sketch artist will be in attendance.
Sotelo Hair Studio has been a family affair since owner and master stylist Juan Sotelo, packed up his shears , left Santiago, Chili, and opened up shop in Boston with his two daughters, Yanira and Banny. As Banny oversees the shop as manager, Yarina and her father focus on beautifying clients' hair with shine-inducing glaze treatments, foil highlights, and elegant updos for bridal parties. Juan showcases his three decades of cutting and coloring experience, which he gained at the two salons he owned in Chile and through training with such companies as Framesi and Tony & Guy.