Inside a spacious home office warmed by a crackling fire, Venus Salon and Day Spa's three-person team uses products from brand names such as Schwarzkopf and Bioelements to restore softness and glow to clients’ hair and skin. In the salon, stylist Amanda Smart draws upon more than 10 years of experience to fashion updos, condition tresses, or permanently or temporarily imbue hair with custom color.
Meanwhile, licensed aesthetician Andrea exfoliates bodies with chocolate cherry sugar scrubs and faces with diamond microdermabrasions. She can also treat men’s skin concerns, removing blackheads and uncaught baseballs from pores during custom facials. Licensed massage therapist Mark kneads muscles with four variations on massage, including prenatal and hot stone.
The staff at The Reflections Salon & More tend to clients with services slated to enhance exteriors from fingertips to tresses. From simple trims to advanced, artful styling sessions, the shears-wielding professionals exercise diligence and tailor each snip to suit the client’s personality. The resident licensed waxing technician also assists clients by smoothing out bikini areas in preparation for wintertime trips to indoor water parks.
Signature Service: Full-service hair salon, waxing facials.
Brands Used: PravAna color
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Tonia Reed's first salon was modest. With only two stations and one other stylist, the beauty specialist found that her burgeoning skills and thriving client base were becoming too much for the space to handle. In 2004, she became enamored of a large Victorian-style home, and the site of In Vogue Salon & Spa was born. Decked in stately chandeliers and dark-wood bureaus, the salon surrounds its experienced hair, skin, and massage professionals with the same vintage inspiration that originally took hold of its owner. Clients take in a cup of flavored coffee or tea before basking in a massage or facial in a private treatment room or gazing into gilded mirrors as stylists sculpt locks and enrich them with vibrant colors. To polish the rest of clients' statures, technicians wax away unwanted hair and pull from a shelf of OPI products to groom and shape fingernails before they start biting themselves.
Spa on The River's menu of Old World Italian–themed services are inspired by owner Judith Santimaw's world travels, which have included stops in Rome, Milan, Tokyo, and Singapore. Her cross-country and international journeys uncover the latest spa treatments and techniques, ranging from raindrop therapy with essential oils to Roman-style "Sistine Chapel" paraffin treatments that leave hands soft and free from paint chips. Santimaw shares her discoveries not only with her team of aestheticians, stylists, and massage therapists, but also with students at the Phillips Hairstyling Institute, where she earned professional degrees in nail specialty and cosmetology.
Guests can relax into salon stations or pedicure thrones flanked by Romanesque statues as the soothing sound of water comes from a lion-faced fountain inside and the Seneca River outside. Behind them, a full-wall mural depicts a lush garden scene complete with a grandiose fountain. Clients dry newly painted nails by the fireplace or head to the dock behind the spa to give any lingering stress a Viking funeral.
Shear Indulgence's pulchritude professionals pride themselves on keeping guests happy by utilizing high-quality products, offering thorough consultations before any service, and giving back to the community. During facials, the aestheticians utilize Repechage, a high-quality skincare line made from nutrient-rich seaweed and botanicals, and during coiffing services, the stylists, who regularly attend classes to keep their skills as sharp as their shears, always conduct thorough consultations before crafting alternative or classic styles. Shear Indulgence further pleases patrons by offering free cuts for chemotherapy patients, discounts for military personnel and senior citizens, and a salon credit for those who recycle empty professional-product bottles at the salon instead of tossing them into a wood chipper.