Whether they're designing new hairstyles or clarifying skin, the team at Capricio Salon and Spa relies on top-shelf salon and spa products. Redken, Davines, Moroccanoil, and Brazilian Blowout are a few of the name-brand products staffers sprinkle over clients during their signature hair services, such as cuts, color treatments, and formal updos. When performing skin treatments, they use Dermalogica products, which omit common irritants, such as lanolin, alcohol, and artificial colors.
Longtime stylist Elizabeth D'Acquisto opened Salone with her mother Penny and has since expanded it twice to accommodate a 14-person staff and shelves of Aveda products. The salon's staff draw on backgrounds in individual styling and aesthetics as they pamper the coiffures, skin, and nails of clients with Aveda products made from earth-culled botanicals. Whether trimming tresses, massaging away muscle aches, or waxing eyebrows to match favorite Flash Gordon villains, stylists produce sleek, professional results.
Karma: A Relaxation Spa believes in the restorative power of relaxation, administered by a skilled staff of therapists and care-bringers. Toxic-toed clients may wish to opt for a Minx pedicure, which begins with a thorough filing, trimming, and shaping of toenails and cuticles before feet are exfoliated to remove dirt and candy wrappers clogging pores. Individual Minx nails are then applied to each finger in your choice of fashionable colors and patterns, with a massage of the feet and legs rubbing stress from the rainbow-bright bike peddlers.
Offering top-notch beautification services, Victoria's Hair Works helps visitors acquire a sleek silhouette, leaving filamentous biomaterials sulking outside skin walls like yesterday's milk bottles. There is no follicle too wispy or fuzz too peachy to avoid the professional waxing maidens at Victoria's. Spiff up facial fuzz with eyebrow waxing ($11), lip waxing ($11), or a combo eyebrow-lip treatment ($20), or impress newfound, unfound, or rebound friends with an aerodynamic half-leg wax ($35) or full-leg wax (starting at $55). You can also fire a barrage of buff to the far nether-reaches of your bionic galaxy with bikini ( $25+) and Brazilian waxing ($50) options.
The stylists at Knick Salon and Spa cultivate an urban oasis where organic and vegan products, eco-sensitive cleaning agents, and methodical recycling practices reign. Inspired by Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher, the stylists refuse to cosset clients with anything except safe and nutritious concoctions by companies such as Phyto, Eufora, and Intelligent Nutrients. In their chandelier-lit workspace, they blend their mastery of cutting and coloring techniques with continuing education to expand their minds and give their hair more room to grow. That commitment to nature-inspired quality extends to the spa side as well, where mani-pedis powered by essential oils, paraffin-free masks, and organic sugar scrubs bring life back to tired hands and feet. In the private massage room, therapists ply muscles with soothing bodywork made all the more relaxing by infusions of jasmine and frankincense or the warm touch of hot stones. Tired muscles also meet their match in the spa's Alpha Capsule—a dry-heat sauna that promises each client heated vibration massage, aromatherapy, and a relaxing bowl of alphabet soup.
Natural Beauty Group's jack of all trades, Kim, never stops learning. She started as a stylist and performed makeup applications and facial waxing before receiving advanced training in facials, keratin treatments, nailcare, full-body waxing, and airbrush tanning and becoming a certified aesthetician and nail technician. Now, Kim has honed her craft and reached an impressive level of professionalism and skill, whether she's infusing hair with rich color or delicately shaping eyebrows. However, she still stays on top of trends and frequently takes continuing-education courses.