Showering clients with personalized attention, Allure's stylists are schooled in the latest trimming, tousling, and toning techniques that vivaciously renew locks. Enlist in the services of a professional mane maven to rework your hair's whereabouts inside a quaintly elegant salon. A day of beauty begins as tresses soak up a new hue of choice. Following color application and processing, strands submit to dutiful scrubbing with professional Redken products before their attentive shearing. Stylists educate clients in at-home hair advice, offering maintenance tips and tricks to get it to wash the dishes without asking. Once beautified, guests migrate to a private waxing room where a choice of chin, eyebrow, or lip wax makes the face feel as smooth as a porpoise, but look much prettier.
Razzles, Sky Bars, Zotz, Bull’s Eyes. The sisters who co-own The Village Sweet Shoppe purposely stock a section of nostalgic candies whose names leave most contemporary youths scratching their heads. Nonetheless, visitors of all ages grow wide-eyed over rows and rows of bins filled with colorful gummy bears, sour watermelons, malt balls, nonpareils, espresso beans, and taffies, and many find themselves sneaking a bite the moment their self-served scoops are rung up. Like Proust's madeleine cake or George Washington's boyhood wig, the candies transport visitors back to their childhoods, which was the ultimate goal of proprietors Joie Smith and Kate Mayer. When they're not tracking down hard-to-find sweets, the sisters take their goods on the go, stocking candy buffets or chocolate fountains at local weddings and birthday parties.
At New Attitudes Salon, talented stylists and aestheticians pamper clients with a spectrum of hair, skin, and body treatments. To keep hairdos in line and up to date, a CHI master educator can glide her scissors through locks or apply a flattering, ammonia-free color. Facials employ potent ingredients such as volcanic ash and glycolic acid to tighten pores and even out tone, and body scrubs refresh below-chin skin with mixtures of sea salt and organic essential oils. Treatment rooms fill with therapeutic scents of vanilla, lavender, and peppermint during spa appointments, ensuring clients leave with minds as calm as the audience at a snail race.
Alayne Curtiss's career spans more than two decades, during which she has fixed up famous faces for television appearances, seen her work featured in Glamour and Women’s Day magazine, and trained under to roofs of Lancome, Clinique, and Bobbi Brown. So when she returned to her hometown of Ballston Spa, some might’ve expected her workload to lighten. But she instead took on her greatest feat to date by opening her own beauty boutique, Make Me Fabulous. Along with a staff of experienced make-up artists, hairstylists, and cosmetologists, Alayne performs an extensive list of beauty services, including makeup applications, waxing, skincare, hair coloring, tanning, and mani-pedis. The mobile team can also tote their makeup artistry and cases of Bare Minerals products on location to commercial shoots and weddings from Pittsburgh to Vermont. To make sure beauty isn't just superficial, Make Me Fabulous employs certified personal trainer Dave Curtiss to help clients maintain physiques, which can also help them to fit into some skinny jeans or between the slats of a picket fence that surrounds a chocolate garden.
Alayne and her staff also serve a higher calling by donating funds to various cancer charities in honor of a former co-worker who lost her own battle with the disease in 2006. They also volunteer their services to raffles that benefit local schools, animal shelters, and other non-profit projects.
Beauty Bar Salon & Spa's stylists rock a high-end toolkit of products. They can render a single-process color application with L'Oréal Inowa ammonia-free color, but they can also wield the most important styling tool of all: their ears. That's because they put a priority on listening to their clients, and discerning to what degree they want to incorporate a new trend in their hair look. But their services go beyond hair—the team can splash shellac polish on nails, exfoliate skin during a microdermabrasion, or render an oxygen facial.
Kelly Rae leads the trio of staff members at her namesake salon, inspiring the whole crew with her advanced Paul Mitchell color training and cutting skills. Accompanied by fellow stylist Lesley Darling, both transform their clients' coifs with highlights, keratin smoothing treatments, and formal hairstyles. Nail tech Tina Mone, who's been beautifying hands for more than 10 years, applies chip-resistant Shellac and Gelish polishes as well as soothes palms with aromatherapy massages that relieve tension after high-fiving competitions. The salon also sells hand-painted wine and martini glasses, helping clients to continue to treat themselves once at home.