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.
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.
The stylists at Reflections Salon tame tresses and dote upon digits, leaving a pampered parade of newly styled clients in their wake. Men's manes are tastefully trimmed, producing hairdos dapper and robust enough to suffice for a firm handshake. A warmly lit, inviting wood interior and cream-colored chairs snuggle guests into friendly comfort as they choose their follicles’ next form, be it long layers, a sassy bob, or a mohawk in honor of indigenous punk bands. Highlights further transform just-dyed and snipped hair so visitors can step out of the salon with a new and bold look. Those who indulge in the mani-pedi can count on a set of 20 expertly prettified fingers and toes, shaped and polished to perfection by nail gurus.
At Just Glamorous Salon & Boutique, clients, and more specifically, their unique beauty and style needs, come first. That’s why, with every haircut, clients also receive a shampoo and blowout style; why the Kertain smoothing treatment is designed to keep locks sleek for up to three months; and why owner and stylist Rachel Peluso frequently journeys to fashion-savvy NYC to stock the salon’s boutique.
In addition to hair services, the staff also beautifies clients with specialty makeup and waxing services, whether it’s for the big wedding day or the big welding day, which involves a lot of molten metal and, thankfully, no one wearing highly flammable gowns.
The licensed and certified cosmetologists at Bella Moda Hair & Nail Salon artfully construct men’s, women’s, and children’s hairstyles and refurbish nails inside a brown-and-blue-hued salon. An arched walkway with columns welcomes visitors into one of the spacious workstations, where skilled stylists douse heads with Bed Head products during signature cuts, color services, or formal stylings. Men's cuts can be complemented with hot shaves and scalp-therapy treatments, and utilize products from American Crew.
Keratin and BioIonic hair treatments chemically unfurl curls and tame frizz for uncompromisingly smooth, glossy locks, and perms and spirals perk up limp tresses. Cosmetologists also cater to unwanted hair on facial or body terrain with waxing services. Inside the nail salon, technicians render uneven digit-enders into smooth, geometrically sound shapes before laying on a coat of vibrant polish or creating self-portraits with freehand nail art.