Upon arrival at Facial Spa and Body, stress immediately begins to melt away when a cup of tea or coffee is placed in your hands and you gaze at the robin's-egg-blue walls while waiting for facials, body wraps, and cellulite treatments. The aesthetician then leads you into a private room stocked with products from top skincare brands such as SkinCeuticals, Obagi, and La Roche-Posay. In addition to these brands, Facial Spa and Body also sells Colombian Fajas Salome shaping girdles, which contour waistlines, improve posture, and protect midsections from sucker punches.
The experienced stylists at Extension Dreams Salon & Spa specialize in enhancing natural hair with extensions. They use a number of methods to affix faux strands, including sewing, taping, clipping, ultrasonic waves, tiny copper micro-rings, and motivational speeches. The team also offers cuts, color services, makeup application, and nailcare with products such as Essie and CND Shellac polish.
Stepping through the door of 1160 Hair is like tiptoeing into another dimension. Pink cherry blossoms hang from the ceiling in defiance of the physics of the real world, and a big-eyed girl and the Mad Hatter peer from swirling paintings on the wall.
Owner Wendy Kahn envisioned her salon as a fairytale-like experience, a whimsical place where aesthetic fantasies become reality with hair care, facials, and mani-pedis. Today, she presides over a salon that indeed looks plucked straight from Alice in Wonderland or a Tim Burton film. Depending on what room guests are in, they'll experience a different aesthetic. In the manicure area, pink velvet seats slide up to black-and-gold tables. In the shampoo room, with artificial-turf floors, a plastic trophy moose head watches from the wall above chairs that are the bright red of a fire truck discovering a “kick me” note on its back. In the salon area, clients sit in white leather chairs in front of gilded antique mirrors, donning leather-print smocks to protect their clothing from errant hairs.
Dr. Maria Patricia Restrepo began the journey toward founding MPR Institute when she was diagnosed with diabetes at 14. The diagnosis brought on bouts of obesity and depression, but Dr. Restrepo didn’t give up—instead, she began to research. “What I understood when I started reading was that if I lost weight, my body [would] cope much better with [diabetes],” she says. But losing weight was just the beginning in her quest toward holistic health. She ended up studying medicine, and through her research she learned about the impact of certain foods on health.
Now, Dr. Restrepo and a team of doctors and therapists customize detoxification plans, facials, and ayurvedic healing services according to each patient’s needs. “The solution for one person is not the solution for everybody,” she says. Staff members take lab tests and hold in-depth consultations with their clients to determine appropriate detoxification or dieting programs. Common treatment targets include hormonal changes, liver detoxification, and colon cleansing.
Inspired by conversations with women from across the globe, the founders of Vitalis created complete wellness programs that help clients with limited free time to meet and maintain weight goals, find balance, and feel healthy. They realized that women juggling motherhood, careers, and bowling pins didn't have hours to devote to exercise and dieting, so they gathered a team of nutritional experts and fitness specialists to assist these women in finding time-effective exercise and diet plans, such as using a vibrating power plate to speed up weight loss. The team combines these plans with advanced equipment to slim bodies, banish cellulite, or detoxify systems and move patrons further along the path to confidence and health.
Aida M. Lopez Dental Spa presents clients with more opportunities to experience a beautiful smile than the typical dental practice. Though the staff completes routine checkups, they focus on comprehensive cosmetic care, relying on ultramodern technology?such as laser-hair removal, skin tightening, and more?to restore and enhance more than just smiles. Radiant and relaxed grins spread across the faces of guests who enjoy spa services ranging from facials and massages to Botox and other dermal fillers. All of the treatments serve the clinic's greater mission to impart clients with more confidence than a fairy-tale prince after he successfully scales the castle tower but before he realizes it's just the pigeon coop.