Individualized attention is the name of the game at Ageless Skin Solutions. Massage therapists take the time to consult with clients, and aestheticians thoroughly analyze the skin with assistance from the sun-damage-detecting Visia machine. Staffers then carefully select the appropriate massage lotions or skin products and thoroughly explain each service in detail. The team uses only noncomedogenic ingredients and pure pressed oils discovered during years of researching product lines and conversations with houseplants. Skincare experts personalize treatments to focus on specific concerns, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or fine lines, and employ innovative anti-aging processes including microcurrent technology and LED phototherapy. Exfoliating enzymes and diamond-based microdermabrasion sessions banish dead cells and include a complimentary massage of the face, neck, shoulders, and décolleté.
After aromatherapy-filled full-body massages, staff members direct rejuvenated guests toward the relaxation room for hot green tea or fruit-infused water and a light snack. The boutique-style reception area greets guests with elegant chandeliers, and treatment rooms cosset eyes with soft candlelight ideal for crafting a shadow-puppet version of The English Patient.
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Chic, light-filled confines replete with tall mirrors and an elegant white-and-brown color scheme welcome clients into Bernard’s Salon and Spa. The modern, opulent look of the space hints at a rich line of products used in-house, including Dermalogica, Unite, Becca, and Jan Marini. Ultramodern hairstyling and European hair-coloring services make use of these hair-buttressing serums to enliven tresses with fresh looks, and one-hour blow-outs leave strands more polished than the aftermath of two olive-oil trucks colliding on freshly waxed bowling-alley lanes. To attend to nonhairdocentric concerns, Bernard’s staff shows clients to private treatment rooms for massage, waxing, and facial services. The savvy team helps both spa and salon clients extend the lives of their services by recommending the proper products to take home or by encasing them in bubble-wrap cocoon.
Moxie Blue Salon's seasoned stylists snip curls and hydrate locks with precise haircuts and salon services prefaced by a thorough consultation. After discussing desired angles and which cheekbone most deserves to display its tattoo, a scissors wielder frees scalps of split ends during the 45-minute haircut. Once lighter and layered, hairdos bask in a deep-conditioning treatment that hydrates heads and relaxes overly stressed strands. Feel free to have a stylist sprinkle coifs with partial or full highlights, a strand-coating lightener that adds dimensionality without inducing the misguided application of crayons. Or wrestle unruly locks into silky submission by undergoing a Control Zero treatment that works to transform frizzy hair into straight, shiny manes without the use of formaldehyde. Within the salon, sleek orange chairs pop against the clean white walls and brown counters as stylists snatch blow-dryers hanging leisurely from the ceiling.
At Simply Gents, men of all age brackets sit back and relax as skilled stylists tackle everything from edging and polishing the nails of hardworking hands, to executing clean, handsome haircuts. Each member of the eminently experienced staff brings a wealth of specialized skills to the barbershop chair or spa table, including delivering precision clipper cuts and beard detailing or carrying out speedy, deft waxing of unwanted body hair. The space exudes an aura of old-timey manliness, with straight-razors gently cleaning away stubble from jawlines, a dark, varnished hardwood floor underfoot, and a policy of mandatory arm-wrestling for all new visitors.
A combination of technical prowess and creativity steady the shears and blow through the hairdryers at Bernard's Salon and Spa, a beauty center that aims to have its clients feeling like they just stepped off the cover of Vogue. Not all the staffs' attention is focused on the scalp, however—aestheticians deftly apply cosmetics before nights-on-the-town, perform rejuvenating facials, remove unwanted fuzz with wax, and shape cuticles during mani-pedis. Massage therapists, meanwhile, use swedish and deep tissue techniques to ease tension from the body, making clients appear more relaxed, approachable, and less likely to pop a neck vein.