Four Elements Salon & Spa establishes a sense of serenity before treatments even commence. While reclining on plush leather couches in the waiting room, guests can warm up their contented-sigh muscles over mugs of coffee and tea. Staff members then lead the way into either the salon?where stylists create new 'dos via haircuts and highlights?or private treatment rooms, where low lighting casts a warm glow on cozy treatment beds and vases of fresh flowers. Aestheticians offer a full range of skin services, including facials and waxing, and licensed massage therapists knead away stress.
Scissors, curling irons, and bowls of freshly mixed hair dye abound inside Beautiful Hair Design. The stylists create a mix of classic and modern dos, including chic bobs, blunt bangs, and long layers. A corner of the studio is devoted to manicures and pedicures, which can be finished off with Shellac polish that protects against chips and cat scratches.
Medical Director Dr. Irving Restituyo of Avalon Medical Spa oversees a staff of one physician assistant and two registered nurses who draw upon experience in fields ranging from cosmetic surgery to personal training to facilitate their patients' anti-aging and weight-loss goals. Cosmeceutical products by Obagi and Jan Marini fuel traditional facials, and advanced peels and microdermabrasions target signs of age—such as wrinkles and a purse full of hard candies. The majority of Avalon's remaining treatments rely upon injectables or lasers—the latter of which resurfaces skin plagued with excess hair, spider veins, or cellulite. Avalon's staffers carefully smooth wrinkles with Botox or Juvederm, as well as fat deposits with mesotherapy or Lipotherme.
There’s no stopping the aging process, short of becoming a vampire or finding the elusive soda fountain of eternal youth. But at Celia's Face & Body, licensed aesthetician Kelley offsets the physical signs of aging with facials that use ingredients such as warm paraffin masks and organic-fruit acids to improve skin’s texture. A line of Yon-Ka Paris products uses marine extracts, fruit acids, and essential oils to further rejuvenate epidermises. Luxurious facial packages can include aromatherapy back scrubs or neck-and-shoulder massages.
Beyond facials, Kelley pampers clients with bodywork sessions such as the citrus body buff, which exfoliates bods with citrus body masks more effectively than running through a lawn sprinkler filled with salt and OJ. The certified massage therapist also soothes achy muscles with massages that can incorporate deep-tissue and hot-stone massage techniques.
Salon owner and licensed cosmetologist Sue Lafferty draws cosmetic wisdom from nearly a quarter century in the beauty business as she leads her team of certified stylists and service providers. Stylists subject men's and women's manes to cuts and conditioning with high-quality products from lines such as the botanically based Biolage. Light-cured hues from Light Concept Nails color fingertips in a resin designed by German chemists to resist chipping and better grip the steering wheels of racecars. Facials cleanse and refresh skin while eyelash extensions are skillfully applied to further beautify newly radiant faces. In addition to these services, she offers gel nails and lash extensions.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard S. Fox applies his Yale training and 25 years of experience to guiding Medispa at Fox Center's range of beauty and anti-aging treatments. His team of aestheticians operate under the philosophy that physical appearance improves the quality of life by boosting confidence. With this philosophy in mind, the team first consults with clients, discussing their beauty goals before administering any customized facials or waxing services. Dr. Fox and Roxanne Pinto, NP handle the center's Botox injections. In addition to revamping skin, the team also eases clients into blissful states of relaxation with therapeutic and hot-stone massages.