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.
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.
On her journey from a student’s chair at the Vidal Sassoon Academy to her new owner’s perch at Salon Ell, hairstylist and owner Kelly Almeida accumulated 10 years of technique and an acute knack for contemporary styling. Haircuts, coloring, and texturizing may be the marquee attractions at the salon, but Rosa, the in-house aesthetician, holds her own with a spate of facials that rectify wrinkles and monocle scars and bring the skin to a youthful glow. Makeup artists and manicurists add finishing touches with cosmetics and classic mani-pedis, and waxing technicians make sure no unwanted hairs peek through bathing suits, tank tops, or fake mustaches.
Anyone who shaves regularly knows that keeping skin smooth and stubble-free is a chore. At LiVi Laser Hair Removal Center, located within Nuance Salon, a certified laser hair-removal technician?who works under the tutelage of a medical director?draws on more than five years of experience to free clients from that chore. She aims the beams of a Candela laser at bikini lines, underarms, and other regions of the body, gradually halting future hair growth. The treatment is effective on all skin types.
The W Salon rehabilitates ornery exteriors into their most comfortable and sprightly selves through a range of massage, nail, hair, and skin services. Heads can opt for a stylish cut ($40 for women, $30 for men) and deep conditioning ($20) to shake up the usual routine, while fashion police fugitives can dodge their captors with a transformative hair coloring, allowing them to blend in with the chic set ($45–$155). Prep your bod for beach season or a management position at a nearby nudist camp with targeted hair removal treatments ($20–$65 depending on area). Rejuvenating facials moisturize and exfoliate skin, leaving mugs freshly glowing ($40–$75). Allow one of The W Salon’s professional nail techs to file scraggly ends into tiptop cutaneous form with a polish-accented manicure ($15+) or pedicure ($35). Available massages include the flowing strokes of the Swedish ($75 for one hour), the toxin releasing pressure of deep tissue ($75 for one hour), and the gentle relaxation of hot-stone therapy ($90 for one hour). Each massage employs technique-specific affronts to bodily stressors, driving out unwanted spirits like an ectoplasm-targeted proton pack.
Glow Hair Skin and Harmony’s interior evokes an elegant turn-of-the-century hotel with its candles, sumptuous drapes, gilded decorations, and a real bed for massages. The spa encompasses all three stories of a colonial home, where beauty buffs flock for haircuts, specialty facials, massages, and nailcare. Aestheticians certified in Keratin smoothing treatments can coat strands in Matrix products, while skincare services such as waxing might use Glow’s house line of products. Regardless of the service, the spa staff only uses products that exclude artificial colors, allergens, and repurposed hotel samples.