Salon Di Panache's Victorian turrets and inviting, wraparound porch give way to a shabby-chic interior filled with glittery chandeliers and plush antique chairs. If it weren't for strategic swathes of leopard-print fabric and the beauty products lining the dark-wood bookshelves, it would be easy to mistake the space for some kind of time warp. Pati and Andy, Salon Di Panache's owners, intentionally built upon the vintage charm of the old house, redesigning its interiors with studded manicure tables and purple velour curtains to put clients at ease and make any nearby ghosts jealous. The duo leads a staff of stylists, nail technicians, massage therapists, and an aesthetician.
Stylists refurbish hair with single- and double-process color and a range of hair- and scalp-conditioning treatments. The aesthetician soothes skin with Aveda's plant-based facials, back facials, body polishes, and specialty treatments, such as a rosemary-mint body wrap. The salon's massage therapists also express creativity with massages that fuse hot stones and botanical essences, as well as the Panache signature massage, conducted atop a heated water table.
From electrolysis to haircuts to organic airbrush tanning, there's a wealth of reasons a client might waltz into The Spa at Bella Boutique. A licensed staff, under the medical direction of board-certified Dr. Mohktar Asaadi, helps these visitors refine themselves both inside and out. Depending on each client's goals, aestheticians and therapists might administer massages with hot stones or evict unwanted hair. But perhaps their most versatile services are facials, which use products from brands such as Murad, Obagi, and SkinMedica eliminate imperfections such as acne or the deep wrinkles caused by sleeping on piles of laundry.
When it comes to skincare, Roni Paulino has done a little bit of everything throughout her nearly 40-year career. She's administered glycolic peels and laser treatments at plastic surgery offices, and performed custom facials and massage at a five-star hotel spa in New York City. Now at her own spa in New Jersey, Paulino works with clients in need of varying degrees of treatment. Those just looking to relax and refresh can get the signature facial, which includes a gentle exfoliation and facial massage, while those with scarring or hyperpigmentation issues can try microdermabrasion or a four-layer facelift. The service menu also includes makeup applications and massage.
Recognized by SpaFinder as one of the country's Top 10 Best Spas for its affordability and its spa manager, Deerfield Spa provides a healthy and relaxing retreat in the heart of the Poconos. The state-of-the-art facilities include two gyms, an outdoor pool and hot tub, a sauna, and a spa treatment room. Exercise classes such as yoga and circuit training are offered around the clock, while scenic hiking trails can be picked up just off the property.
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At the precocious age of 22, entrepreneur Linda Cesario started her own salon—but a fire soon destroyed it, and Cesario was forced to go to work for other salon owners. With time, Cesario gathered the courage to strike out on her own again, and she named her new salon Lighten Up as a nod to her career philosophy of always striving to lift her clients' spirits. Now at Lighten Up, Cesario is again her own boss, which means she has to email herself when she wants to play hooky and then confront herself when she does. She draws on more than 38 years of industry experience as she helms the salon’s dedicated stylists, who tame tresses with INOA hair color and products from Redken and Paul Mitchell. The salon also coddles appendages with manicures and pedicures, waxes away fuzz, and massages sore muscles.
The licensed therapists at Lotus Spa coax stress out of frazzled life vessels through soothing customized massages in a tranquil, personalized environment. During the one-hour Lotus signature Swedish massage, a muscle manipulator coats the body in long, fluid strokes to melt away anxiety, untie stubborn knots, and transport guests onto a cloud shaped like a peace sign. The Swedish massage can improve concentration, boost circulation, and evict overstaying toxins from their body-abodes. The eager-to-please staff encourages clients to voice opinions on lighting, room temperature, Hemingway versus Fitzgerald, and massage pressure, and alters environment and technique accordingly.