The staff at A & J Beauty and Day Spa can embed bliss in any part of the body with a lineup of massages, facials, body wraps, and nailcare services. Massage therapists deliver Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone treatments with the help of aromatic creams and oils or unscented products that leave less of a trail for hounds to track. Facials are customized to each client's particular skincare needs, and the selection of body wraps includes a seaweed body wrap, an exfoliating body mask, and a Parafango mud treatment. For nailcare, technicians perform manicures and pedicures and offer Shellac, a no-chip gel with a mirror-like finish that lasts for two weeks.
Jennifer Lydon has a passion for hairstyling that predates her 22 years of professional experience. “We have pictures of me cutting my brother’s hair in the tub,” she laughs. “I thought I was Vidal Sassoon.” Lydon’s knack for mimicking hairstyling methods built a solid foundation for the skills she later learned in school, but technique is only part of Lydon’s style. Her first employer and mentor taught her the importance of accessible, friendly salons. He eschewed bourgeois ambiance and instead built a highly educated staff of genuinely kind people. “It was just a really beautiful place to work, and that’s what I’m trying to do here,” Lydon says, referring to Q Salon & Spa.
At her salon, Lydon leads a team of stylists in cutting hair of all types and ethnicities. Stylists specialize in treatments that range from keratin smoothing treatments to styling dreads in the beautiful salon with natural light, clean white styling stations, and colorful fine art doling out pointers. When her stylists tackle a new head of hair, Lydon says they make every effort to customize their cuts and colors to individual lifestyles. “When [customers] leave here, how much time do they actually spend [on styling]? You have to start there and build a rapport and, in some levels, a friendship, because there has to be trust there.”
You're laying face down, unsure of what to expect, when you catch a scent. It?s vaguely familiar, but you can?t pinpoint it before the therapist begins massaging your back and shoulders. The lotions and oils seep into your skin and their aromas rock your mind to a sleep-like state. The therapist arranges heated stones along your spine, and, like an electric blanket in a lightning storm, your back suddenly warms, allowing your muscles to complete the transition from tense to relaxed. The next hour flies by.
The hot-stone treatment is just one of five relaxing massage treatments mastered by the licensed staff at A & J Beauty and Day Spa. Aromatic or unscented oils accompany each custom service, be it an indulgent 80-minute Swedish massage or an in-and-out 30-minute mini treatment. The team doles out just as many facials, soothing and rejuvenating both men and women with products tailored to individual needs, and annihilating signs of acne or aging with the needle-free CarboDerm therapy. Their body wraps cocoon clients in seaweed or masks that energize the lymphatic system and firm and tighten physiques, and their mani-pedis incorporate skin-softening paraffin wax and no-chip shellac polish.
Anne, the owner of Tintelations, has been in the salon industry for more than 35 years. In addition to being a talented stylist, she's also a master colorist who specializes in color correction, one-process color, and foil highlights. At Tintelations, Anne helms a small team of stylists, each with more than a decade of experience.
The skin-care salon specializes in European-style treatments, thanks to owner Lavinia Borcau's upbringing in Romania, where she learned to blend the techniques of modern skin care with Old World philosophies. As a result, Lavinia Borcau Skin Care's staff of experienced aestheticians is particularly lauded for its waxing treatments, which are performed using natural beeswax sans natural bees for much-needed pain reduction. This wax will be used for the entire Brazilian bikini depilatory experience ($60), allowing you to samba away the summer without suffering embarrassing friction burns. Finally, an infrared sauna treatment ($35) will drain body swamps of toxins and unused terror sweat while rejuvenating humid brains with a clarifying dry heat. A shower will be immediately available for cleaning off any liquid mercury or dark humors that get evacuated from your pores.
Bagardi Laser Center's certified technicians help to reduce the appearance of unsightly veins on all body areas with the Candela GentleMax laser system, which has been featured on TV shows such as Rachel Ray and The Doctors. After an informative consultation determines candidacy and which vein most resembles Michael Jordan's autograph, an experienced staff member beams the GentleMax device onto the desired treatment area. Light energy targets heme dwelling inside the offending blood vessels, swiftly collapses them, and diminishes their appearance during each 20- to 30-minute session. Coolants attached to the device comfort skin of all types, which can reach optimum clarity in four to six sessions. Appointments are available seven days a week. Once inside, pastel purple walls enclose Bagardi Laser Center's treatment and waiting rooms and a checkered tile floor adds more color without having to harvest the tears of a prism.