Skin Basically's licensed aesthetician, Marina Bratshpis, pampers a clientele that has included both royalty and celebrities. And it's no wonder a reported menagerie of high-profile clients has flocked to her—Marina boasts international training, including time spent as a skincare educator at Le Pli Day Spa in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With experience behind her in both skincare and nursing, she welcomes clients for relaxing and rejuvenating epidermis-focused treatments. Marina performs various facial treatments, drawing upon exotic ingredients such as Avène water from the Cevennes Mountains, flaxseed powder, and flakes of children's drawings.
The nail technicians at Nails Spa & Beyond feel the entire mani-pedi experience inside the spa is just as important as the final product of perfectly painted nails. That means pampering hands and feet with aromatherapy baths, sugar scrubs, and mud masks using calming lavender oils or papaya and guava nectar extracts. Hot stone massages and paraffin wax treatments also prep hands and feet before chip-resistant polish coats nails. The technicians sterilize tools before and after each client and use disposable files, buffers, and pedicure sponges.
Beyond nails, the salon has a staff of stylists who cut and color hair, and estheticians who wax unwanted body hair and deep-clean pores during facials. Clients can also request eyelash extensions in eight colors.
Mary Ellen Connelly brings a lot to the table. Aside from being a licensed massage therapist, she's a nutrition expert and personal trainer with résumé cred at a health center and multiple New Jersey spas. She uses her unique perspective to tailor Swedish and deep-tissue therapy to clients' bodies as well as their lifestyles. Mary Ellen also ramps up relaxation with bodywork add-ons, such as aromatherapy oils to calm visitors' minds and peppermint cream to exfoliate and moisturize their feet.
A close-knit team eager to master new aesthetic techniques has led Sebastian's Hair-Em & Day Spa to thrive for more than 37 years. Six of the women on staff have been with the salon for at least two decades, watching it grow from a five-chair operation built by a mother for her three daughters. Today's team of 20 includes stylists, aestheticians, nail techs, and a specialist in orthopedic massage, each of whom takes four classes annually as part of a thorough continuing education program. Classes through Paul Mitchell helped build a salon menu that ranges from complex corrective color to keratin straightening. Skin therapists are not only trained in the use of Repêchage's marine-enriched products but also share the brand's philosophy that their client's skin cannot simply be defined by "type" and Socratic interrogation. The professionals contribute their work in the community by appearing at schools on career day and donating their cosmetology skills and icy Anna Wintour impersonations to charity fashion shows. The salon manager, Cheryl, leads the way in this regard, earning a state Sunshine Award from the national Look Good...Feel Better program for her volunteer commitment to oncology patients.
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A fluffy robe drapes around their shoulders and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: staffers fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products, none of which are tested on animals. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage.
Before a client undergoes any of Medical Aesthetics of Red Bank's FDA-approved med-spa procedures, a physician meets with them for a complimentary consultation. This helps the staff tailor the spa's beauty services to each client because unlike one-size-fits-all Viking helmets, cosmetic treatments should take into account a person's skin sensitivities and skin type. After the consultation, the doctor?or aestheticians and laser technicians supervised by the doctor?get to work injecting facial fillers or Botox, or removing hair or veins with lasers.