In 1963, Dick Ruffolo opened Ruffolo's Hair Studio & Tanning Salon with the help of his brother Gabe, who he hired as an employee. Within the Redken Elite Salon, the current staff of beauty pros snip hair, add color, and create texture as they shape locks and arm-wrestle ponytails into submission. Turning their attention to the rest of the body, aestheticians can administer spa services that range from facials to mani-pedis to makeup application.
The Hair Co.'s staff lends a rapt ear to patrons professing their style preferences before performing hair, nail, skin, massage, and tanning services. Redken and Pureology products coddle manes during cuts, and Rusk products transform hair color without the mess of emptying a bottle of ketchup on your head. Nails painted with CND shellac get color that lasts up to two weeks after a brief drying session under the UV lamp. Patrons also line up for Bioelements facials and trips inside the SunDome standup tanning booth, which kisses frames with a summery glow akin to that emanating from an electric eel wearing a bikini.
Sandi Knox, the co-founder of Body Balance, has devised her own set of workout DVDs and appeared on Breakfast Television to showcase her exercises. Along with co-owner Sheldon Gephter, she oversees a fitness studio that hosts group classes in latin-dance-inspired Zumba, kick-boxing workouts, and yoga. Their eclectic boot-camp workouts consist of cardio, circuit training, resistance training and more, rather than imitating traditional workouts in which everyone holds a squat until they fall asleep. Elsewhere in the facility, Eric Payment, the studio’s on-site massage therapist, kneads away aches from neck ailments and sports injuries on his memory-foam massage table.
Licensed massage therapist Johnny Lawrence subdues sore muscles with a blend of gentle and firm massage styles. Deep-tissue massages journey down into fascia to release the tension that causes knots, and Swedish massage silences yelping aches and pains with smooth, flowing strokes. Prenatal sessions accommodate the unique pains of expecting mothers, and Lawrence uses hot-stone massage to mollify aches with small, smooth rocks that could really be awesome dinosaur eggs.
The salon's walls are sponge-painted bronze and copper, like sunlight funneling through autumn leaves. Overhead, spotlights cast glow on individual salon chairs as stylists cultivate sleek layers and highlight tresses with those same Olympic medal hues of gold and bronze. Heidi Marie's reach also extends behind the scalp with waxing services, relaxing facials, and elegant mani-pedis using OPI brand polish.
Half personal-training gym and half massage studio, Springbrook Wellness was founded on the belief that total wellness comes from equal parts pampering and perspiration. Owner Kristin Waligora often recommends that massage therapy and training sessions occur back to back to make the most of the increased range of motion and healing processes begun by a therapeutic or hot-stone treatment. Waligora customizes programs to meet each client's needs and goals, whether they're after sports training to improve their game or seeking to define their abs until they're usable as a musical instrument. The intimate workout facility overflows with training implements of every variety, including weight and resistance machines, medicine balls, hula hoops, barbells, dumbbells, and replica Liberty bells for those seeking to strengthen their understanding of democracy. The massage room's zen-like fountains whisper with the soothing trickle of water over stone, a sensory delight accompanied by the wafting scent of incense and a plush table that supports resting bodies.