Amid powder-blue walls, skilled nail technicians indulge attention-starved talons with a 90-minute Ultimate spa mani-pedi. As hot steam towels swaddle weary gams, hands and feet lazily marinate in a bubbling aromatherapy soak. The invigorating fervor of a foot scrub helps feet to shed dead cells and outgrown python skins, and warming lotions and oils soften cuticles in preparation for claw renovation. After Nelci’s skilled digits file down fingernails and toe tips, she coats keratin in a colored polish of the patron’s choice. The pamper-a-thon also includes a massage of the hands, feet, and legs to encourage tense tensomes to relax and calf muscles to melt like the hearts of sentimental wax statues.
The staff at New Attitude Salon & Spa are far less concerned with what's happening at hair shows than they are with what's going on in their clients' personal lives. The team here takes the time to ensure each hairstyle jibes with the customer's lifestyle and that it's low-maintenance enough to be easily cared for at home. They'll also enhance those wearable cuts with custom color services such as highlights, full foils, or even dual foils, which weave in two types of color for added dimension. And of course, they're not immune to the latest trends?ombre color and Brazilian keratin treatments are specialties. Beyond hairstyling, the crew can also pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis that include soothing soaks, moisturizing lotions, and optional add-on services such as paraffin wax dips or games of "this little piggy."
Faith and her colleagues at The Hair Junction take a practical approach to hair design. They believe that stylish new haircuts are ultimately pointless if clients can't re-create salon results at home. With this in mind, Faith sculpts and colors hair into chic looks that require very little maintenance. She also regularly attends Redken color classes to stay abreast of the latest techniques.
Aesthetician Lina Yang trained as a medical professional in China before making her way to the United States. After arriving in the States, she studied aesthetics with dermatologist Dr. James Fulton, who went on to codevelop the topical acne treatment Retin-A. Today, Lina?whose numerous credentials include an international certification in Xtreme lash extensions?owns and operates Skin Essence. Stationed in her warmly lit spa, Lina relies on 20 years of experience and a team of skincare professionals to rejuvenate complexions and pamper bodies with a full menu of medical-grade spa treatments. The staff specializes in diamond-peel-microdermabrasion treatments and nonsurgical face-lifts, both of which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and discoloration; clients may see noticeable improvement in their skin after one visit.
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Part art gallery, part salon, Alter Ego has two distinct faces. But like the layers of a chic haircut, the two blend together perfectly into something more creative. Canvases small, large, and gigantic surround the loft-like space, from the couch in the waiting room to the styling stations themselves. The artwork takes many forms: maybe pen and pencil creations from artist Kevin Ponce, or urban street art from the likes of Grey Griffin. On special occasions, DJs spin tunes to celebrate the opening of a new gallery exhibit.
It's the perfect setting to inspire creativity in the salon team, who cut and color hair for men and women. Those looks become even more nuanced at the Blow Dry Bar. Here, clients choose from nine base styles, such as the BE Short (short, sassy, and textured hair) or the BE Glam (a bold, retro look). From there, they can choose add-ons including the BE Healthy treatment for split ends or the BE Pampered treatment for a 10-minute scalp and neck massage.
In December 2011, Park Centre Spa threw open its doors to offer more traditional services, such as massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and body treatments, as well as medically-integrated services, such as the HydraFacial. The medical director approves the services, which include four-hand massage, facials with Image Skincare, myBody Skin Care, and Lindi Skin products, and medical massages and pedicures. With select services, clients don robes and slippers for their stay in the elegant spa, which is replete with golden-hued wood, fresh flowers, pleated toilet paper, and luminous chandeliers.
The spa is open after business hours, so clients can swing by on their way home from the office. Inside private treatment rooms, ambient lighting reveals mosaic wall accents. The havens offer a retreat from everyday concerns, even granting complimentary childcare at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness next door.