Though Dr. Robert Grobelny holds advanced degrees in acupuncture and chiropractic medicine, his pursuit of knowledge is not limited to the classroom. In 2007, he traveled to Hang Zhou, China, where he assisted in rounds at a teaching hospital. Back home, Dr. Grobelny is one of only three Erie County doctors licensed to practice in both acupuncture and chiropractic medicine. Invoking the nearly 5,000-year-old holistic remedy of acupuncture, Dr. Grobelny treats ailments ranging from arthritis to addiction using tiny, minimally invasive needles. He also diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal-system distress with a discerning chiropractic eye and the deft touch of a neurosurgeon concert pianist.
The trained stylists at Sass Hair Salon access a cache of lock-vivifying services to create custom looks. Those oppressed by unruly curly hair can subvert tress tyranny with a keratin straightening treatment. A coiffure captain will tackle frizzyness to the floor and smooth the hair into a less spring-like texture, allowing previously torque-addled strands of hair to release their tension. After the formaldehyde-free treatment, clients get complimentary shampoo and conditioner to take home and use to grease slip 'n' slides.
After moving to Buffalo, Nece Bellomo found herself returning to a passion she had first discovered in her homeland of Brazil: styling hair. “I just like to make people happy, to make them beautiful,” she says, recounting how she embarked on a whirlwind of education with hair mavens from Paul Mitchell and Rusk. Seven years ago, after only six years working in other people's salons, a devoted clientele motivated Nece to open her own salon and spa.
Drawing on a sleek New York aesthetic for inspiration, Nece and her daughter—a Goldwell-educated stylist and coworker—decorated the space in blacks, whites, and silvers and hung mirrors with ornate scrollwork frames to reflect back their clients' masterful coiffures. Although Nece is drawn to modern styles and keeps abreast of the latest coloring techniques and trends, she and her team focus on shearing ’dos that suit their clients’ face shapes, preferences, and inspiration from their favorite Bjork album.
In addition to pampering tresses, the salon and spa also enhances nails with chip-resistant Gelish polish, lavishes feet with scrubs and pedicures, and waxes away unwanted body fuzz.
Laura Christine's Salon & Day Spa oscillates between a serious day spa for grownups and a playful beauty venue for young girls. In the salon, stylists create custom cuts, modify textures, or brighten tresses with one of nine specialized color treatments. Nail techs shape and shine up nails, all the while hydrating fingers and toes with hot oils, paraffin, or sips of bottled water. In the spa, aestheticians wax unwanted hair, soothe skin with three types of facials, or nourish the body. In addition to traditional massages, therapists perform raindrop therapy—a whole-body massage that taps into olfactory senses. During the treatment, a therapist applies essential oils in featherlike strokes. Parties for children take on a whimsical personality. In lieu of drawn-out therapies, aestheticians perform truncated beauty treatments that involve glitter, neon hairpieces, and hot-pink cosmetics. In contrast, parties for adults have an indulgent vibe—aestheticians variously lavish patrons with chocolate, adult beverages, or blank checks.
Licensed aesthetician Kara Hyman is certified in Dermalogica products and treatments, and she uses her training and experience to fix skin ailments on patrons that frequent Montage Salon. She uses Dermalogica products during facials that cleanse and moisturizing as they combat acne, fine lines, and sun damage. For added relaxation, Kara incorporates a pressure-point massage into facials. While she takes her time—each facial lasts up to 75 minutes—Kara also offers quick fixes to skin problems with 20-minute MicroZone treatments that focus on exfoliating, moisturizing dry hands, and diminishing dark under-eye circles.
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