For Lisa Ciaravino, permanent makeup isn't just a way to earn a living; it's a way to help restore and build her clients' confidence by creating an outer beauty that reflects their inner beauty. She founded Natural Beauty to share her vision, cultivating a long list of services from permanent cosmetics and teeth whitening to skin needling and tattoo removal. Recently, she has started utilizing intense pulsed light to battle toenail fungus and age spots. She also stocks her shelves with a wide array of products such as HCG diet supplements, eyelash enhancer, and Cynergy-brand skincare products.
Founder and licensed therapist Kristen M. Wood soothes distressed musculature with seven different modalities of massage, from smooth Swedish strokes to the localized finger pressures of shiatsu bodywork. The clinic's specially designed massage table leaves backs optimally exposed to the therapist’s 10-fingered artistry, and hot-stone massages ease muscular tension and warm insides faster than a bowl of chicken-noodle lava. Kristen culls inspiration from ancient China and modern science alike to design techniques that bolster cells’ oxygen supplies, relieve soreness, and alleviate stiff joints.
At Parkland Physical Therapy, Dr. Jachimowicz and his staff work to relieve painful conditions ranging from arthritis and fibromyalgia to headaches. Dr. Jachimowicz and his staff promote a noninvasive approach that helps patients develop, maintain and restore their body's ability to move and perform the physical activities necessary to continue their daily life routines. To treat sources of chronic pain, the staff relies on an arsenal of treatments such as manual-therapy techniques, kinesio taping, and aqua therapy.
Pat Smith spent 18 years as a registered nurse before trying her hand at skincare. So it's no surprise that she takes a clinical approach to each facial and peel, using the latest technology to treat skin issues at their source. During microdermabrasion treatments, Pat uses a mechanical wand to slough away the top layer of skin and reduce wrinkles. Gentle galvanic currents target acne-prone areas during mechanical facials, and nine types of chemical peels result in skin that's as smooth as a freshly shaved pumpkin.
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.