Marina Volod has been a clinical aesthetician for more than 20 years. During that time, she’s designed her own facial treatments, developed an acne-maintenance program, and started Avitalin, a company that sells its own line of natural skincare products. In 2000, she opened DermaEsthetica, a skin and body studio that takes a scientific approach to beauty. Armed with ultrasonic, cold laser, and phototherapy technology, Marina and her staff fight aging without bribing Father Time with bagel vouchers.
Cushy pedicure chairs line a marigold-hued wall ready to enfold clients’ bodies during foot-pampering services inside Artistic Nails & Day Spa. In another set of chairs, skilled nail technicians paint fingertips in polish or cover them with colorful acrylic nails. Additionally, the staff removes unwanted fuzz by waxing, like a farmer making apples from his surplus peaches.
With a team of image experts on hand, including a medical doctor and a highly talented laser technician, the Picasso staff fashions faces and sculpts skin into individual aesthetic masterpieces. Like a champion gamer at an arcade, the certified skin-sage will aim a precision laser at stubbly scoundrels, zapping them until they gradually fade out of existence or more quarters are required. Most individuals need an average of three to five sessions to achieve an ideal level of bristle banishment, and patients are encouraged to work with the laser technician to determine the number that's right for them.
At Volero Hair Salon, a certified Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, artistic director Victor Hugo and his team of stylists utilize their experience to keep locks healthy, lustrous, and vibrant. Surrender tangled tresses to a hair hero, who will unsheathe well-oiled scissor fingers and transform ill-mannered mop-tops into polite coiffures during a doting haircut. Then blondes can bring out their inner brunettes, and brunettes can bring out their inner Indigo Girls with a full coloring, which transforms lackluster locks with natural-looking pigment. While stylists clip and color, patrons can feed eyes on surrounding works from guest artists, or on their own reflections in the handcrafted mirrors.
Country Square Barber Shop's duo of deft, tuft-taming brothers mold masculine manes into clean-cut coiffures. During the personalized haircut, a skilled scissor smith trims head hedges, neatly clipping around ears and space antennae. Following the custom cut, clients may lounge atop comfy chairs amid the shop's rustic wooden walls and vintage décor, enjoying complimentary beer or scotch (when available and if the customer is of drinking age), which refreshes taste buds and can inspire clients to croon a rousing rendition of "99 Bottles of Hair Gel on the Wall."