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.
Lindsey DuPont brings more than a decade of experience to every cuticle she grooms and every nail she polishes. She also draws from a battery of CND products, which cloak both natural and acrylic nails, as well as hundreds of colors of polish for clients to choose from. Cleanliness takes top priority at her station, changing footbath liners after every pedicure and every time somebody talks about grandparents kissing.
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.
Scrolls of gauzy white paper hang from the ceiling at Marjan’s Place Salon & Spa, separating each styling chair on the salon’s main floor, where stylists twist hair into updos and add alluring highlights. A small hallway leads patrons to private treatment rooms, where staffers thread eyebrows and daub nails with organic polishes from brands such as SpaRitual and Zoya. The cutting-edge Sudatonic infrared body-wrap system can help clients with weight loss, cellulite reduction, and detoxification. Wrought-iron lamps illuminate the walls of the salon, which are painted a vibrant yellow to help tropical birds perch on them undetected.
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