Winners of Cape Cod Life's 2010 Best Day Spa award, Painted Red Nails' seasoned beauty buffs mollify cranky hands and feet with fragrant autumn-inspired pumpkin-and-spice treatments. Part of the spa's innovative waterless approach to hand and foot care, the pumpkin hand package pampers cuticles with a multilayer exfoliation and an intensive cuticle mask. Technicians gently scrub away drab skin with a spiced sugar formula, and revitalize upper limbs weary from practicing secret book-club handshakes with a freshly blended harvest-pumpkin hand mask accented with hot towels and massage. A combination of a sloughing, organic moisture mask and soothing paraffin wrap loosen up reticent elbows.
Though the stylists at Creative Cuts Plus are respectful of their clients' time, they don't rush people in and out either. Every time the salon takes on new client, a stylist conducts a 15-minute consultation to learn about the client's style and record service information in the computer. Once the stylist understands what the client wants, she sets to work. She might tint tresses with a triangle-foil service or lowlights or smooth out frizz with Keratin Complex by Coppola or Japanese straightening treatments. When the stylists aren't busy arranging locks into casual looks, they're crafting delicate updos and applying makeup for weddings and proms.
The salon particularly benefits from the expertise of its staff. Waxing expert Marly Cordoso uses Gigi products to perform the Brazilian waxes she first encountered in her native Brazil, and stylist Michele Tuckwood practices the hair-color techniques she mastered in the Paul Mitchell stylist-training program. Their work is backed by the salon's guarantee, which the staff members ratify by twisting a single strand of their own hair into a promise ring.
The knowledgeable technicians and therapists of Cape Cod Nails and Spa strive to treat their clients with superlative services in a pristine, ultrahygienic environment. Clients cozy in with a complimentary cup of tea as nailcare pros gild put-upon paws with traditional polishes, no-chip OPI Axxium, CND Shellac, and gel treatments. Each nail service is insured by the salon’s Application guarantee, which promises a redo if the paint chips or quits before a set date. Their pipeless Sanijet pedicure basin is engineered for optimal cleanliness during soaks, and all nail techs keep metal tools sterilized with a dry-heat autoclave, as well as dispose of files and buffers after their first use. The salon’s living-air purification system keeps a steady flow of fresh, clean oxygen swirling past guests as they sample beauty products and aesthetic treatments.
Like the staff-designed folk art and jewelry displayed in its boutique, the spa services at Studio 137 Salon are informed by a unique artistic vision. During each beauty treatment, staffers channel their aesthetic savvy through each client's personal style to craft an image that befits its wearer. Hairstylists' sensibilities overflow into everything from simple haircuts to full cut, style, color, and retexturizing overhauls. Aestheticians brush away blemishes and skin imperfections with the help of pharmaceutical-grade Pharmagel products, and mani-pedis complete head-to-toe beauty transformations with OPI polish. In addition, full-body massages soothe sore muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques that untie knots quicker than shouting "Fire!" during a game of Twister.
Dr. Lucia McNabb expertly enhances faces, smoothes skin, and beautifies bodies with an arsenal of aesthetic technology at Sorgente. Unwanted follicular outcroppings can be expertly diminished with laser hair removal, which, like a laser pointer, efficiently focuses on its target and is disruptive if applied in high-school classrooms. The laser uses an intense pulsed light to target the pigment in each bristle and reveal more fuzz-free skin within the first 2–3 treatments without requiring any downtime.
Inspired by its surroundings, Cranberry Nail Spa devises treatments that are grounded in a sense of place. The signature spa manicures and jelly pedicures incorporate enzymes as well as fruit acids derived from cranberries, exfoliating the skin with products inextricably linked to the region's berry-laden bogs. From there, they can beautify fingers and toes with some more traditional spa products, including CND acrylic extensions and chip-resistant Shellac gel polishes. The facial treatments can hydrate and cleanse cheekbones with organic blends of fruit-, herb-, and vegetable-based skincare products. Cranberry Nail Spa’s team doesn’t neglect the bulk of the body, though; therapists render massages using modalities from shiatsu and qi gong therapy to deep-tissue pressure and putting one of those vibrating alarm clocks that can walk on your back.