Free Time’s roots extend all the way to Italy, and date back to 1988, when the first of 32 centers opened. Now in 9 countries around the world, the salon boasts highly trained stylists who cut new do’s on men, women, and children. They also refresh monochromatic manes by adding hints of color with tinsel or highlights.
Wax & Tan—it's not just the business name, but a straightforward description of what you do while there. A nearly full-body selection of waxing services for men and women includes everything from the forehead to the toes, and all treatments are performed with 100% natural hard wax. Spray tans can be applied to the face, half body, or full body, using a paraben-free solution that is sugar-based and quick-drying—like the world's best beach towel.
At the modern and environmentally friendly Petit Spa, highly trained aestheticians and med-spa experts work to improve dry, oily, and acne-prone skin during chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and specialty facials. They use the hypoallergenic Babor skincare line from Germany and the botanical-laden Aquaroma line when tending to mugs, and they use an organic spray-tan solution with green-tea extract and anti-oxidants to bronze limbs.
To further rejuvenate bodies, they rely on toxin-flushing hydrotherapy treatments and tension-melting massages in Swedish, aromatherapy, or deep-tissue modalities. They even have a localized deep-tissue massage, which concentrates exclusively on the neck, back, and shoulders, leaving clients as stress-free as Christmas shopping in April.
Body Minute's focus on catering to women with busy lifestyles propelled its skin-care methods into more than 350 beauty centers across Europe—and then, across the pond. Whether requesting individual services or a monthly subscription, each of Body Minute's clients receives the convenience of quick treatments without the need for an appointment.
Basic facials with steam and extractions cleanse specific skin types, while facial patches reinvigorate the skin with algae or olive-tree extracts. Alternatively, aestheticians pamper the whole body with services such as a relaxing Japanese massage and a Hormeta scrub exfoliation, which lets clients feel the smoothing effects of volcanic rock without having to roll down the slope of Krakatoa. To help clients achieve the results of their treatments at home, Body Minute carries its own line of paraben-free, Swiss-made beauty products.
After graduating from the elite Vidal Sassoon Academy, John Toboas became an instructor there and later served as a hair designer or artistic director at numerous salons. At John Taboas Salon, he manages a staff of savvy stylists who transform tresses, remove unwanted spider veins and hair with lasers, and lessen the effects of aging with injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm.
As one would expect of a place named one of the best hair salons in the country by Elle, Roberto Giordano's eponymous salon and spa is the product of decades of hard work. Roberto himself divides his time between the styling station and the runway, where he organizes fashion shows.
Bumble and bumble, Kérastase, and Goldwell products beautify locks in the open-design salon, where mirrors float above tawny stylists' tables between sprays of purple orchids. Aestheticians rule over a separate spa suite to deliver facials, massages, and waxing with yonka products.