Pink Salon – Middletown’s staff caters to multiple parts of the body with beautifying salon and spa services. Hairstylists offer cuts, coloring, and relaxer treatments. Massage therapists take on tense muscles and technicians tackle unwanted body hair with hair removal treatments. But where Pink Salon really shines is with its manicures. Instead of keeping things simple with a coat of solid-color polish, their nail artists can paint digits with sparkling crystals, pink breast-cancer-awareness ribbons, and even smiling skulls, perfect for scaring away hangnails.
Though Deja Vu Salon & Spa touts a broad selection of face and body treatments, many of them aim to improve the appearance and condition of skin. Aestheticians unearth fresher faces with glycolic acid, a solution that also resurfaces in pedicures designed to dissolve calluses and rough patches from feet. Patrons can opt to defuzz skin with waxing or Candela laser treatments, and spa packages introduce purifying back treatments and body polishes. Additionally, a salon boasts stylists well-versed in both curling hair with permanent waves and smoothing strands with relaxers.
With a kaleidoscope of hues at the ready, Star Nail & Spa’s technicians paint the rainbow onto clients’ nails. Technicians use regular or Shellac polish, which protects nails from chips and scratches when clients are washing the dishes or petting their pet cacti. Manicures and pedicures include such pampering amenities as a foot soak, moisturizer, and nail buffing.
Alora Ambiance Spa owner Patricia Rivas has worked as a licensed aesthetician and skincare specialist for nearly a decade. Along the way, she's picked up advanced certifications in treatments such as cellulite-smoothing ionithermie and IPL hair removal, teamed up with Dr. Thomaso Skorupski, and assembled a staff of talented hairstylists, nail artists, and waxing specialists spread throughout two studios. There, staffers dole out specialty services, including eyelash perms and extensions, exfoliating salt-glow treatments, and facials that infuse faces with more oxygen and nutrients than a granola-filled balloon. Beyond stocking the shelves with aesthetic aids from such brands as Paul Mitchell, Matrix, and Pravana, Rivas is also the creator of the Ayurveda by Alora skincare line, which includes soap- and- sulfate-free cleansers, as well as body creams infused with white tea and vitamins C and E.
Rather than just grooming nails, slapping on a coat of polish, and sending clients on their way, the nail artists at Allendale Nails pump up manicures and pedicures with indulgent lotions and pampering treatments. The crew adds lemon, cucumber, and aloe, or green-tea extract to sudsy foot baths, massages strained shoulders, and buffs away calluses with mineral foot scrubs and potent peels. Techs lengthen stubby nails with pink and white UV fill-ins, LCN or gel sets, and UV extensions. In private rooms, waxologists carefully remove unwanted scruff from the face, limbs, and bikini area, and beauty experts bestow eyes with lash extensions that bat powerfully enough to get drafted by the Mets.
To begin the one-hour deluxe manicure and pedicure, patrons lavish in spa pedicure chairs partitioned by sweeping curtains as nail technicians trim hand and toe coverings of excess acreage. Nimble fingers and firm pressure alleviate tension from feet and hands during a massage, and an optional hand design employs a small brush to decorate mitts with flowery designs or thousands of Michael Jordan autographs. Finishing the treatment, technicians bedeck nails in the customer’s choice of a solid color or french paint job. Alternatively, pamper paws with a paraffin hand treatment and a long-lasting gel color from ibd or LCN, also done in the french style, which elongates the nail bed and protects nail tips from the elements like a teensy talon beret. The manicure takes approximately 45 minutes. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.