A licensed aesthetician and nail technician, owner Cris-Anne works alongside stylists and a massage therapist to attend to all of clients' indulgence needs. Certified in sugaring techniques, Cris-Anne uproots unwanted strands with an all-natural sugar paste devoid of the harsh chemicals, resins, and bumblebee dander that's found in many waxes. Stylists evict dead ends and dull colors in the salon; in the spa section, aestheticians cleanse and exfoliate faces, and expert kneaders force chronic pains to leave the body.
Situated on the verdant, castle-like grounds of the Radisson hotel, Synthesis Spa cultivates a tranquil haven for its all-encompassing roster of skincare and aesthetic treatments. Aestheticians recruit customized microdermabrasion, facials, and powerful Comfort Zone skincare products to help combat signs of aging and overly indented dimples. They can also outline simple, at-home skincare techniques to keep freshly refurbished façades glowing as brightly as a lava lamp inside a supernova. While therapists' hands glide over tense muscles with organic, 100% jojoba oil during soothing massages, spa staffers further gussy up epidermises with thorough mani-pedis, makeup applications, and hair-removal services that employ Bombshell strip wax and Azulene hard wax. To bolster relaxation, Synthesis Spa grants guests access to the Radisson's Atlantis Sports Club, a full-service facility brimming with calming accoutrements. Patrons can singe calories with cardio equipment or a dry sauna before diving into heated pools that, like the best-trained houseplants, reside both indoors and outdoors.
Earthly Roots Hair Studio owner Moira Brouillard's career was on a roll. After working for an Aveda Concept Salon in Atlanta, her styling work was featured in Lucky and Teen magazines??a stylist's dream come true. But then something strange happened. She found she was becoming extremely sensitive to hair products containing synthetic chemicals. Rather than let it deter her from her passion, she began researching alternatives, and the results were startling?roughly 95% of beauty products are composed of some form of toxic element. This led her to start her own hair studio. At Earthly Roots, clients can seek cut and coloring treatments with nontoxic and organic products, which employ herbs such as indigo and cassia rather than aggressive substances such as ammonia.
Envision Salon & Spa's beautification pros pamper patrons' bodies from forehead to foot with a variety of decadent packages. During the spa manicure and pedicure, a nail technician gently curtails cuticles before trimming and buffing nails. A coat of polish finishes off the two-hour treatment, leaving glove- and sock-stuffers as shiny and fresh as a glass lemon. The three-hour spa-refresher package adds a facial to the mix, using custom-blended products to suit any skin type or prosthetic nose prototype. For a full-body brush-up, opt for the four-hour spa delight package, which also includes an aromatic mud detoxification wrap that extracts toxins to leave skin more energized than a high-school mascot at halftime.
At Salon Aquavit, a dream team of stylists and estheticians work hand-in-hand with clients to provide customized treatments for the hair and skin. Each cosmetic artisan brings their own specialization to the styling chair, whether that’s a keen ability to deal with curly hair or a solid understanding of how to get peanut butter out of one’s eyelashes. Beyond standard salon services, the crew also beautifies bodies and soothes wandering minds with specialized services such as enzyme facials and Reiki therapy.
Owners Patrick Pezzati and Chandra Hancock opened their first Turn It Up! store in 1995 and now oversee four Western Massachusetts locations of the Valley Advocate reader-approved music emporium. Physical media of all shapes and sizes lines store shelves, including rare and out-of-print CDs, vinyl, DVDs, cassettes, and VHS tapes, and customers can trade in their own collections in exchange for cash or a fully functioning kinescope. Music lovers can also peruse a collection of posters and accessories to assist in public displays of band devotion. Select locations host in-store performances by area musicians, providing more appealing background music than store poltergeists’ attempts at doo-wop harmonies.