Many twins grow up sharing similar interests: they might listen to the same music, favor the same foods, or blink at exactly the same time. Jamie and Jenn love to cut and style hair. In high school, they trained together under the Paul Mitchell curriculum, and then launched their careers immediately after graduation?testing their skills in the salons of Los Angeles and New York. Today, they still work together as the notoriously lively co-owners of Moxie Salon. Both are certified in La Bella hair and eyelash extensions. Jenn is a Wella-certified colorist, while Jamie is a recognized Motives makeup foundation specialist. Together, they lead a team of experienced stylists and colorists.
Surrounded by cream-colored interiors accented with earth-toned furniture and wood-framed mirrors, stylists trim hair with custom cuts and transform heads into sassy sculptures with Marylin Monroe?style curlers or Statue of Liberty?style bronze crowns. For many of these services, they use the salon's house brand of moisturizing and conditioning haircare products. And yet Moxie Salon's aestheticians don't limit their services to hair: they also bronze clients' skin with organic airbrush tanning and perform custom makeup applications using Motives products.
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At Skin Solutions Staten Island, the main focus is, of course, skin, and a team of aestheticians works to clear it of the many epidermal issues that can plague it. Some techniques are more advanced, including an extensive array of laser services that treat anything from age spots and acne to spider veins and loss of elasticity. There are cellulite treatments, too, as well as Botox injections and permanent-makeup applications.
More traditional therapies include several types of facials, such as glycolic peels and deep-pore cleansing. Body treatments nourish the skin with seaweed wraps or honey-almond scrubs, and massage therapy relaxes muscles with Swedish, hot-stone, or reflexology sessions.
Frizzy hair, oily skin, aching muscles—all problems that can be remedied with a trip to Monark Salon & Spa. The salon’s stylists smooth disobedient strands with keratin treatments, change hues with Paul Mitchell hair products, and add volume and length to tresses with DreamCatchers extensions, which also store nightmares about falling out of the Goodyear blimp. Nail technicians can step in to enhance nails with OPI gel and acrylics, and aestheticians pamper visages with G.M. Collin skincare products. Beachgoers, can slip into the salon for body waxing, facial threading, and airbrush tanning before heading to the shore and finding an octopus to arm-wrestle.
The staff members at Massage Techniques don't see massage as a luxury to be indulged in only to pamper oneself; instead, they emphasize that the benefits of massage should allow it to be integrated into a regular health-care routine. The spa's serene atmosphere begins dissolving stress as visitors enter, with cheery staff members and a hushed, intimate vibe. While each of the therapists offers Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages, their specialties lie in blending modalities to address each client's unique needs. Aromatherapy and bamboo can further enhance each massage, or clients can opt for specialized treatments designed to clear sinuses or relieve stress around the head and neck. The spa also offers a diverse array of facials that fade fine lines or purify pores after a long night of waiting in a dirty chimney for Santa to come.
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.
With a clean, modern interior to match the Monroe Center of The Arts where it's located, La Femme European Day Spa transports its clients to the posh spas of Europe. The team of stylists and therapists rely on European techniques and products, such as Repechage, to perform facials such as the classic European, four-layer, and hydra refine to exfoliate and restore a youthful glow. Meanwhile, peppermint body wraps and other body treatments tone and refresh, and nine styles of massage sooth tense muscles and joints.