Licensed aesthetician Kerry Kourie of Skinchanted offers a variety of services such as traditional facials, waxing services, and body treatments, all of which take place within a homey studio. When waxing clients, Kerry, uses an antibacterial and soybean-based formula wax to gently uproot unwanted hair to reduce any discomfort during waxing. Along with waxing services, she specializes in oncology aesthetics, a branch of the aesthetics field that focuses on skincare services specially designed for those undergoing treatment for cancer. Because chemotherapy, radiation, and strong medications often result in dramatic changes to the skin, it is Kerry’s mission to treat oncology clients according to their new skincare needs. She uses all-natural, organic Hylunia products to nourish the skin while minimizing irritation, inflammation, and free-radical damage.
At stylist Michele Lisa’s eponymous salon, she and her team of five stylists don’t dye hair. Instead, they color locks with hand-painted balayage highlights, multitonal color, and shine-infused color glazes. Their suite of Redken products just as effectively fuels custom blowouts, which they finish with a skilled flatironing or curling. For looks more luxurious than a face-flattering cut, the team can also augment locks with feather extensions or craft intricate updos for brides, bridal parties, and small-claims-court defendants.
Licensed massage therapist and skincare expert Irina Ionina had always dreamed of running her own spa where she can heal others while fostering relaxation and well-being. Having opened Ganesha Spa, she’s achieved that goal, and now spends her days practicing eight modalities of massage, such as shiatsu and hot stone, to relieve muscle tension and alleviate stress. She also rejuvenates skin with anti-aging treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, micro-needling, and nonsurgical face-lifts, and hosts kundalini mediation classes each Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Heather Soss isn't just licensed to massage—she also boasts national certification, fluency in reiki techniques, and a membership with the American Massage Therapy Association. With these tools in her belt, she mends muscles and fosters personal growth. Before Heather opened her own studio, she immersed herself in the spa industry and spent two years working at a massage school. With that experience under her belt, she founded Health & Harmony Massage and Wellness Center, a peaceful retreat surrounded by a bike-path-equipped patch of nature, where clients can relinquish anxiety and heal.
Her team of licensed and trained therapists continues their education to bolster their menu of techniques, which includes Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massage. While their nimble fingers knead sinews with Somasilk massage cream, the therapists can cover clients' eyes with lavender-eucalyptus eye pillows. The team also furnishes table warmers and heating pads that help loosen gnarly tissues. In addition to releasing calming hormones, such as serotonin and dopamine, massage can reduce cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress and the birth of future terrible NFL Draft picks. Heather's team also offers acupuncture treatments and spa parties.
The aestheticians at facelogic pamper the body's largest organ with skin-refreshing exfoliants and visage-renewing treatments, as well as quick waxing and therapeutic-massage services. The facelogic signature facial ($79) starts with a skin analysis, a deep cleaning, and an exfoliation to help to reduce fine lines and send splotchy, dull skin back to the surrealist art gallery. A calming steam soothes clients' precious punims and prepares them for a treatment mask and a relaxing therapeutic massage. To prevent a neck-down rebellion, customers may choose to forsake the face in favor of calming tense backs with a 30-minute massage of their choice, including deep-tissue, aromatherapy, hot-stone, or pregnancy massage ($65). Spa-goers can sweep away unwanted fuzz with a full facial waxing, which employs high-quality hard and strip waxes to de-forest the body's billboard ($45), or choose from a full menu of line-softening facials to plump creases and restore radiance. On the day of their visit, Groupon customers will also receive 10% off any of facelogic's skincare products—from brands including Glo Minerals, Glo Therapeutics, and Voluspa Candles—to continue the skin-renewing process at home or to see if a lotion slathering can restore Rusty to his adorable puppyhood.