At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That?s because the business?s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
For the past two decades, Laser Spa’s owner Karin E. Flynn, C.L.T. has been honing her skills as a certified laser technician and permanent-makeup artist, while working alongside notable plastic surgeons. When she's not refreshing brows and Grover Cleveland mustaches with cosmetic tattoos, Flynn is enhancing patients' appearances with the latest laser technology including the Cynosure Smooth Shapes XV for body sculpting and cellulite treatments. Specialized beams work to banish body hair, unsightly veins, and tattoos, while the Cutera Titan boosts collagen production to tighten skin.
At M22 Hair Design, stylists guide hairdos through artful rebirths with deft scissor work and products by brands such as Paul Mitchell, Mizani, and L'anza. Paying close attention to each client's personal style, they trim, clip, and tease every strand to fall gracefully as they frame the face and accentuate the features, and colorists take the baton during highlights, lowlighting, balayage, and color-correction services. With the same savvy touch, stylists perform perms and hair extensions and welcome brides, bridal parties, and bowls of unformed wedding-cake batter to help dreams take shape on their special day.
Licensed nurse and aesthetician Jean Donoghue boasts more than 20 years of laser and skincare experience. Her medical-grade skincare repertoire includes microdermabrasion and laser services such as hair removal, skin tightening, tattoo removal, and spider-vein removal. Jean is also an injection specialist, able to treat patients with facial injectables such as Botox, Juvéderm, and Radiesse to help keep faces looking as young as a baby's employee ID.
While many laser-hair-removal spas carry only one laser system, Albany Laser Spa keeps an arsenal. When consulting with a new client, the spa's technicians will evaluate skin and hair type to determine which of the FDA-approved systems will best suit him or her. Also, the staff is LaserFast certified to use the proprietary system that ameliorates the laser's sting with a pulse of cool air, so the technician doesn't have to blow on it.
The attentive staff at Wellness Massage & Skincare will tantalize with a choice of three facials: the Autumn Renewal Pumpkin, Tropical Papaya, or Dead Sea Mud. Clients can indulge in wistful scents of cinnamon and clove in autumn, tantalizing aromas of honey and strawberry in the spring, or the buoyant salinity of 26 minerals and trace elements of Jordan and Israel. All services utilize top-quality natural ingredients to cleanse, rejuvenate, and stimulate facial cells. Additionally, today's deal includes a $25 credit toward one of two additional facials—Vitamin C Age or Ultimate Stone—during a future visit. Visits to Wellness Massage & Skin Care offer opportunities to relax on a heated table or among the soft flicker of candlelight, luxuries usually only found by crawling beneath the flame-powered heat lamps at fast-food restaurants.