Date nights or daytime getaways become all the more memorable when couples head to HandsonSpa. Here, licensed aestheticians and therapists treat pairs to chilled flutes of champagne and chocolate truffles before they undergo side-by-side massages and facials. The rest of their services—including manicures and pedicures—are just as relaxing and can be paired with a light lunch for a complete spa day, fulfilling the staff's mission to make their clients' lives more peaceful.
You can spy skilled stylists of 1662 Salon East through the salon's lofty front windows, expertly snipping up new styles and blow-drying locks into luxurious waves. Technicians perch at manicure stations, trimming cuticles and buffing nails. Clients recline on cushy chairs as skincare specialists administer waxing services and replenishing facials. Other guests await treatments in the seating area, sipping on gourmet Green Mountain coffee and nibbling on biscuits.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Hair, massage, nails, skin care
Brands Used: Davines, Moroccan Oil, Dermalogica, OPI, CND Shellac
Pro Tip: Our main goal is customer satisfaction.
With experience in cosmetology and business management, Octavia McDougle helps aspiring beauticians of all sorts forge new career paths as hairstylists, barbers, cosmetologists, and massage therapists. At Beauty Anatomy Institute of Cosmetology and Wellness, Octavia and her staff guide students in immersive programs that combine preparatory theory with hands-on practical application. Once they've learned the ropes, protégés get to practice services on real-life clients before they earn their licenses and find employment.
Students train on a 4,100-square-foot campus replete with four clinic areas and salon-exclusive products typically found only in premier salons and Walt Whitman’s finely manicured beard. Beauty Anatomy Institute also runs an outreach program to provide disadvantaged teenagers with scholarships, workshops, and grooming services to further boost their self-esteem.
Helmed by a talented cast of nine hairstylists and one nail technician, Shear Excitement Salon cloaks clients in beauty from head to toe. Stylists sling products by Matrix, Chi, and Sexy Hair across strands as they lop off overgrown lengths and add depth and dimension with lustrous color treatments. Meanwhile, in the nail corner, nail tech Lee pampers hands and feet with indulgent manicures, pedicures, and fur-lined sandals, and embellishes digits with colorful OPI polish or no-chip Shellac gel. The styling staff also gussies up features with expert airbrush makeup applications and eyelash extensions, and strips away excess fuzz with waxing treatments for the face and body.
Elena Europa Spa’s pampering extends beyond its services. The spa itself houses such amenities as showers and a steam room to further relaxation. Inside private treatment rooms, therapists go hand-to-hand against tension with a variety of massage techniques that disentangle muscle knots, improve circulation, and alleviate lower back pain for soon-to-be mothers or those who bear crawl to work every morning. The spa’s specialists also render skin silky smooth with cleansing facials and body scrubs that remove dead skin cells with sea salt and essential oils.