The waxing aestheticians at Smooth Operations specialize in private grooming for private areas, preparing them to go public on summer's sandy runways. Unlike the wax used in your chess-club hazing, Smooth Operations employs anti-inflammatory Cirepil wax to provide as painless an experience as possible. The basic wax keeps certain sights modestly unseen during swimsuit-donning season. Opt for a decorative souvenir tuft or a landing strip fit for the Concorde from the French wax. The daring will emerge more aerodynamic than ever after a Brazilian wax, which levels all foliage down to the birthday suit. Depending on the size of the area, aestheticians may take 15 minutes to an hour to craft the bikini-area coif of your choosing, and sensitive areas stay as smooth as a well-oiled Slip 'n' Slide for up to four weeks.
Jennifer Donnellan and her friends had always tossed around the saying "Peace, Love & Grilled Cheeses" to indicate good times and happiness. When Donnellan rebranded her hair salon, that saying became the studio's name. "I wanted a name that would grab your attention," she says on her website. "Make you ponder a moment and put a smile on your face." The name is whatever you want it to be, a motto that also extends to the styling, which is tailored to the individual.
Jennifer and her team are always up-to-date on modern trends, enrolling in educational workshops and grilling boutique mannequins for trade secrets. The result is an expansive menu of hair services ranging from cut and color treatments to feather extensions to laser hair therapy for men and women.
Just as wisterias bloom in the early spring, clients take on new shades of beauty after a trip to Wisteria Salon. Whether they’re sprucing up fingers with pumice stones, massages, or french tips, the salon’s nail technicians pay close attention to detail from the first file to the final stroke of polish. Even as clients free their minds from worry and relax in plush pedicure thrones, the technicians make a constant effort to adhere to strict health and sanitation standards. They use only nontoxic lacquers to promote nail health and dispose of all their tools after a single use. Aside from mani-pedis, Wisteria Salon offers waxing services to rid skin of unwanted hair without having to tie each individual strand to a rotating ceiling fan.
Because Victoria Gagnebin is treating the body, she follows the same standard that doctors do: first, do no harm. She practices this mantra by only steeping skin in natural and organic products, thereby sparing clients exposure to chemicals that can take their toll over time. Victoria primarily works with products from Osmosis Skincare, a line that encourages cellular regeneration, but she also handpicks favorites from the collections of other natural skincare companies and the medicine cabinets of grizzly bears with great skin. These elixirs fuel a succinct selection of treatments; face and body waxing joins four facials named after different phases of the moon.
The staff at The Fifth Avenue Spa showers clients with a repertoire of soothing treatments amid white leather couches and swaying sprays of cut flowers. Décor characterized by shades of sand lets accents of purple leap from sunset photographs, blooming orchids, and images of flying people-eaters gracing the walls. With contented sighs drifting free after massages and body wraps, patrons shutter electronic devices so as not to break the relaxing spell. The intimately lit treatment rooms make eyelids increasingly heavy and delight off-leash shadow puppets during waxing treatments and facials.
The aestheticians at Toso Skin Care treat both men and women as well as teens, so it's important that they personalize each service. To do so, they incorporate everything from peels and acne treatments to custom facials. Turning their attention to the body, they wax fuzzy skin from brow to toe. The beauty quest doesn't stop at the salon—clients can take home products such as Awakening mineral lotions and costume jewelry sprung from the glitter-covered brain of designer Cookie Lee.