Rays of sunlight peer through windows, illuminating muted, earth-toned walls as visitors are escorted to their happy places by zen meditation music and European-style spa treatments. Such scenes are the norm at Sunflower Day Spa, where aestheticians focus primarily on skincare and body-slimming treatments customized to each client's needs. The menu runs the gamut of spa services that focus on relaxation and beautification, including a European facial with a skin analysis and an array of massages such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and Japanese hot-stone. Sunflower's Italian-made EMS machines help clients fit into an old pair of favorite jeans or a dollhouse guest room by evicting the body's most stubborn fat deposits.
In Joanne Carovillano's 20-year hairstyling career, she's only taken a break once: she left the salon she owned for 15 years to work in insurance. Luckily, absence made the heart grow fonder, and she realized that hair was her true passion. She left the office, opened a new salon, and the rest is history. At Park Avenue Haircutters, she leverages her experience with all hair types to bring out the best in her clients. Joanne and her staff reinvent women's looks with cuts, coloring, highlights, and perms. They also gussy up male clients with beard trims and grey blending, and children are welcome to plop down in a styling chair as well for a trim or to turn their hair grey for upcoming adult-disguise hijinks.
To restore skin to its naturally radiant state, Balneo Day Spa's aestheticians rely on the rejuvenating effects of natural products such as organic salves and balms made without the addition of
parabens. This natural approach allows the staff to gently treat the skin while still generating dramatic results. Facials are the aestheticians' specialty, and they perform treatments specifically formulated to deep-clean pores, eradicate signs of acne, or hydrate and nourish the complexion. Additionally, Balneo Day Spa offers massages?including therapeutic and relaxation-inducing modalities?which can incorporate revitalizing extras such as heated stones, organic aromatherapy oils, or spoken word poetry.
Stylist Amy Bloodworth spent a decade honing her craft with Vidal Sassoon, Toni and Guy, and Bumble and bumble before she opened her very own Imana Hair Studio in 2009. She immediately convened a deft team of stylists, who mold manes with products by Prive, Moroccanoil, and Wella at minimalistic stations, each of which features a modern white chair, frameless full-length mirror, and mirrored table. In addition to sculpting 'dos with razors, scissors, and color, the stylists also beautify brides with up-dos, makeup, and tiaras made of borrowed, old, blue glitter.
Elements Massage fends off unnecessary medical procedures with soothing techniques that trigger the body's natural healing abilities. Clients are paired with therapists who assess their specific aches and health conditions. They then use four levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
High Street Cuts separates itself by combining the barbershop and salon experience into one comfy chair. The staff?composed of graduates from schools such as Paul Mitchell and Parisian Beauty?can perform complex processes such as coloring and keratin smoothing therapy, and also ace barber styling with beard trims, fades, razor shaves, and surgically lowering the ears onto the chin. After preparing for a special occasion with an updo or a makeup session, clients also peruse the shop's beautification products.