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.
Jacquelene Cutro, owner of Fringe Hair & Nail Salon, sculpts tresses with her trained stylists amid earth-toned decor. Guests can enjoy refreshments while relaxing in a waiting area furnished with stately wooden shelves loaded with products from Bumble and Bumble and Paul Mitchell brands such as Awapuhi, Tea Tree, and Mitch. Exposed bricks provide a counterpoint to beige faux-finished walls dotted with metal wall ornaments and wood-carved mandalas. Light fixtures with stained-glass accents illuminate styling stations and full-length mirrors. Chemical services are available with Tocco Magico, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell products.
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.
Awash in the neutral tones of brown walls and gold-flecked sconces, Vincent John Salon lets the hairstyles provide the most flashy decor. The floor-to-ceiling mirrors display everything from bobs and curls to trendy highlights, all crafted by stylists who keep their skills fresh by taking continuing-education courses rather than simply holding blindfolded haircutting contests. Clients can also re-energize their look with powercell repair treatments and facial waxing as they relax in the fun, laid-back environment, which also hosts regular special events such as Ladies' Martini Night.