It would be easy to pass an entire week at Infinite Tan & Spa, lounging on massage chairs, gossiping with the nail technicians, and sunning in advanced tanning beds as stereos pipe in your favorite CDs. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the only people who are able to spend an extended period of time at this tranquil oasis are the staff of specialists, who perform professional haircuts, adorn nails in Shellac polish, and soothe muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massages. When administering professional facials, the expert aestheticians cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize skin to smooth wrinkles, reduce pores, and remove any last-minute shopping lists you might have hastily jotted on your forehead.
Fluorescent lights linger overhead like glowing pads of butter, casting a glow on wood floors, cherry-red walls, and faux marble accents. Amid these mod trappings, skilled stylists renovate hair with high-end products by Redken and Matrix. But services also extend way beyond the scalp. Guests can solicit an aesthetician for a tan, mani-pedi, invigorating facial, or soothing massage session. The salon also offers a special quiet play section for children and the grown actors who play them on TV.
The licensed nurses, laser technicians, and aestheticians at Metropolitan Cosmetic Laser Center are certainly skilled on their own, but they still work with a safety net in the form of the physician who owns the practice. Together, they administer laser-based procedures, including skin rejuvenation and vein, hair, and tattoo removal. They also perform Restylane and Dysport injections that help soften facial wrinkles, leaving skin smoother than a newborn beach ball.
At Starla's Salon & Spa, more than 20 beauty professionals dedicate their talents toward enhancing natural beauty. They each possess a rich backlog of experience. Owner Starla Zarbo, a stylist with more than 20 years of experience, sets the example by continually enrolling in educational seminars. Aesthetician Judy Kohlberg has accumulated more than 1,000 hours of additional training in London, and integrates technology into various treatments, using a mechanical wand to resurface skin and a cold-light laser to diminish signs of aging such as crow's feet and eagle talons. These women join other specialists who work in a sunlit salon with black, red, and white walls.
The honeydew-colored walls of Performance Salon & Color Spa enclose an assemblage of hair, skin, and nail services executed with professional product lines including Paul Mitchell and Bed Head. The first option assails follicles with scissors guided by stylists Rachel, Soad, or Heather, and 10 foils' worth of natural sunkiss highlights that inject vibrant hues extracted from the sun in a method similar to snake-venom harvesting before daubs of wax streamline brows. The keratin blowout treatment coaxes curls out of locks with a trionic keratin protein and a co-polymer delivery system and a high-pitched whistle, evicting superfluous frizz from all types of hair for up to six weeks.
True to its location on the second and third floors of Firehouse Place, All Seasons Salon and Day Spa elevates minds and bodies with nature-inspired spa treatments. Goldwell and Aveda products line the shelves in a reception area whose floral décor vies for attention with the purses, clothes, shoes, and handcrafted Elle Cosmetics peeking out from the designer boutique area next door. Back in the pedicure nook, toes take baths in basins of warm water before shedding their calluses and ferrying their owners to one of the nearby manicure stations, where technicians brush fingernails with vibrant OPI polishes. Soft candle lights flicker against the walls of private aesthetic and massage rooms, while out on the salon floor stylists revivify hair with custom European coloring techniques. During the wedding season, the spa’s team tends to more than 75 bridal parties, painting nails, styling strands, and dipping drab white dresses in their vibrant hair dyes.
With a roster of stylists, massage therapists, aestheticians, and members of the ancient and still-thriving brotherhood of barbers, Temptor Salon aims to stake a claim at the cutting edge of style. The Paul Mitchell Focus salon houses stylists that dole out modern cuts for men and women, and therapists set guests at ease during massages customized to each tense back. For a more hands-off approach, tanning and red-light therapy memberships are available.