A charming gray house provides the shell to Samson & Delilah's Hair Salon, whose quiet, bright interior flaunts vibrant murals, shiny mirrors, and the expertise of Cindy Bolen. During a brief 40-minute time period, the intensive express facial offers clients more scrubbing and pampering than a porcupine moonlighting as a loofa. The treatment begins with a deep pore cleansing and exfoliation. Next, Bolen utilizes Plantogen's pure plant extracts and manuka honey, soothing skin and delivering collagen-strengthening ingredients that help to protect faces from fungi and microbes while attracting the attention of red-shirted bears. The process is customizable based on client needs, with anti-aging, acne-treating, and rosacea-zapping adjustments available. Replenishing eye cream serves as the cherry to each facial sundae.
The bronzing pros at Tanning Bed help clients achieve a coppery glow by regularly outfitting each bed with new lamps and replenishing spray-tan booths with skin-darkening formulas. To keep tanners cool as they drink up Vitamin D, all 31 boutiques equip private rooms with maximum ventilation and one ton of air conditioning for every tanning bed, or the amount required to chill enough soda for a herd of thirsty polar bears. Guests can customize how frequently they tan by selecting from multiple membership or package options. Bronzers with a two-visit package ($9.99) must redeem both sessions within 30 days, whereas those with a 10-visit ($39.99) or 20-visit bundle ($69.99) can pepper the calendar with visits throughout one year. Memberships for 7 ($9.99), 30 ($39.99), or 90 ($89.99) consecutive days of tanning allow tanners to sustain a sun-kissed appeal and ultimately imprint body grooves into their bed of choice.
Chet Cardinale, a licensed acupuncturist and registered dietetic technician, has trained extensively in acupuncture and herbal medicine both at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and at the Jiangsu Provincial People's Hospital. At his eponymous clinic, he employs the traditional and esoteric acupuncture techniques he's learned, placing thin, sterile needles along the body's energy pathways and supplementing their healing effects with Chinese herbs and nutritional counseling. He tailors each session to individual patients, aiming to help them quit smoking, reduce energy imbalances, or assuage stress and anxiety.
Partnered with Aveda, Corto's Salon & Seasons Spa contains knowledgeable beauticians who pamper bodies with soothing facials and skin-smoothing waxing services. Spend an hour relaxing amid sumptuous hues and warm lights as the signature facial assiduously works to rejuvenate skin via personalized products and tender hands. Philosophers can emerge from bliss with reduced facial lines and a clear head, perfect for materializing hypotheses regarding the makeup of a platonically ideal bologna sandwich. With the facial, hands and feet can relish a resplendent massage that will leave them feeling as light and free as appendages felt before the advent of gravity. For waxing services, bewhiskered bikini lines ($25) and lanate lips, brows, and chins ($35) are improved via wieldy wax, which works to gather troublesome tufts and send them packing. Furry forearms ($25) and ruffled chests ($45) can even be rendered sleeker than their amphibian counterparts.
After moving to Buffalo, Nece Bellomo found herself returning to a passion she had first discovered in her homeland of Brazil: styling hair. “I just like to make people happy, to make them beautiful,” she says, recounting how she embarked on a whirlwind of education with hair mavens from Paul Mitchell and Rusk. Seven years ago, after only six years working in other people's salons, a devoted clientele motivated Nece to open her own salon and spa.
Drawing on a sleek New York aesthetic for inspiration, Nece and her daughter—a Goldwell-educated stylist and coworker—decorated the space in blacks, whites, and silvers and hung mirrors with ornate scrollwork frames to reflect back their clients' masterful coiffures. Although Nece is drawn to modern styles and keeps abreast of the latest coloring techniques and trends, she and her team focus on shearing ’dos that suit their clients’ face shapes, preferences, and inspiration from their favorite Bjork album.
In addition to pampering tresses, the salon and spa also enhances nails with chip-resistant Gelish polish, lavishes feet with scrubs and pedicures, and waxes away unwanted body fuzz.