From their cushy styling chairs, clients of Amoré Salon and Spa can watch shoppers bustle through the upscale Pearl District outside the studio's ample, sun-soaked windows. But in here, no one is in any hurry. With careful attention, the salon's artistic, fashion-forward hairstylists create one-of-a-kind coifs that run the gamut from multicolored punk looks to timeless bobs and long styles achieved with Great Lengths hair extensions. The extensions are crafted with real, ethically sourced human hair, and attach to existing locks with bonds that expand and contract just like the wearer's natural hair or peacock-like plumage.
In the spa realm, aestheticians revamp complexions with Jan Marini facials that target severe acne, dryness, or unsanctioned games of pore whack-a-mole. Waxing specialists don’t skimp on skincare either—in addition to using gentle Cirepil wax, facial-inspired treatments for backs and bikini lines reverse blemishes and discomfort caused by ingrown hairs. Nail specialists, meanwhile, make sure their art stays intact by finishing a number of manicures and pedicures with CND Shellac lacquers, which dry under a UV light to leave a mirrorlike finish that lasts up to 14 days.
Within A New You Salon and Spa's 1,200-square-foot studio, aestheticians employ organic products and gentle waxes to oust unwanted hair and refine complexions. Five stylists man haircutting stations in the main salon area, and a warren of private treatment rooms allows aestheticians to cleanse pores with organic ingredients or wax away unwanted hair in privacy. During waxing services, staff members cut down on discomfort by using numbing antiseptics, gentle lavender or zinc waxes, and a promise of monthly postcards to suddenly lonesome hairs as they de-fuzz bodies.
Slab Handcrafted Soap Company's dedicated soapsmiths blend and cut soaps by hand. With extreme care and consciousness of the suds-making process, these artisans forge blocks from a blend of palm, coconut, and olive oils, and exotic butters—ingredients that cohere into smooth, rich bars. These slabs not only clean skin, but also moisturize it—unlike commercial soaps, which are made with a milling process that extracts the natural moisturizing glycerin, they contain a high glycerin content. The all-natural soaps can last one person 4–5 weeks through regular use and only slight nibblings.
Bella Fiore Day Spa is a welcoming oasis in which hallways the color of autumn squash lead to curtained treatment rooms. The spa’s talented staff begins a client’s rejuvenation marathon with a Beaute Express facial. Customized to your individual skin type with a complimentary in-depth skin-care analysis, the express facial provides soothing exfoliation and hydration that will address the particular concerns of your visage, including sensitive skin and the money you could make in genre fiction. During your 30-minute Swedish massage, therapeutic hands gently target the storehouses of the body’s accumulated stress, pacifying tension and detoxifying muscles for a happier, more-mobile self.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: Essential Facial and waxing services
Brands Used: Dermalogica, Cirepil
Pro Tip: Come relaxed and ready to be pampered, and you will leave feeling beautiful.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
The Essential Facial, which is ideal for simple monthly maintenance for healthy skin. The treatment begins with cleansing, steam, and extractions. After exfoliating the skin, I perform a facial massage and apply a mask, toner, and moisturizer. I also include a relaxing scalp-and-hand massage. You will leave with a personal face-mapping sheet, as well as a recommended home skincare regimen.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
The salon is glamorous yet edgy. We have concrete floors, high ceilings, open windows that overlook the Pearl District, and chandelier lighting. As a full-service salon, we use and sell only professional products. My facial-and-waxing room is private, inviting, charming, and tranquil.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I love meeting people and making them feel special and beautiful through my facial and waxing services.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I love performing facials because they are a great way for my clients to treat themselves. Taking care of our skin and face is an essential part of staying and being healthy, yet it is also relaxing and pampering. It is a treat that should also be a normal part of taking care of ourselves.
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