Within the mint-green embrace of a sun-soaked waiting area, clients await their pampering in plush leather chairs while a flat-screen TV broadcasts soothing images. Vivid Skin Rejuvenation?s owner Nataly Dimitrova draws on her 17 years of experience to guide her aesthetic team and administer facials, exfoliating scrubs, detoxifying wraps, and gentle massages. For added convenience, ample parking eliminates long walks and tuck-and-roll exits.
The Haven Spa's aestheticians pamper men, women, and teens with custom skin treatments. Patrons can relax and sip tea in harmony with new acquaintances. In the evenings, aestheticians transform the spa into a festive refuge for groups of friends with spa parties.
Angela's Nail & Spa's eponymous owner greets every salon guest with a smile, manning the finger-revamping fort as staff technicians transform nails into 10-piece hand and foot accessories. Both levels of mani-pedi include the application of a conditioning oil to reduce cuticle invasions while a shaping reworks nails into rounded arches, squared tips, or glowing orbs designed to foster heartfelt moments with estranged extraterrestrials.
Donna Shari started out as an early childhood teacher whose hobby was painting pottery. At first, she was a familiar face at a paint-your-own-pottery studio. Then she started attending seminars on pouring molds and glazing bisque, until she’d been to more than 250. After an injury cut her teaching career short and the owner of the pottery studio announced his plans to close the place, Donna jumped at the chance to “make my hobby, my passion, into my business,” and took over the studio.
Donna’s new career taps into her talents as both a teacher and an artist as she helps painters of all ages choose plates, figurines, and mugs to personalize with paint, glaze, and territorial tongue licks. After artists perfect their creations, they leave the masterpieces for Donna to fire in a kiln and pick them about up a week later. Donna also teaches students to manipulate clay as it whirls atop a potter’s wheel or a pirouetting ballerina’s head.
Bare Skin & Laser?s licensed medical aestheticians and certified laser technicians whisk away the fuzz and blemishes that obscure exteriors, revealing their clients? underlying beauty. With the Palomar StarLux laser system, they permanently banish leg hair and liberate moustaches for mailing to Charlie Chaplin impersonators. Zeroing in on the skin itself, the technicians renew visages with treatments such as IPL photofacials and chemical peels that incorporate blueberry extracts and antioxidants as they improve skin?s appearance. In addition to refreshing epidermises, the center can also shade them with Bronze Biologic spray tans, imbuing a coppery glow that distracts from one?s extra bellybutton at the beach.
At X-Treme Tanning's two locations, cutting-edge tanning booths darken skintone. During a 12-minute session in the Silver Bullet, high-powered air conditioning sweeps over the body, dampening the heat that brims from facial and shoulder lamps. Available at the Thornwood location, the I Bed takes tanning to a new level: In addition to air conditioning and facial lamps, the lay-down bed effuses aromatic scents and links with iPods. Among stand-up booths, the Super Sonic ranks as the most powerful option—it has a 7-minute max and an upgraded sound system, which means that tanners can add a new level of color after listening to Bohemian Rhapsody just 1.183 times.