Certified massage therapist Lori Amendolara of Essential Touch Body Works tames both physical and mental stress with hands-on healing. After filling out intake forms and chatting briefly about the goals of the session and of the Congress of Vienna, tense torsos undress to their comfort level and lie down. Over the course of 60 minutes, Lori employs a custom massage regimen that includes unscented, hypoallergenic oils to relax muscles, increase circulation, and release wrongfully imprisoned endorphins and serotonins. Tranquil sounds such as ocean waves fill the peaceful therapy room, and when the treatment is complete, clients refuel and awaken with a bottle of water and a small snack.
For the staff at Salon Mulan, successfully serving their clients comes down to two things: training and the right tools. Each of the beauty professionals continuously attends classes and workshops to sharpen her skills. They also employ carefully chosen products during all of their waxing, aesthetic, and hair services. When dyeing hair, they use imported color products from It&ly Hairfashion. When conditioning, they use natural bamboo products from Alterna. Away from the salon chairs, aestheticians coat nails in OPI polish and dip dry feet into soothing paraffin wax, which leaves skin silky smooth.
On the salon floor, the team renders all their services amid wood and glass accents, green plants, and bright flowers. Beyond the styling area, wide pedicure thrones don't display even a sliver of wood—instead, the black-and-gray leather posterior pads comfortably seat clients.
Before developing Elite Ceuticals Non Surgical Face Lift, the owner spent more than 20 years formulating skincare products for other companies. Armed with that experience, she creates skincare blends that stimulate and revive aging skin with aloe vera that's grown hydroponically—that is, fed a regimen of minerals and vitamins and never treated with pesticides or put through a laminating machine.
Heads tilt under cascading water, before slow, steady fingers slather heads in luxurious L'anza, Aveda, and Keune hair products. The team of stylists at Shear Innovations Hair and Day Spa kicks off appointments with indulgent shampoos not only to cleanse and hydrate hair but to set the stage for their trademark exemplary service. The team demonstrates this commitment to service by consulting with clients before performing any of its signature haircuts, color treatments, or bridal updos.
Schwarzkopf-trained stylists stand behind S&G Hair Studio’s swiveling chairs, trimming new hairdos and daubing locks with highlights and all-over color. The salon’s services also include manicures and pedicures, as well as waxing for eyebrows and lips. Bridal services, such as updos, hair extensions, makeup, and bouquet-pitching practice, round out the salon’s offerings.