From the skincare experts to the nail technicians, every staff member at Namaste Salon and Spa is also a trained reiki practitioner. That's why, regardless of their specializations, they strive to radiate healing energies during each appointment. They bid clients to recline amid lilting music and aromatherapy as they flatter features with organic spa products. Their environmentally sound nail polishes—free from formaldehyde and the glossy red tears of redwood trees—complement sterile pedicure systems with recyclable liners, and reflexology treatments and massages soothe tired limbs. In addition to administering spa services, staff members also sell inspiring CDs, crystals, and scented goods from a New Age gift store.
Helmed by a talented cast of nine hairstylists and one nail technician, Shear Excitement Salon cloaks clients in beauty from head to toe. Stylists sling products by Matrix, Chi, and Sexy Hair across strands as they lop off overgrown lengths and add depth and dimension with lustrous color treatments. Meanwhile, in the nail corner, nail tech Lee pampers hands and feet with indulgent manicures, pedicures, and fur-lined sandals, and embellishes digits with colorful OPI polish or no-chip Shellac gel. The styling staff also gussies up features with expert airbrush makeup applications and eyelash extensions, and strips away excess fuzz with waxing treatments for the face and body.
Aesthetician and owner Elena uses her skills from training in Romania and more than 30 years working in Manhattan to help beautify clients’ skin at her elegant, European-styled spa. Marble-clad walls and chateau-evoking sconces set the stage for seaweed wraps and sea-salt scrubs that help tighten and invigorate skin, along with glycolic-acid treatments and facials. Her european facial does not involve tattoos of random French, German, and Spanish words; rather, it includes a steaming with chamomile herbs and a natural vegetable-peel exfoliant to leave skin glowing and more youthful.
Boca Tanning Club salons bronze clients with the help of super tanning beds and booths, as well as UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booths. Clients walk past the painted vines, rocks, and rainforest-themed decor before stepping into the spray-tanning booths, which gild limbs in 60 seconds, or into a super bed, which caramelizes skin in less time than a traditional bed. In private rooms, technicians wielding airbrush systems custom shade and contour muscles while de-emphasizing vestigial tails.
The varnish artists at Tokyo Nails work in a variety of media, including gel, acrylic, and regular old nail polish. They skillfully trim and shape nails or soften paws with lotions, paraffin dips, or oven mitts full of petroleum jelly. Children are welcome at their salon—they even have a special menu of services for tykes aged 10 and younger.
With the innovative Hypodermologie method, the aesthetic alchemists at Soleil Spa nudge natural processes into reverse by deploying biocompatible infrared light. During each approximately 50-minute treatment (a $130 value), waves of energy envelop facial features and seep into the skin, slightly and nearly painlessly boosting its temperature. The process makes faces feel silky smooth and years younger by rejuvenating aging tissues and elevating elastin and collagen production, like peeling open a banana to reveal the creamy mashed potatoes inside. By taking advantage of the body’s innate abilities, Hypodermologie gently stimulates skin and elasticity and helps rescue countenances from wrinkles, toxins, and unsightly reminders of a past lobster-wrestling career.