Professional aesthetician Ruth Watne polishes and perfects visages with customized facials. The approximately one-hour Lactic Plus facial peel begins with a thorough skin cleansing, removing dirt, excess oils, and past-date vinegars from the top dermal layer. A subsequent deep organic lactic peel, containing pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes and customized to the exfoliation level desired, scrubs away dead skin-cells to uncover underlying radiant skin. Finally, a calming mask smoothes over countenances, hydrating skin and soothing pores with its calming ingredients and encyclopedic knowledge of classic German lullabies. A hand-and-arm massage completes the experience, sending clients forth from the cozy spa interior relaxed and with brighter, more even-toned skin.
Eric Alan Nelson echoes his surroundings at Icon Salon & Spa by providing elegant hair design. Tapping into the creative energy pervading the salon’s skincare specialists, stylists, and nail technicians, he crafts haircuts that enrich each client’s personal style and embellish their features. Eric cuts, styles, colors, and treats hair so that it’s soft to the touch and dazzling to the eye.
From her chair at Nails on First & Hair 2, seasoned stylist Mindy sculpts overgrown manes into works of art with conditioning, cuts, and coloring services. She also ousts unwanted hair with wax, cleaning up bushy eyebrows and removing stubborn lip fuzz leftover from Groucho Marx disguise kits.
The pedicure chairs at Best Nails & Spa’s seem to well up around guests, along with a flood of other relaxing stimuli. Bubbling tubs tickle feet as nail technicians buff heels, groom cuticles, and polish toes with OPI and China Glaze polishes. While toes dry, patrons turn their attention to the movies playing on the shop’s television. The technicians also bear training in applying long-lasting Shellac polish, a polish that cures onto nails and repels chips for two weeks or until you drop your keys in a crate of brillo pads.
Gay Davis has been applying dazzling polishes to nails for three decades. At Laurelwood Nail Co., Gay puts those years of nail know-how to good use, doling out everything from mani-pedis and acrylic nail sets to gel polish, and no-chip shellac manicures with a specialization in natural-looking acrylics and pedicures.. But despite the posh services, the salon maintains a homey, welcoming vibe complete with comfy, plush armchairs and a complimentary coffee and beverage bar where customers can help themselves.
At 50th Avenue Salon, clients needn't twiddle their thumbs as they wait for color treatments to sink into their hair. Instead, they can recline in a massage chair for a soothing upper-body treatment, which is charged by the minute. The salon staff members encourage the mixing and matching of their respective services, enabling clients to depart the space fully confident and refreshed. Clients can pair cuts with temporary hair or feather extensions that add vibrant streaks without dye. Several of the stylists specialize in crafting boldly tinted dos; they don't shy from bright blonds, reds, and even purples. Nail technicians pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis, and private massages take place on a table or a thai mat, where the therapist guides physiques through soothing stretches.
Regardless of the reason for their appointment, clients remain surrounded by sunny, pastel yellow walls. Works by local artists decorate the space on a rotating basis, allowing new painters to showcase their talent and removing old pictures before they grow stale when chewed. Handcrafted bags and jewelry also hang in the boutique area, flanking shelves of Paul Mitchell, TIGI, and Aquage products available for purchase.