At age 14, Geniana Neto whipped up her first homemade mask from peaches, papaya fruit, and honey to help clear her bother’s oily skin. The experiment piqued her interest in fixing dermal issues and led to a career as a licensed aesthetician, certified advanced-chemical-peel therapist, and hydrafacial-resurfacing specialist. She started Hydro Mystic Skin Studio to help others suffering from excess oil, acne, and other stubborn issues. She also removes unwanted hair on upper lips, tongues, and eyebrows using a choice of soft or hard wax.
Informed by fitness-heavy interests, including competitive bicycling, jogging, and research in sports injury and recovery, the licensed massage therapists at On Balance Massage and Bodywork draw upon their massage training to relieve injury and pain. They treat clients ranging from athletes to chronic-pain sufferers with massage modalities such as myofascial release, which targets pain with gentle, sustained pressure on the connective tissues. They also practice deep-tissue massage, which involves the sublayer manipulation of muscles to reduce inflammation-related pain and locate embedded spinach cans. For bodies tense from work or minds reeling from stress, therapists pore over musculatures with relaxing Swedish, hot-stone, and reiki techniques.
Scattered throughout the peninsula, Natalie Salon Inc.'s five locations each house a team of specialists who pamper and beautify guests during nail, waxing, hair, and facial services. Staffers make over bodies from head to toe, rejuvenating faces with facials and treating dull talons to manicures and pedicures. They hone in on hair all over the body, waxing away unwanted fur, arranging lackluster strands into stylish coiffures, and tinting eyebrows to match recently dyed locks or recently dry-cleaned banana suits.
At Bella Rose, staff members adroitly cut hair, teach private makeup lessons, and arrange bridal makeup and styling services. Wedding consultations give brides-to-be a chance to plan for the occasion, bringing in photos to help discuss how hair should look and whether the figurines atop the cake need concealer.
DermaBella Day Spa & Salon's massage therapist relaxes tight-knotted cords of muscle through the soothing strokes of Swedish massage. Deft hands deliver Swedish massages in 60- or 90-minute variations, sweeping over backs in varied long and short movements to smooth the motion of creaky joints, increase blood flow, and prevent midday avalanches from rock-encrusted shoulders. Massages are tailored to fit the needs of individuals struggling after a hard day of sleeping on a keyboard or letting children dance on their back.
Fifth Avenue Salon's master stylist is a teacher for Matrix Color, and only the finest Matrix coloring products are used in the salon. Every haircut for women ($40) and men ($35) begins with a professional consultation, during which the stylist discusses possible styling and color options and interpretations of Inception. The salon's expert color artisans, meanwhile, can transform your scalp into a Technicolor musical with a full color service (starting at $75) or highlights (starting at $75 for partial and $100 for a full set). Color touch-ups start at $50. Fifth Avenue also offers conditioning ($15) and scalp ($25) treatments for customers who are tired of having their hair chewed on by horses. Waxing services such as upper lip ($15) and eyebrows ($18) make sure clients stop getting mistaken for the Swedish Chef.