The expert fingers of bliss’s stylists each graduate from the salon's extensive apprenticeship program before they style hair or massage extremities in Aveda-product-centric services. The Caribbean Therapy Retreat manicure ($40) or pedicure ($60) infuses limb-ends with Caribbean plant aromas during a soothing massage, using a warm seaweed mask to exfoliate skin cells and revive toes still groggy after hitting sandbars too hard the previous night. Perk up downtrodden locks with the haircut and style ($35+ for women, $25+ for men), which slathers hair in botanical-based shampoo, massages skulls, and trims back nests of hair serpents. Hair-color treatments ($45+) restore faded locks to Technicolor glory, and the Damage Remedy treatment ($55+) uses Aveda's plant-based ingredients to repair strands splintered by the karate chops of passing zephyrs.
The salon's facials earned a second-place award from WDVI’s Cityvoter last year, and Elysian’s staff can spruce up beauty-seekers from head to toe. The Day Away package commences with a European facial, during which a highly trained aesthetician employs Académie Scientifique products imported from Paris. The personalized, relaxing treatment eliminates dry patches, brightens the visage, and reverses the appearance of aging much more easily than swinging a sledgehammer in an attempt to open a portal to the past. After a manicure and pedicure pampers uncouth appendages with top-notch nail renovation, a skilled stylist mentors troubled tresses, convincing pesky flyaways and stuck-up cowlicks to lie down. Guests may use this deal in one splurge or spread it out over multiple visits.
The 60-minute aromatherapy massage from a licensed massage therapist utilizes essential herbal oils designed to invigorate the senses as deft hands stimulate blood flow to muscles crying for help. Or choose a full cut and color, which allows certified technicians to snip and clip at errant hairs to create a haircut that complements facial forms and accentuates fruit hats. A new 'do is paired with a single-process color treatment that revitalizes hues and gussies up grays.
The mother-daughter team behind Rochester Esthetics Body Spa adheres to the motto, “We don’t have clients…we have friends.” They keep their cozy spa as inviting as possible, taking a warm, personal approach when arranging appointments instead of asking clients to weld scheduling requests into a cold piece of steel. Inside treatment rooms, facials counteract oily complexions and stubborn acne, and massages soothe tense and sore muscles. Clients can also clear away unwanted facial and body hair with waxing services and top off treatments with a pedicure or makeup application.
The much-lauded Studio One Salon offers a plethora of salon and spa services dedicated to de-stressing patrons as well as bettering appearances. Place a face in the care of Studio One Salon for a one-hour basic spa facial that begins with a thorough skin analysis, allowing the aesthetician in charge to tailor a specific treatment for each epidermis. Using Dermalogica products, each visage is cleansed, exfoliated, extracted, masked, hydrated, and, finally, fortified against the everyday onslaught of solar rays and glove-slapping duel challenges. An eyebrow arch eliminates overgrown or out-of-place bristles, tidying up forehead mustaches into two separate, symmetrical features while increasing one’s ability to communicate emotions such as surprise, anger, or “I’ve just been pied by a clown!”
From the wrap-around porch to the mahogany crown molding inside the Victorian building, Aura Salon has a homey feeling. Especially for owner Chris Nadjarian, who actually grew up in the very home that now houses his salon, according to a Patch.com article. These days, he shepherds a staff armed with gleaming scissors and hair dye as they mold manes into trendy styles.