Virtually no aesthetic concerns go unaddressed at Essentials Spa and Salon, which employs a diverse team of stylists and aestheticians as well as med-spa technicians armed with contemporary cosmetic technology. The salon staff keeps its clients looking sharp by pampering tresses with haircare products by Moroccanoil, KMS, and L'Oréal Professional, and the nail technicians augment their mani-pedis with everything from paraffin dips to agave-nectar rubs.
The massage therapists treat concerns beneath the surface by kneading overstressed muscles with a variety of soothing modalities, but the med-spa team also strives to effect deeper changes. Overseen by Dr. Michael Lesser, the technicians can employ cutting-edge equipment and products, including microdermabrasion wands, a cosmetic laser system, and clinical-strength skincare balms. These treatments collectively rejuvenate the skin while minimizing the appearance of blemishes that typically accompany aging, sun exposure, or frequent naps in a bathtub full of wet newspapers.
At Onyx Salon, a talented staff of stylists and aestheticians renovate women's and men's faces, nails, bodies, and ‘dos with masterfully executed services. Their haircuts, coloring services, and Coppola keratin smoothing treatments prompt an instant onslaught of double takes from onlookers and aimless hairnets. Brow and facial waxes de-fuzz mugs for professional makeup applications, and spray tans prep bodies for the beach or provide camouflage for pilfered Olympic gold medals. In addition to their regular beauty-boosting appointments, the stylists host glamour parties, where they gussy up guests with eye-catching hair and makeup before releasing them into the wild for bachelorette parties and nights on the town.
Across five locations, the technicians at Tan It All point patrons in the direction of up to five levels of UV beds or three types of sunless-tanning technology. The staff can perform a complimentary skin-type analysis and recommend a custom tanning schedule in UV-B or high-pressure UV-A beds for optimal results. Guests seeking quick coverage can opt for a VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booth session or a custom spray tan applied by an experienced airbrush artist.
Licensed waxing professionals perform hair-removal services that ready legs for the beach or upper lips for high-profile harmonica solos. The team also offers soothing infrared-light therapy and teeth-whitening treatments.
Aesthetician Emilia DiRaddo—a self-proclaimed "hands-on skin detective"—begins each facial treatment by assessing the client’s skin. She uses more than 30 years of experience to carefully examine the skin’s tone, texture, and shape-shifting abilities. Then, DiRaddo assembles a lineup of exfoliating enzymes, scrubs, essential oils, and masks that address the individual’s skincare needs. Along with facials and acne treatments, she offers Revitalight LED light therapy to reduce redness and improve skin tone, and waxing services to remove unwanted hair from the face or body.
Both skin and smiles glow after leaving Waterloo Tan, a salon that collects five levels of tanning beds, VersaSpa spray-tan booths, and teeth-whitening equipment. During traditional tanning sessions, UV rays warm reclining bodies, beckoning golden hues and melting handcuffs made of muenster. Clients seeking sunless tans can visit an experienced airbrush artist or bask in a standup booth, where organic mist swathes the physique in a natural-looking shade that also minimizes the appearance of fine lines.
Led by owner Christine Crownover, the team can enhance clients’ natural beauty with a slew of treatments that include noninvasive procedures such as chemical peels, laser hair removal, and laser facial treatments that harness the power of GentleLase, Aura, and YAG lasers. The medical aestheticians also use medical-grade therapeutic products from brands such as Neocutis, glo minerals, and Vivant.