Just as wisterias bloom in the early spring, clients take on new shades of beauty after a trip to Wisteria Salon. Whether they’re sprucing up fingers with pumice stones, massages, or french tips, the salon’s nail technicians pay close attention to detail from the first file to the final stroke of polish. Even as clients free their minds from worry and relax in plush pedicure thrones, the technicians make a constant effort to adhere to strict health and sanitation standards. They use only nontoxic lacquers to promote nail health and dispose of all their tools after a single use. Aside from mani-pedis, Wisteria Salon offers waxing services to rid skin of unwanted hair without having to tie each individual strand to a rotating ceiling fan.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and style ($31–$38) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving condition for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($60–$70), highlights ($80–$90), or a perm ($75–$85). Prices vary by location.
When you walk into Eden Day Spa, you are immediately bathed in light from a crystal chandelier. Pure white walls reflect that light off an ornate mirror, teal mosaic reception desk, and delicate orchids, all of which are designed to create a serene mood. The spa extends this relaxing experience with a bevy of traditional and contemporary treatments including facials, massage, and skin care. During body glow treatments, a sunless tanner infuses the skin with antioxidants and botanicals, leaving it with a golden sheen, while Turkish body peels employ a loofah and imported liquid gommage to remove layers of dead skin. Calming facials give the skin an all-over burst of vitality, whereas semi-permeant lash extensions draw attention to your eyes, and a full range of massage modalities soothe the muscles with the help of herbs, therapeutic stretching, and reflexology.
Drawing on more than a decade of experience, derma guru Zoe Alexander performs a suite of skin-centric services, from waxing to organic facials. She custom blends masks to suit each client's skin type, deploying ingredients such as raw organic honey, green clay, and organic apple-cider vinegar to combat fine lines, blemishes, and all colors other than green. Lash and eyebrow tinting add drama to faces, and waxing services from head to toe de-fuzz physiques for up to six weeks.
The waxing aestheticians at Smooth Operations specialize in private grooming for private areas, preparing them to go public on summer's sandy runways. Unlike the wax used in your chess-club hazing, Smooth Operations employs anti-inflammatory Cirepil wax to provide as painless an experience as possible. The basic wax keeps certain sights modestly unseen during swimsuit-donning season. Opt for a decorative souvenir tuft or a landing strip fit for the Concorde from the French wax. The daring will emerge more aerodynamic than ever after a Brazilian wax, which levels all foliage down to the birthday suit. Depending on the size of the area, aestheticians may take 15 minutes to an hour to craft the bikini-area coif of your choosing, and sensitive areas stay as smooth as a well-oiled Slip 'n' Slide for up to four weeks.
Jennifer Donnellan and her friends had always tossed around the saying "Peace, Love & Grilled Cheeses" to indicate good times and happiness. When Donnellan rebranded her hair salon, that saying became the studio's name. "I wanted a name that would grab your attention," she says on her website. "Make you ponder a moment and put a smile on your face." The name is whatever you want it to be, a motto that also extends to the styling, which is tailored to the individual.
Jennifer and her team are always up-to-date on modern trends, enrolling in educational workshops and grilling boutique mannequins for trade secrets. The result is an expansive menu of hair services ranging from cut and color treatments to feather extensions to laser hair therapy for men and women.