At recently opened Rock Paper Scissors, owner and head stylist Kelsey Gallegos exercises artistic license over coifs, backed by extra training in Bumble and bumble, Redken, and AG hair products, to name a few. Her team of stylists boasts similar expertise in myriad specialties, allowing clients to pair up with an authority fitted to their needs. Beautifiers bend serums from AG, DermOrganic, and It's a 10 to their will as they shear and highlight tresses or sculpt one of their signature updos for wedding days or anniversaries with probation officers.
The salon's decor mirrors the creative whimsy with which staffers approach hair. Walls alternate between vibrant-yellow and deep-purple hues, complimented by a tree in bloom splashed across several paintings. Colorful abstract artwork emblazons other walls, one hung with a black-and-white photo of the vintage salon experience, which historically included black-and-white hairdos.
Yulia brought her skin-revitalizing talents to Yulia's Skin Care after attaining the status of master aesthetician in Boston, where her work earned her spots on Best of Boston lists in area publications such as Stuff magazine. With certifications in microdermabrasion, enzyme peels, and stone facials, she has the training to adeptly coerce blemishes and discolorations from the face using a slew of skin treatments. For each treatment, Yulia's Skin Care's aestheticians select from their arsenal of nourishing products, and even arm themselves with specialty products, such as heated mittens and pumpkin-enzyme purées, for massages and facials. They also leverage their expertise to exfoliate, steam, and massage the skin on their clients' backs, shape brows, and wax away hair that refuses to take the bait of staticy balloon animals.
Regina Lyubarsky infuses each of her skin treatments with a little bit of Europe. The salon owner completed a portion of her training across the pond and has come to rely on Hungarian products—Éminence Organic and ilike in particular—to perform her custom treatments. These brands incorporate a comparatively large amount of fruit and plant extracts, which derive further nutrients from the unique composition of Hungary's soil. Channeling their therapeutic properties, Regina formulates facials for teens, women, and men, many of which target specific ailments, such as acne and sensitive skin. She also clears away unwanted hair with electrolysis treatments and waxing services.
The staff at Bellagio Nails & Spa makes over hands and feet with 10 different types of mani-pedis. Though every treatment trims and shapes nails, the aestheticians also add therapeutic touches based on their clients' skin conditions and beauty goals. During the Bellagio signature mani-pedi, the staff scrubs with a creative sea-salt glow that's specifically designed for dry skin, and during their Citrus Paradise mani-pedi, appendages dip into a detoxifying fruit bath comprised of lemon, orange, and lime slices. During these services, clients lounge atop cushioned pedicure chairs and drop their feet into a handcrafted glass bowl as the trickling sounds of a fountain cultivate a relaxing ambiance. Staffers also wax off unwanted hair and leftover werewolf fur from head to toe.
Though Rita Simonian has a background in cell biology, she isn’t a scientist. Simonian is an aesthetician, and she employs her unique insight while treating clients beneath the canopied ceiling at Onivo Esthetics. Her specialty is customized skincare, with services ranging from tailored facials to LED-light lifts. Complexions affected by dehydration, rosacea, or acne can be rebalanced with the help of her expertly applied pure active ingredients and essential oils. Some of Simonian’s signature facials pamper guests with luxurious ingredients such as 24-karat gold, caviar, and microscopic private jets.
Essential Skin Therapy’s nutmeg-colored spa separates clients from the tensions of everyday life, providing a peaceful, quiet sanctuary for rejuvenation. Skincare specialists tend to aesthetic needs using products by Eminence Organic Skin Care, Glo, Obagi, and SkinCeuticals, nourishing and hydrating skin until it achieves the youthful glow of a newborn Lite-Brite. A free consultation precedes each facial, microdermabrasion, or massage, and allows technicians to customize products and techniques according to each patron's needs. The relaxing San Carlos day spa also tends to energy issues with chakra-aligning crystal treatments and positive reinforcement from golden retrievers.