Acqui Spa’s cocktail- and travel-themed services channel the luxury of a tropical vacation inside vibrantly colored treatment rooms. Facials and body wraps cull smells and flavors from classic cocktails; in the ultimate mai tai body wrap, for instance, infusions of coconut lend serums an exotic aroma, and tangy lemongrass mimics the refreshment of a first sip. Vacation-themed services jet the senses away on distant retreats with far-flung ingredients such as Pacific salts, Polynesian florals, and seaweed harvested by trilingual octopi. The highly trained staff regularly looks to Europe for cutting-edge beauty treatments, such as injections of stem cells—harvested from French cows in a cruelty-free process—designed to smooth and firm skin.
The private, tropical-themed treatment rooms treat the eyes to crisp citrus hues or cool ocean blues. In the waiting room, chaises made of minimalist white leather offset the boldness of walls’ lime-green hue and the busyness of their packed poster-modeling schedule.
Taylor Strauss mastered the art of aesthetics, focusing her skills on becoming a facial specialist. At Skin Care by Taylor, she keeps her attention on rejuvenating complexions using classic European facials and masks infused with fruit acids and mud. Taylor also excels in more advanced services, such as diamond dermabrasion and dermaplaning, both of which exfoliate away the top layer of skin and unclog pores. Strauss is also trained in reflexology?which she uses to help relieve clients' tired soles?and body wraps designed to detoxify and moisturize. Eyelash extensions round out her menu of services.
The Classic Face owner Kathryn Belasco, a registered nurse who wields a license to apply permanent makeup with micropigmentation techniques, headlines a roster of beauty boosters that have a knack for making over clients from the neck up. While applying permanent makeup, Belasco and her techs use their tools to enhance the natural shape of clients? eyebrows, eyelids, and lips according to the unique features of each customer, rather than festooning faces with makeup styles that will eventually fall out of fashion or aggravate territorial mimes. During their dermal-rolling treatments, they use small handheld rollers with tiny needles to help tighten loose skin, stimulate collagen production, and reduce scars and stretch marks. Once faces have been thoroughly prettified, the salon?s hairstylists can sculpt strands into flattering, face-framing coiffures.
Some regrets are huge, and they're hard to hide when they're colorfully displayed across the epidermis. At Undo A Tattoo, unwanted ink can be eradicated without leaving scars. The team here—made up of certified laser technicians, medical aestheticians, and physical assistants—has helped thousands of people restore their birthday suits to factory freshness. During each session, a technician uses laser light to shatter the unwanted ink and jettison it out with the help of the body's immune system. The Zimmer Cryo cooling system is used to chill the skin before, during, and after treatment, helping the techs to undo physical graffiti with minimal to no pain.
Mermaid Salon & Day Spa truly reflects its beachy surroundings. The skilled stylists and aestheticians, or a merman and mermaids, as the salon calls them, offer a brimming menu of styling treatments and specialize in double-process coloring and highlights. They beautify digits as well with natural nailcare, pedicures, and Shellac polish. Guests may also solicit the salon for its other aesthetic services, including a facial, chemical peel, or facial wax, or request a private airbrush-makeup session to transform a dull beach ball into a sophisticated dinner date.
Armed with an arsenal of hair products from Goldwell, L'Or?al, Redken, Aquage, and It's a 10, Sarah Cope sets to work beautifying manes. Inside Danny Suero's Hair Design, a 30-year-old full-service salon, the 10-year veteran stylist cuts and texturizes locks to suit her clients, from simple bang trims to perms and keratin treatments. Her specialty, however, is color treatments. Sarah can add subtle sun-kissed highlights to brunette strands, accent blonds with pastel streaks, or alter the color of all-over hues with single-process color.