A specialized team of licensed aestheticians, a makeup artist, a massage therapist, and an oxygen technician accommodate beauty needs in the cool-gray interior of the Saratoga Springs spa. The menu boasts an eclectic selection of services ranging from sunless tanning to organic Da Vinci teeth whitening, one of Leonardo's lesser-known inventions. Those seeking detoxification can visit the hydration wall stocked with spring waters, as well as oxygen-delivery stations that waft the life-giving gas at approximately 70% higher levels than in ambient air. Bright and textural contemporary art adorns private treatment rooms, and mirrors with vanity bulbs surround glass display cases of products for sale, including Dust organic mineral cosmetics
When Christine Goodness opened the original Classical Concepts Salon & Spa in 1995, the 300-square-foot salon had just three styling stations. Today, though her business has expanded, she seeks to continue the connection with nature that inspired her to go into business in the first place. Her pair of Aveda concept salons was mentioned in Salon Today in an article on environmentally friendly beauty. “Our salon was designed by a green architect and we have energy-efficient appliances and green building materials,” she told the magazine.
At both locations, Goodness's staff of stylists launches the happy purr of busy shears and the subtle fragrances of Aveda products. Inside private-treatment rooms, aestheticians spread layers of natural-plant waxes infused with essential oils to whisk away unwanted facial and body hair and apply soothing facials packed with botanical ingredients and minerals. To combat stress from posing as twin investment bankers, massage therapists ease muscle tension in clients with hot-stone, reflexology, and chakra-balancing massage techniques. After emerging from treatments designed to lull them into relaxation, clients browse the rows of Aveda products available to recreate treatments at home. Christine works among the potted bamboo and meditating statues, considering further eco-friendly measures and arranging free services for patients undergoing treatment at The Saratoga Radiation Oncology Center.
Pamela Muller heads up Lashes Over Saratoga, where she bolsters natural fringe with semipermanent Xtreme Lashes. Customized designs range from flirty extensions applied to the outside corner of eyes, or full sets that add drama and intrigue to daily blinks. The extensions stay put even when wet, with touchups recommended every two–four weeks.
It's possible to walk into Cheveux Design and walk out looking completely different. That's because their full menu of salon and spa services cover clients from scalp to toenails with hairstyling, manicures, waxing, and facials. As a Paul Mitchell signature salon, the staff drizzles Paul Mitchell products into hair during color treatments, straightening, and designer cuts.
Whether it’s with ombre highlights or a hot-stone massage, the team at Bella Nani Salon & Spa pampers its guests. Hair services range from basic cuts to blowouts, updos, and extensions. Facials, waxing, and mani-pedis are also available to ensure that no body part will be left feeling inadequate upon leaving the salon.
Clients can relax and practice shadow puppet routines inside Welcome Relief Massage Therapy’s sunny sitting area, before being led in to one of the massage areas. Stressed skeleton suits can enjoy the benefits of a full-body one-hour Swedish massage, which uses medium pressure to relieve muscle tension and stimulate circulation (a $65 value). Clients hoarding pockets of hurt, however, can indulge in a firm-pressure deep-tissue massage that can help alleviate pain and stress (a $75 value). And with a combination of Swedish massage techniques and warm, smooth, oiled stones, a hot-stone massage delivers a comfortable warmth that will drain away tension and bring your muscles to optimal stress-exorcism temperature (an $80 value).