More than 60 salon pros and their talented apprentices strive to perfect the art of hairdressing at Ricci’s Academy, and the salon-academy has been in business for more than 60 years. Under the guidance of skilled teachers, each with at least 13 years of experience, new-generation tress tamers snip strands to achieve clients' requested looks, from chin-length bobs to the multiterm shoulder-length layers made famous by FDR. A barbering program ensures scissor wielders can also trim with razors to keep men's cuts straight and neat.
At Newtown MediSpa, Dr. David Hendricks and his staff do all they can to keep skin looking healthy. They refresh it with beauty injections such as Botox and Juverderm, revamp it with facials and chemical peels, and streamline it with laser hair removal or waxing. In addition to skin-focused med-spa treatments, they offer traditional spa services such as Swedish massages and the Swedish massage's rival, the Norwegian back scratch.
Taking up 1,200-square feet of Ricci’s, Hero Barbering brings to mind an old-school barbershop. Though the inspiration for the space is traditional, the styles they offer are anything but old and tired: they cut everything from conservative crewcuts to mohawks. Hero’s team is also well-versed in the art of the hot shave. A beer or soft drink complements every appointment, while sports on a flat-screen TV and jovial barbershop banter keep guests entertained throughout their session.
Natural and organic products are used exclusively at this salon, where stylists nourish and protect strands amid haircuts, highlights, and smoothing treatments. A separate room caters to younger folk, who hop into a fire engine or pink Cadillac while enjoying their favorite cartoon or PlayStation 2 game. After their haircut, kids receive a lollipop and balloon as a reward for their good behavior or correct guesses of how many hairs are on their heads.
Cara Bartkus is never in a rush. Long before opening her own spa, she first attended the Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences, then became a certified aesthetician, and later worked at several spas to gather all the experience necessary to become a well-rounded aesthetician. She also augments her treatments by laying candles throughout the small spa space and by using Eve Taylor products made with organic essential oils.
The spa specialists at Re’Treat Contempo Salon operate a circuit of body-rejuvenating experiences for clients in need of skin overhauls. For 30 days, clients can take advantage of unlimited access to three spa services. Re’Treat Contempo's hydration station, a nutrient-rich steam bath designed to moisturize skin and cleanse pores, packs the rejuvenating punch of a steaming Icelandic geothermal vent. Both traditional tanning beds and UV-free Mystic spray tanning invite sun-shy patrons to quell firefly envy with a fresh, bioluminescent glow. Beauty Gold LED light facials employ an intense LED light during noninvasive, 20- to 30-minute sessions meant to reduce the appearance of acne, fine lines, sunspots, and scars. Clients can relax in complete privacy to cycle through the full triumvirate of treatments in a little less than an hour.