Salon Bellissimo honors the timelessness of true beauty by decorating its spa like an Ancient Roman bath with concrete urns, great columns, and a statue of Hebe, the goddess of beauty. And this reverence for history is fitting, since owner Cecilia Sammons has been in the industry for more than 30 years herself. Today, she and her staff of stylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists transform clients using modern haircare products from L’Oréal and Moroccanoil and nail polish scraped directly off Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.
Krave Salon's style swamis tend to hair, skin, and nails with a bevy of beautifying services. Permanent makeup artist and salon co-owner Lisa Brown nestles drops of natural vegetable pigment between individual lashes to define eyelids with soft, natural-looking color and authoritative dictionary entries during a cosmetic-tattoo procedure. Alternatively, the Five Berry Pigment Control peel can help reduce discoloration with a cocktail of all-natural extracts, such as cranberry, raspberry, and blueberry, whereas the Vitamin A Professional Power peel helps encourage collagen production and cell renewal. Finally, a bikini wax gets pelvises ready for swimsuit season, much the way a watch wax prepares wrists to don revealing string Rolexes.
Kneaded Relief Wellness Spa is all about accommodation. Each time clients walk in for a massage, they’re left alone in a private treatment room to undress to their level of comfort and drape their bodies with soft sheets. Then, one of Kneaded Relief Wellness Spa’s professionally trained therapists enters the room and rubs away muscular tension with a relaxing session that incorporates techniques from Swedish, neuromuscular therapy, or other massage modalities. Throughout massages, which typically last between 30 and 90 minutes, therapists stay attentive to clients’ requests for more or less pressure. Kneaded Relief Wellness Spa also pampers clients with skin-softening exfoliations and facials, along with unique scalp massages and infrared-sauna sessions.
The gentle alchemists and pure products at Tre’s Eleve’, an Aveda concept salon and spa, enrich outsides while stimulating insides to be more peaceful, confident, and aware. The 90-minute Aveda customized facial treats nose racks to breakthrough cleansing and hydrating performances tailored to counter each client’s dry-skin drama, acne-redness romance, or fine-line tragedy. As massage and zen aromas drive away loitering stress and death-metal bands, an eye-zone therapy—featuring a gentle massage and flower- and plant-based products—deflates the inner tubes around tired see-sockets to soothe and revitalize delicate areas. The ensuing perfect plant peel exfoliates like a 30 percent glycolic peel, but its green power is able to strip built-up layers of epidermal overpaint down to a Rembrandt original without leaving remnants of redness and irritation. Tre’s Eleve’ facials use sustainable, plant-based Aveda products, providing holistic nourishment for meat-abhorring pores. While faces are being pampered, feet lap up an express pedicure, which snips, tidies, and coats convex keratin calcifications.
Aromatic smoke fills the air of La Perle Hookah Lounge's swanky interior as visitors puff on flavored tobacco through authentic hookahs. Sitting in hip white leather couches as TVs play overhead, guests casually inhale from a group hookah in between sipping smoothies made in-house. An outdoor patio provides a respite from the smoke haze, bathing everyone in sunlight or literally bathing them when it's raining.
Exo's talented staffers beautify clients from head to toe with a full menu of grooming services. During the shellac manicure (a $35 value), nail technicians buff finger shingles to a dazzling sparkle before brushing on CND shellac color. The high-tech lacquer lasts up to two weeks with a glistening mirror finish, which dries instantly under the onslaught of British knock-knock jokes. This option also grants wrist mitts a thorough mollycoddling with a moisturizing paraffin dip treatment, which also includes exfoliation to force has-been skin cells into retirement.