Owner Lisa Primps and her team of aestheticians, electrologists, and permanent-makeup artists have dedicated the past 21 years to helping clients reach a state of relaxation via treatments that fuse alternative and clinical spa methods. In doing so, they reach for Jan Marini, Dermalogica, and Bioelements skincare products during facials and peels, which can further be enhanced with microdermabrasion and ultrasonic technology. Rather than relying on hypnosis, aestheticians safely subtract unwanted hair from the follicles with traditional waxing or electrolysis, which uses disposable gold probes. Lisa applies her aesthetic knowledge and years of experience?which includes postgraduate work at the International Dermal Institute?during telangiectasia treatments, which gently remove broken capillaries and skin tags from the face and chest.
Just as The Primping Place Spa?s treatments stay ahead of the curve, so does its decor. The reception and treatment room is decorated from floor to ceiling with renewable materials, including Benjamin Moore VOC-free Natura paint, natural-bamboo blinds, and cotton drapes. A series of potted philodendrons help cleanse the air more effectively than washing its mouth out with soap. The Spa also sells Scentsy wickless candles and offers free tastings of weight-loss shakes and cleanses from Isagenix.
At Fox Nails Day Spa, beauticians greet clients with complimentary teas and other beverages designed to ease the mind prior to the start of services. Nail technicians spruce up digits before embellishing them with OPI, Minx, or vegan polishes. Aestheticians add beauty to the skin with Arbonne products during facials, advanced galvanic treatments, and lactic acid skin peels that leave exteriors shining like a gold medalist on a podium surrounded by strobe lights. The staff harnesses the gentle exfoliating properties of botanicals during aromatic body treatments and vegan-friendly body scrubs.
Salon Shahin owner Shahin Farzam opened his salon with a steadfast pledge to devote time and attention to both clients and the environment. The team of hairdressers uses plant-based Phytologie products, and each stylist brings his or her own unique touch to the styling chair, delivering customized classic and cutting-edge haircuts alongside coloring services that use ammonia-free European products.
Clean Image Medical Spa, first in the state to offer the innovative cellulite-reduction therapy, wields the intense-pulsed-light technology of the FDA-approved VelaShape treatment under the watchful eye of staff physicians. The process smoothes dappled epidermises, treating deep tissue and upper layers of skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared light, gentle vacuum action, and mechanical massage, resulting in a measurable reduction in fat layers, the appearance of cellulite. Each 40-minute session targets fat cells protruding into the outer dermis, producing, like an unhurried portrait painter, visible results in as few as two sessions.
Since its first studio opening in Long Island in 1996, Angel Tips has been dedicated to providing expert waxing, nail, and eye treatments. This dedication has remained steadfast as the brand––which also includes Tahiti’a Spas––has grown to more than 60+ locations across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, each staffed with passionate and highly trained technicians.
Despite the company's ever-expanding presence, each Angel Tips remains solely focused on the customer, following strict sanitary procedures that include using only disposable files and nail buffers. They also strive to make each mani-pedi, as luxurious as possible, often incorporating exfoliating honey scrubs, hot stone leg and foot massages, and the latest polishes, including chip-resistant OPI gel. When it comes to skincare, aestheticians leave no pore un-purged, using algomasks and microdermabrasion to polish faces and exfoliating bodies with a signature scrub, detoxifying sauna, and Vichy shower massage. And to ensure skin stays as soft and smooth as possible, technicians can also remove unwanted hair from more than 15 different areas, either by waxing, threading, or asking each hair annoying questions until it leaves.
Though a lifetime of treating scoliosis had made her aware of massage therapy’s unique benefits, it wasn’t until she turned 40 that Gail Yurman decided to leave the corporate world and become a full-time massage therapist herself. Gail’s formal training and passion for her work are equally evident to anyone who has felt the touch of her nimble fingers. Her knowledge of a wide range of massage styles—Swedish, Thai, sports, and deep tissue, to name a few—allows her to tailor sessions to each client’s individual aches and pains. To further personalize her massages, Gail holds sessions at The Center For Health Renewal spa, at her clients’ homes, or in massage chairs in an office setting. Each session begins with a health consultation in which she adjusts her techniques to accommodate chronic pains or knots of tension from sports injuries, long workdays, or nights spent sharing one’s bed with space-hogging boogeymen.