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.
Derma Science Spa founder Olga Misevich, a skincare professional with more than 10 years of experience, shuns harsh chemicals in favor of organic products and homeopathic remedies. Her licensed staff shares her belief in the efficacy of such remedies, as well as her focus on developing individual treatment plans that account for clients’ specific needs. That’s why they begin every visit with a consultation in which they take note of skin conditions, dietary habits, and other lifestyle factors to devise a custom-crafted plan to fight the physical effects of aging.
Such a plan may call for treatments that include chemical peels, body wraps, and exfoliating facials. The clinic lives up to its name by pairing these topical remedies with advanced laser treatments designed to erase blemishes, such as rosacea, acne, and spider veins. Specialists also wield lasers during hair-removal treatments, which save time that would otherwise be spent shaving, waxing, or tying individual hairs to the blades of a high-powered ceiling fan.
Warehouse lights dangle from the high ceilings of Hopscotch Salon, illuminating the styling chairs and leaving guests with the impression that rogue designers snuck in at midnight to erect the upscale cutting station. More than 15 stylists hone their craft in the open area, along with a full roster of colorists, aestheticians, nail techs, and makeup artists. The crew offers haircuts, highlights, and corrective color, along with bridal updos and extensions. Stylists also carefully select product lines such as Oribe—which are scented with French perfumes—and Bumble and bumble—which are designed to be mixed and layered for custom hair effects.
Hailing from London, England, Nassrin Shams brings more than 30 years of experience to Quintessence Spa. Amid soft yellow- and lime-colored walls, Nassrin coaxes radiant colors from her clients’ skin with facials that incorporate soothing massages, customized masks, extractions, and exfoliations. She treats an array of skincare concerns, but also offers french green-waxing treatments, and detoxifying body wraps.