The outside world seems to slip away once a person drops into one of Nail Lounge's cushy mani-pedi chairs. Here, clients relax while nail techs trim, buff, massage, and moisturize. They then finish things off with acrylic nails or gel polish. The beauty experts do occasionally focus on areas beyond fingers and toes, as they administer NovaLash eyelash extensions that eschew the need for mascara.
Growing up on the shores of the Black Sea in Romania, Maria Suciu found herself surrounded by beauty. Her appreciation for aesthetics was not only inspired by the breathtaking beaches, therapeutic resorts, and glassy waters—which are believed to have curative powers—but also by her mother, who taught her how to fetchingly care for her skin, hair, and nails. After years of helping others strengthen their businesses as a public-relations adviser, Suciu shifted careers paths and traveled to America to share all she had learned about inner and outer wellness.
Suciu is now the owner and managing aesthetician of Callatis Spa, where she uses European-style techniques and organic, herbal formulas to pamper skin and boost outer allure. Callatis, which translates to the most beautiful, was the name of an ancient Greek colony that once inhabited the same shores that nurtured Suciu’s passion for performing cosmetic treatments. As a reiki master, Suciu also aims to balance the body and mind, targeting negative energy caused by palling around with delinquent magnets. Soothing fragrances and relaxing music permeate the spa's interior, which is small and intimate for highly personalized services.
During his three decades of dental experience, which included a six-year stint as a general dental officer for the United States Air Force, Dr. John N. Santin has seen a lot of smiles. And from both of his Akron Area Oral, Maxillofacial & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center offices, Dr. Santin continues to gaze at pearly whites, keeping teeth healthy and bright with surgical and cosmetic dentistry services including corrective jaw surgery, wisdom-teeth extractions, and bone grafting. But teeth aren’t the only thing on Dr. Santin’s mind. He also provides his patients with a range of cosmetic treatments, from rhinoplasty and facial implants to Botox injections and chemical peels. The offices even come equipped with advanced ActiveFX and DeepFX fractional lasers, which are designed to blast away layers of sun damage, dead skin cells, and temporary tattoos that seeped down into the dermal layer.
With a bevy of beautifying services, professional makeup artist Toni George sweeps style over cheekbones and livens up facial features of her chic-seeking clientele. Lunch in casual splendor with the daytime makeup application ($25), or flit effortlessly from work to an important date with the Luxe day-to-evening application ($35). The Luxe extravagant evening makeup setup plumps up lashes for bashful blinks ($45), while the Avant-Garde option emulates your favorite surrealist painting (price upon request).
Artistic prowess doesn't just appear overnight. It takes years of practice. That's why each of Dino Palmieri's salons, including the Dino Palmieri Salon & Spa, employs stylists dedicated to staying at the top of their games. The skilled stylists give each client one-on-one attention to ensure every hair service comes as close to the client's vision as possible, which is why it was named by readers of Cleveland Scene as the best hair salon in the city. The stylists add depth to hair with highlights, smooth rebellious strands with GKhair treatments, and apply expert perms to reshape hair's texture until each strand would turn Louis XIV green with baroque envy. That same level of personalized attention carries over into the salon's meticulous nail services, which clients can upgrade with moisturizing white-tea masks or herbal foot peels. Waxing sessions use body-safe Nufree botanical wax to keep skin calm and collected while hair says its goodbyes. Deep-cleansing Darphin facials can be infused with essential oils and plant ingredients such as orange blossom and licorice to relax clients and bring them closer to nature than sharing a hibernation den with their favorite grizzly family.
When it comes to beauty, the pampering professionals at The Finished Look Salon & Spa have clients covered from head to toe—or, more specifically, from freshly cropped locks to prettily polished toes. The spa's atmosphere is quintessentially homey, complete with fireplaces, arched doorways, and even a wood-paneled basement fitness studio where a certified personal trainer helps patrons get into shape while watching motivational reruns of after-school specials. Clients can book massages with the spa's massotherapists that is trained with an associates degree in massotherapy. Each nook and cranny in the salon has a designated purpose, from the naturally lit nail studio to the hair shampooing and styling stations. To help clients feel as good as they look, the spa's staffers also offer relaxing massages and exfoliating body scrubs.