Thanks to parents who encouraged a love of animals, Leslie Rosales woke up every morning to a chorus of whinnying horses, yapping dogs, mewing cats, and squawking chickens. Trimming the long locks of her a family brood of cocker spaniels, Leslie quickly picked up grooming and animal-whispering skills. Over the course of a lengthy career as a vet assistant, she grew fed up with what she considered poor treatment of pets, so she started her own grooming shop with a bankroll of just $400.
Years later, Leslie sold that shop and attempted to retire, but her clients prodded her to return to her beloved profession. First-time sessions take a bit longer, Leslie warns, because she monitors the dog's reaction to each new touch. She clips a nail or two at a time or allows the scissors to lop off a few curls of hair around one ear, before stepping back to reward the dog with praise and love. The process eases pooches into the session and test’s each animal’s mood, much the way one dips a toe into a chocolate fountain to make sure it's warm enough to jump into.
Leslie also offers fresh food for dogs allergic to the standard canine diet of commercial pet kibble and mailman tears. The salon also maintains a pet food pantry for pets of low-income households.
Symmetry’s soothing repertoire of spa services deploys products from professional beauty and skincare brands such as L’Oréal Professionnel, Dermalogica, and Glymed Plus. In addition to haircuts and exclusive Série coloring services, the salon floor shares space with nail stations, where professional OPI polish covers otherwise opaque tips with vibrant swatches of color. In secluded rooms, aestheticians cater to clients that wish to unwind or reverse signs of aging with Jessner peels, exfoliating body wraps, and massage therapy, which eases the stress and anxiety built up from protecting karate classes from vengeful cinder blocks. Before or after treatment, guests are invited to warm hands around complimentary mugs of coffee or tea or further relax with a glass of wine or beer.
Dr. Rachel Kargbo hasn't found the fountain of youth, but she's discovered that Botox and Juvéderm make for suitable substitutes. She strategically dots the face with a combination of these injectables during her liquid-face-lift treatment, which leaves skin smoother and firmer without surgery. Dr. Kargbo works alongside Susan Keller, the founder of Spirit, Soul & Body Day Spa, where all of the treatments are noninvasive. Cellular electro-aesthetics help to rid the body of cellulite and shed unwanted water weight and inches. Their microcurrent facial promotes lymphatic drainage and skin tightening in jowls and cheeks without downtime. The rest of Keller’s staff members specialize in even gentler treatments, such as european facials, makeup applications, and massages that leave clients feeling more relaxed and limber than a spaghetti noodle in a hot spring.
Inside the bright, spacious salon, black leather chairs with bubbling foot basins line the walls facing a flat-screen TV while nail technicians pamper hands and feet with more than 15 different types of manicures and pedicures. According to the trained professionals at the spa, clients can have their feet treated to whirlpool action with a safe, NSF-certified PureFlo pipe-less jet. Massage therapists inject relaxation with custom kneads and an arsenal of aromatherapy scents, and private spa-party packages combine treatments with complimentary mixed drinks for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and secret Supreme Court justice outings.
NailSpa Kangen's expansive salon plays host to a wide array of treatments ranging from manicures and pedicures to facials and full-body waxing. Clients can lounge and relax while the massage therapists knead away aches and pains throughout the body. Nail techs show their commitment to customer safety during manicures and pedicures by plying each guest with a personal-hygiene bag that includes a buffer, file, and slippers as well as Kangen drinking water. Once each person is situated on one of the spa's cushioned chairs, the techs pamper nails with sanitary tools and without the use of UV light to avoid the sun's patent lawyers. Additionally, NailSpa Kangen offers private spa and salon parties, complete with live music, for groups of up to 15 people.
At Serenity Aveda Day Spa and Salon, beauty professionals nourish skin and hair with pure flower and plant essences. Aestheticians leverage the power of grape antioxidants and champagne oils during the champagne facial—one of many facial treatments—increasing skin hydration while decreasing the need for regular spumante showers. To give clients a head-to-toe tan without UV exposure, technicians mist the skin with a custom bronzer. Stylists volumize hairdos with hair extensions from Paris, and cosmetic artists replenish lids with thick, long lash extensions. Massages, body treatments, and makeup services round out the menu of options.