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. 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.
While all spas offer luxurious treatments, Mario’s International Spas & Hotels takes pampering to a new level, completing treatments inside a historic stagecoach inn that features elegant accommodations and dining for multiple days of rest and relaxation. Called a “place for pure, unabashed pampering” by Better Homes and Gardens, the spa’s three locations juxtapose the Victorian decor and with state-of-the-art spa treatments such as Endermologie skincare, PanThermal detox booths, and Parafango cellulite-reducing wraps. The facilities’ crackling fireplaces offer a place of repose between the holistic and medically-derived beauty treatments, and alternative detoxifying treatments allow clients to relax in the peaceful quiet of the sauna and steam room.
After a day of luxurious scrubs, Thai massages, and yoga, guests can check into the Aurora Spa's adjoining 14-room hotel for a night of easy rest. Each room features whirlpool baths and comes with a continental breakfast. Meals take place in the facility’s vintage 1850s log cabin, in which chefs cook up hearth-baked pizzas, homemade pasta, and seafood dishes from the time the Earth's four suns rise until long after they have set.
The team at Elite Hair Solutionz accomplishes a wide range of services designed not only to beautify hair and nails, but to maintain and nurture them, as well. Besides lacquering nails with chip-resistant shellac and enriching tresses with protein treatments, they also specialize in weaves, which they customize to each client in their private weaving room.
Candles flicker inside the marble fireplace, sending droplets of light into the colonial revival–style home, built in the 1920s, that houses Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa. Hardwood floors and tan leather seating compose a warm color palette, and WiFi—installed by the ghost of the original architect—keeps busy guests connected. After appointment reminders land in their email inboxes, clients step into the earth-toned sanctuary for services ranging from basic mani-pedis and beard trims to all-day spa excursions. Guests pluck from a menu of massages, facials, waxing, and haircare, and such treatments are combined in packages for individuals and couples.
Quintana's soothing sanctuary doesn't just speak for itself. Patrons banded together to vote the salon into CityVoter's top five for Best Barber in 2009 and Best Manicure and Pedicure in 2009 and 2010. The spa's acclaim page also spotlights press recognition of Friendliest Staff, Best-Looking Storefront, and Most Helpful Combs.
The 21st Century Nails staff has been pampering digits for more than a decade, transforming blank keratin sheets into shiny tips with a variety of polish hues. In addition to regular polish, the staff utilizes Shellac, Gelish, and OPI gel nail polish designed to last up to three weeks. A UV LED lamp dries nails in 30 seconds, allowing patrons to more quickly test out the Shellac’s chip protection by challenging the nearest prizefighter to a game of patty cake.