Overhead lights shine down on Allure Day Spa & Salon, illuminating earthen clay tiles and walls the color of saffron. In these cozy, rustic environs, Allure owner and operator Monica Laratta manages a highly trained contingent of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists using her 20 years of industry experience. Decorative wall mirrors record the transformation of bland tresses into stylish and colorful dos with the help of products by AG Hair and TIGI. Elsewhere in the salon, essie and OPI nail polishes brighten fingers and toes. Likewise, spray tans and facials brighten complexions, and waxing nixes unwanted hair from lips, eyebrows, or misbehaving Chia pets.
Speranzi Facial Spa's licensed skincare specialist Yolanda T. Russo strives to fade signs of aging with preservative-free products and rejuvenating services. Yolanda saps tension from beleaguered brows, using products packed with botanical ingredients and antioxidants. She’s equipped with more than 15 years of experience, and she’s an advocate of maintaining skin without expensive products or fussy technology. To further her stance, she happily shares recipes for at-home facials.
Spa Girl’s aestheticians pamper bodies with facials that cater to men and women alike with organic ingredients, therapeutic massage, or galvanic currents. Waxing sessions keep arms and legs smooth longer than shaving or slicing the tips off each individual hair with children’s scissors.
The meteoric growth of Massage Envy has led to more than 800 spa locations and a healthy share of limelight from printed media buzz to promotions on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Doctors. Its experts have kneaded more than 50 million backs using modalities that range from the gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Although the spa treats a wealth of clients, each Massage Envy session is personalized to individual needs. While indulging in prenatal, hot-stone, or trigger-point-therapy massages, clients can also request the soothing mint and rosemary essential oils of aromatherapy or the addition of warming and cooling products that help decrease inflammation and ease pain.
In addition to staffing massage therapists, the spas employ skincare experts who wield Murad products for four kinds of facials. Clients can treat sensitive skin to mild exfoliation or opt for anti-aging facials with glycolic acid before attempting to order off the kids’ menu at a diner.
While waiting guests sip coffee and nibble desserts, Amici Salon and Spa’s stylists revamp looks with treatments ranging from hairstyling and nailcare to facials, waxing, and tanning. Their hairstylists brandish products by Moroccanoil, L'Oréal, and CHI with such panache that Amici even offers an an intern training program for up-and-coming talent. Under the supervision of a master stylist, technician, or the watchful owls who hide out in updos, interns hone their pampering skills on willing clients, who receive a discounted rate for being such sports. The salon also celebrates clients on Thursday evenings, when complimentary wine and cheese turn the beautifying happy hour into a party all its own.