In place of barber chairs, Bananas Salon for Kids parks tricked-out sports cars or Barbie mobiles at each of its haircutting stations. In the driver's seat, each youngster barrels down an imaginary highway and lets imaginary winds race through his or her ever-shortening hair. Friendly, talented stylists play along and keep the mood fun as they impart Disney-star style onto domes with trendy cuts, intricate braids, or fancy updos. Spa treatments introduce the art of advanced hygiene with manicures and more. Parties literally celebrate in style with beauty packages, snacks, and goodie bags.
The experts at SkinSense Advanced Skin Care understand that each person’s skin has its own needs and foibles. Whether applying a mask or cleaning pores with a chemical peel, they begin by analyzing each client’s skin type first, ensuring that their treatments fit its unique topography. In addition to the classic approach of a European facial, for which they combine steam cleansing, extractions, exfoliation, and aromatherapy massage, the professionals provide a bevy of modern skincare services. They wage war on blemishes and sagging skin with a cutting-edge array of microdermabrasion, light therapy, and cellulite treatments. Helping to bring about the renewal, an arsenal of products from gloProfessional, DermaQuest Skin Therapy, and SkinSense’s own line stands ready to target blackheads or smooth and tone the outer organ instead of attacking all wrinkles with the same clothes iron.
The Classic Face owner Kathryn Belasco, a registered nurse who wields a license to apply permanent makeup with micropigmentation techniques, headlines a roster of beauty boosters that have a knack for making over clients from the neck up. While applying permanent makeup, Belasco and her techs use their tools to enhance the natural shape of clients’ eyebrows, eyelids, and lips according to the unique features of each customer, rather than festooning faces with makeup styles that will eventually fall out of fashion or aggravate territorial mimes. During their dermal-rolling treatments, they use small handheld rollers with tiny needles to help tighten loose skin, stimulate collagen production, and reduce scars and stretch marks. Once faces have been thoroughly prettified, the salon’s hairstylists can sculpt strands into flattering, face-framing coiffures.
Joseph Olinger, PhD, founder of Biomedic Research Group, has been in the hair-replacement and hair-restoration business for more than three decades. His knowledge of chemistry and nutrition has helped him develop support systems for a multi-theraputic approach, as well as preventive health initiatives to keep strands from jumping ship. In the mid-1990s, he started exploring the use of lasers in the battle against balding. These noninvasive devices can be used at home or in a clinical setting, and Dr. Olinger eventually started offering them in his Biomedic clinics.
Stylist Cindy Tenney works with a team of deft hair specialists at A-Head of Time Designers to transform clients' tresses without any wasted time. Her haircuts snip away at split ends to create sleek looks, and she treats locks to deep-conditioning treatments.
Acqui Spa’s cocktail- and travel-themed services channel the luxury of a tropical vacation inside vibrantly colored treatment rooms. Facials and body wraps cull smells and flavors from classic cocktails; in the ultimate mai tai body wrap, for instance, infusions of coconut lend serums an exotic aroma, and tangy lemongrass mimics the refreshment of a first sip. Vacation-themed services jet the senses away on distant retreats with far-flung ingredients such as Pacific salts, Polynesian florals, and seaweed harvested by trilingual octopi. The highly trained staff regularly looks to Europe for cutting-edge beauty treatments, such as injections of stem cells—harvested from French cows in a cruelty-free process—designed to smooth and firm skin.
The private, tropical-themed treatment rooms treat the eyes to crisp citrus hues or cool ocean blues. In the waiting room, chaises made of minimalist white leather offset the boldness of walls’ lime-green hue and the busyness of their packed poster-modeling schedule.