At Bonita Medi Spa, Dr. Roberto Penne-Casanova and therapist Ileana Penne provide a variety of aesthetic services, which they deliver using state-of-the-art equipment. For example, they employ Exilis' radio-frequency thermal energy to contour bodies and reduce wrinkles and the NaturaLight pulsed-light system to tighten skin, treat nail fungus, and remove hair, veins, and acne. The two, who speak Spanish and English, also bolster visages with wrinkle-vanishing Botox injections and deeply exfoliating chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments.
• For $12, you get a haircut and style ($17.95 value) and deep-conditioning treatment ($10.95 value; a $28.90 total value). • For $30, you get a haircut and style ($17.95 value), partial highlights ($46 value), and a deep-conditioning treatment ($10.95 value; a $74.90 total value). A full-service salon for the whole family, Fantastic Sams has hair-savvy staff shearers that tame frazzled flax into more maintainable styles. All haircuts start with a soothing shampoo using Fantastic Sams' signature line of products intended to promote hair health and rid the cranium of laser-tag-related stresses. Whether clients plan to consult the stylist about face-flattering looks or replicate the head-hide of a favorite state senator, scissors-wielders snip and style ($17.95) each lock to match the desired look. Deep-conditioning treatments ($10.95) reach into locks’ recesses, infusing follicles with moisture as they wrestle four-square balls from playground bullies. Like a good movie of a classic novel, partial highlights ($46) introduce a subtle new hue but maintain the essence of the original.
Salon Wow's highly trained staff of beauty experts tends to follicles and cuticles with hair, nail, and waxing services and a lineup of products by Redken and Pureology. Harnessing the natural powers of Nature's Rescue by Redken, a shampoo, haircut, blow-dry, and style cures coifs without synthetic ingredients such as sulfate, paraben, or Tylenol ($20+ for men, $26+ for women). Guests can doll up their digits with a french manicure ($21+) and dip their mitten stuffers in a soothing paraffin wax ($6+). Whisk away unwanted wool to increase water-slide velocity with a body wax, which can be applied to areas that include the brow and lip ($25+), bikini line ($30), and back ($50). Salon Wow's bright interior cloaks guests in a blanket of blues and silvers as they settle into plush chairs for service.
As a licensed aesthetician, Ellen uses her clinical knowledge to keep skin healthy and blemish free inside Pretty Belle’s skincare studio. She relies on treatments that range in intensity from gentle to aggressive, such as European facials, microdermabrasion, and lactic-acid peels. She and her cohorts also extol the benefits of Jane Iredale makeup. These hypoallergenic pigments help prevent sun damage and won't cause acne to breakout into song.
During each hour-long massage, a skillful therapist will mollify muscles while freeing minds from the clingy clutches of stress. Battered bodies can relax under the focused attention of a therapeutic massage, which hones in on tense tendons, or unwind during a classic Swedish massage, which soothes with the gentle strokes and the light touch necessary to become a competitive flapjack flipper. Geared toward relieving athletic injuries, the sports massage is engineered to assuage pains resulting from weekend pickup games, daily jogs, or monthly chair jousting. While the talented massage therapist lambastes muscular anxiety, clients can soak in the calming ambience of warm lighting and artistic accents.
The massage therapists at Radiant Wellness knead backs and feet and administer an assortment of holistic services to restore balance. Like acupressure without the needles, Jin Shin Jyutsu reduces stress by unlocking 26 exterior energy locks with expert touch and invisible bobby pins ($40 for 30 minutes; $60 for 60 minutes). Similar to Jin Shin Jyutsu, high-touch treatments let blunt fingers do the work of acupuncture needles, poking points along the body's meridian to re-center and relax without breaking the skin ($40 for 30 minutes; $60 for 60 minutes). Healing hands apply reflexology to pavement-pounding phalanges to rejuvenate tired toes and arches and expel tension from the entire anatomy during a foot massage ($40 for 30 minutes; $60 for 60 minutes), and light or firm kneading during a Swedish massage tends to achy muscles in the back, arms, legs, and retractable back-up legs. All sessions take place in private rooms inside a setting decorated with wood furnishings and potted plants, feeling more like home than a spa.