Winner of the 2011 Wicked Local Reader's Choice Award for Spa and Salon, Jathar Salon and Spa rejuvenates weary bodies with hair, skin, and nail treatments. Padded by cushy spa tables, patrons submit to the soothing influence of veteran massage therapists whose deft kneading leaves muscles as content as a puppy in a tennis-ball factory. In the spa's other private treatment rooms, aestheticians begin facials by conducting a custom skin analysis on guests draped over contoured beds. Vibrating massage chairs cradle visitors during pedicures, and manicurists meticulously craft nails and cuticles into pristine condition before gussying them up for big-league cat’s-cradle championships with vibrant coats of OPI or Essie polish. On the way in or out, a complimentary coffee and snack bar refreshes peckish bodies.
At Smile & Skin Aesthetics, a talented staff boosts patients' self-esteem with a host of dental and skincare services. According to Damian D. Meola, DMD, a second-generation dentist with more than 20 years of experience, "there is a synergy between the smile, the skin and a sense of confidence that having both in great shape brings." He tackles the dental side of services with specialties including smile makeovers, full mouth reconstruction, and successful mediations with tooth fairies. Board-certified aesthetician Stacey Powell, alternatively, enhances the skin with nonsurgical treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion, and waxing services.
Plastic surgeon Joseph Russo has spent the last 20 years adjusting bodies to erase the appearance of age with skills picked up during training at Harvard University. He currently directs the beauty-oriented crew at Laser Gentle Medical Spa, which employs laser and skincare treatments to refashion complexions and contours. Lasers zap unwanted hair, veins, and age spots in painless treatments, and facials and peels target façades to cleanse pores and adjust oil balances. I-Lipo treatments affect change from the inside out by penetrating the skin with low-level lasers to admonish fat cells and smooth cellulite.
SpringRain Face & Body Spa combines Ayurveda, traditional European techniques, and modern American skincare solutions. Within a soothing, low-lit spa, staffers administer massage therapies of every kind—deep-tissue, Swedish, shiatsu, reiki—age-defying body wraps, and mani-pedis that help hands and feet recover after their daily dose of punching through walls and kicking down doors. Most treatments infuse bodies with organic herbs and essential oils, which in turn infuse the mind with a sense of well-being and relaxation.
Beautifica Day Spa offers a pleasing plethora of spa services for fingers, faces, and feet of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a certified-organic and vegan manicure ($15) with a nail kit to take home, or opt for the classic facial ($75), which uses custom-blend cosmetic substances to return a healthy glow to your flesh-emoticon. A full-body airbrush tan ($30) gives you the bronze of the beach minus the squawk of seagulls, while a bikini wax ($30) uses a soy-based liquid hair remover to give your bod more surface area to bronze.
Winning hearts and chopping locks, the professional snippists and friseurs at Stylecuts deliver extravagant salon styling without hoity salon prices. Upon entry, the welcoming cutting crew escorts unkempt mops into the inviting hollow. Each haircut begins with gentle inquiries into the head dreams of the hairy before a course is charted to bring coiffure fantasies to life with a flurry of precision chip-chops. With meticulous training in the latest hairstyles and trends, the magnetically friendly staff of tonsorial artists will gladly act as rising-chair therapists and showcase a diligent thirst to craft heads that turn heads.