As a reward for selling the most Kérastase products while working at Gioia Salon in Texas, Alda Membrino won a trip to Italy. She didn't use it as a vacation from her career, however—nearly every moment was spent studying the hair coloring and cutting techniques of the country's masterful stylists. She flaunts this dedication to her craft at Windsor Salon and Spa, where she rejuvenates hair with Neuma organic shampoo, paraben- and DEA-free AG hair products, and hair color made with a yogurt base and natural ingredients.
For the rest of the body, Alda removes unwanted hair with either standard wax or a sugar formula composed entirely of natural ingredients and Santa's unused candy canes. The expert rounds out her service menu with spa staples such as manicures and pedicures, hot-stone massages, and facials that exfoliate with seaweed or glycolic acids.
Cara Bartkus is never in a rush. Long before opening her own spa, she first attended the Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences, then became a certified aesthetician, and later worked at several spas to gather all the experience necessary to become a well-rounded aesthetician. She also augments her treatments by laying candles throughout the small spa space and by using Eve Taylor products made with organic essential oils.
The extracts in the facial masks at Dolce Vita Day Spa come straight from the herb garden—ginseng, lavender, rosemary, and olive leaf. These botanical ingredients are used to enhance the anti-aging and cleansing effects of specialized skin treatments, including microdermabrasion that polishes pores with fine pumice crystals. Throughout the spa, such add-ons infuse procedures with a personal touch. Nail technicians top off mani-pedis with a soothing paraffin dip, and massage modalities ranging from Swedish to prenatal and postnatal can incorporate cold-stone therapy to ward off headaches.
Owner Annamaria Morello drafted her treatment menus after years spent working in upscale spas and salons. She and her staff of aestheticians keep abreast of cosmetic trends with a commitment to ongoing education, and they relish the opportunity to combine their services into luxurious packages or group parties. Guests of all kinds enjoy complimentary beverages, snacks, and calming music that isn’t just their waxer gently drumming on their belly in a spa space whose light marble counters, big mirrors, and wooden floors evoke an airy seaside cottage.
At LaserMedica, a team of aestheticians and laser technicians works under the direction of physician Fausto Petruzziello, who is a board-certified internist, an international general surgeon, and an assistant professor at Yale. Under Dr. Petruzziello?s supervision, LaserMedica's doctors, physician assistants, and aestheticians combat wrinkles, sun damage, and other signs of aging through Botox, laser skin tightening, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. They also harness intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy and lasers to destroy pigmented cells causing sun spots and to fade spider veins. The team enhances laser results with SkinMedica products and LaserMedica's own line of posttreatment skincare products, which is blended from ingredients such as rose hips, olive-oil extracts, and fairy tears.
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group MedSpa is part of one of the largest practices in Connecticut, which brings together more than 250 physicians and medical practitioners to provide care in more than 30 specialties. Here, board-certified plastic surgeons oversee every laser and skincare treatment, which in turn are performed by licensed aestheticians and registered nurses. These services include laser hair removal, laser skin tightening, chemical peels, and permanent makeup. Cosmetic injections such as Botox are performed by the board-certified plastic surgeons. The staff also specializes in adapting these treatments for men, whose skincare, body-hair, and anti-aging concerns may differ from women's.