As a conscientious parent, Marlene Doughty wanted to use safe, nontoxic hair and skincare products around her 4-month-old daughter. She began to research the products she used in her home and discovered novocaine in her baby's shampoo. Marlene felt rattled. Once the shock wore off, Marlene realized she would have to take action if her vision of a toxin-free, eco-friendly home was going to come about. And why stop at home, when you could make work a safe, nontoxic environment, too?
As a testament to her ideals, Marlene launched Green with Envy Salon, a place where she and a team of eco-savvy stylists use organic, vegan, and cruelty-free product lines such as Organic Salon Systems. A host of green services take place within the studio's eco-friendly confines, which sport recycled or repurposed furnishings and blow dryers with ceramic heating elements that use less electricity than their traditional counterparts or covering a client's head in foil and sending them out in a thunderstorm to be zapped dry.
The owner of Urban Edge Hair Studio, Linda, draws on more than 14 years of experience to revamp hairstyles and soup up nails. Inside her salon garnished with floral wall motifs and hanging vines, she and her all-female team dole out coloring services, eyelash extensions, and organic spray tans. To oust stress, Theresa, a holistic licensed massage therapist, delivers Swedish, trigger-point, and sports massages in a private treatment room.
Regis Salons' skilled network of hair stylists comes armed with an arsenal of styling weaponry and deft understanding of the latest color trends and cutting techniques. Manage mane health with a deep-conditioning treatment that infuses cuticles with currents of aqueous confidence. Once hydrated, tresses are trimmed and tousled with styling moxie. Those with more grandiose visions for their head-hedges may opt for full-tilt color application ($50–$75) or streaky sets of highlights ($80–$110). In addition to altering hair hues, Regis Salons coil locks to your liking with perm services ($60–80) or easily unwinds them with a relaxer ($60–80) and snifter of 1942 scotch. Prices vary by location.
At Tiny’s Castle Day Spa, zebra-print chairs turn into miniature thrones as young girls become princesses for the day with spa packages or private parties. The Enchanted Closet package lets girls pick their choice of gown to complete their royal look after being pampered with spa manicures, queenly hairdos, and a modest touch of makeup. Alternatively, with Royal Tea Time, guests of all ages can flaunt newly manicured fingers as they sip on tea, nibble cupcakes or cookies, and shoo away adoring subjects. To enhance outings, guests can add fun touches such as goody bags, a punch fountain, a cupcake tree, or visits from Cinderella or Snow White. Children and adults can also indulge with items from an à la carte menu, such as spa manicures and pedicures and all-natural cleansing facials.
Tiny’s Castle Day Spa's staff can ready kids and adults for weddings, proms, father daughter dances, or any other occasion. They also lend their services to holiday gatherings, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, showers, and other special events.
Amber Herzog, a licensed electrologist who honed her skills at the Electrology Institute of New England, helps men and women escape the cycles of unwanted hair growth. Sunshine filters in through the windows of the pleasant treatment room in which she works, providing abundant light for her meticulous task of sending direct and alternating currents into hair follicles using fine probes. Administered at multiple stages of the hair growth cycle, those currents destroy hair cells and inhibit future growth more effectively than individually setting each hair on fire. The treatments are minimally painful and are effective on all types of skin and hair.
Wise Laser Skin Care's certified beauty enhancers turn back the hands of time with non-surgical solutions, including skin-smoothing Botox injections. Fine lines on commonly creased areas such as the forehead, around the eyes, and above the lip begin to fade as Botox slows down hyperactive muscles with a Botulinum-laced lullaby. Visages smooth out over the course of a week, with the skin softening results lasting about three to five months. Like a 1,000 piece puzzle of an all black Rothko painting, the lunchtime procedure generally takes less than an hour to complete.