The signature treatment at Naturally Slender U, the body wrap, gets its power from a decades-old mineral formula. The solution, which was invented by Victoria Morton, seeps into the client’s skin via elastic strips in order to make it firm, like a father’s tone of voice when he says, “No fair, I don’t want to be It anymore.” Measurements before and after each 45-minute wrap record the inch loss that results from the treatment, and supplements such as MSM—an organic form of sulfur that fights inflammation—and the "Flat Tummy Additive" encourage slimming results. In addition to wraps, Naturally Slender U administers IonCleanse foot baths, which are supposed to remove toxins from the body via the feet.
Ando Salon maintains the kind of friendly environment that welcomes walk-ins, although you might want to plan ahead for an appointment with owner Tony. The sought-after stylist and his crew stay busy keeping pace with trends such as ombre highlights, and by acquiring new products such as celebrity stylist Nick Arrojo's line. They indulge their taste for high fashion at monthly Troy Night Out arts events, where their models have worked edgy blowouts inspired by the '80s alongside modern interpretations of pinup glamour. For everyday wear, MoroccanOil products and re-texturing treatments such as Simply Smooth Keratin create sleek, manageable locks, and Wella hair color gives shimmering depth to natural color. Hudson Valley Community College students can cross the street for discounted hair service for their hard-working craniums but will pay full price on nailcare until fingers and toes can earn class credit by showing consistent growth.
Professional nail tech Darci at Nails by Darci at Josephoria Salon & Spa helps clients sport flashier fingers and toes with a vast array of manicure and pedicure services. During the 45-minute express mani-pedi, Darci trims talons, corrals cuticles, and buffs jagged edges to leave appendage tips as smooth as a jazz singer’s rain boots. Hardworking paws searching for more comprehensive pampering can opt for the 60–75 minute spa mani-pedi, which deeply hydrates and de-stresses mitts with a hand butter lotion and massage. After tootises soak in a hot, soothing bath, a sea-salt scrub works to banish coarse spots and freeloading rubber duckies. A deep dermal wrap for hands and feet infuses extremities with comfrey root extract to promote cell regeneration. To cap off both services, Darci daubs nails with a vibrant hue that wins style points during dates, interviews, or competitive scratch-and-sniff competitions.
When the licensed techs at Sidneys Hair Salon sculpt new hairdos, they reach for nourishing products by Paul Mitchell. While some stylists tint locks with Paul Mitchell color, others twist, curl, and pin tresses up for weddings and proms. Manicurists doll up digits on both hands and feet with comprehensive mani-pedis, and technicians wax unwanted hair. The salon also keeps its boutique area stocked with handbags and jewelry that are sophisticated enough to know the difference between a soupspoon and dessertspoon.
At the recently opened Christopher Brian Salon, a certified master colorist oversees cranial transformations with haircuts and highlights, and a beauty professional smoothes facial terrains with an arsenal of waxing services. A wash rids hair of oil before a professional mane mowing molds tresses into a face-framing style. Then a styled blow-dry keeps styles from getting soggy, and a gloss treatment makes hair shine brighter than a disco ball covered in crisco. Instead of the wash and gloss treatment, patrons may opt to stripe select strands in their choice of shade with a partial foil highlight. Alternatively, clients can banish unwanted whiskers from upper-lips and eyebrows with three full visage waxes, which may be redeemed over multiple visits to stunt the growth of future facial forests.
The nail specialist at Couture Nails, Etc. draws from 17 years of experience as she cares for both natural and acrylic nails. Each regular manicure and pedicure begins with a sea-salt scrub, basic nail and cuticle maintenance, and a hot-oil cuticle treatment before nails are topped with a traditional or chip-free Gelish polish. Couture Nails, Etc. also hosts spa parties to celebrate birthdays, weddings, or the safe return home of your tiniest little piggy.
When it comes to reinventing someone's look, the team at Evo Salon & Spa know that it's best to start at the top and work your way down. Armed with products and training from DevaCurl, stylists tame tresses no matter their texture, shearing and styling straight locks or adding pintura highlights to springy curls. They also encourage clients to experiment with more than one look, stocking a full range of Daisy Fuentes wigs within the salon's private showroom. Elsewhere in the spa, nail technicians pamper hands and feet with a range of mani-pedis, and waxing specialists remove mustaches and cleave unibrows in twain.