The seasoned aestheticians at Artistex tap into a cache of elixirs sourced from plants and minerals to cloak bodies in comfort and beauty. They perform a suite of services, pampering fingers and toes with mani-pedis, rejuvenating mugs with a host of facials, and encouraging retirement of Dolly Parton wigs with permanent-hair-coloring services.
Although his salon is nestled in the suburbs, Vincent Palumbo and his team have made plenty of waves in the urban world?some styled for the Michael Kors Fall 2011 trunk show, others sculpted the locks of Armani Prive models in Paris for the Fall 2010 show, and still others have handled tresses featured in People magazine. Palumbo has worked hard for this kind of success. He?s sheared locks in Fairfield for more than 30 years, working his way up from salon assistant to owner of a salon that made Beauty Entertainment magazine?s Hot 100 Salons in America. There, in a sprawling space with high ceilings and black-and-white photographs, Palumbo and his team treat hair to precision cuts, adding colors that range from golden blond to the red of a fire engine that?s just been kissed. They also transform hair texture with treatments such as thermal relaxers and Coppola keratin hair straightening.
The staff of hair stylists and make-up artists at Faces Beautiful focus on what looks best on each client. They take pride in finding the perfect style for every customer, including styling the models at Mitchells fashion shows, making it not just a haircut but an experience, striving to put the extra shine on your outside with a cut and color to create your desired look. They apply makeup for weddings and other special events, drawing on products from founder Gail Sagel's Faces Beautiful line as well as Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Peter Thomas Roth, and Vincent Longo.
iFloat helps clients escape the weight of the world by forgetting the weight of their bodies. Inside the spa's quiet, dark chambers, clients float atop a warm epsom-salt solution that creates the illusion of weightlessness. The effect of this environment is to slow brain waves, producing vivid imagery, creative thoughts, and an epiphany about how to make square dancing slightly more popular. There are other benefits, too; sessions can reduce blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. After flotation sessions, clients can relax inside a comfortable lounge and sip complimentary tea.
Refreshing facials and a variety of massage modalities, including hot stone and prenatal, make Born of Earth Spa a healing sanctuary of rejuvenation and wellness. The spa's staff also ushers in relaxation with seaweed mud wraps and blueberry-smoothie peels, both designed to gently detoxify the skin. A plush banquette with pillows ensures that pedicures are cozy experiences, cradling clients as they sip warm tea or have their toes transformed into beautiful french braids.
Inside a modern studio characterized by hardwood floors, mid-century furniture, and an almost immodest amount of natural light, aestheticians infuse lashes with length and volume. During a typical session, they meticulously apply up to 140 individual silk lashes to existing strands with safe, long-lasting adhesive. And for folks who want to keep the party going, they offer touch-ups every two weeks.