Painful needles and scalpels have no place at Biotone Skin Clinic. Instead, skilled aestheticians draw from a well of noninvasive treatments as they erase the lines and wrinkles caused by aging, sun damage, and sleeping on a pile of extension cords. Visages can absorb gentle infrared rays and microcurrents during photo-rejuvenation facials and nonsurgical face-lifts, each capable of tightening and toning loose skin. The team's diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand exfoliates not only the face and neck but also the chest and body, and potent chemical peels remove layers of superficial skin and the imperfections that go with it. Aside from returning skin to its nascent state, the Biotone staff also keeps eyes, lips, and brows always ready for a special occasion with permanent makeup.
Fringe125 Salon does more than just cut hair; the staff's mission is to combine "creative, classic, and cutting edge styling." Inside a modern and upscale spa-like space, they achieve this not just by shortening strands, but also by curating a menu of services that includes coloring, blow-outs, and various straightening treatments. They render all of these aesthetic flourishes with a conscientious commitment to maintaining the highest eco-friendly standards possible. The salon is decorated with reclaimed wood, uses energy-efficient lighting, and favors natural hair-care lines over products that harm the environment, such as Doomsday Device brand hair dryers.
Massage therapist Frank Fiorillo, the force behind Performance Massage Therapy, combines his skills in clinical and rehabilitative bodywork with an appreciation for the stress relief and relaxation benefits. Massages tailored to each clients' needs help to ease tension and discomfort from the body, and Fiorillo's experience as an athletic trainer's assistant affords him a unique perspective.
A back and ankle injury changed Doctor of Chiropractic Lisa Clyne’s life—for the better. When the pills and bed rest prescribed by her doctor didn’t seem to improve her condition, she reluctantly gave in to her parents and agreed to see her mother’s chiropractor. After her first visit, she noticed progress, and within four weeks she felt as good as new. This experience inspired her to change her career path and enroll in New York Chiropractic College. In 2006, she opened her private practice and eventually teamed up with a naturopathic doctor, an endermologist, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. Together they aim to provide alternative health-care services that emphasize long-term wellness rather than short-term treatment of illnesses.
Drawing upon more than 20 years of chiropractic experience and more than a decade of acupuncture know-how, Dr. Clyne searches for the underlying causes of pain by performing x-rays and listening to her patients. She uses traditional chiropractic techniques such as Activator methods, which utilizes a spring-loaded tool to provide gentle, high-speed thrusts, and the Thompson technique, which involves manual adjustments and a specialized table to address misaligned vertebrae. Dr. Clyne also specializes in the Graston soft-tissue technique, which targets spinal issues with six stainless-steel instruments that work with the body’s contours instead of challenging them to a jousting match.
It's appropriate that the most luxurious spa package at Dream Spa & Salon—which includes an aromatherapy steam shower, a facial, a detoxifying body treatment, a Swedish massage, and a mani-pedi—is named Cloud Nine. Apart from the bliss that name suggests, it also encapsulates the spa’s airy, serene, and cushioned ambiance, which follows guests through private rooms during personalized services. Even the decor, captures the simple elegance of a floating cloud with see-through glass and white orchids on the tables that contrast with soothing gray tones throughout the spa and salon.
Owner and beauty-industry veteran Lori Dodd has a penchant for this type of attention to detail and forward-thinking sophistication. To complement her spa’s streamlined design there is the ultra-comfortable dream lounge with reusable beverage containers, and a decreased reliance on paper for menus. On the salon side of the venue, her hairstylists likewise believe in attractive minimalism and shy away from overcomplicating their cuts, colors, and texturing treatments. Yet the staff's emphasis on a clean aesthetic doesn't deny lavish procedures. Every facial at Dream Spa & Salon includes an essential-oil-infused steam, and guests can benefit from a dreamy shower, included with every massage experience. The team also bronzes clients with even, natural-looking tans via the Suvara spray-tan system.
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.