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.
A small army of flat-screen televisions clings to the walls inside COCO Nail Spa, entertaining guests as they get pampered. Clusters of oversized pedicure chairs and a long line of executive-style manicure chairs grant patrons deep comfort as their fingernails and toenails become prettier. Cozy treatment rooms offer privacy during massages, diamond-tipped microdermabrasion sessions, and waxings on everything from lower legs up to the third eyebrow, if you?ve got three eyes.
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.
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.
Though spa treatments are, by nature, customized to each client, URA The Spa takes its treatments one step further, with a holistic approach and a focus on natural healing. It's evident in the name?"URA"?an ancient Celtic letter representing the heather plant. This flora was used to symbolize qualities such as generosity and healing. As for how the spa manifests this mindset, the first step is bathing visitors in a calm atmosphere created by bright pastel colors and plush furnishings. The next steps come in the form of the services. Adept, gentle hands administer ayurvedic wraps and energy therapy alongside med-spa treatments that correct specific skin issues. Custom massages soothe tense muscles, while facials and enzyme-rich peels cleanse and exfoliate. To perform these services, the staff relies on natural formulas from a private-label product line and by brands such as Shir-Organic, Color Science, and SkinMedica.
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.