Studio Cesar Inc.'s eponymous manager Cesar A. Barragan uses his own multifaceted skillset as a salon artist to curate a talented team of hairstylists, manicurists, makeup artists, and fashion designers. Beneath the gold-flecked walls of the salon, stylists sculpt new looks at three stations equipped with floor-length mirrors. Many of the hair experts specialize in color services, such as subtle ombre highlights and dimension-boosting lowlights, along with distinctive updos studded with snaking braids and precisely pinned curls. A spa menu dedicated solely to men, meanwhile, polishes up exteriors with beard trims, facials, waxing, and massages. In the lobby, clients awaiting hair coloring, manicures, and makeup application lounge on two white couches, which are also waiting to be dyed blond.
The towering poppies on the walls of Fashion Diva Spa seem to emit enough tantalizing aromas to suit their size. Honey, green tea, and citrus scents waft throughout the red-and-white wonderland, whose furniture strikes a crisp, modern contrast to the flowers. The smells don't emanate from their painted blooms, however—they stem from the baths along a pedicure bench, from the adjacent nail stations, and from private treatment rooms, where hot herbal compresses and lava stones help massage therapists loosen muscular knots. Of course, they might also drift up from complimentary cups of hot or iced tea, a warmer greeting than a welcome mat that's been set aflame.
The combined nail salon and day spa pampers guests with luxurious services to match each alluring fragrance. Cocoa-perfumed cream softens legs during a chocolate pedicure, whereas a mix of essential oils colors the aromatherapy facial. The vitamin C in skincare masks and the kelp in body wraps evince the menu's reliance on natural ingredients—a commitment the staff honors with its mink eyelash extensions, whose strands were painlessly harvested by brushing live mink on Russian farms.
Additionally, a focus on customization transforms even the most everyday treatments. Aestheticians apply specialized formulas for different skin types during waxing and airbrush tanning appointments. On a personal level, the team makes a point of memorizing clients' names, fostering an atmosphere of congeniality and closeness without preceding every massage with a trust fall onto the table.
Master coiffeur Vasken Demirjian, a L?Or?al Color Specialist, mans a fleet of European-trained stylists so adept at pampering tresses and faces that Westchester magazine anointed their work the Best of the Decade. After valets whisk away coaches free of charge, stylists froth a fresh cappuccino and lead guests to custom-made, ergonomically correct styling chairs from Germany for a personalized shampoo. Using K?rastase and L'Or?al products, the stylists paint on face-framing highlights, administer custom makeovers, and sculpt bold and classic cuts for men and women that have landed them a list of media praise longer than the index in Webster's Dictionary.
Aside from the superior work of Vasken and his stylists, the salon's decor dominates the news buzz, as it nabbed Salon Design of the Year in the 2010 North American Hairstyling Awards. "A simple sheet of clean, white paper inspired the overall look," writes Salon Today?and it's easy to see how Vasken's work in the art industry inspired the great white canvas, which he has accented with touches of crimson. A stark red countertop pops amid a sea of white furnishings, and a row of rouge lampshades frames the hundreds of white parts that make up the salon's "floating ceiling." Just as a piece of paper recedes to let words or sketches spring forth, the minimalist decor only serves to highlight the final glamorous styles that emerge within.
Kim Sangiuolo doesn?t just practice massage; she curates it. Her signature fusion massage?the centerpiece of Holistic Healing?s service menu?is a soothing and spirit-reviving treatment designed to assuage muscular discomfort while bolstering the body?s spiritual well-being. Beginning with deep-tissue work, Kim incorporates techniques from other massage types, picking and choosing based on the client's specific needs. This form of therapeutic massage has helped her treat clients with injuries such as tendinitis, muscle strains, and headaches. Kim also offers Swedish and deep-tissue massages, which can be useful when trying to relieve work-related stress or recover from a day of helping a friend move his collection of antique cement bags.
Hilda Demirjian draws from a quarter century of skin-revitalizing experience at her eponymous skincare center, which was voted Best New Spa of 2010 by Westchester magazine readers. During a complimentary consultation, she outlines personalized treatment programs based on skin's specific conditions and envisioned results. From there, she embarks on her specialties, which range from laser hair removal to stretch-mark removal to skin tightening. Having mastered these remedies, she leads laser skincare seminars for aspiring spa technicians or reformed evil masterminds looking for something to do with their leftover lasers.
Herbal poultices, warm oils, and energy balancing aren’t the tools of a typical spa, but at Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Center they’re a primary defense against stress and discomfort. The doctors, one of whom has studied ayurvedic medicine since childhood, take a holistic approach to health and happiness. They use herbs relied on by the ayurvedic method for thousands of years and believe that the natural remedies without side effects can help assuage a vast range of medical and emotional concerns. Traditional treatments include pouring thin streams of warm oil onto foreheads to reduce stress, opening pores with steam baths, and producing giggles with acupressure massage.