A line of comfy black-leather pedicure thrones stand against the wall of Edelweiss's main room, letting visitors to sit back kick back as technicians pamper their feet with massages and cuticle treatments. Blonde woods, floral motifs on the cream-colored walls, and a huge flatscreen decorate the new nail salon, where staff are hard at work on Cuccio organic manicures and soothing spa-style pedicures. European and no-chip polish treatments keep keratin shields looking shiny for weeks, while cleansing foot baths make toes feel as soft and fresh as the day they burst forth from their tiny cocoons.
Beneath bright lights and slender chandeliers, Vidal Sassoon–educated owner Robert Gold guides a team of 15 highly trained hair technicians, two aestheticians, and a dedicated nail specialist in mastering a variety of aesthetic services. Deft hands shape strands into precise styles decided on during a one-on-one consultation, or emblazon locks with vibrant highlights and glazes. Traditional nailcare treatments and 10 different facials pamper weary limbs, and full-body waxing prepares clients for beach vacations or Blue Man Group auditions. The staff bolsters their professional skills with an arsenal of professional-grade products from Moroccanoil, Kérastase Paris, and other popular lines.
Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute helps launch careers in med spas, plastic-surgery offices, and general spas by providing hands-on training in skin and beauty treatments. The aesthetics program, which has been running for 14 years, prepares students for state board exams with guest lecturers and a cutting-edge curriculum. For students who want to learn advanced techniques, the medical-aesthetics program teaches skills that include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and cellulite treatments. The institute also doubles as a spa, where clients receive affordable treatments that are performed by students under the watchful eyes of instructors.
After more than 25 years in the business, European-style facials are second nature to Advanced Treatments of Skin Care’s aesthetician Anna. She relies on opulent and preservative-free Bio Jouvance Paris products, as well as Estelle Professional Skincare products, to perform each facial. She’s mastered ultramodern skincare techniques as well; her repertoire encompasses diamond-tip microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and nonsurgical face-lifts.
Alisa Institute of Skin Care's aestheticians work to establish a relationship with each client, beginning with a consultation to discuss a skincare "fitness program" that will treat specific epidermal concerns. A roster of medical peels loosen weathered or damaged skin cells to unveil younger-looking complexions, and microcurrent therapy tones facial muscles until they can bench-press literal handlebar mustaches. Facials hydrate and improve skin texture with organic and aromatherapeutic ingredients.
IPL laser treatments fade freckles or age spots, and ultrasound technology speeds up collagen production. G5 Cellutec therapy equipment massages bodies with vertical and horizontal strokes to induce lymphatic drainage, detoxify the body, and reduce scar tissue.