The front windows of Elan Salon Inc. reflect a quintessential New England scene—brick sidewalks, old-fashioned lampposts, and shingled Victorian houses lining a winding street near Wedge Pond. Inside, however, the salon recalls some idealized desert vista—huge, brushy potted bushes span a twilight-colored wall, and minimalistic styling stations inhabit a vast expanse of light hardwood. Services are a mix of classic techniques and modern trends, including balayage highlights (applied freehand rather than with foils or a spray gun), keratin straightening, and Shellac polish.
Winchester Electrology & Laser Center founder Paula O'Byrne and her staff are single-mindedly devoted to one mission: hair removal. Armed with a GentleLase laser, technicians zap away unwanted follicles while a built-in cryogen spray keeps the skin cool. For hair that stubbornly sticks around after multiple laser sessions, electrolysis services can shut down the most stubborn of follicles. Between both methods, the savvy techs can stop hair growth in a large area or shape sideburns to naturally grow into lightning bolts.
A triple-threat aesthetic master with certifications in electrolysis, aesthetics, and lasers, Luann at Spa Associates disables hair growth with high-tech gadgetry and resurfaces skin with potent botanical enzymes. Calling upon her training from Catherine Hinds lnstitute of Esthetics, she scrutinizes skin and develops personalized treatment plans that address issues related to aging. Luann diminishes wrinkles with masks and microdermabrasion treatments, softening the appearance of crow's feet, which develop into eagle talons if left unaddressed.
At Winchester Wellness Centre, two aestheticians and a massage therapist tend not only to the skin's surface but also to the hard-working muscles beneath it. To beautify complexions, aestheticians employ treatments that range from the pore cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturizing of traditional facials to fine-crystal microdermabrasion and oxygen infusions. Meanwhile, the center's massage therapist alleviates aches with reflexology techniques focused on the hands and feet, or she uses Thai massage to stretch muscles, which enhances flexibility more comfortably than sleeping in a pretzel-shaped bed.
Aesthetician Tereza Maria Pupeza has fought acne and facial blemishes for the last 24 years, earning raves for her collagen facial from Stuff Magazine in 2011. Her weapons of choice include a microdermabrasion wand, chemical peels, and more than 10 facials, including a marine facial with a mask composed of seaweed and organic silicon.
Salone Estetica is home to a team of professional nail technicians, massage therapists, stylists, and aestheticians. With so many specialized individuals on staff, the salon has quickly become a one-stop shop for custom skin, hair, and body treatments.