Indigo Salon & Serenity Spa takes its name from "Mood Indigo". Visitors might connect the music's smooth, classy tones to the gold walls and luminous sconces that line the salon, but jazz inspires more than the decor and the sassy hand motions that accompany a bold reveal. To the stylists, it represents creative versatility, the same concepts that enable them to deliver simple trims alongside bold color treatments. Just as bands can vacillate between instrumental and vocal finesse, the staff shifts gears from hair to makeup and spa services, all the while preserving a commitment to continual education and natural products.
At the styling stations, hair color from TIGI and Kemon transforms ’dos without harsh chemicals such as ammonia and PPD. Both the salon and the spa rely on botanically based formulas: Neuma vegan haircare products imbue strands with shine, and Decleor Paris skincare products contribute to custom European facials for the face or back.
Onsite massage therapists supplement aesthetic services with a wide range of modalities, including classic Swedish massage, hot-stone work, and reflexology combined with a soothing foot soak. During many sessions, such as reiki and craniosacral therapy, they employ noninvasive techniques, permitting clients to remain completely clothed instead of cutting holes in the clients’ shirts to access their shoulders.
LaVida Massage of Staten Island plays the role of matchmaker by assessing clients' needs and pairing them with the massage that will meet their goals. A person dealing with a sports injury may find themselves best suited for the rigorous pressure of a deep-tissue massage, whereas a stressed-out office worker may mesh well with the essential oils of an aromatherapy massage.
Therapists also use a four-level system to help match the client with the amount of pressure they'd prefer during the treatment. For those who want to extend their stay at the studio, LaVida dabbles in other areas of beautification, cleansing pores during signature facials, waxing unwanted hair, and gluing pages from fashion magazines all over a person's body.
In 2004, all it took was four salon chairs and 900 square feet to launch Blush Salon. Within these humble confines, stylists started sculpting stylish hairdos that caught the attention of more clients, necessitating a new location, a larger staff, and a bald robot to collect the hair trimmings and fashion into a wig. Today, the staff supplement their hair makeovers with nail services, waxing, and rejuvenating facials. For the latter of these services, aestheticians address skin damage and signs of age with products from Janssen Cosmetics, an organic skincare line.
Stylists at Fantasia Spa & Cut fill the air with the gentle hum of their blow dryers as they style freshly shorn locks with Schwarzkopf and American Crew products. In addition to performing modern cuts, stylists can color hair with highlights and rich single-process hues or combat frizz with semipermanent keratin smoothing treatments and Brazilian blowouts. Nail technicians moisturize cuticles with hot oil in manicures and pedicures. Aestheticians refresh faces with vitamin C and fit pore-refining masks over visages formerly adorned with vitamin-deficient luchador masks.
The beauty specialists at Polished Outlook's salon, spa, and boutique maintain and beautify clients' skin with custom-designed skincare treatments. To enhance each facial, they cosset clients with a soothing hot-towel treatment and a face, d?collet?, and shoulder massage. Other services include metabolism-boosting detox sessions that can help clients beautify from the inside out without eating enough protein powder to grow the heart three sizes.
Jen draws on more than 15 years in the permanent-makeup industry to fill in sparse eyebrows, augment lash lines with permanent eyeliner, and strategically trace on lip liner to counterbalance lip asymmetries. The tattoo-like makeup applications streamline morning beauty routines, cutting out minutes spent distinguishing eyeliner from off-brand fountain pens. Jen offers free pretreatment consultations, as well as touchups for a modest fee.