Artistic Esthetic Spa marries old and new in both its spa services and simple black and white decor. Traditional chandeliers hang above asymmetrical couches in the lobby, where clients can sip complimentary coffee before they journey to private treatment rooms or pedicure stations. Though the spa team specializes in Ayurveda-inspired head massages-venerated treatments common in India for thousands of years-they also perform med-spa services such as peels and body-contouring sessions designed to tone skin. And during nail services, technicians invite clients to sit beneath the glow of funky hanging lamps as they perform botanical scrubs and pedicures heightened by high-end OPI polish.
Owner and aesthetician Katrina Barringer opened Skin Essentials Laser and Medical Spa in 1999, and has since recruited an elite team of eight that includes a physician and a licensed acupuncturist. Each of the women on staff boasts a specialty such as bamboo-fusion massage, eyelash extensions, or aromatherapy that smells like colors. Barringer's interests are of an academic complexion, as she penned an award-winning paper and is one of 67 laser technicians without an M.D. degree to be accepted into the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Green, red, and pink KMS styling products pop out from the salon's walls, which are painted a warm, inviting beige. Cutz stylists take a similar decorative approach to their women's and men's hair services, blending simple texture and shaping techniques with pops of colour. And the salon's facial-waxing services, updos, and makeup and eyelash applications help brides look their best when walking down the aisle or registering for gilded napkin rings.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: All of Gianna's specialty facials
Brands Used: Dermalogica
The range of services at G.C. & Co. Salon & Med Spa speaks to the diverse expertise of co-owners Gianna Ugolini Taormina and Cathy Korbis, an aesthetician and stylist, respectively. Each possesses numerous certifications and years of experience, coming together to offer everything from crystal-healing facials to Brazilian Blowouts. All of their indulgences take place inside the pristine facility, where dark hardwood floors pleasantly contrast with accents of turquoise and black.
Through the bay window set within a red brick wall, La Creme Hair Studio's stylists snip at men's and women's locks, sculpting them into new, contemporary hairdos. The staff lathers scalps with Moroccanoil shampoo and conditioner, which are infused with antioxidants and nutrients to promote lustrous hair and make it strong enough to hold onto a fedora during a hurricane. In addition to hair care, stylists beautify clients' every aspect with eyelash extensions, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Calling upon organic products whenever possible, the aestheticians at SOS Spa and Gifts rely on ingredients such as fruit enzymes, chocolate, and aloe vera to render skin smooth and blemish-free. In addition to facials, they smoothen hair with keratin masks, oust stress with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, and remove excess wax during ear-candling services. Before departing, their clients can stop by the shop to pick up supplies such as human-hair extensions and designer dresses.