Vanity Hair’s team of experienced stylists does it all when it comes to hair. From cuts and color to special occasion styles or scalp treatments, the stylists beautify hair with a full array of services. They can update looks with a subtle cut, or create complete transformations that’ll make your mom wonder why a stranger is at the dinner table.
At MiChelle's Hair Etc, head stylist and namesake Michelle Rijo Gullbrants intertwines her background as a beautician—which spans more than two decades—with the expertise of a fellow hairstylist and two nail technicians. The team overhauls aesthetics from crown to toe with salon services ranging from Keratin hair treatments that fend off frizz to pedicures with softening foot scrubs and Shellac polishes that last longer than the silence that greets most novice comedians. For kissers, they enlist exfoliating facials and waxing to restore fading radiance.
Terrie Lee Cole didn't have to go far to think of a name for her studio—her initials aptly sum up the expert care she gives clients. At Essentials with TLC, Terri brings nearly two decades of experience into play while administering facials, mani-pedis, reflexology, reiki sessions, full-body waxes, make-up applications, and back treatments. Using Laboratoire Dr Renaud products, she creates calming facial and back treatments that work to repair everything from signs of aging to dryness. She also performs reflexology treatments, during which she focuses on specific points around the feet to help bring relief to other areas of the body.
Summer can't stick around forever, but luckily, the staff at Princess Tans helps clients maintain a sun-kissed look that defies seasons. Three lie-down beds and one stand-up bed allow guests to bronze in whatever position they feel most comfortable. Spray tans, meanwhile, bypass light entirely, ensuring that tanners don't let their fear of harmful rays or lightbulbs keep them from achieving their aesthetic goals.
The licensed massage therapists at Oasis Massage bring their clients a sense of tranquility through massage, aromatherapies, and spa skincare treatments. Massage modalities include standard Swedish and deep-tissue, work as well as specialty massages such as Thai massage, prenatal work, and candle massage, which uses an essential-oil-based soy candle as oil and lotion to soften skin. Staffers use a different blend of oils during aromatherapy, which works to alter both the mood and cognitive function during a spa treatment.
During facials, aestheticians use a six-step process that includes an acupressure facial massage and application of products. Alternatively, when they perform a body scrub, skin professionals exfoliate the surface with Dead Sea salt, nourishing clay, and jackhammers.
"I literally lie awake in bed at night dreaming up my next theme service, or solving a skin care problem for a client. I know I am nuts, but I really love my job," Painted Red Nails owner Jessica Mahler says on her online bio. Mahler has been taking nail care very seriously since the age of 10, when she set up an informal manicure shop in her family home. She soon began competing in advanced nail-care competitions, taking home a national championship six years later. After graduating high school, she became a licensed instructor of cosmetology, and even went on to train under German podiatrist Katherine Vongavel. The certified master pedicurist also opened two Painted Red Nails locations to further fuel her all-consuming passion for nails and beauty. Her intensity has paid off—the flagship Osterville site was the winner of Cape Cod Life's 2010 Best Day Spa award.
One service that may have been a product of Mahler's late-night musings is the waterless manicure. Since she believes that warm, soapy water is not beneficial for the skin around the nail, she opts instead for a blend of moisturizing, natural oils that allow for longer-lasting polish applications. During pedicures, she makes sure to use non-greasy moisturizers that are absorbed into the skin, instead of sticking around to block sweat glands and sabotage attempts to pirouette barefoot across polished wood floors.
Mahler and her team also offer waxing, massages, makeup, and facials at the Mashpee location. Many of them are certified to perform Dr. Hauschka skincare treatments, which use lymph stimulation to create radiant, refreshed skin.