A specialized team of licensed aestheticians, a makeup artist, a massage therapist, and an oxygen technician accommodate beauty needs in the cool-gray interior of the Saratoga Springs spa. The menu boasts an eclectic selection of services ranging from sunless tanning to organic Da Vinci teeth whitening, one of Leonardo's lesser-known inventions. Those seeking detoxification can visit the hydration wall stocked with spring waters, as well as oxygen-delivery stations that waft the life-giving gas at approximately 70% higher levels than in ambient air. Bright and textural contemporary art adorns private treatment rooms, and mirrors with vanity bulbs surround glass display cases of products for sale, including Dust organic mineral cosmetics
The nail technicians at newly relocated Tips N Toes groom fingers and toes with organic beauty products as appendage-owners scan their eyes through a lively setting with lime-green and zebra-print accents. Classic manicures and pedicures commence with a toasty soak that softens skin and reminds digits of their mermaid roots. A seasoned manicurist then files down nail tips and reshapes cuticles before massaging hands and feet with hydrating cream and slathering scratchers in fresh coats of Opi polish. The deluxe mani-pedi follows the same pampering blueprint as the classic mani-pedi but adds a paraffin wax treatment that warms hands and feet while easing chronic tension caused by 100-year thumb wars.
At New Attitudes Salon, talented stylists and aestheticians pamper clients with a spectrum of hair, skin, and body treatments. To keep hairdos in line and up to date, a CHI master educator can glide her scissors through locks or apply a flattering, ammonia-free color. Facials employ potent ingredients such as volcanic ash and glycolic acid to tighten pores and even out tone, and body scrubs refresh below-chin skin with mixtures of sea salt and organic essential oils. Treatment rooms fill with therapeutic scents of vanilla, lavender, and peppermint during spa appointments, ensuring clients leave with minds as calm as the audience at a snail race.
Just past Chic Underneath’s front doors, black chandeliers shine down over lingerie in a range of sizes, with each lacy garment lending a splash of color to the shop's white walls and floral bouquets. In addition to sultry wedding day and honeymoon underthings, the boutique stocks bridal shower gifts and staffs personal shoppers and bra-fitting specialists that make sure purchases feel as good as they look. To ensure that the skin exposed by a new piece of lingerie is as smooth as a seal's favorite scotch, a licensed aesthetician remains on hand to wax bodies from the eyebrows to the ankle bracelets.
When Christine Goodness opened the original Classical Concepts Salon & Spa in 1995, the 300-square-foot salon had just three styling stations. Today, though her business has expanded, she seeks to continue the connection with nature that inspired her to go into business in the first place. Her pair of Aveda concept salons was mentioned in Salon Today in an article on environmentally friendly beauty. “Our salon was designed by a green architect and we have energy-efficient appliances and green building materials,” she told the magazine.
At both locations, Goodness's staff of stylists launches the happy purr of busy shears and the subtle fragrances of Aveda products. Inside private-treatment rooms, aestheticians spread layers of natural-plant waxes infused with essential oils to whisk away unwanted facial and body hair and apply soothing facials packed with botanical ingredients and minerals. To combat stress from posing as twin investment bankers, massage therapists ease muscle tension in clients with hot-stone, reflexology, and chakra-balancing massage techniques. After emerging from treatments designed to lull them into relaxation, clients browse the rows of Aveda products available to recreate treatments at home. Christine works among the potted bamboo and meditating statues, considering further eco-friendly measures and arranging free services for patients undergoing treatment at The Saratoga Radiation Oncology Center.
Pamela Muller heads up Lashes Over Saratoga, where she bolsters natural fringe with semipermanent Xtreme Lashes. Customized designs range from flirty extensions applied to the outside corner of eyes, or full sets that add drama and intrigue to daily blinks. The extensions stay put even when wet, with touchups recommended every two–four weeks.