The term "wedding hair" may conjure images of updos, but that's not all it can mean. Under the care of the Up Do's and Eye Do's team, it can be whatever you want, from half-up, half-down styles to a chic blowout or ringlets for a flower girl. Audrey, the team's lead hair stylist, crafts a diverse array of just such wedding-appropriate hairdos. While she tends to locks, her business partner Cindy—a makeup artist and licensed medical aesthetician—subtly enhances the wedding party's features with products from MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Smashbox.
While the duo's main focus is on weddings, they also style clients for other special occasions and introduce kids to the joys of the spa experience. At their children's birthday parties, little ones get their hair and makeup done and even get to wear clip-in hair extensions, a more practical and temporary hair-extending alternative to wearing hats full of Miracle-Gro.
Together, Grace and Danny Choi oversee a team of pampering professionals inside Celebrity Nails and Spa 3. The crew treats clients to manicures and pedicures, which swaddle hands and feet with soothing masks and warm towels. Inside the private massage room, therapists mix and match modalities such as relaxing Swedish kneads and trigger point therapy. The former improves circulation and range of motion, and the latter breaks the viscous cycle of spasms and pain with focused pressure. The massage therapists also use acupressure to free up meridians—energy pathways that can become blocked by stress, illness, and lost Legos.
Tranquil aromas and the sounds of soft music drift through the relaxing pathways of Deldor Day Spa & Salon, where clients unwind by slipping into plush robes and Sensi sandals. Attentive spa concierges pour steaming cups of tea to warm the soul and awaken the mind before aestheticians beautify bodies with more than 70 indulgent treatments. The vast variety of services allows guests to soften skin and reduce signs of aging in a single visit that's preferable to the local swimming pool with paraffin wax and time machines.
The founder of Direct Pain Relief, Norma Tropiano, NMT, LMT, NCTMB, handpicks and trains each of her licensed and nationally certified therapists, who boast expertise in neuromuscular therapy, trigger point, medical massage, and bodywork. Therapists Sevie and Alexandra personalize the noninvasive, 60- to 90-minute sessions to the needs of each client's body, pinpointing the root cause of discomfort before administering treatments to alleviate muscle spasms. During neuromuscular therapy and pain-relief sessions, they eliminate aches by locating and releasing contracted muscles and trigger points. Alternatively, the duo’s fusion massages abolish tension and rid muscle tissue of toxins through a combination of massage techniques—including Swedish and deep-tissue strokes—and adoption of Gumby as a spirit animal.
Set in the same Englewood location for more than 30 years, The Hair Place prides itself on having cut the hair of multiple generations of their clients and on having become a part of the community. The owners believe their laid-back, friendly vibe and the expertise of their licensed stylists inform the salon's longevity. Not only do they boast these essentials, but the staff even speaks several different languages to communicate with a wide range of customers: English, Spanish, French, and HTML5.
They specialize in on-trend haircuts and hair-replacement services, such as bonding, hair extensions, and attachments. The Hair Place's stylists are as comfortable performing a Brazilian straightening treatment as they are streaking sun-kissed highlights into hair. They welcome patrons to sink into cushy leather chairs as they wait for their turn in the styling area of light-filled space.
If it turns out practice doesn’t make perfect, Ethos Spa’s medical director, Dr. Hardik Soni, will be very disappointed. Dr. Soni, who specializes in non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, has performed more than 35,000 laser treatments over the course of his career. At his spa, he works with a team of plastic surgeons and aestheticians to perform even more, turning to laser beams’ power for a variety of purposes: minimizing the visibility of unsightly veins, tightening skin, and soothing acne. The med spa’s services extend beyond laser treatments, too. The team also instills clients with a youthful glow via microdermabrasion, Botox injections, facials, and making them sleep in glow-in-the-dark cribs.