Best of Westchester 2015 Health & Beauty Editors’ Picks

Fenom Fitness

67 Grant Ave, Harrison

(914) 732-3000;

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The family that works out together stays fit together, right? At Fenom Fitness, while parents take a Zumba class or hit the elliptical machine, kids can work with coaches on their sports skills. There’s even a “Brainergize” program that works out a kid’s brain and body in one go. Fenom makes wellness a family affair.

Julius Michael

at Julius Michael Salon 

1 Christie Pl, Scarsdale

(914) 725-1123;

“Do you mind if I brighten this up a bit?” Julius Michael asks as he analyzes a new client’s drab ’do. Trust his instincts. Selecting the right shade and adding the perfect highlights not only perks up your hair, but also your complexion and overall look. Feel free to indulge in the ever-present Lulu cookies during your transformation.

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Michelle Piacentino at Shear Brilliance Salon

17 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry

(914) 400-7678

It’s not just a manicure, but a mini therapy session. Michelle Piacentino’s upbeat attitude makes it impossible to leave without a smile on your face—and the best French manicure you can get this side of the pond: She nails it every time.

Gail Marie Del Balzo at Gail Marie’s Brow Studio

191 B King St, Chappaqua 

(914) 238-1554;

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Everyone knows about Gail Marie Del Balzo’s wizardry with eyebrows, but she also works her magic on lashes, allowing you to say goodbye to mascara and still wake up looking gorgeous every morning.

GMazza Salon

640 Central Ave, Scarsdale

(914) 725-5333;

When you ask for a cappuccino, it will be brought to you in a ceramic mug—not a paper cup. Ditto, water in a glass. Husband-and-wife duo Cindy and Gennaro Mazza went all-out eco when opening their salon last year. They even traveled to Italy to source non-ammonia and organic hair products. What’s hot right now? A plant-based “Botox” to plump up and add sheen to chemically treated hair.

The Power Hour at Mode A Salon

496 New Rochelle Rd, Bronxville

(914) 840-4343;

Walk in with limp, lackluster hair; saunter out refreshed and looking gorgeous an hour later. A therapeutic molecule-expanding treatment repairs damaged hair (and lasts through 10 shampoos). The 20-minute scalp massage leaves you totally relaxed, and the blowout is a fabulous finale.

Yasin Yartasi at Paulo’s Atelier Hair Salon

725 Bedford Rd, Bedford Hills 

(914) 666-2800;

Yasin Yartasi has been in the beauty biz since he was 11 years old, working as an apprentice at his family’s salon in Turkey. While he excels in the full spectrum of hair care, he is the standout male stylist at this popular salon, evidenced by his devoted male clientele.

Claudia Rinaldi at Paulo’s Atelier Hair Salon

725 Bedford Rd, Bedford Hills 

(914) 666-2800;

Girls with curls need a special kind of love when it comes to cutting their tresses. Enter Claudia Rinaldi, who trained with curl guru Lorriane Massey at Devashan in New York City, then set up her own outpost here so Westchesterites could embrace their curls without the schlep. Thank you, Claudia!

NUMI Hair Salon 

99 Purchase St, Rye 

(914) 921-6864

69 Harney Rd, Scarsdale 

(914) 574-6402;

Great hair days start in these contemporary salons offering the professional expertise, on-trend styling, and sophisticated cut and color services of a city salon but with the friendly vibe of the ’burbs. And if you’re too busy carpooling or working during the week, they’re open on Sunday.

Michele Lisa Salon

2241 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor

(914) 737-1227;

A mimosa while you wait? How about some fruit? And did you want to schedule your next appointment while you’re here? Michele Lisa has everything to keep us clamoring for more: a convivial atmosphere, good service, and beautiful hair, time and time again.

Clark’s Botanicals

A diving accident that paralyzed Bronxville resident Francesco Clark led him, and his physician father, to develop a botanically based line of skin-care products that are now sold worldwide. Look good, do good: A percentage of profits go to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The Divine You Facial at Branches of Beauty

193 Brook St, Scarsdale 

(914) 713-3542;

Divine is the only word to describe this aesthetic, free-for-all facial that includes peels, microcurrent, eye or lip treatments—whatever your skin needs—at no added cost. Closing with a reflex-ology session completes the bliss. It’s a beautiful thing.

Brigid Murray at PranaMoon Yoga at The Hat Factory

1000 N Division St, Peekskill

(845) 528-0318;

Brigid Murray seems telepathic in her ability to quiet the mind and instruct you into the sweet spot of a pose. But it’s probably more a function of her decade and a half of experience, Da Vinci-esque grasp on the musculoskeletal system, and ability to set the mood with cool, current music matched to the flow. She’s vibrating on a higher level, and, if you let her, she’ll help you do the same.

Barbara Vinciguerra at Spincredible

692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley

(914) 478-7746;

There’s motivation, and there’s real, can’t-wait-to-exercise motivation, Vinciguerra’s energy, positive attitude, and enthusiasm are so catchy, she has fans of all backgrounds and experience levels lining up to take her classes—even at 5:30 am. If you can inspire someone to get out of bed that early to go work out, you must be doing something right.

Aubrey Graf at Aubrey Graf Pilates


There’s a homey vibe when working out in one o fAubrey Graf’s classes. And we’re not just alluding to the fact that she holds classes in her own home. We’re talking about the small-class setting in which she showers you with the knowledge she’s gained over 16 years of teaching PIlates.

Liz Mallon at Club Fit

584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor

(914) 762-3444;

When Liz Mallon walks into the studio to start a class, her toned physique and cheerful peppiness wil inspire you to work out like no other. The best part? The former dancer’s easy-to-follow, perfectly choreographed workouts will have you dancing, shaking, and shimmying to an improved body.

Oasis Day Spa

50 Livingstone Ave, Dobbs Ferry

(914) 409-1900;

“Doing God’s work”—we’d argue that being a masseuse at Oasis fits the bill, because there’s something utterly divine about the way the spa’s massage therapists coax the worry out of your sore, tired muscles. There’s no better place to get a massage in Westchester.

Method 10533

49 Main St, Irvington

(914) 693-6020;

Just 40 minutes on Method’s Megaformer 3 machines will give your muscles a burn no number of hours in a gym will. The methodically slow, controlled series of movements (a lot of sliding lunges, leg extensions, and core work) will have your body pouring sweat and your muscles shaking until you’re more defined than Michelangelo’s David.

Elan Yoga

15 Purchase St, Suite 6, Rye

(914) 494-0957;

Elan’s founder, Jennifer O’Connor, spent 600 hours training with yoga guru Rodney Yee and also has degrees in sports medicine and athletic training, so you know that your practice here will be safe and effective. The sunny studio with gleaming hardwood floors and pineapple-infused water ensures positive vibes. Namaste.

Peter Heimgartner

(347) 804-8341

Next time you’re trying to schedule a hair appointment around your hectic schedule, call Peter Heimgartner. The lead stylist at N.Y. Prostyle also works as a concierge stylist, traveling to clients all around the county to expertly cut, color, style (brides, pay attention), or even chemically straighten.

Carrie Pataky

Cariangel’s Total Laser, Spa & Skincare

770 Central Ave, Scarsdale

(914) 337-0777;

Want the bold brow look that’s so in now? Tattooing since 1990, Pataky creates perfectly shaped brows with natural-looking brush strokes that imitate individual hairs. A specialist in micro-pigmentation and tattooing nipples and areolas after breast cancer surgery, she knows all about delicate procedures.


Pure Food & Drink

5 Fisher Ave, Tuckahoe 

(914) 771-7873; 

In addition to the typical cold-pressed juice and smoothie varieties, this tiny organic café caters to the hyper-health-conscious with its sweet and creamy blends of almond or cashew milk, cane sugar, vanilla, Himalayan sea salt, coconut meat, coconut water, and cacao.

Sadhana Tea House & Wellness Center

65 Gramatan Ave, Mount Vernon

(914) 699-1752;

Locals and regulars order the Mother’s Garden Smoothie, even though it’s not on the menu. The thick, creamy, slightly sweet and totally filling drink (that could be lunch) blends fresh cucumber, zucchini, green apple, almonds, almond milk, mango, a scoop of Field of Greens nutritional powder, parsley or watercress, and pea protein

Organic Pharmer

15 Rye Ridge Plz, Rye Brook

(914) 481-4300;

Green drinks may get all the love, but we say go for red: Organic Pharmer’s cold-pressed Omega Red juice with antioxidant-filled strawberries, red apple, fennel, beet, pomegranate, and other Omega-3-packed ingredients. Remember this Organic Pharmer offering come flu season, since it’s a boost to the immune system.

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