WESTPORT, Conn. — Chronic skin and back issues exacerbated from working 90-hour weeks in corporate finance led Danbury resident Michael Chang to find a solution.
The result? The grand opening of a holistic spa based in Westport.
Nefaire -- the name is rooted in the ancient Egyptian word “Nefer” meaning “wellness and goodness" -- revolves around customized masks, clays, and other serums concocted in the spa's "kitchen."
After experiencing so much pain and frustration in finding a cure for his skin issues — and seeing countless physicians who prescribed the same quick fixes that didn't work — Chang said he knew there was a market for a spa that created its own natural products made fresh daily.
"Some people, for example, can't handle extractions in a facial or are adverse to certain ingredients," he said. Which is where Nefaire's kitchen takes center stage, mixing and mastering its own products meant to help skin heal.
The spa, which opened in early February, also keeps busy lifestyles in mind. According to Chang, no treatment is over 70 minutes and all services have zero downtime. Facials and massages are meant to be little breaks that energize and refresh.
Nefaire, with five treatment rooms and two express rooms, also follows a membership model — though you don't have to be a member to book. The annual fee is $39, which gives access to lower pricing. Unlike other membership models, there are no mandatory monthly visits and no membership cancellation fees.
Customers should also expect an abbreviated spa menu with treatments meant to target what ails you. Aside from a one-hour signature facial and 35-minute express facial, the spa also offers a hydra facial treatment, a highly effective, modern version of a traditional microdermabrasion that is a mainstay for celebrities such as Beyonce, Paris Hilton, and Brittany Snow.
Only two massages are offered: Swedish and Deep Tissue, though there are a few add-on options.
Nefaire of Westport is at 141 Post Road E., 203-349-5079, firstname.lastname@example.org .