Within the mint-green embrace of a sun-soaked waiting area, clients await their pampering in plush leather chairs while a flat-screen TV broadcasts soothing images. Vivid Skin Rejuvenation’s owner Nataly Dimitrova draws on her 17 years of experience to guide her aesthetic team and administer facials, exfoliating scrubs, detoxifying wraps, and gentle massages. For added convenience, ample parking eliminates long walks and tuck-and-roll exits.
The Haven Spa's aestheticians pamper men, women, and teens with customized skin treatments. Patrons can relax and sip tea in harmony with new acquaintances. In the evenings, aestheticians transform the spa into a festive refuge for groups of friends with spa parties.
Angela's Nail & Spa's eponymous owner greets every salon guest with a smile, manning the finger-revamping fort as staff technicians transform nails into 10-piece hand and foot accessories. Both levels of mani-pedi include the application of a conditioning oil to reduce cuticle invasions while a shaping reworks nails into rounded arches, squared tips, or glowing orbs designed to foster heartfelt moments with estranged extraterrestrials.
Lazur La Vie founder Cheryl Anne brings an impressive amount of beauty-industry experience to her med spa, including stints in professional image consulting, makeup artistry, and skincare distribution. The spa combines medical knowledge with luxury and tranquility, and Cheryl gives complimentary consultations to clients before any treatment, helping them to sift through the spa's lengthy list of skin and body treatments. Lasers can be found throughout the menu, turning back the signs of aging by targeting everything from yellowing smiles to gravity-stricken skin on a mission to touch the toes. To date, Lazur La Vie has performed more than 12,000 aesthetic laser procedures on men and women with a wide variety of skin tones.
Donna Shari started out as an early childhood teacher whose hobby was painting pottery. At first, she was a familiar face at a paint-your-own-pottery studio. Then she started attending seminars on pouring molds and glazing bisque, until she’d been to more than 250. After an injury cut her teaching career short and the owner of the pottery studio announced his plans to close the place, Donna jumped at the chance to “make my hobby, my passion, into my business,” and took over the studio.
Donna’s new career taps into her talents as both a teacher and an artist as she helps painters of all ages choose plates, figurines, and mugs to personalize with paint, glaze, and territorial tongue licks. After artists perfect their creations, they leave the masterpieces for Donna to fire in a kiln and pick them about up a week later. Donna also teaches students to manipulate clay as it whirls atop a potter’s wheel or a pirouetting ballerina’s head.
Bare Skin & Laser’s licensed medical aestheticians and certified laser technicians whisk away the fuzz and blemishes that obscure exteriors, revealing their clients’ underlying beauty. With the Palomar StarLux laser system, they permanently banish leg hair and liberate moustaches for mailing to Charlie Chaplin impersonators. Zeroing in on the skin itself, the technicians renew visages with treatments such as IPL photofacials and chemical peels that incorporate blueberry extracts and antioxidants as they improve skin’s appearance. In addition to refreshing epidermises, the center can also shade them with Bronze Biologic spray tans, imbuing a coppery glow that distracts from one’s extra bellybutton at the beach.
Raymond A. Kolkmann founded Raymond Opticians in 1959, prior to the advent of advanced lens technology, and consequently perfected his ability to pair patients with their optimal prescriptions. He later passed this skill to his three sons, who, in turn, imparted the art of optometry to their own sons through careful instruction and basic osmosis. Today, Raymond Opticians' third generation of ocular outfitters benefits from not only the techniques and standards developed by Raymond Sr., but also from modern lens technology, such as Varilux lenses that help correct vision problems and Transitions, which darken when outside. After examining and diagnosing each patient's eye issues, the doctors help them select from a vast array of designer frames and sunglasses by Oakley, Prada, and Versace.
At X-Treme Tanning's two locations, cutting-edge tanning booths darken skintone. During a 12-minute session in the Silver Bullet, high-powered air conditioning sweeps over the body, dampening the heat that brims from facial and shoulder lamps. Available at the Thornwood location, the I Bed takes tanning to a new level: In addition to air conditioning and facial lamps, the lay-down bed effuses aromatic scents and links with iPods. Among stand-up booths, the Super Sonic ranks as the most powerful option—it has a 7-minute max and an upgraded sound system, which means that tanners can add a new level of color after listening to Bohemian Rhapsody just 1.183 times.
Perfect 10 Services’ staff of beauty gurus pampers and prettifies male and female guests with nail, waxing, and makeup services. Trained technicians carefully eradicate facial fuzz and body bristles with waxing treatments, and permanent makeup applications fashion rosy cheeks without the pain of constant pinching or the discomfort of coating them in strawberry jam. Nail beds are nurtured during relaxing mani-pedis, which can be customized with paraffin-wax treatments, personalized nail art and airbrushing, and gel enhancements.
Lorraine Frustace opened Shine Salon + Spa began as a nail salon 20 years ago. Although it still offers meticulously applied manicures and pedicures, she has added myriad services to the upscale salon and spa's repertoire. The salon's exposed duct work and brick walls lend it an industrial feel, and its staff of a dozen beauty experts is ready to manufacture stylish looks. Hairstylists paint on vibrant pintura highlights in hues from L’Oréal Professionnel, aestheticians wax away unwanted hair and pamper visages with facials, and massage therapists help clients unwind with soothing bodywork.
Nestled inside an intimate boutique, Zuma Beach Tanning & Spa’s Matrix tanning beds grant deep, even tans to each client who steps inside them. Each futuristic bed is outfitted with high-powered bulbs that darken the skin while fortifying the body with Vitamin D. A UV-free spray-tanning session also gives bodies a natural-looking glow akin to that acquired by lounging on the beach or on the tip of the sun’s nose. Zuma's services also firm up skin through nourishing facials and tone bodies with It Works! Skinny Wraps.
Bella Maiya Day Spa's certified aestheticians and massage therapists bolster beauty and relaxation with a broad range of spa treatments. Bella body scrubs exfoliate skin with an aromatic blend of mineral-rich salt and oil, and vitamin-C facials help fade sun damage and signs of aging. The staff also offers packages that blend facials, massages, and aromatherapy into a pampering full-body experience.
Tara Colavecchio, the owner of Dragonfly Hair Studio, has a star-studded resume that including tending to the locks of Claudia Schiffer, Rosie O’Donnell, Sigourney Weaver, and Cindy Crawford. Inside her salon, she shepherds a staff wielding scissors and bowls of hair dye as they revamp clients from the neck up. They also work strands into eye-catching updo’s for weddings and straighten locks using a formaldehyde-free formula.
The bodywork experts at Half Moon Spa don’t just soothe sore muscles with their hands and elbows. They also take to tabletops to skillfully walk over particularly tight regions of the back, glutes, and legs. In addition, they tending to clients’ pores, providing cleansing facials that leave complexions refreshed, rejuvenated, and glowing more brightly than a lightening-bug flash mob.
The relaxation experts at Foot Spa knead tension from soles and the rest of the body's hard-working muscles. They use reflexology techniques to calibrate the healthy humming of internal organ systems and full-body massages to send stress wafting into the stratosphere.