Taking their name from the 18% chromium and 8% nickel that transform regular steel into stainless steel, the staff of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons master grooming services to transform their clients into chiseled gentlemen. A greeter waits at the salon entrance with a complimentary beverage for each client and guides him to his stylist's booth or to a private or semiprivate treatment area for facials, massage, and other grooming sessions. Stylists carefully cut and color the hair of their clients, finishing Executive cuts and styles with five-minute shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels.
Technicians groom hands with MANicures and faces with straight-edge blade shaves and hot lather eos moisturizing shave cream. Guests can relax during 20-minute therapeutic massages to finish their visit and ease any tension built up in hands and forearms by excessive whittling.
The aestheticians at Divine Threading Studio treat clients to services as modern as Dermalogica facials and as traditional as henna tattoos. The salon specializes in depilation treatments, which remove hair using either the familiar heated-wax method or the ancient Eastern threading technique that's considered more appealing to people with sensitive skin. The aestheticians also showcase their precise handiwork by applying intricately designed henna tattoos, which weave their way up the hands and arms of brides-to-be or clients who want to test-drive a tattoo design for a few weeks. For a finishing touch, clients can ask for an ear or nose piercing, face accessories as stylish as Mr. Potato Head's during Fashion Week.
As part of Skin Nirvana MedSpa’s commitment to helping its clients achieve beautiful, blemish-free skin, the med spa offers personalized skin analyses from its onsite physician in addition to its custom skincare programs. Treatments ranging from Botox and laser rejuvenation to European facials use only the latest technology and products. A yam and pumpkin facial boosts collagen growth and minimizes hyperpigmentation more effectively, and less awkwardly, than rubbing Thanksgiving side dishes all over one’s face.
At Pon International Signature Salon, Steven puts on display all that he's learned during the course of 20 years in the business. That includes everything from trendy, short haircuts to old-school looks. He's a specialist in perms and has a certification in Brazilian blowouts, and he can also help ease patrons through the process of growing their hair long. A background as an educator means that he is good at sharing his knowledge too, and his work has appeared in a range of magazines.
Dr. Teresa Nguyen and the staff at House of Wellness Spa use their musculospinoskeletal expertise and holistic approach to align spines, clear chakra freeways, inspire weight loss, and slacken stressed-out shoulders. A 15-minute acupuncture consultation determines a constellation of points for needles to enter into the body, stimulating blood flow and attempting to embolden immune systems. Using the same stress-deflating principles, acupressure begins with a relaxing hot-stone treatment, which loosens up muscles before a therapist plies pressure points to erase tension, pain, and memories of full-contact games of Trivial Pursuit. The waist-slimming-and-firming session blends acupuncture with a hodgepodge of slimming solutions—lymphatic drainage massage, low-frequency stimulation, and vacuum therapy—which may result in up to 2 inches of loss over the course of 6 to 12 sessions. Like fingers on a hand, the slimming-and-firming treatments are most effective in sets of six.
Tonia Petropoulos, an aesthetician with more than 20 years of experience, helps clients maintain healthy skin. She thwarts signs of aging with microdermabrasion, peels, and pulses of heat and light. She also tones skin with vacuodermie, a treatment that uses targeted suction to tighten tissue, stimulate collagen production, and extract deeply ingrained glitter. Among body treatments, she offers sunless tanning, scrubs, and pressotherapy.