The Empire State Building beckons the eyes of tourists and locals alike, yet as clients exit Renait 5th Avenue Salon's penthouse across the street—whose opening was kicked off with help from Miss Universe 2010—they draw gazes back down to earth. With products from Nexxus, Aveda, and Sebastian, experienced stylists reinstate health and style to hair with custom cuts, colors, and conditioning treatments after determining each client's aesthetic preferences and penchant for standing in front of wind machines. Cleansing facials enhance natural beauty, waxing treatments whisk away unwanted hair, and nail services ready fingers for an evening on the town. Renait's beautifiers also take inspiration from European salons, buttressing hair and skin services with massage therapy that enhances body function, helps alleviate pain, and soothes stress after arguments with the person in the bathroom mirror.
Oregon Nails is a deluxe nail and beauty spa specializing in on-trend nails, from gel polish to nail art, acrylics, and indulgent mani-pedis. Clients sink into the cushy tan-leather massage chairs while their digits are buffed, filed, and polished to perfection. Oregon Nails also takes care of delicate features with signature facials and offers gentle full-body and facial waxing.
Stress isn’t allowed inside Tresor Day Spa. The spa’s staff bars the door against tensions with a panoply of pamperings, such as therapeutic massage, baobab footbaths, and mud body wraps that draw out toxins. Many of their services use Nu Skin products that are designed to undo aging. Galvanic facial and body treatments, which tighten and tone skin, are a particular specialty here, particularly because they minimize the appearance of cellulite, wrinkles, and imprints from crushing beer cans on your forehead.
From the street, Spa Sassé is barely distinguishable from the other little black awnings and narrow storefronts. But step inside, and the narrow storefront opens up into a 5,000-square-foot refuge from the downtown bustle.
Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for their appointment, giving them ample time to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and sip complimentary juice or tea before being ushered into a private treatment room. Here, aestheticians strive to ensure a soothing experience by treating skin with the utmost delicacy. They nourish it with natural ingredients such as honey, cacao, and Dead Sea salts, and, during laser hair removal, they wield the SoftLight laser, whose beams are gentle enough to zap hair from faces without damaging pores.
Lavender, jojoba oil, grape seed, and paraffin wax are just some of the tools that Herbal & Wellness Skin Care's April keeps in her all-natural arsenal. A firm believer in treating skin with only organic products, she stocks her station with environmentally friendly, sweet-smelling products. Sugar and salt scrubs soothe skin, and herbal wraps keep hands warm, much like putting on a puppet show about bears with anxiety. Also a nail technician, April wields long-lasting Shellac polishes, which cure into place, and her brush flicks almost silently across nails while bestowing them with french tips.
Professional aesthetician Ruth Watne polishes and perfects visages with customized facials. The approximately one-hour Lactic Plus facial peel begins with a thorough skin cleansing, removing dirt, excess oils, and past-date vinegars from the top dermal layer. A subsequent deep organic lactic peel, containing pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes and customized to the exfoliation level desired, scrubs away dead skin-cells to uncover underlying radiant skin. Finally, a calming mask smoothes over countenances, hydrating skin and soothing pores with its calming ingredients and encyclopedic knowledge of classic German lullabies. A hand-and-arm massage completes the experience, sending clients forth from the cozy spa interior relaxed and with brighter, more even-toned skin.