At Beauty SQ, hairstylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians administer a wide variety of treatments aided by OPI and BSQ gel polishes, naturally derived Aveda products, and deluxe Bumble and Bumble haircare serums. Therapists ease muscles with Western- and Eastern-style massages, such as deep tissue, acupuncture, herbal reflexology, and Chinese tui na, a technique similar to Swedish massage that aims to positively redirect chi, or energy, throughout the body. Aestheticians create tailored weight-loss packages by combining targeted massage with other treatments, such as body wraps or facials administered prejog.
The epidermal experts of Skin Station possess the skills and professional products required to banish almost any skin imperfection they encounter. Clients can browse a menu of more than 30 facial treatments to find the one that best targets their face's unique issues, then bask in even more individualized care as aestheticians tailor each regimen to suit their skin type. Serums from Clarins Paris, Dr. Oasis, and G.M. Collin delve deep into tissues to hydrate, heal, and break up bacteria house parties, and more advanced treatments, ranging from chemical peels to 24-karat gold facials, forge speedy results. For the rest of the body, waxing services go hand-in-hand with LHE hair-removal treatments to leave skin smooth and fuzz-free.
Stepping into Green Planet Salon & Spa is much like entering a botanical garden—your senses are nurtured by lush green hues and glimmering colors. Lime green curtains offset opalescent tiled walls and shimmering floors, and tall bamboo stalks lean against the walls, drawing eyes to the faux pebble creek that lines the salon’s perimeter.
Within the relaxing haven, the beauty professionals carry a great responsibility with their jobs—as the salon explains, “When a woman realizes that she looks good, her job, her business and personal life becomes harmonious and successful.” The hairstylists work to boost clients’ confidence with a range of products—including INOA, L’Oreal, and Sebastian—when adding long-lasting color to manes and snipping away split ends to add to their split-ends collections. Meanwhile, aestheticians smooth faces with Osmosis medical skincare products during facial treatments that wash away acne-causing bacteria or infuse skin with vitamin C. Bodies relish in the Ionithermie algae-detox treatment’s mixture of algae, seaweed, and ivy, which detoxifies the body and reduces the appearance of cellulite in reaction to a gentle electrical stimulation.
Bernadette Peters once entrusted her legendary crimson coils to Bruno Grillo, giving her something in common with Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, and Bret Easton Ellis besides their collective love of mud wrestling. Bruno, a hair-color specialist and FIT graduate who has worked alongside celebrated stylists Oscar Blandi and Oribe, attributes his talents to the close attention he pays to his clients' lifestyles.
Bruno has been featured on Sirius Radio's Martha Stewart Living and in the Brooklyn Paper, where columnist Lisa J. Curtis confessed to falling in love with him. To be fair, Curtis’s infatuation stemmed not only from Bruno himself but also from his team of aestheticians and massage therapists as well as the spa’s open kitchen, where complimentary cappuccinos are brewed. The salon's treatment menu includes facials, makeup artistry, waxing, and a range of massage modalities. In addition, Bruno and his staff invite brides—as well as unbetrothed guests—to pick and choose from this menu to enjoy customized days of beauty.
After being raised by entrepreneur parents whose respective Panamanian and Palestinian cultures taught her a diverse approach to beauty, Vedette Beauty & Skin Care Spa owner Khadine Barakat had no choice but to create a business where all beauty was celebrated. She harnesses her education in both management and aesthetics to treat clients to a well-rounded service menu that runs the gamut from purifying facials and nourishing paraffin wax treatments to holistic therapies such as ear candling and colonics. Her lash extensions and chemical peels yield impressive face-brightening results, and her makeup applications spruce up countenances for a variety of special occasions or to replace features that have recently heard a face-melting guitar solo.
The staff at Mermaid Spa roasts granite rocks overnight to lend the Russian steam room an air of authenticity. And, in accordance with these traditional standards, they then dash water over the intensely heated rocks to create a natural steam. As the room gets misty, those relaxing inside of the sauna wield dried birch branches to self-administer a massage or tickle the wood-paneled walls just like their mother trees. All of this falls in line with Mermaid Spa’s owners’ vision when they first opened their Brooklyn bathhouse: bring the Russian banya to New York.
Also housed inside the spa are an extra-large jacuzzi, an ice-filled pool, and a Turkish steam room, where aromas of eucalyptus and mint intermingle with the warm mists. Pleasant scents also waft from the on-site Russian restaurant, where chefs ladle traditional goulash and dumplings onto plates or into the bindles of traveling hoboes.