Lauded in New York magazine, Polish Bar of Brooklyn dotes on digits with a thorough buffing and a rainbow of acclaimed lacquer brands in a pink- and chocolate-hued studio. A trained extremity artist uses double-sanitized equipment and brand-new tools to trim, shape, and buff nails before refining cuticles and lavishing limbs with a thorough and hydrating massage. Newly purified nail parents then choose from a wide range of popular polish brands, including OPI, Zoya, Essie, and vegan-friendly varieties, festooning fingers and toes in couture-quality colors that inspire awe during Thanksgiving hand-turkey art projects.
Obina Escort understands firsthand how important it is for skin to look great—she spent years as trade-show model and a professional hostess for entertainment-industry events. Over time, she developed a strong interest in skincare and eventually became a beauty-product advisor for retailers, including Sephora and Nordstrom. She later earned her aesthetics certification from an Aveda Institute and now performs facials at Posh Nails BK. Here, after showing clients where their faces are, she uses products harvested from plant extracts and essential oils in facials designed for varying skin types. Because of her devotion to skincare, she also designs at-home regimens for clients who want to maintain their refreshed look.
A native of Poland, Magnolia Beauty Spa's owner, Ewa Rakwal, brings a touch of Europe to her spa. To restore smooth, youthful complexions, Rakwal and her staff employ the Éminence skincare line: imported Hungarian products that blend natural and organic ingredients. The staff also uses organic wax to remove unwanted hair and mud wraps to draw out toxins. But a trip to Magnolia Beauty Spa isn't all exfoliations and chemical peels. The staff also soothes aches with hot-stone massages and applies makeup to cover clients’ exposed wiring.
Relaxation is a top priority at Himal, Nails & Spa, which is why the salon's technicians often offer up cups of hot tea before each client's services commence. It's also why technicians knead backs and feet during mani-pedi packages, while the spa pedicure's combination of callus removal, mud mask, and scrub leave toes feeling smoother than a velveteen rabbit in Ray-Bans. The spa's selection of pampering services also encompasses chip-resistant gel manicures, skin-softening paraffin treatments, and waxing for the bikini region.
The Village Beauty Lounge's chic and relaxing space invites clients to indulge in organic therapies that enhance their looks and uplift their spirits. A climb up the back-lit staircase is the first sign that things are taking a turn for the luxurious; once inside, guests are greeted by earth-toned walls and softly-lit hanging lamps. The decor sets the mood for such uniquely pampering treatments as ice cream pedicures, citrus hot cream manicures, and curiously peanut butter-free jelly foot baths. Inside equally sleek private treatment rooms, therapists administer hot stone and aromatherapy massages. Skincare specialists, meanwhile, render complexions radiant with hydrating and vitamin C anti-aging facials. As visitors relax, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs cancel out the big city stimuli teeming on the other side of the spa's doors.
Jennifer's Day Spa tasks itself with ensuring the comfort of its patrons, pampering them from head to cuticle with a wide array of services. 30-minute massages ($40) can wick away pent-up stress with patented Swedish techniques or delve into musculature with a sure-handed deep tissue massage, a modality designed to realign subdermal layers of muscular and connective tissue. A body scrub with sea salts accompanies each massage, further relaxing customers and earning them the olfactory love of mariners everywhere. Other spa services include 40-minute foot reflexology sessions with Chinese herbs ($40), waxing sessions for areas such as the lower leg ($20) or underarm ($10), and detail-oriented manicures ($10) and pedicures ($15).