For 25 years and counting, licensed electrologist Karen Kolenda has accumulated expertise in the art of depilation. Having witnessed the efficacy of electrolysis, she's well-versed in the advantages of this hair-removal method. In contrast to waxing and threading, electrolysis yields permanent results. Compared to basic laser treatments, electrolysis works for people of all skin tones and hair types. And relative to extracting hair with wads of nougat, electrolysis is less sticky.
At American Barbershop, stylists work to resurrect the corner barbershops of yore, when striped poles spun out front and everybody knew each other's name. They're off to a good start?their red, white, and blue barber's pole twirls in front of the shop, and the vintage feeling continues inside, with red leather barber's chairs sidled up to antique wooden workstations stained dark with pale trim. They even have a rocking-horse haircut chair for kids or the tiny cowboys who mosey on in for a beard trim. The barbers offer hair services for men, women, and children, and keep their menu simple and no-fuss: haircuts and shampoos, along with beard trims for men and blow-dry styles for women.
Many people dream of winning an award at the Emmys, but Veronica Brayman has actually done it. Four times, in fact, for her outstanding achievements while working on As The World Turns. In addition to styling soap stars, Veronica also primped daytime talk-show hosts throughout her 17-year career. Today, she puts that authoritative expertise into running ESSA Salon & Spa, where she and her staff of stylists work with hair products including Redken, Cutler, and Kérastase to turn standard salon services, such as haircuts and color work, into opportunities for red-carpet treatment.
Veronica isn’t the only one with plenty of styling experience; many of the other staff members have been plying their trades for more than a decade, too. From senior colorist Rich Delloff’s quarter-century body of work built in New York City, Long Island, and even Las Vegas to designer Arsen Aronov’s background in New York City salons such as John Frieda, the team’s collective résumé is strong. It even includes a massage therapist, Maria Luciana, who has almost 20 years of experience. Drawing on the salon's arsenal of products, including Veronica's ESSA line of hair and makeup products and Yon-Ka Paris skincare concoctions, the stylists design detailed and flattering bridal packages, which make bridesmaids sparkle like champagne, groomsmen shine like new coins, and fire eaters look hot enough to melt Pluto.
The aestheticians at iBrow Studios specialize in an ancient Eastern beautification method called threading, which uses cotton threads to swiftly remove hair at the roots. For those averse to threading, the salon offers other hair-removal methods such as waxing and flypapering. Clients can also slide into chairs for invigorating facials or retreat to a private room for soothing massages.
Aqua Salon & Spa offers cosmetic treatments from its med spa, as well as nail-sprucing and hair-primping services in a contemporary chic atmosphere. Smooth wrinkles and turn frowns upside down with your choice of Botox (20 units) or Dysport (40 units). Both treatments are quick and nonsurgical, and can restore a youthful appearance more easily than crawling around on hands and knees, communicating in monosyllables. Results typically last up to four months.
Nature's Touch Day Spa's all-natural sugaring-solution components—water, sugar, and lemon—sound more appropriate for a recipe than a hair-removal treatment. However, the solution attaches to individual hair strands rather than the skin, so it removes hair with significantly less pain than traditional waxing while also exfoliating the skin. Staff members can enhance this service by adding all-natural pine resin to the treatment, which ousts stubborn hairs and prevents ingrown hairs. In addition, they use threading techniques to precisely shape body hair and harness intense pulsed-light equipment to remove hair with lasers.