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.
The team at Diva Salon and Spa specializes in beauty and pampering—from head to toenail. Stylists cut and tint hair with organic coloring products or artfully applied foils, and skin experts purge dirt from pores or wax hair from the body. Massages leave muscles more relaxed than a cafeteria lunch lady in July, and mani-pedis groom nails to a varnished gleam.
Cavale Tonuzi's talented staff unleashes a bevy of modern treatments and top-notch products on weary clients to evict their inner and outer irritations. During 50-minute massages, skilled hands melt away stress with a muscle-warming blend of Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and kneading-cat techniques. Open communication between therapist and client ensures that sessions are tailored appropriately to needs and that both parties are informed if the intimate, candle-lit treatment room starts to burn marshmallows. Cavale Tonuzi's experts also custom craft cleansing, toning, and exfoliating facials for expression makers, whether their epidermal pastures are dry, sensitive, or tough enough to fight off would-be pasta-sauce stains.
Salon Da Noi's spa treatments soothe the human surface area, energizing and relaxing the body simultaneously. The base level of Da Noi's pyramid of pampering is the antioxidant body mask—a circulation-stimulating wrap for the soul-chassis that promotes skin rejuvenation with a blend of antioxidants. Ascend to level two of luxurious skin smoothing with the signature facial, a completely customized facial treatment personalized to the every need of your unique facescape—deep cleaning, exfoliating, and bulldozing unauthorized road signs of aging as needed. For a therapeutic trip down spa lane, opt for the massage combo and enjoy the soothing and smoothing effects of a 55-minute Swedish massage. Da Noi's therapists use a combination of classic flowing massage strokes, kneading, rubbing, and pure essential-oils or creams to relieve tension and stress in mind, body, and credit rating.
Yoga instructor Mariola Zaremba co-founded Awakening New York with Phillia Kim Downs, a shamanic healer—and their 7,000-square-foot wellness center's services are as eclectic as their credentials. The spa treatments, for example, range from massages and anti-cellulite treatments to private shamanic-healing consultations and essential-oil-based raindrop therapy, inspired by ancient Lakota traditions. The fitness classes, meanwhile, highlight the diversity of yoga, with courses on breath-centered hatha, stamina-building power yoga, and restorative yoga, which is more effective than doing regular yoga on a mat made of Band-Aids.
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.