The staff members at BenSimon Salon & Day Spa strive to make each beauty treatment personal while immersing their guests in a luxurious setting. As they hand out robes, slippers, and complimentary cappuccinos, they steer patrons toward custom services that can amplify head-to-toe allure. The salon's stylists fashion new dos with renowned hair-product brands—including Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Wella—while remaining mindful of harsh chemicals, flattening frizz with formaldehyde-free smoothing formulas and dyeing strands with ammonia-free INOA color. They perform most salon treatments on wigs as well, and they can lead clients through a showroom that displays enough removable coiffures to disguise one detective for each potential jaywalker.
The skincare and spa specialists maintain the same level of commitment to customization. To combat acne, wrinkles, and dryness, they highlight optional add-ons for facials, such as seaweed and paraffin masks. They have also composed a variety of packages to accommodate all types of spa excursions, from bridal-party prep to romantic dates.
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.
Tricia Perry and her supporting staff of aestheticians coax hair from bodies and return youth to faces in a serene day-spa environment. Techs hash out details and put leery minds at ease during complimentary consultations before spraying rays of laser light across epidermises during electrolysis to permanently eradicate hair. For a quicker fix, guests can take in old-fashioned body waxing, complete with Cirepil signature body wax from France.
To soothe skin after de-hirsuting, clients can opt for detoxifying body wraps with either sea-salt or sugar scrubs, which exfoliate dead skin while moisturizing, for treatments as effective but more comfortable than running through a fire hose in a sandpaper bathing suit. Ayromist's aestheticians also fluff lagging lashes with semipermanent extensions.
The skilled technicians at all of O Spa's three beauty havens focus on fostering whole-body well-being as they tend to skin with more than 10 treatments, including more than 10 massage modalities. Advanced med-spa treatments include laser hair removal with the Eterna Giovinezza by Quanta System, which destroys follicles at the root with its heated rays in 15-minute to two-hour sessions. Permanent-makeup sessions focus on defining facial features with cosmetic tattoos. The areas are first covered with a topical anesthetic to make the experience more comfortable before a permanent-makeup artist inks the lids with faux eyeliner, fills in the brows, or creates the illusion of full lips by tattooing "I Heart Mom" around them.
Ornate, Victorian-style chairs and couches perch on rich hardwood floors in Temple of Beauty Salon & Spa?s waiting area, where customers relax as they prepare for hair, skin, and nail services. Inside the salon, tall mirrors flank hairstyling stations, and pedicure chairs cradle clients as their toes soften into delicious prunes. A staff of certified beauticians join owner Magda, also known as Maggie, who has more than 30 years of experience as a nail, threading, and waxing specialist, and stylist Sam, who has coiffed hair for more than 40 years. Temple of Beauty outfits customers with professional products from Morrocanoil, Matrix, Aveda, and Biosilk.
Rows of shady trees shelter guests as they pass Nu Yu Day Spa?s brick fa?ade, a sturdy shell that conceals nearly 1,000 square feet of soft, pamper-ready space. When guests open the green front door, soothing music wafts by as a friendly hostess greets them with a cup of herbal tea. Separated by french doors, private treatment rooms welcome guests with plush pedicure couches and pillowed manicure stations. In addition to nail services, techs shoo away stressors with massages, facials, and waxing treatments. Because Nu Yu's experts laud the health benefits of human touch, their services incorporate natural oils, salts, butters, and scrubs, which are applied without the use of sponges or robot hands.