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 seasoned aestheticians, stylists, and massage therapists at David James Salon & Day Spa dedicate themselves to performing personalized services within a wide range of spa and salon treatments, from facials and makeovers to coif upkeep and mani-pedis. Customized facials follow careful skin analyses, with a medley of visage-rejuvenating sessions to help target fine lines, alleviate acne, and refresh skin dried out from attempts at tanning under life-size magnifying glasses. The spa’s mud wraps, full-body scrubs, hot-stone treatments, and mélange of massage modalities work to de-stress and detoxify physiques from toe to head. Hair humanitarians tend to coifs with fresh, fashion-forward cuts, coloring services, deep conditioning, and straightening treatments to banish follicular curly fries. The professionally trained staff is consistently educated and trained on new styles and techniques, in order to keep services updated with the latest trends.
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.
Sheer curtains add a layer of mystery and privacy between the stations of Grace CC Beauty Spa, allowing clients to focus on the pampering masks, aromatic sea salts, and massaging kneads that accompany the salon’s signature manicures and pedicures. The flush nail treatment menu incorporates everything from quick nail fix-ups to artificial nails and gel polish. During each treatment, nail techs use hospital-grade sterilized utensils to ensure that nails are healthier than an immortal god with a wheatgrass press. Every grooming experience comes with a complimentary nail strengthener and quick-dry top coat, helping color stay put after polishing. When not scrubbing heels and massaging legs, the staff members flex their aesthetic muscles with a variety of spa treatments that smooth skin, add a dramatic touch to lashes and brows, or wax away unwanted hair and hard-to-reach socks.
Walking through the doors of Park Slope Tanning, visitors know what the business is about. The rows of brand-name accelerating lotions, the arsenal of UV beds, and even the ochre-colored walls hint at the sultry color of a day spent lounging under the sun. To get that color, the salon furnishes six tiers of UV beds that range from the no-frills tanning of the 35 100-watt bulbs on the Level 1 beds to the 650-watt high-pressure bulbs of the Level 6 beds, which are augmented with reflectors that ensure tanning rays can hit every corner of the body and still check their blind spots. Since clients don’t always have the time to build up a golden tan with UV rays, the salon also offers VersaSpa spray tanning booths that imbue skin with one of three shades in minutes, and custom airbrush tans that skilled technicians apply to bring out their clients' best features.
Since 1998, Bellalaser, Inc.’s certified technicians have cared for clients with a menu of noninvasive laser services for the skin and body. Using a laser armed with an integrated cooling system, licensed operators can help reduce or eliminate unwanted hair so patients can stop other hair-removal routines such as waxing or wearing a name tag while shirtless. Techs will also harness the power of the FDA-approved VelaShape laser system to reduce cellulite and shrink waist circumferences. Skin specialists use lasers to tighten and rejuvenate wrinkly skin, while aestheticians treat faces with a variety of non-laser procedures, including microdermabrasion, facials, and collagen masks. Bellalaser also carries a signature line of skincare products including sunblock, exfoliating body shampoo, and skin-tightening contouring gel.