Not many 12-year-olds run their own beauty business out of their home. But this was the case for Suna Serpin](http://www.sunasspa.com/About.html), whose burgeoning interest in skincare inspired her to extend beauty services to her family and friends before she was even a teenager. Years after getting married and raising children, Suna returned to the business, this time receiving her license in aesthetics and training with the American Laser Center. She cites Jane Wurwand, the founder of renowned skincare line Dermalogica, as the inspiration to open her own spa, where she now lavishes clients with services such as facials, laser hair removal, and body scrubs. She also happily offers up Dermalogica products, which retain their soothing qualities from earth-culled ingredients such as plants and the tears of woodland nymphs.
At offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn, technicians use the DDC PolyLase LP to permanently purge unwanted hair. The DDC PolyLase LP bundles an Alexandrite laser and an NdYAG laser into one piece of equipment that can remove hair of almost any type, whether it’s light, dark, thin, thick, or able to stretch like a rubber band. Because their focus is so specific, the Studios know their equipment well and are glad to share their knowledge with clients in person and online via an FAQ page and a factsheet. Although they specialize in hair removal, technicians also train their laser beams on faces to resurface complexions for a fresher, younger appearance.
The team at Perfect Brows doesn’t just remove hair above the eyes; they remove it from all over the body, using three different methods. Their threading services uproot follicles on the face with a twisted cotton thread. During waxing sessions, they paint fuzzy areas with a thin layer of molten wax, which adheres to hairs before pulling them from the root. Their third method, called sugaring, is an organic alternative to waxing, which removes hair with a natural paste made from sugar, lemon juice, guar gum, and water. This method is proven to provide less breakage and ingrown hairs and to leave clients with skin as smooth as a newborn dolphin. Each method provides a blank canvas for the studio’s other services, which include henna work and facials.
Argento Laser Hair Removal deals exclusively in laser hair-removal treatments. Certified laser technicians kick start every procedure with an in-depth consultation with their clients. During this meeting, they discuss the areas of the body the client wishes to target and evaluate their skin type to determine an appropriate approach. Once they clue the client in on what to expect and how to prepare, they get to work. Using advanced laser technology, they remove hair from the desired area that's in an active growing phase. They offer treatments for men and women, and treat areas such as the face, underarms, Brazilian area, arms, chest, and legs.
Doctor of Chiropractic James A. Di Giuseppi supervises all treatments performed at Skin Beauty Laser Center, from hair-zapping sessions to body-contouring procedures. He performs his treatments with an arsenal of lasers, including the Cutera Titan, which works to tighten lax skin and rebuild depleted collagen stores, as well as the Cutera Genesis, which combats fine lines, acne scarring, and red splotches. Beauty injections and dermal fillers offer a temporary fix to aesthetic issues such as crow's feet and frown lines due to working at a movie theater that only plays Old Yeller.
At City Eyebrow Threading Salon, overstuffed pink chairs face full-length mirrors hung on deep-violet walls. In a way, the bold decor reflects the stylists' no-nonsense approach to beauty: During one of their most popular treatments, eyebrow threading, a technician uses a fibrous thread to pluck unruly brow hairs one by one. The result is a clean and defined arch that helps accentuate your eyes or distract attention from the swimming goggles you forgot you were wearing. You can also amp up your eyelashes with Blink lash extensions, which add natural-looking length and volume.