Obina Escort understands firsthand how important it is for skin to look great—she spent years as trade-show model and a professional hostess for entertainment-industry events. Over time, she developed a strong interest in skincare and eventually became a beauty-product advisor for retailers, including Sephora and Nordstrom. She later earned her aesthetics certification from an Aveda Institute and now performs facials at Posh Nails BK. Here, after showing clients where their faces are, she uses products harvested from plant extracts and essential oils in facials designed for varying skin types. Because of her devotion to skincare, she also designs at-home regimens for clients who want to maintain their refreshed look.
D'Beaute Boutique's able aestheticians apply craftsmanlike precision as they file, buff, and polish nails for 45–60 minutes in a hot-cream mani-pedi. Nails take on new shapes as a file turns barbed-wire edges into even curves, and a thorough buffing leaves surfaces as smooth as the evasions of a practiced foreign-policy debater. Polish adds color, protection, and a miniature family crest to finger shields, and hot cream smothers hands and feet in hydration and deft hands massage out tension.
The licensed nail techs at London’s of New York Nail Bar pamper clients with cosmetic and therapeutic manicures, pedicures, and nail-strengthening treatments. During the basic manicure, nail shapes become symmetrical, excess cuticle is exiled, and nails tops change color at whim. The New York signature manicure and pedicure further pampers hands with soothing masks, invigorating exfoliants, and a deep moisturizer to recompense for extensive sandcastle building. Feet and legs detangle in a conditioning soak before extremity tenders smooth an external mask onto lower legs and perk up feet with an exfoliating scrub or a terrifying tale of 13-inch heels. Hardworking feet revel in a massage with perfumed deep-moisturizing cream in clients’ choice of honey-and-cinnamon, raspberry-pomegranate, silver-birch-green-tea, or lavender scents.
The Village Beauty Lounge's chic and relaxing space invites clients to indulge in organic therapies that enhance their looks and uplift their spirits. A climb up the back-lit staircase is the first sign that things are taking a turn for the luxurious; once inside, guests are greeted by earth-toned walls and softly-lit hanging lamps. The decor sets the mood for such uniquely pampering treatments as ice cream pedicures, citrus hot cream manicures, and curiously peanut butter-free jelly foot baths. Inside equally sleek private treatment rooms, therapists administer hot stone and aromatherapy massages. Skincare specialists, meanwhile, render complexions radiant with hydrating and vitamin C anti-aging facials. As visitors relax, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs cancel out the big city stimuli teeming on the other side of the spa's doors.
Unless you're an identical twin or really good with papier-mâché, your face is unlike that of anyone else. That's why Touch Nails Girl always tailors its facials to the unique tone, texture, and T-zone of each individual. But that's just a strand in the salon's ample coif. Clients also can solicit an aesthetician for a full-body scrub or durable acrylic nails, or retreat to a private room for hot-stone bodywork compliments of the salon's skilled massage therapist.
Praba Salon, whose name is drawn from the Sanskrit word for illumination, brims with experts who bustle among private rooms decorated with oriental rugs that keep stress from clattering as it falls away. Patrons stop before arched mirrors to admire the effects of a variety of aesthetic services, and technicians pamper bodies with sugaring, facials, and temporary henna tattoos. Products wrought from sandalwood, cucumber, and rose water lavish skin with natural goodness and gentle fragrances.
Both ends of the beauty spectrum merge inside Casa De Odessa Salon & Boutique, where salon treatments and women's fashions join forces to foster new looks. Stylists and technicians team up to trim and sculpt trendy hairdos, groom and polish finger- and toenails, and wax away body hair before it can petition for status as a wildlife refuge. Once clients have retooled their images, they can plop down and treat their muscles and spirits to a soothing massage, emerging with looser limbs and ready to be re-anchored by a shoppable selection of apparel and accessories.