After being raised by entrepreneur parents whose respective Panamanian and Palestinian cultures taught her a diverse approach to beauty, Vedette Beauty & Skin Care Spa owner Khadine Barakat had no choice but to create a business where all beauty was celebrated. She harnesses her education in both management and aesthetics to treat clients to a well-rounded service menu that runs the gamut from purifying facials and nourishing paraffin wax treatments to holistic therapies such as ear candling and colonics. Her lash extensions and chemical peels yield impressive face-brightening results, and her makeup applications spruce up countenances for a variety of special occasions or to replace features that have recently heard a face-melting guitar solo.
With warm exposed brick and soft lighting, Creative Hair and Spa exudes relaxation before its stylists and therapists even get to work. Once they do, though, they expertly style hair, exfoliate skin, and soothe muscles with aromatherapy massages. It's all part of the team's mission to make every client feel pampered. But a focus on old-school service doesn't mean the staff eschews modern techniques?facials are custom-tailored using advanced skin analysis, while nails can be coated with gel polish that resists cracks for up to two weeks or a dozen thumb wars.
At the age of 20, Joean was already an anomaly as an independent business owner. She opened her first salon in Hong Kong in 1980 before increasing success brought her to NYC to start Joean Beauty Center in 1989. Since then, she and her staff have delighted clients and critics with facial and body services, one of which got a shout-out from New York magazine and a nose that learned how to speak English. One of her present-day treatments, the GM collagen-and-hydrolifting facial, replenishes moisture and softness. Massages range from the 10-minute Quick Fix to a 60-minute round of deep-tissue therapy. Some handy extras include makeup application as well as waxing and threading.
Colorful cosmetics and jewelry pepper the shelves and tables atop a shining hardwood floor at Damselfly Skincare, welcoming beauty-seekers into the spa's relaxing confines. Inside, guests can treat themselves to organic facials, letting natural ingredients restore their skin to youthful radiance. Lash extensions lend eyes a full, smoky look without the hassle of mascara running when you cry or leak fuel from the eyes. Beyond cosmetic treatments, the staff promotes relaxation by rendering massage that saps away muscle-bound stress in Swedish and deep-tissue modalities.
The trained stylists and aestheticians at La Femme Beauty Salon & Spa primp and pamper their clients from head to toe with a full selection of hair and skin treatments. They deftly cut and color new 'dos, as well as wash and set wigs. Facials and massages leave complexions and muscles reenergized and relaxed, and laser hair-removal and waxing services banish unwanted body hair better than a razor or cheese grater. Their IPL laser blasts away at nail fungus, erasing the brittle, discolored evidence of this cruel sock invader.
Licensed aesthetician Laura wields organic skincare products when gently fighting oily skin, dry patches, acne, and unwanted hair on her clients. A skin analysis helps her determine the most appropriate facial?from deep cleansing to one with cranberry and pomegranate?for each individual. She also smoothes fuzzy lips, legs, and chests using warm wax or strips of flypaper and massages scalps for increased relaxation.