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.
Bernadette Peters once entrusted her legendary crimson coils to Bruno Grillo, giving her something in common with Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, and Bret Easton Ellis besides their collective love of mud wrestling. Bruno, a hair-color specialist and FIT graduate who has worked alongside celebrated stylists Oscar Blandi and Oribe, attributes his talents to the close attention he pays to his clients' lifestyles.
Bruno has been featured on Sirius Radio's Martha Stewart Living and in the Brooklyn Paper, where columnist Lisa J. Curtis confessed to falling in love with him. To be fair, Curtis’s infatuation stemmed not only from Bruno himself but also from his team of aestheticians and massage therapists as well as the spa’s open kitchen, where complimentary cappuccinos are brewed. The salon's treatment menu includes facials, makeup artistry, waxing, and a range of massage modalities. In addition, Bruno and his staff invite brides—as well as unbetrothed guests—to pick and choose from this menu to enjoy customized days of beauty.
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.
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.
Co-owners Marina and Polina put inner peace above all else when they left the high-stress world of finance to open Enigma Beauty Salon, fulfilling their calling to help people feel beautiful and relaxed. Before hair, nail, or massage services give clients their desired makeovers, visitors sip complimentary beverages while looking through the salon’s magazines to find style inspiration from models and empathy for what it’s like to be made of paper. Stylists bring personality to coifs by cutting and coloring hair with their artful techniques, and technicians embellish finger- and toe-tips with a trim and polish or gel. Beautification practices flow into relaxation mode during European facials or three massage styles that are more calming than a live performance of your favorite whale-sounds album.