High-school pals Andrea Veres and Christina Yeates drew inspiration from their own friendship when they opened The Waxing Studio & Spa in 2006, treating skin with the same care they give each other. Their approach is low-tech and gentle, and the airy spa's sleek, black-and-robin's-egg-blue rooms stay chic and tidy with nontoxic, earth-friendly cleaners. Light streams into the quiet massage rooms, where therapists demonstrate camaraderie during tandem and couples massages, before showing commitment to the earth by laundering towels in high-efficiency machines.
Aestheticians gently balance complexions with bronze scales and Hungarian skincare products from Szép Elét, an organic line rich in active ingredients and aromatic botanicals. The Waxing Studio & Spa’s defuzzing specialists created a stage between a traditional bikini wax and a Brazilian—jokingly dubbed the "B.I.T." or Brazilian In Training—to ease women into skimpier swimsuits without cutting support for bacon consumption, and eyebrow specialists will shape arches for men and women with tweezers or the ancient art of threading.
To support their community, the staff invites local vendors to display their handmade jewelry, paintings, and purses in the boutique alongside Szép Elét tonics to take home.
Muscle kneader Toveh Zaifert knows that every one of her clients is different. That's why each of her massages is different as well. A graduate of the New York Institute of Massage, Toveh specializes in the customization of her treatments to fit each individual's needs. When she begins a treatment, she'll ask if there are any specific aches, pains, or fears of cowbells she can help allay. Clients then can also choose whether they'd like soothing music played or prefer the serenity of silence. Toveh has trained in a number of massage modalities and is particularly skilled at Swedish, deep-tissue, and medical massage.
Treating the cosmetic blemishes that can appear on aging skin requires a forward-looking approach. Overseen by Drs. Hratch Karamanoukian and Raffy Karamanoukian, Advanced Aesthetics Medical Spa keeps pace with the passage of time by constantly seeking out new advancements in technology, skincare products, and cosmetic procedures.
The center’s cache of technology includes cosmetic laser systems that work to improve skin tone and texture by addressing fine lines, acne scars, and scratch-and-sniff tattoos. Beyond light, these and other systems can also use sound waves or radio frequencies to firm and lift faces. Even the more traditional spa procedures at the clinic pamper clients with medical-grade products and equipment. The crystal-free microdermabrasion system uses a diamond-encrusted titanium wand to smooth away impurities, and facials with botanically derived balms and vitamin C rejuvenate complexions.
At Ciao Bella Hair Studio, talented stylists welcome clients into relaxed environs, setting heads at ease as advanced cutting techniques stylize locks. With today’s deal stylist Jamie (Lepeirs) Knoer trims tresses to jettison split ends, add bounce, and help hair fit more neatly into bobsledding helmets. A conditioning treatment smoothes and strengthens strands, nourishing filaments to a silken shine. After head threads have been replenished with nutrients, Knoer sculpts a style that reflects each guest’s personality or pays homage to a favorite game-show host.
Get Waxed’s licensed aesthetician eradicates excessive hairs from both men and women, utilizing imported waxes that ensure optimal comfort. Release caterpillar unibrows before they grow into butterflies with an eyebrow wax ($15), or evade debates with picketing razors by opting for an underarm ($15) or bikini wax ($30). Get Waxed's hair harvester can also whisk away wool from the shoulders ($15), chest ($35), and stomach ($15) (click here to see full waxing menu). All services are performed in a sanitary environment that is free of double-dipped, foul-mouthed waxing tools.