The beauticians at Salon City enhance clients' looks with a regimen of services that goes beyond typical salon fare. In addition to haircuts, styling, and coloring, the staff applies intricate henna tattoos, performs eyebrow-threading services, and beautifies brides before their weddings.
International Salon Spa’s skilled technicians exfoliate extremities with soothing mani-pedis, while attentively catering to the wants and needs of each customer. Each 20–30 minute manicure begins by shaping the nails and primping the cuticles with skin-sprucing maintenance. Next, beautysmiths massage each hand with lotion before adorning keratin cubes with a choice of polishes from OPI collections, including the Texas collection, Katy Perry collection, and Don Rickles collection. During the half-hour pedicure—performed in sanitized resin tubs with immaculate equipment—perambulators attain maximum pamperization with a complete nail sculpting, cuticle treatment, and a soothing footbottom pumice rub. A creamy buttermilk and apricot kernel scrub exfoliates stilts from sole to shin, before a lower leg massage and toenail polishing cherry-top each procedure.
Inspired by Creole healing traditions passed down through her Louisianan family, Gretchen Halpin draws on age-old practices and the use of all-natural products to lead her staff in reviving clients' spirits and improving their overall wellness. The French Quarter–inspired day spa has an indoor courtyard in which guests seek higher planes of inner peace before reposing during holistic-inspired indulgences including massage, hydrotherapy, acupressure, and reiki treatments. Other spa specialties—personalized facials with skin analysis, waxes, manicures, and pedicures—aim to make clients' outward appearances more appealing, much like wedding dresses made of Hershey's Kisses wrappers.
The aestheticians at Soothe Your Senses Day Spa draw inspiration from two generations of Creole healing when doling out spa treatments infused with aromatherapy and healing herbs. Services catered toward men and women help banish impurities in muscles, pores, and spirit animals with Eastern healing traditions such as reiki massage and energy therapy. Three levels of spa membership offer discounts on services and workshops, and spa packages pamper clients with half- or full-day programs of massages, nailcare, and facials.
A Better Tan stocks its two tanning hubs with tiered levels of tanning equipment, allowing patrons to achieve summery complexions with five levels of Ergoline UV beds, automated Mystic Tan booths, and custom airbrush tans. Smart Tan–trained staff members gild skin with contoured strokes from airbrushing equipment, which they imbue with a custom color to suit the customer's desired darkness level and camouflage needs when infiltrating the US Mint. In the front lobby, well-stocked shelves display a selection of Supre Tan, Devoted Creations, and Ed Hardy tanning lotions, which help to preserve the skin's newfound hue by sealing in moisture and adding a splash of tan-deepening bronzer. New tans get alluring contrast with the salon's teeth-whitening system, which uses a convenient bleaching-tray regimen to create bright and flashy smiles.
Before opening La Dorina Day Spa, the eponymous Dorina honed her skills at Sisters Salon in Lincoln Square. She brings what she learned during those 15 years to her own studio, a place where European skin treatments and artistic mani-pedis fill the service menu. She and her team use Dermalogica cleansers and toners during their rejuvenating facials, as well as Depilève wax products during their hair-removal and royal-edict-sealing treatments. Manicure clients can choose between traditional and Gelish polishes.