The staff at Mermaid Spa roasts granite rocks overnight to lend the Russian steam room an air of authenticity. And, in accordance with these traditional standards, they then dash water over the intensely heated rocks to create a natural steam. As the room gets misty, those relaxing inside of the sauna wield dried birch branches to self-administer a massage or tickle the wood-paneled walls just like their mother trees. All of this falls in line with Mermaid Spa’s owners’ vision when they first opened their Brooklyn bathhouse: bring the Russian banya to New York.
Also housed inside the spa are an extra-large jacuzzi, an ice-filled pool, and a Turkish steam room, where aromas of eucalyptus and mint intermingle with the warm mists. Pleasant scents also waft from the on-site Russian restaurant, where chefs ladle traditional goulash and dumplings onto plates or into the bindles of traveling hoboes.
At Vandana Light Healing, Meryl Brinin helps bring about well-being with her broad repertoire of alternative holistic therapies that combine traditional and modern techniques. Meryl's services include crystal-ball readings, reiki healing, and Indian head massage.
Rosa Beauty Spa fulfills owner Rosa's dream of opening a spa, one she realized after spending several years practicing cosmetology. At Rosa's the staff strives to connect mind and body with relaxing spa services. After guests tuck their personal items into private lockers, they can ease into such soothing treatments as lava-stone massages, seaweed facials, or Dead Sea–salt scrubs. Afterward, they can continue to relax in the onsite sauna or rinse off in the spa's shower.
Brooklyn Makeup Studio's highly trained makeup artists adorn epidermises in skincare products by brands such as Stila, Smashbox, and Paula Dorf. Wielding eyeliner infused with vitamin E and iridescent lip serums in a rainbow of colors, they furnish faces with personalized makeup applications expertly designed to lure your strongest features out of hiding.
Stepping into Green Planet Salon & Spa is much like entering a botanical garden—your senses are nurtured by lush green hues and glimmering colors. Lime green curtains offset opalescent tiled walls and shimmering floors, and tall bamboo stalks lean against the walls, drawing eyes to the faux pebble creek that lines the salon’s perimeter.
Within the relaxing haven, the beauty professionals carry a great responsibility with their jobs—as the salon explains, “When a woman realizes that she looks good, her job, her business and personal life becomes harmonious and successful.” The hairstylists work to boost clients’ confidence with a range of products—including INOA, L’Oreal, and Sebastian—when adding long-lasting color to manes and snipping away split ends to add to their split-ends collections. Meanwhile, aestheticians smooth faces with Osmosis medical skincare products during facial treatments that wash away acne-causing bacteria or infuse skin with vitamin C. Bodies relish in the Ionithermie algae-detox treatment’s mixture of algae, seaweed, and ivy, which detoxifies the body and reduces the appearance of cellulite in reaction to a gentle electrical stimulation.
The epidermal experts of Skin Station possess the skills and professional products required to banish almost any skin imperfection they encounter. Clients can browse a menu of more than 30 facial treatments to find the one that best targets their face's unique issues, then bask in even more individualized care as aestheticians tailor each regimen to suit their skin type. Serums from Clarins Paris, Dr. Oasis, and G.M. Collin delve deep into tissues to hydrate, heal, and break up bacteria house parties, and more advanced treatments, ranging from chemical peels to 24-karat gold facials, forge speedy results. For the rest of the body, waxing services go hand-in-hand with LHE hair-removal treatments to leave skin smooth and fuzz-free.
Using IPL (intense pulsed light) photoepilation, Charm Beauty Salon can target and eliminate hair of all colors and types from the body in the most supervillainous manner possible. Zap away your follicles, legstaches, and body cacti from any of the following areas: underarms (a $39 value per session), bikini (a $79 value), upper lip (a $39 value), inner thighs (a $120 value), chin (a $49 value), brow (a $50 value), ears (a $50 value), neck (a $60 value), areolae (a $59 value), toes (a $40 value), and belly-button line (a $40 value). The six treatments can be used on any combination of areas, though it’s generally recommended that you use all six on the same area to make sure all follicles have been disintegrated. Consult with one of Charm’s skilled technicians to determine which laser-removal regimen best matches your needs.