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 stylists at Idalias Salon believe that hair's health is crucial to its appearance. They take on the most damaged strands by nourishing hair with restorative treatments and designing new looks with wraps, relaxers, extensions, color, and the latest cutting techniques. At the in-house I Beauty Bar Boutique, a skincare specialist enhances faces with makeup and eyelash extensions.
Patrons can browse the boutique's collection of vegan mineral cosmetics alongside clothing and jewelry by independent designers. The airy loft space sports modernist orange- and grey-themed decor, and moods are lifted with an upbeat soundtrack of house music. Guests can also reserve the salon's private suite for special events or superhero quick changes.
Some clients go to spas to boost wellness with ancient rituals. Others go for the technology that helps them look their best. New Spa Me Inc. serves both categories of clientele with services from both the holistic healing and med-spa worlds. Treatments such as Thai herbal therapy and shiatsu draw from Eastern healing traditions thought to align energy and restore inner balance without surgically removing inner seesaws. On the other side of the spectrum, radiofrequency facials employ radio waves to deeply penetrate and tone skin. Both kinds of services are conducted within private treatment rooms whose lights may be dimmed for a relaxing, candlelit atmosphere or brightened to ensure medically exact treatments.
Beauty Couture Boutique Salon's stylists believe that beauty doesn't have to harm the environment, animals, or clients. Organic products have nearly monopolized the store's shelf space, including ammonia-free hair color and completely vegan, toxin-free products that aren't tested on animals. Stylists brandish these products like gadgets from a superhero's belt as they deftly perform a complete roster of salon services. They also perform makeup, spray-tanning, and nail-care services, and offer health-conscious alternatives to traditional hair care. A Chi Enviro smoothing treatment, for instance, leaves hair soft and shiny without the harmful effects of keratin or constantly wearing a Cleopatra wig.
Potted plants add a verdant touch to the calming, minimalistic environment created by J&S Spa's sleek hardwood floors and clean white walls. The aestheticians provide a complete anatomical spread of pampering services stretching from spa pedicures to ginger-honey body wraps to eyelash extensions. Inside private rooms, guests relax as massage therapists release tension and restore balance through an array of massage modalities, including thai herbal therapy. A variety of facials—infused with antioxidants and vitamin C—leave skin looking radiant while reducing the appearance of fine lines and the urge to lick orange trees.
After styling hair for 20 years, managing New York salons for 15, and appearing on makeover TV programs, Michaella settled down in Brooklyn. Though settled in one place, she continued to move up and soon opened Salon 718. Recruiting stylists as passionate and opposably thumbed as herself, Michaella and her team specialize in coloring and execute services in a sleek space with white walls and long, steel-framed mirrors. To add a touch more indulgence to the experience, Michaella invites her clients to Merlot Thursdays, where they can sip a glass of red.