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, Vandana 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.
Unless you've been cloned, no one has hair like yours. That's why the expert stylists at Milana Salon tailor cut and color treatments to the unique features of the individual. But hair is just one strand in the the salon's ample coif. Clients may also solicit an aesthetician for an exfoliating facial, waxing session, or voluminous lash extensions.
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.
At the age of 20, Joean was already an anomaly as an independent business owner. She opened her first salon in Hong Kong in 1980 before increasing success brought her to NYC to start Joean Beauty Center in 1989. Since then, she and her staff have delighted clients and critics with facial and body services, one of which got a shout-out from New York magazine and a nose that learned how to speak English. One of her present-day treatments, the GM collagen-and-hydrolifting facial, replenishes moisture and softness. Massages range from the 10-minute Quick Fix to a 60-minute round of deep-tissue therapy. Some handy extras include makeup application as well as waxing and threading.
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.