Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique founder Sara Elizabeth Kuite has traveled the country to build her acute knowledge of bodily betterments, studying specialized skincare in New York City with celebrity facialist Ling Chan and scaling the Rocky Mountains to learn Japanese kobido massage techniques under sensei master Shogo Mochizuki. Today, she fuses Eastern ideas with Western technology in her current practice, which places an emphasis on deep healing and prevention of unnecessary epidermal wear. Her highly trained eyes carefully scan skin to spot specific conditions and create a personalized skincare regimen for each individual, and she gives each patient the time and attention they need to learn how to use products correctly and finally set the clocks on their VCRs.
Celery green walls and white overstuffed chairs provide a tranquil setting for all services, which include everything from anti-aging, hydrating, or exfoliating facials to hair removal with sugar paste or blue chamomile wax. Clients awaiting treatment may soothe sore eyes by browsing through a boutique stocked with raw vegan skincare products from brands such as Astara and Priori and high-powered CoffeeBerry antioxidant, or wander over to the elixir bar to nourish bodies and wilted houseplants with phytonutrient-rich beverages.
Led by medical director Dr. Ariel Cortes, owner and founder Gita Izadi and the rest of the medical team at Neu Look Med Spa & Skin Center help people feel youthful and confident. Izadi opened the business in 2003 with that very goal in mind, drawing upon her more than 25 years of experience as a registered nurse. She started out with clinical services—ranging from Botox to advanced laser procedures—before adding an array of relaxing spa treatments to the lineup in 2009. Now, patients can schedule a fractional CO2 laser skin-resurfacing procedure to combat signs of aging and follow it up with a fragrant pumpkin-apple-spice facial or a soothing body scrub with mineral-rich sea salt.
The waiting area welcomes guests with a soft, pale-blue sofa next to an iridescent wall flanked by twin waterfalls. Patrons nosh on complimentary refreshments as they enjoy fragrant aromatherapy, while a centerpiece of elegant, white orchids provides a tasty snack for any visiting toucans.
The certified technicians of Poshe' Skincare Salon customize each aesthetic service—from natural-nail treatments to full-body waxing—to their clients' individual traits as they dole out time-honored beauty advice. Armed with Dermalogica and Jan Marini Skin Research products, aestheticians help fend off impurities and aging with eight facials, each of which includes exfoliation, a nourishing mask, and hydration in addition to adding invigorating extras such as papaya enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids, or mineral sea salts. To further polish bodily surfaces, microdermabrasion liberates faces, necks, and upper bodies of dead skin cells to reveal fresher complexions. Permanent makeup decks eyelids, brows, or lips with durable daubs of micropigmentation, creating the appearance of natural-looking cosmetics sans the smudging, smearing, or telltale kiss marks on handsome department-store mannequins.
Amid the full-length photographs of models with stylish cuts that cover Salon Kensington’s canary walls, a black-and-white portrait of Audrey Hepburn looks down coquettishly over the intimate boutique. Hepburn was famous for her European-like beauty, making her a fitting avatar for a salon steeped in both European decor—sleek black furnishings and warm wood accents fill the room—and European hair techniques. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, master stylist Marissa Hernais leads a team of stylists who beautify clients with a range of aesthetic services, from haircuts and highlights to thermal-straightening services. Within private treatment rooms, aestheticians smooth skin with papaya-enzyme peels and full-body waxing, and technicians decorate nails with UV gel polish, silk wraps, and complimentary nail art.
When it comes to beauty, Ultimate Lash and Brow sets out to succeed where others have failed. Certified eyelash extension technicians free clients of mascara's clumping, smudging, and running issues by granting them with a full fan of dark, dramatic, and semi-permanent extensions instead. To turn back the clock on disastrous eyebrow waxing appointments, aesthetician Christiane Gendrey calls on her experience beautifying celebrities to carefully tweeze brows back into shape, sometimes even devising a comprehensive monthly regimen to grow back missing hairs. And the studio's facial services don't pull any punches—rather than using the ineffective techniques of so-called pampering facials, the experts target stubborn skin problems and treat faces to deep exfoliation, helping bring back a healthy rate of cell turnover and create a softer, more even complexion.
Giant gold frames wrap around mirrors resting above the pedicure chairs and manicure tables that line Divine Nails & Spa’s beige walls, reflecting shiny Shellac and traditional polishes daubed by a team of affable staffers. Clients nestle into plush pedicure thrones while feet soak in a pool of warm water carefully patrolled by miniature lifeguards as techs treat feet to one of eight specialty pedicures. They shape fingernails into desired squares or points before coating them with conventional polish or Shellac, which imparts a mirror finish that lasts for up to 14 days without chipping. Divine Nails & Spa also ushers guests into a private room draped with gauzy curtains for eyebrow, lip, arm, leg, and bikini waxes. Clients awaiting service relax atop black leather furniture, surrounded by houseplants waiting for their roots to be groomed and polished.