Body Beautiful of New York, Inc. beckons visitors into a tranquil, classically decorated space to escape the stresses of daily life. Cell-phone silence and adults-only policies keep the peace in the saffron-hued hair salon and the hallways that lead to private treatment rooms, where licensed cosmetologist and aesthetician Gineann lavishes physiques with facials, massages, waxing, and sunless tanning. Although the studio's passion lies in pampering, staffers also bolster health by offering nutritional counseling for those seeking to lose weight or to get back together with Jolly Green Giant exes. Meanwhile, shelves brimming with meditation music, candles, books, and body lotions available for purchase send clients home with a piece of the spa’s soothing atmosphere.
"We're not interested in running an assembly line. Every customer is given all the time needed to achieve their desired result," explains TaNesha, owner of Solace Hair and Esthetics Studio. But customers aren't just given time; they're pampered from the moment they enter the studio, when they're handed a glass of lemon-infused spring water. Beyond its homey doors, Solace offers makeup services, facials, and waxing, and each service is lavished on guests in an attentive and individualized style. TaNesha is also the woman behind the T. Barnes Beauty Group, a collective of aestheticians, massage therapists, nail technicians, and makeup artists who provide mobile beauty services wherever they're needed.
The experienced stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Eurolux Salon & Day Spa aim to create a luxurious European spa experience. Inside a tranquil facility, guests can unwind with a glass of wine as nail technicians paint their nails, follow up a Swedish massage with a trip to the infrared sauna, or have their hair color boosted with high-quality European products. Extended evening and weekend hours help clients fit pampering into their busy schedules.
Pastel-blue walls, plush black leather chairs, and potted plants set a calm and relaxing scene at Styles by Monica, where the trained staff revamps its clients’ looks with chic cuts and color treatments. With high-end products in their arsenal, the stylists also apply makeup and create updos for big events and tend to hands and feet with nail treatments.
Inside the quaint and welcoming storefront, the stylists of Salon Kamala fill the 1,000-square-foot space with the whirring of blow dryers and the crinkling of color-coated foils. Using L’Oréal deep-conditioning treatments, stylists restore moisture to manes and shine to mink iPhone cases, or they revamp looks with classic and modern cuts.
Natural and organic products are used exclusively at this salon, where stylists nourish and protect strands amid haircuts, highlights, and smoothing treatments. A separate room caters to younger folk, who hop into a fire engine or pink Cadillac while enjoying their favorite cartoon or PlayStation 2 game. After their haircut, kids receive a lollipop and balloon as a reward for their good behavior or correct guesses of how many hairs are on their heads.