Dr. Shai Shinhar and his aesthetician wife, Rachel Shinhar, beautify exteriors with advanced cosmetic procedures and clarifying skin treatments. Warm wax coats areas below the black belt before a technician pulls hair from the root in swift swipes. Smooth skin remains for days, though hair often grows back denser and with more fear-induced respect. The med spa requests at least two weeks of hair growth for hair removal and recommends that the client refrain from tanning for at least two days and discontinue the use of prescription exfoliants prior to treatment.
Aesthetician Emma Stern, the founder of Skin Solutions, creates customized treatments for each client using organic products. Stern uses non-invasive techniques to create gentle treatments, offering her clients waxing services, facials, microdermabrasion, and peels, among other skincare services.
The staff members at BenSimon Salon & Day Spa strive to make each beauty treatment personal while immersing their guests in a luxurious setting. As they hand out robes, slippers, and complimentary cappuccinos, they steer patrons toward custom services that can amplify head-to-toe allure. The salon's stylists fashion new dos with renowned hair-product brands—including Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Wella—while remaining mindful of harsh chemicals, flattening frizz with formaldehyde-free smoothing formulas and dyeing strands with ammonia-free INOA color. They perform most salon treatments on wigs as well, and they can lead clients through a showroom that displays enough removable coiffures to disguise one detective for each potential jaywalker.
The skincare and spa specialists maintain the same level of commitment to customization. To combat acne, wrinkles, and dryness, they highlight optional add-ons for facials, such as seaweed and paraffin masks. They have also composed a variety of packages to accommodate all types of spa excursions, from bridal-party prep to romantic dates.
Walking through the doors of Park Slope Tanning, visitors know what the business is about. The rows of brand-name accelerating lotions, the arsenal of UV beds, and even the ochre-colored walls hint at the sultry color of a day spent lounging under the sun. To get that color, the salon furnishes six tiers of UV beds that range from the no-frills tanning of the 35 100-watt bulbs on the Level 1 beds to the 650-watt high-pressure bulbs of the Level 6 beds, which are augmented with reflectors that ensure tanning rays can hit every corner of the body and still check their blind spots. Since clients don’t always have the time to build up a golden tan with UV rays, the salon also offers VersaSpa spray tanning booths that imbue skin with one of three shades in minutes, and custom airbrush tans that skilled technicians apply to bring out their clients' best features.
The skilled technicians at all of O Spa's three beauty havens focus on fostering whole-body well-being as they tend to skin with more than 10 treatments, including more than 10 massage modalities. Advanced med-spa treatments include laser hair removal with the Eterna Giovinezza by Quanta System, which destroys follicles at the root with its heated rays in 15-minute to two-hour sessions. Permanent-makeup sessions focus on defining facial features with cosmetic tattoos. The areas are first covered with a topical anesthetic to make the experience more comfortable before a permanent-makeup artist inks the lids with faux eyeliner, fills in the brows, or creates the illusion of full lips by tattooing "I Heart Mom" around them.