Grace Skin & Body Care offers a variety of skin-centric treatments to help keep the body's largest organ in tip-top shape. Choose from 10 different types of facials, many of which are specially formulated to treat problems such as acne, signs of aging, and loose skin. Aside from the face, there are treatments for other areas of the body: Swedish massages help to heal the body by destroying stress and tension, while body scrubs use sea salts to exfoliate away dead skin cells and free-riding barnacles.
The aestheticians at I Love Lash understand the difference between fake lashes and extensions. That's why they've devoted their chic, boutique studio to extensions, and extensions only. That's because extensions look natural, move naturally, and don't attack innocent passerby like Venus flytraps. They also last up to six weeks. To achieve a completely natural look, aestheticians have clients lay back on comfortable tables under the light of crystal chandeliers. One-by-one, they apply customized lashes to real lashes with a special adhesive that creates a waterproof bond. A meticulously precise treatment, it takes about two hours. During that time they also tailor lashes to length, curl, and color. Lashes will fall out periodically with the natural lashes, so the technicians recommend touch-ups every two to three weeks.
The manicures at Young's Nail begin with relaxing techniques that culminate with traditional or gel polishes. The color-gel variety allows nails' natural color to show through the tints, and UV gel polishes cure in seconds under a special lamp. Both types of polishes eschew harsh chemicals and odors. While clients lounge in cushy, red massage chairs, feet prepare for their polish by soaking in warm water. Techs also lengthen lashes with extensions and relieve the body of wanted hair with waxing services.
With whimsical wall decals, pink and white draperies, and treatment beds upholstered in shimmering satin, Stylash looks more like a doll's dream house than a stuffy salon. It's a fitting setting for the shop's aestheticians, who use hypoallergenic glue and an extra-light touch to doll up lash lines with long, individual eyelash extensions that can last up to one month. But the comfy, feminine atmosphere also serves a purpose—the more relaxed clients are, the better their eyelashes adhere. To that end, the staff recommends that clients keep talking and yodeling to a minimum during application and encourages them to bring in personal music players to help quiet their minds.
Asanda Spa Lounge's aestheticians, massage therapists, and stylists offer a full menu of Aveda face, hair, and body treatments at two locations. Located on the corner of Broadway and Houston, the original location fits right in with its fashion- and beauty-centric SoHo surroundings. The salon invites clients inside with striking, squeaky-clean white decor, high ceilings, and sparkling crystal and Murano-glass chandeliers. The staff of stylists channel the salon's bright, modern aesthetic into chic styles and a menu of aesthetic services that harness the power of botanical-based Aveda products. Massage and facial rooms accented with soft mood lighting and music comprise two-thirds of the lounge's 5,000-square-foot space.
At the Midtown location?on the corner of Park Avenue and 56th Street?customers enjoy a new 6,000-square-foot facility that boasts over-sized rooms, hydraulic massage beds, lockers, showers, and a separate spa relaxation room. On sunny days you'll enjoy a private courtyard deck area where you can unwind before or after services.
Favin's Weekend at Asanda
Learn more about Asanda's menu of spa treatments from Groupon's beauty blogger Favin.
Eyelash Parlor Lavilash’s owner, Kiki, found inspiration for the business in her own beauty routine, which she squeezed in between triathlons and martial-arts classes. That was in 2005, and Kiki had already accrued more than six years of experience performing eyelash perms and teaching the technique throughout southeast Asia. Her business plan quickly came into focus. She opened a studio devoted to infusing eyelashes with a curl that lasts four–six weeks through weather and hard wear, dispatching with the need for daily mascara application and damaging mechanical curling or extensions.
The procedure is surprisingly similar to a salon visit. After the mild perm cream coats eyelashes, a silicone roller—chosen from a collection of 42 options—shapes the eyelashes into arcs ranging from demure to diva, and a complimentary collagen treatment conditions each tendril to a high gloss. Kiki works with a team of technicians to safely create new looks and correct unsuccessful perms perpetrated by other salons. She also teaches the method to professional aestheticians and lay folk hoping to streamline their own makeup routine.