Beauty specialist Vimaa Patel opened I Bar to concentrate on threading, body art, and permanent makeup. Vimaa ensures her staff is practiced in the ancient technique of eyebrow threading—gently pruning and shaping brows with cotton strings—by requiring potential team members to have at least two years of experience. The technicians also enhance eyes and brows with permanent-makeup treatments and personalize shoulders, ankles, and calves with temporary body art, such as birds, blossoms, or safe combinations.
I Bar's intensive focus on a handful of treatments let the staff master their craft, and customers took notice. Within four years, the beauty haven expanded to four locations, each of which maintains the rigorous quality and boutique ambiance of the original.
Director Tony DeMartile—whose favorite Aveda product happens to be the glossing straightener—leads the skilled staff of stylists and aestheticians at Solé Salon and Spa Aveda. He and his team employ an arsenal of botanical Aveda products as they wrangle hairdos, shape brows, and refresh skin. Solé's goal is a simple one: to make the experience of each client relaxing, fun, and memorable. To that end, its facials and skincare services for men and women alike imbue epidermises with moisture while unclogging pores. Stylists treat hair the way a pro football team's grounds crew treats grass: they cut it, color it, and perform conditioning treatments on it with Aveda hair products.
At Isis Skin & Body, medical director Dr. Noha Aboelata grants her patients' desires for beauty with a gentle touch, exclusively performing noninvasive rejuvenation treatments that employ the latest advancements in aesthetic upkeep. The practice is split between laser-based and topical therapies that both remediate existing problems and stimulate of the body's natural healing mechanisms.
Lasers earn their keep and daily continental breakfasts with work in three principle areas: routing unwanted hair, healing nail fungus, and helping to firm and smooth contours all over the body. To ensure topical treatments are safe for all skin types, Dr. Aboelata handpicks the products used in each service, which range from custom acne-scar treatments to eight types of chemical peels. Online forms dotting the company's website encourage curious visitors to start their restorative journey with a free analysis by identifying their skin and body concerns from a list that will help the staff to suggest a fitting course of treatment.
In tribute to its eponymous Egyptian goddess, the white and gold spa takes rich decorating cues from ancient palace-inspired aesthetics and the advice of style-blogging mummies. Columns capped with gold lotuses rise up to the entry hall's high ceiling, and gilded folding screens backdrop chaise lounges covered in bolts of lustrous, eggshell-colored cloth.
Eponymous spa owner Lucia believes that a person’s beauty is a reflection of his or her own health and inner happiness, and that happiness should shine as brightly as possible. To help clients up their wattage, Lucia supports a healthy glow with a repertoire of technologically enhanced beauty treatments that echo Eastern and Western philosophies—traditional natural remedies coexisting with modern beauty solutions.
Lucia's favorite service is the microphototherapy treatment, during which gentle pulses of light dissipate traces of age and acne while purging pores with a blast of light bright enough to help follicles catch up on their reading. Dedicated to helping her clients find the best skin solution for them, Lucia also helps reap clearer skin with a natural herbal peel, which she massages into the skin with detoxifying kneading actions.
Each specialized, 60-minute LED facial begins with a deep-cleansing wash to open pores and unclog trapped particles of makeup, dust, pollutants, and stray dogs. Once primed, an exfoliating treatment preps the skin for light therapy by smoothing out rough patches, loosening dearly departed skin cells, and increasing circulation until it flows like Kid 'n Play. With the face fully prepped, out comes Rainforest's exclusive LED panel, which combines different electromagnetic wavelengths to treat fine lines and wrinkles, aging, acne and blemishes, and overall skin appearance. Blue light fights bacterial infections by detonating the tiny face invaders, while yellow light warms to increase lymphatic flow and promote healing. Green light is thought to control city traffic and decrease melanin production, helping safeguard skin from accidents and an uneven tone, while red light is applied to stimulate collagen production, fight aging, and help skin repair itself.
Experienced aestheticians at Skin by Elizabeth pamper dermises with facials, peels, makeovers, and waxes. In the one-hour custom facial, aestheticians expunge pores and smooth cheeks with natural, organic products selected specifically for their powers over individual skin woes, from acne to stubborn face-paint whiskers. After cleansing excavates pore-dwelling dirt and oil, an exfoliation sloughs off dry, dull skin. A relaxing massage preempts the cooling mask, which instills façades with the indefatigable confidence of superheroes and Hamburglars alike. A trio of Brazilian waxes evicts unwanted fuzz, leaving skin silky smooth, with more lasting results than shaving. Expert aestheticians dip into jars of wax gentle enough for sensitive skin, aiming to quickly strip strands with minimal pain.