Get your hair ready for fish-teasing season with a haircut and style ($35+) from one of Salon Urbanity's innovative stylists, or artificially infuse a sun-kissed look into your 'do with full foil highlights ($70+). You can also freshen up for an upcoming passport photo with a microdermabrasion treatment ($120+). Salon Urbanity's skilled technician will peel away the years by exfoliating the top microlayer of facial skin, leaving it looking refreshed and young enough to earn double-profiles from airport security, and an indulgent French manicure ($22+) will spiff up sorry fingernails. And if your new career in plantain farming has made your muscles tense and tightened, opt for a relaxating relaxation massage ($60 for 60 minutes) and feel troubles melt away like a dropped ice-cream cone in the Sahara.
When owner Giovanni Finocchiaro picked up the phone at Face It Spa, he heard one of his clients sobbing. She had been preparing for a presentation at work, and in the process, her skin had broken out so badly that Finocchiaro recalls her lamenting, "I just can't do it. I have to see you." Finocchiaro, who once dreamed of being a counselor, told her to come in immediately. "When you help people look better on the outside, it really does make them feel better inward, too," he says. When his distraught client arrived, he tailored a peel for her sensitive skin that helped kill bacteria and calm inflammation. Within a few days, he says, "she couldn't believe … how [her complexion] was already turning around."
Inside his recently remodeled boutique, Finocchiaro caters to each of his clients in the same way. He offers them complimentary water or tea before leading them across dark hardwood floors to a candlelit treatment room. After cleansing their face, he uses a lighted magnifier to analyze their skin type, then employs PCA products and a wide arsenal of customizable facial treatments to help them reach specific beauty goals or the center of the Earth.
With its Star Trekable equipment and top-notch customer service, Anderson Cosmetic & Vein Institute has been a leader in the non-surgical cosmetic field for the past 10 years, though it looks way younger. Instead of self-serve laser stations, an experienced staff helps customers begin their fleshoskeleton's beautification with an initial skin assessment and a consultation that determines the best way to customize the treatment to each patient. Patrons can then experience a microdermapeel treatment, which combines the effects of microdermabrasion with a chemical peel. Microdermabrasion stimulates the production of new cells and collagen through gentle abrasion and voodoo spells, and following that, a customized glycolic or salicylic-acid peel is applied to provide further exfoliation while reducing pore size, scarring, small lines, and the risk of being hit by lightning.
Timothy Burns worked with Christian Dior, Trish McIlvoy, and Bobbi Brown and as a national artist for Laura Mercier before forging his own path as a solo makeup artist and waxing specialist at his namesake spa. His artistic approach has earned him a flock of returning clients who request eyebrow waxes to create arches so sharp they garner love sonnets from the Arc de Triomphe. Aesthetician and 20-year industry veteran Tanya Sandler adds her own efforts to the beauty mecca with a slate of facials harnessing microdermabrasion, microcurrent, and LED technologies to firm and brighten visages. For waxing services, the spa relies on Andraya, an Aveda Institute graduate with more than 11 years of experience as a skin-beautifying aesthetician.
Endless Summer equips clients with a sun-kissed hue year-round. The salon boasts four types of UV beds, including a standup unit that gives 360 degrees of coverage. For custom hues, an airbrush specialist coats bodies with a UV-free formula that develops into a natural-looking bronze over the course of a few hours. The staff also regularly tests out bronzing products to determine which deserve coveted space on the salon's retail shelves; current offerings include Kardashian Glow and JWOWW.