At i Beauty Spa NYC, a diverse team of trained specialists aims to dissolve stress and tension in an intimate space decorated with orchids and bamboo plants. Soothing nature sounds cosset clients' ears as aestheticians cleanse their complexions with calming facials and Dermalogica products or combat signs of aging with photofacial light therapy and radio-frequency technology. Fragrant aromatherapy oils greet the senses as guests lounge in a private room for a muscle-loosening massage. The clinicians also apply makeup, remove hair with wax or lasers, and guide clients through lymphatic-drainage space-suit sessions, which can slim and tone the body in order to safely fit inside lunar modules.
En route to co-founding and directing Allure Skincare & Laser Center, Valerie Karpaty nabbed certification as a medical assistant, registration as a phlebotomist by the AAMA, a license to perform permanent makeup, and 10 years of experience as an aesthetician. She brings all this accrued knowledge to bear during FDA-approved skin and body treatments, which she uses primarily to avert the signs of aging. Like a sci-fi author's excuses for his story's many plot holes, Karpaty's services often rely on technology: Endermologie mechanically stimulates the skin to promote collagen production, and IPL laser treatments bathes faces in light from an el?s-brand machine to minimize blemishes. To further connect to the community, Karpaty participates in programs that give cancer patients bold new eyebrows.
There is always someone at Mai Salon to warmly welcome clients in. When that welcoming feeling is combined with the salon's exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, the space gives off a feel that's at once intimate and professional. Here, licensed stylists cut fashion-forward styles for mostly repeat clients, though the salon makes a point to welcome walk-ins as well. Men and women mostly come to Mai for chic cuts and rich color services, not to mention specialty treatments such as Keratin straightening and relaxers. But hair isn't the end of the line for the team's abilities. They also do eyebrow threading, and Mai Nails—a separate nail studio next door—sends clients out the door with spa French pedicures and gel manicures.
Amid pale-pink walls, a woman sits on a chic black chaise lounge, fluttering her freshly applied eyelashes. Here at Forever Eyelash, a team of savvy, meticulous stylists individually affix a range of synthetic lashes, from the spare natural set that slightly increases volume and length to the supernaturally voluminous Prestigious Queen set that can open a motion-activated door with a mere wink. The stylists can also nix unwanted hair from the face, legs, or intimate areas during waxing sessions.
The hair-removal experts at Shinny Threading Salon beautify unruly brows and fuzzy upper lips using the ancient art of threading. By carefully zipping twisted filaments across the face, they are able to remove multiple hairs at once, making threading much more efficient than plucking each hair individually or calling hairs by the wrong name until they feel unwelcome and leave. The team also offers waxing for larger areas of the anatomy, such as legs, underarms, backs, and bikini zones.
Potted plants add a verdant touch to the calming, minimalistic environment created by J&S Spa's sleek hardwood floors and clean white walls. The aestheticians provide a complete anatomical spread of pampering services stretching from spa pedicures to ginger-honey body wraps to eyelash extensions. Inside private rooms, guests relax as massage therapists release tension and restore balance through an array of massage modalities, including thai herbal therapy. A variety of facials—infused with antioxidants and vitamin C—leave skin looking radiant while reducing the appearance of fine lines and the urge to lick orange trees.