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.
Asanda Aveda Spa Lounge's aestheticians and massage therapists offer a full menu of Aveda face 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 Uptown 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.
Tricia Perry and her supporting staff of aestheticians coax hair from bodies and return youth to faces in a serene day-spa environment. Techs hash out details and put leery minds at ease during complimentary consultations before spraying rays of laser light across epidermises during electrolysis to permanently eradicate hair. For a quicker fix, guests can take in old-fashioned body waxing, complete with Cirepil signature body wax from France.
To soothe skin after de-hirsuting, clients can opt for detoxifying body wraps with either sea-salt or sugar scrubs, which exfoliate dead skin while moisturizing, for treatments as effective but more comfortable than running through a fire hose in a sandpaper bathing suit. Ayromist's aestheticians also fluff lagging lashes with semipermanent extensions.
Perfect Brows NYC doesn’t just remove hair above the eyes; the studio removes it from all over the body using three different methods. Its threading services uproot follicles on the face with a twisted cotton thread. And during waxing services, a thin layer of molten wax covers fuzzy areas and adheres to hairs before pulling them from the root. The third method used, called sugaring, is an organic alternative that removes hair with a natural paste made from sugar, lemon juice, guar gum, and water. This method is proven to provide less breakage and ingrown hairs and to leave clients with skin as smooth as a newborn dolphin. Each method provides a blank canvas for the studio’s other services, which include henna work and facials.
The aestheticians of JJ Eyelashes model their techniques after May Lee, owner and licensed makeup artist with more than 10 years of experience. Inside each of the spas, clients recline on cushioned beds as practitioners set to work applying curled lash extensions to each natural eyelash in a choice of colors, lengths, and thicknesses. In addition to the lashes—which can last for up to six weeks with proper maintenance—aestheticians accentuate features with permanent-makeup treatments that fill in brows, lips, and connect-the-dots freckle drawings with pigment that lasts for anywhere from two to five years.
Named one of New York City’s 10 Best Nail Salons in 2010, Trevi Nails employs a crew of talented technicians who pamper hands and feet before polishing nails with Essie and OPI polishes. Behind 17 nail stations, which span two floors, staffers soften skin with paraffin dips, scrubs, and other personalized treatments, and aestheticians whisk away unwanted hair with face- and body-waxing services and artfully frame peepers with eyelash extensions. Customized massages with soothing lemon-infused products from Lemon Tree relax neck muscles sore from training mink to sit still on your shoulders.