Through a vast knowledge of anatomy and an ability to recognize pain points, the AetheraSpa team tackles the bodily pain found in others. To soothe the discomfort of clients, the team draws on a wealth of massage styles such as shiatsu, prenatal, reflexology, and lymphatic drainage. The crew services nails, skin, lashes, hair, and waxing needs and, using seaweed and mud, leave skin soft—making stories about being stuck in a cloud for hours instead of at work seem more believable. They also wield paraffin wax and gel nail polish to help patrons work toward beauty goals.
The experienced aestheticians of Vanity Skin Studio beautify bodies with a variety of services in their elegant studio space. Patrons can bronze bodies with an Infinity Sun custom airbrush tan in light, medium, or dark tones, each ranging from mild shades to hues as intense as a postmodern-poetry major. The hydrating formula coats outer selves in a fine mist for even coverage that lasts for up to 10 days. Undergarments are optional during the spray-tan session, which takes approximately 10 minutes, with an additional five minutes of drying time. Alternatively, unburden unmentionable areas of follicular inhabitants with a Brazilian wax. Wax wizards can complete the hair removal in approximately 15 minutes, which is exactly how long it takes to find one’s reflection in an industrial vat of wax. For the procedure to be most effective, clients should have at least 1/4 inch of hair growth.
Visiting Vogue Salon & Permanent Makeup is like going to a concert: your experience varies greatly depending on where you sit. Clients who take a seat in one of the massaging pedicure thrones relax as technicians apply gel or acrylic polish, whereas men, women, and kids who rest against the curved backs and arms of the rotating styling stools chatter as stylists perform haircuts and Redken color treatments. One of the most sought-out seats in the house is the permanent-makeup chair, which resembles a padded pool lounge chair and is used during waxing as well as makeup sessions. The staff prides itself on its inking expertise and even offers a six-month apprenticeship for artists who want to learn how to draw in eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip liner like professionals, or at least like the artist who painted Richard Nixon's official White House portrait.
With wine colored walls and black beaded curtains, the atmosphere inside Gorgeous Lash Lounge evokes a posh nightclub. But here, everywhere's the VIP section, and anyone can sink into one of the plush armchairs and be pampered. Technicians fortify eyelashes with extensions so they look fuller, thicker, and better suited to cleaning the insides of sunglasses. Permanent makeup services enhance clients' natural beauty and saves them precious prep time, and other glamorizing services include Pura spray tanning.
With more than 25 years experience under their belt, the staff at Classylash & Spa Services is showing no signs of slowing down. The staff still performs lash and skin services seven days a week, and the processes are as intricate as ever. Using a medical-grade adhesive, technicians adhere synthetic mink to each individual lash, creating longer, fuller lashes that make it easier to flirt or deflect pennies falling from skyscrapers. Other services also benefit from small touches: Staffers can add a pumpkin-based peel rich in glycolic and lactic acids to make the radiant facial more effective or hot stones to a massage, causing aches to melt. The spa even features practitioners of ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, in which massage therapists use their bare feet to knead out tension and open cranberry-sauce containers without a can opener.
In ancient Persia, threading was more than a beauty ritual—it was a rite of passage. Beautifiers would thread a bride’s entire face before she walked down the aisle, and give girls similar treatments to signal their transitions to womanhood. Today, Fabulous Eyebrow Threading’s staff members enlist the historically significant practice to accentuate the faces of their clients. They snag and remove entire lines of eyebrow or lip hair with one swift tug, making threading more precise but less painful than tweezing or poking each hair until it is so annoyed that it uproots itself and leaves. They can also use soft wax on faces and bodies if patrons prefer it, and can embellish or refresh newly groomed visages with lash extensions and facials.