When Skyy Hadley is finished painting, her artwork doesn’t hang on a museum wall—it beautifies the hands of stars such as P. Diddy, Uma Thurman, and Liv Tyler. The celebrity manicurist was once just another young woman who moved from the South to NYC while chasing a dream, but unlike many stories, hers ended in success. With talent and hard work, she landed herself in the pages of Cosmo and Us Weekly and gathered a star-studded client list. After this success, Skyy decided to realize another dream: opening her own spa.
As well as taking its name from a genie’s obsequious words, As U Wish evokes the Arabian nights with an interior of tassled cushions, purple and yellow silk draperies, and light from a crystal chandelier. After walking past a crackling wooden fireplace, guests sink into massive, overstuffed chairs and dip their feet into pedicure baths of milk and honey or ylan-jasmine and violet oils. Then, scrubs with shea butter, mango, and sea salt or wraps made with Baltic mud and peach paraffin wax soothe soles weary from walking in high heels or from running while stuck in bear traps. During manicures or pedicures, toluene- and formaldehyde-free Zoya nail polish brightens appendages while guarding health, and the spa’s aestheticians also evict unwanted facial and body hair with honey or lavender wax.
Though the word “potion” may evoke images of bubbling cauldrons, the staff at Holistic Bodycare Hoboken New York City cast no spells with their potion massages. Instead, they mix together fresh ingredients, such as coconut butter, apricot kernels, vanilla oil, sandalwood, and nutmeg, to soothe aching muscles. These custom massages, as well as the spa’s spread of holistic facials, serve Holistic Bodycare’s mission of bettering clients through natural healing and anti-aging treatments. Guests sip on complimentary glasses of wine or cups of tea as they await their services inside of one of Holistic Bodycare’s private treatment rooms. The owner named the spa after a small village in Trinidad and Tobago, where residents live amongst the elements of nature. The team hopes that clients leave the spa “Sans Souci,” which means “carefree” in French and “without soup” on fake French menus.
When owner Erica Cerpa needs to restock EC Beauty Studio’s supplies, she shops for pure seaweed, omega-3, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamins A, C, and F. Cerpa favors these ingredients for the benefits they provide: seaweed eliminates toxins; omega-3 regulates oil production; acids exfoliate dead cells; and vitamins balance tone. Several other botanical ingredients make their way into facials, which are personalized for each person’s skin type. In addition to working at the studio, Cerpa travels to homes, offices, and pillow forts, offering on-location services such as airbrush tanning and spa parties. Cerpa also amplifies the volume and length of natural lashes with individually applied synthetic eyelash extensions.
At The V Spot Nail Spa, clients can sink into massive white armchairs as their feet soak in gleaming silver basins as the soothing scents of the lavender scrub and shea butter waft through the air. While they relax in armchairs or perch themselves at manicure stations, their toe- and fingertips are painted with OPI and CND Shellac polish, which make appendages easy to spot when their owners are rotating atop a baggage-claim conveyor belt. Olive lotion, lavender scrubs, and aloe augment manicures, softening hands as guests look up at the salon’s crystal chandeliers, ornate mirrors, and exposed-brick walls.
Plush leather seating, wrought-iron chandeliers, and a brick-set fireplace combine to make Emanuel’s Salon an elegant oasis for pampering hair and spa services. Whether preparing revelers for their prom, wedding, or a fancy search party, the makeover mavens pull off a fully polished look with mani-pedis and make-up applications. The staff also combats baldness in both men and women with high-tech laser hair therapy.
Studio 12’s old-timey façade with forest green trimming and floor-to-ceiling windows greets clients as they cross the cheery threshold into a brightly lit space with hardwood floors. Seasoned stylists gussy up men and women, drawing from a Homeric-sized salon menu that includes haircutting, coloring, and styling services alongside waxing services and makeup applications.