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.
The mind and the body receive equal attention at Hoboken Wellness Spa. The staff seeks to create a holistic community that will educate patrons on the health benefits of ayurveda, an alternative medicine philosophy that originated in ancient India. Aiming to emulate the word ayurveda itself—which means "knowledge for long life"—it focuses on each individual's body type to yield the best results. People with a pitta body type might need treatments such as a cooling cucumber and peppermint footbath followed by a medicated-oil massage. Staffers might recommend a warm ginger footbath for those with the kapha body type, along with an herbal tea eye treatment that enhances that ability to read Earl Grey leaves. The team also offers waxing and threading services to leave skin smooth.
In 1997, laser hair removal was in its infancy. Though the technology seemed to work, it often caused painful burns on the patients who sought it out. Devised by two physicians and an engineer in Spain, Depi4ever was born out of a desire to find a gentler, less painful hair-removal technology. Their choice was IPL, a regimen that calls on intense light pulses from a specialized lamp, which weakens and destroys hair follicles in their active growth phase to prevent hair from sprouting. Today, this is still the only service that Depi4ever offers, keeping their staff members from the distractions of the facials and face-replacement treatments of other spas to become experts in the art of IPL.
By specializing in Brazilian waxing, The Pretty Kitty has gotten the treatment down to a science. The trained aestheticians use only soft wax, which minimizes discomfort and caters to sensitive skin. They prep the skin with care and never double dip. The result: Brazilian waxing treatments that take a mere 10?15 minutes. The Pretty Kitty offers waxing services for men and women at their locations in four states.
To become the perfect spa, one has to think like Perfect Spa Inc. Or at least like its experienced staff, who have caught the attention of CBS News with their vast repertoire of massage, skincare, and alternative-wellness services. The staff tackles an expansive range of treatments, which include ear candling, during which an aesthetician places a waxed cloth in ears and safely lights the end. The flame's negative pressure works to remove years of buildup from ears, leaving them healthier and cleaner. Skincare products from brands like Yon-Ka and G.M. Collins are used in the spa's staggering 10 different kinds of facials. The low-fat facial is designed to slim down faces using lymphatic-drainage techniques, while the 24-karat gold facial brightens complexions using real gold sheets raided from Cleopatra’s personal stash. In the spa's hotel-style lounge area, nail technicians beautify digits using CND, OPI, and Essie polishes as well as botanically infused products such as an avocado cuticle conditioner and green-tea mask.
When clients walk through the doors at Industry 80 Salon at Depot Square, they cross the threshold into a contemporary wonderland. At each hairstyling station, chrome shelves and counters bathed in purple neon lights evoke the interior of a ‘50s-movie spaceship, and the range of sleek, high-end hair products could almost be hair-friendly rocket fuel. Salon owners Geo and Dominic use their respective backgrounds in design and hairstyling to lead a team of skilled hairstylists. The staff provides a variety of aesthetic services including haircuts and styling, laser hair removal, and Botox and Juvederm to perfect faces.
Also tucked within this cutting-edge beauty haven is Serenity Facials, where aesthetician Fay Brower pampers skin with all natural botanical products, as well as stimulating collagen masks. By using private treatment rooms, aromatherapy, and facial massage, Fay strives to make each facial as much about relaxation as it is about correcting and perfecting skin tone. And, as an added bonus, Fay also offers makeup services to help enhance the natural glow brought forth from one of her anti-aging or detox facials.