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.
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.