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.
Pleasant Road Spa is a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. Within, a team of licensed aestheticians use renowned Dermaologica and Skinceuticals products to perform more than a dozen facial treatments, including specialized services for men and expectant mothers. Adventurous clients can dabble in advanced treatments such as glycolic peels or microdermabrasion, which intensively exfoliates the face to dissolve signs of aging or soreness from a staring contest with a raccoon. Nearby, massage therapists tend to sore muscles and joints with half a dozen therapeutic techniques, while nail techs execute soothing pedicures laced with green-tea and peppermint essential oils. Excessively hirsute guests can get un-hirsuted with an array of waxing services for the face and body.
The staff at DreamZ Beauty Salon combine their collective talents to enhance each client’s natural beauty from the top down. After sculpting fashionable haircuts, stylists reinvent strands’ natural shade or texture with stunning color treatments and an all-vegan keratin smoothing formula by Zerran. Aestheticians draw from all-organic products and 24 carat gold flakes to render complexions soft and blemish free, and use hard wax to remove body hair and leave bodies with skin that’s baby soft. The salon also balances its makeovers with spirit-reviving massages, treating full bodies to Swedish or aromatherapy-enhanced services, or with prenatal massages that help expecting mothers silence constant worries about college tuition costs or how much to tip the tooth fairy.
Though only one accent wall drenched in lilac disrupts Paris Skin Care Center of Hoboken’s all-white décor, you won’t be missing color. It appears within the kaleidoscopic palettes at the cosmetics counter, manned by professional makeup artist and owner, Sofia. Using both airbrush and traditional techniques, she makes eyes pop with shadow, gives lips a glossy sheen, and contours cheekbones worthy of a ventriloquist’s dummy—all while masking blemishes. Semi-permanent lash extensions, in either basic or dramatic styles, complete freshly made faces. And though makeup is Sofia’s forte, clients will also want to check out her other spa services. She uses an extra-gentle blend of beeswax and cotton-oil, for example, to minimize irritation and ingrown hairs during full-body waxes, and shoos away stress and muscle pain with deep-tissue and aromatherapy massages.
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.
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