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.
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.
With a team of experienced stylists, colorists, and designers, Savvy Hair Studio specializes in giving its clients the look they're longing for. Put your head threads in the hands of the salon's scissor-wielding artisans for a haircut ($55+ for women, $35+ for men), and they'll lop off argumentative, gossipy, or otherwise unsatisfactory strands to leave you with an obedient and perfectly styled coiffure. Clients can drive the moon wild with jealousy by giving their locks a sun-kissed look ($75+), tweaking their tone with a color correction ($100+), or emulating ceramic-haired movie stars with a clear or color glaze ($45+ and $65+, respectively). Unruly tresses can also be startled into submission by an expert blow-dry ($40+).
At Eva Salon, skilled stylists draw on decades of industry experience that include work in fashion shows and training by the likes of Pravana, Toni&Guy, Paul Mitchell, and Wella. Wielding the full line of Davines products, the talented hair artists transform manes with precision dos, bright new hues, and extensions by Remy Hair, and also design special-occasion styles for weddings and other photo-appropriate occasions. Renowned for the in-depth consultations they provide each new client, the team keeps on top of the latest techniques with continuing-education courses, enabling their scissors to shear locks into modern pixie cuts as well as the time-tested classics like the Yul Brynner. Eva Salon's aestheticians take over where its stylists leave off, waxing away leg hair and mustaches or sculpting brows into elegant arches. Skincare experts pamper visages with organic facials and use microcurrent treatments to fight the passage of time by mitigating signs of aging, such as wrinkles or layers of dust.
TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy is an international hair icon brand, with 40 salons and 20 academy locations, where students train to become licensed stylists and learn cutting-edge hair fashion and techniques. At the hair salons, teaching stylists and experienced students offer cuts, color, and hair processing to men, women, and children, from relaxers to color glosses and highlights.
Toni&Guy's path to international prominence began more than 40 years ago, when CEO Bruno Mascolo and his brothers opened their first hair salon in Clapham, England. Today, their partnership of salons and hairdressing academies stands as an innovative, intercontinental fixture. In the United States and Canada alone, 19 academies train upcoming stylists, and 47 salons create distinctive styles. Their stylists specialize in a variety of cuts that ranges from the avant-garde to modern interpretations of classic looks, such as beehives built in the style of Frank Gehry. In 2001, Mascolo was inducted into British Hairdressing Hall of Fame, and in 2005 he earned the prestigious Hall of Leaders award at the North American Hairstyling Awards.