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.
The stylists at Xquisite Color & Cuts infuse clients’ lock with vibrant new hues and face-flattering highlights. They also cut hair into new styles on the heads of men, women, and children, and transform manes with flowing extensions long enough to use as a scarf when the temperature drops.
Rebellations is an ARROJO Ambassador hair salon that features full-service hair-cutting, hair-coloring, straightening, conditioning treatments and extensions. Other services include facials, cleansing masks and makeup applications. Bridal & Special Occasion packages available.
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+).
Face-planting only organic and natural products, the aestheticians at Beauty Mark deftly drape the dermis in moisture-rich solutions. Your stride into the epidermal Hall of Fame begins with the Moisture Surge facial ($80), a 60-minute hydrating facial inspired by Marilyn Monroe. Camera-ready skin beams with softness, recharged to a glow that may spark punch-outs with similarly camera-ready paparazzi. Pick a facial add-on ($20–$40, excluding the minimicrodermabrasion) to indulge in yummy smears of enzymes and antioxidants, such as a collagen eye treatment, which minimizes puffiness caused by lack of sleep or leaving eyes in the microwave for too long. Or, nab a spicy, aromatic pumpkin peel, which holds enough active veggie enzymes to leave your face silky, smooth, and delicious smelling. Whichever aspect-enhancing extra guests choose, the entire tranquil experience is further accented by the spa's calm, quiet environs and noticeable lack of circus clowns.