The aestheticians at Fancy Pants Nail Bar pride themselves on offering a contemporary, multicultural experience while adhering to strict sanitary guidelines. This means using sterilized utensils and specialty FootsieBath soaks with disposable pedicure liners. Clients may request a full nailcare session with a mani-pedi and choice of long-lasting Shellac polish or solicit the expertise of a waxing guru to rid eyebrow outskirts of unwanted hair.
Expert nail artists at Final Touch Nails & Spa apply a mélange of aromatic herbs and oils to naturally refine fingers and toes. Lucky digits begin with a customized botanical experience that offers selections from the spa's fragrant herb menu such as rosemary, ginger root, and chamomile flower. Hands and feet simmer in a warm water bath to cleanse nails, soften skin, and enact complex rubber-ducky dramas before manicure mavens pamper cuticles and lovingly shape nails. After calluses and dead skin cells are banished to epidermal underworlds, a hot-stone massage and warm-towel treatment melt away excess tension. A paraffin treatment also teams up with a soothing mask to leave skin hydrated and silky smooth before the one-hour cuticle coddling culminates with a choice of lacquer, nail strengthener, or Star Trek–themed finger puppets.
Tucked away inside a private room at Posh Salons, independent master stylist Jessica Perez-Paez sculpts and colors hair with an eye toward making clients look and feel their best. She’s a Matrix-certified colorist but will blend in Redken and Paul Mitchell products for more dynamism. Other specialties include keratin smoothing treatments, perms, and the application of hair extensions to lengthen ponytails or pet ponies’ tails.
The pedicure selection at TMM Signature Nails Spa reads more like a drink menu than a spa menu. The Chardonnay pedicure moisturizes feet with essential oils and a peppermint sea-salt foot soak, while the Lemon Drop pedicure warms skin with hot towels, warmed lotion, and a lemon mask. TMM's nail technicians also perform a variety of manicures—including gel and regular—and nail enhancements such as acrylics and pearl tips. Clients can complete their mini makeovers with body waxing, eyelash extensions, and inflatable muscle suits.
Ensconced in the pastel walls of The Tickled Pink Party Palace, girls try out the royal lifestyle, feasting at tables laid in linen, stemware, and fine china under glimmering chandeliers. During the palace’s dress-up parties, young ladies don feather boas and jewelry, costuming themselves as glamorous fairies, mermaids, and ballerinas. Staffers pamper partygoers with miniature manicures, facials, and other treatments during spa parties, which prepare them for an adulthood auditing fairy godmothers. Alternatively, the girls learn to bake and decorate their own cakes during culinary-themed festivities complete with child-size chef hats and aprons. To ensure that every party is a private one, the palace hosts only one event at a time.
Nestled amid consignment shops and antique stores in a historic Victorian neighborhood, Heights Spa @ W. 19th combines an austere zen aesthetic with a slate of full-body spa treatments. Skilled staff members harness aromatherapy and therapeutic oils to bolster manicures and pedicures performed in massaging chairs, while seven kinds of body massage use a tailored approach to pinpoint aches and pains. Medically focused facials help alleviate conditions such as acne and rosacea using gentle peels, galvanic stimulation, and miniature steamrollers.
While staff at Marq Salon uses styling products from brands such as Moroccanoil, Pureology, and Redken, they know good hair doesn’t come from products alone. That’s why the stylists and nail artists there keep their skills sharp with continuing education, making sure they can replicate the latest trends, unlike time travellers who only brought along sweatpants. They put those skills to use beneath shelves of Coppola keratin treatment and Redken colors. Across the salon, emery boards rasp against nails, and warm paraffin melts around fingers. Therapists warm smooth stones for massages as aromatherapy oils elicit deep inhalations. An airbrush-tanning technician dispenses the eco-friendly, organic solution by hand to create an even, all-over glow that doesn’t require drying time.