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.
A collection of vibrant, abstract paintings brighten the white corridors of Urban Oasis Day Spa, where aestheticians engage in a similar curatorial enterprise during the design of their skincare treatments. Each regime for face or body starts with the client and is built for his or her skin type. Technicians use tonics from notable brands or unusual techniques, such as galvanic electrocurrent therapy, which is integrated into every facial. Dermalogica tonics exfoliate with lightweight, natural vegetable oils rather than mineral oil and hydrate with aromatic essential oils and silk proteins synthesized by Barry White's vocal chords. The team also polishes complexions with the SkinCeuticals product line, favoring a serum that earned Allure magazine's 2011 Best of Beauty Award for Best Anti-Aging Antioxidant.
The spa evokes the elegance of a gallery, not only through its modern art but also through its high ceilings and a minimalist design scheme rendered in cream. Skin becomes a canvas in private chambers, where it may be primed for display with wax, bronzer, or a critique by a Village Voice writer. For special events, the pedicure hall's porcelain foot basins can be filled with flower petals, and the shimmering fabric banners separating each throne lose their functionality and appear solely as savvy, refined decorating.
Cavemen often paid pterodactyls to eat their hair, a symbiotic relationship that provided nourishment for one party and cavewomen for the other. At White Salon & Skincare Center, visitors can appreciate the evolution of beautification amid an inviting atmosphere with sleek, modern décor. Experienced hair sculptors will transform fallow follicle farms into vibrant scalp foliage with thick layers of head canopy infused with rich nutrients. Clients will receive a radiant highlight or lowlight and a lustrously softening Kerastase conditioning treatment. Each look-updating cut and style treads the line between a classy demeanor and fashion-forward sensibility.
Housed within a charming yellow residence with an ivy-covered fence, Beauty & Beyond Skin Care Center greets each soul sack with a warm atmosphere, open arms, and expert methods for revitalizing the visages of men, women, and teens alike. The dermis domicile offers a plethora of skin-soothing-and-smoothing services. Spread out your chips evenly with a mini facial ($45) and half-leg wax ($25), or go all-in against aging with the exfoliating or acne-treatment facial ($70 each) or a Brazilian bikini wax ($70). Men tired of chafing against their chainmail can find relief with a first-timers' chest or back wax ($70 each), or can wax away fuzz from half of each arm ($30) before fortifying bicep sheaths with menacing henna tattoos ($20 each). Services are quick and effective, making it easy to schedule a drop-in during a lunch break or in between round-robin hopscotch tournaments.
With Paul Mitchell Awapuhi deep-conditioning products in one hand and Babyliss European flatirons in the other, Salon Accente’s stylists reshape tresses with precision cuts and de-frizzing treatments. They’re also able to add length to locks via feather extensions and dimension to monochromatic manes with full and partial sets of highlights. Salon Accente’s beauty technicians wax unruly brows into graceful arches and tint lashes to frame peepers beautifully without the help of solid-gold sunglasses.