By specializing in Brazilian waxing, The Pretty Kitty has gotten the treatment down to a science. The trained aestheticians use only soft wax, which minimizes discomfort and caters to sensitive skin. They prep the skin with care and never double dip. The result: Brazilian waxing treatments that take a mere 10?15 minutes. The Pretty Kitty offers waxing services for men and women at their locations in four states.
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.
In 1997, laser hair removal was in its infancy. Though the technology seemed to work, it often caused painful burns on the patients who sought it out. Devised by two physicians and an engineer in Spain, Depi4ever was born out of a desire to find a gentler, less painful hair-removal technology. Their choice was IPL, a regimen that calls on intense light pulses from a specialized lamp, which weakens and destroys hair follicles in their active growth phase to prevent hair from sprouting. Today, this is still the only service that Depi4ever offers, keeping their staff members from the distractions of the facials and face-replacement treatments of other spas to become experts in the art of IPL.
Perfect Brows NYC doesn’t just remove hair above the eyes; the studio removes it from all over the body using three different methods. Its threading services uproot follicles on the face with a twisted cotton thread. And during waxing services, a thin layer of molten wax covers fuzzy areas and adheres to hairs before pulling them from the root. The third method used, called sugaring, is an organic alternative that removes hair with a natural paste made from sugar, lemon juice, guar gum, and water. This method is proven to provide less breakage and ingrown hairs and to leave clients with skin as smooth as a newborn dolphin. Each method provides a blank canvas for the studio’s other services, which include henna work and facials.
Richard Cacase knows from personal experience that an external makeover can illuminate a person's state of mind. His goal has always been to make people feel good by looking good—something that he's strived to achieve since 1996. Richard spends time with each client who enters into Body Beautiful Spa & Laser Center's sage green walls, leading consultations to determine primary concerns and devise suitable treatment plans. Skincare regimens may include deep-cleaning skin with organic facials, exfoliating with chemical peels, or vanquishing unwanted hair with stern looks and electrolysis. Visits to the spa are enhanced by a cozy fireplace, ambient music, and complimentary wine, water, and juice.
With six locations peppering Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, Precise Brows’ fleet of trained waxers keeps faces and bodies looking polished. Waxing banishes unwanted fur from arms, legs, stomachs, and bikini areas, and hairstylists shear off split ends from scalps and blow-dry remaining lengths into sleek shape. Faces fearful of wax can forgo the sticky stuff in favor of threading services available from the neck up. Taking a break from bristle, the staff can also enhance winks with eyelash extensions or etch beautiful black or herbal henna onto skin to ready it for a special occasion or camouflage regretful tattoos of Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.