The exuberant exfoliators at Royale European Skin Care wipe out no-good skin cells with thorough multistep treatments that leave epidermises enlivened. The go-to spa facial polishes peeper chrome with a basic cleansing, a pH balancing, and a moisturizing mask finish ($84), and the intense glow advanced facial targets dry, sensitive, or oily skin types with an aromatherapy-based remedy ($94). The warm algae wrap treats trunks by blanketing bodies in vitamin-rich seaweed smoothies for 25 minutes to detoxify and hydrate hides ($99). Guests sip tea in the sitting room between services, relaxing before rooting out unwanted follicle flowers with full face ($40) or Brazilian bikini ($55) waxing services. Stop being mistaken for squiggly-mouthed emoticons with the hydrating lip treatment, which rinses out wrinkles and reshapes kisser contours ($15).
Downtown Banya looks and feels like an old-world bathhouse, but it's blessed with some distinctly new-world amenities, including a bistro that serves dumplings and beer and spa services such as massages and facials. The main draw is a sauna composed of two rooms—Russian and dry. A third-generation Russian stove maker crafted the Russian sauna, which has a low-humidity environment that allows temperatures to soar higher than they could in other types of saunas. The wet sauna, meanwhile, dangles the prospect of aromatherapy—clients may buy herbs in the lobby and waft them throughout the room so that no one will question why their hair smells like chicken fingers. After they’re done loafing around the sauna rooms, clients can dip into cold pools that help the skin maintain elasticity. Or instead, they can sink into a warm jacuzzi equipped with a flat-screen plasma TV overhead.
With a focus on alleviating pain through specialized massage treatments, the staff at A New Beginning Massage & Bodywork excavates tension from weary bodies. Upon checking in, patrons settle into a treatment chair and wrap their mitts or exceptionally dexterous ears around a hot cup of chai as technicians cover legs and feet with a peppermint scrub that dissolves dry, dead skin cells. Afterward, a one-hour massage dissipates muscular strain, enveloping tendons with a personalized combination of Swedish and deep-tissue strokes. An included peppermint back scrub douses spines and the surrounding sinew in a flavorful concoction so that helper monkeys can enjoy a pleasant aroma as they assist in zipping up cocktail dresses.
While clients relax under hot stones or aromatherapy oils, licensed massage therapist Brittney Younger is hard at work tracking down muscle knots and tension. She devotes full concentration to each of her 16 types of massages because she realizes that no two bodies are identical and that tension can occur in unassuming places. As a result, she provides custom trigger-point, lymph-drainage, and myofascial-release therapies during 60- or 90-minute sessions.
Spa In The City’s beauty professionals do just about everything there is to do in the spa and salon arena. In addition to traditional services (among them, haircuts, waxes, and massages), the specialists ramp up the volume and length of lashes with extensions. Applied one by one, the faux threads nestle alongside natural lashes to create a dynamic yet airy effect. Cosmeticians further enhance facial features with custom-blended mineral foundation, powder, or blush. After devising the perfect blend of colors to match your skin, the specialists keep the recipe on file so that it can be reformulated when you run out or your body double gets sunburned. Spa In The City's personnel also staff an adjoining boutique full of beauty products, gifts, and jewelry.
The seasoned staff at Bliss Nail Spa reconfigures nails into perfectly polished digits during a pampering mani-pedi inside an elegant spa space with bamboo accents and a prismatic wall of tiles. Nail technicians begin appendage makeovers with a nail shaping and cuticle trimming, creating shapely, refined tips free of hangnails and burrowing finger badgers. The exfoliating granules of a sea-salt scrub then slough away skin’s rough outer layer, with massaging kneads coaxing fresh, glowing layers out of their skin shell. Hands dunk into a skin-smoothing paraffin wax, and a hot-towel wrap ensconces pavement-pounders to help to unwind built-up tension. Sessions conclude with a layer of OPI polish bedecking nails in the client’s shade of choice, creating digits more colorful than those on a Technicolor calculator.
The details are what matters at Enrapture Salon & Spa, which is why complimentary beverages, such as spiced tea and cucumber water, are offered to clients at the start of their appointment. Stylists then use a keen eye for detail—from studying face shapes to determining eye colors using a piece of broken-off rainbow—to transform manes with Organic Color Care System color, 100% human hair extensions, and thermal hair straightening techniques. Finally, a complimentary hand massage and Jane Iredale makeup application are included with every salon service.