New York magazine has saluted Nina's European Day Spa & Laser Center for its more than 35 years of "serious skin care" administered by "friendly aestheticians" with a keen eye for detail. In an elegant atmosphere that evokes the center's Russian roots, clients can find an array of skin- and body-care services, from organic body scrubs and massages to more than seven European-style facials.
With several decades as a dedicated laser center, the practice can shine away unwanted hairs or use LPG lipomassage technology to banish cellulite. In addition to laser hair removal, clients can recline as an aesthetician lets strands down easy with wax, thread, or tweezers, ensuring they will lead more fulfilling lives on their own.
Zebra-print chairs, Tiffany-style lamps, and oriental rugs pop against neon-green walls in the salon's hair and nails section, whereas lavender walls corral the private treatment rooms occupied by aestheticians and massage therapists. A slew of packages bundles treatments into multichapter beauty days with names such as "Blossom Lazy Day," "Blossom Luxe Day," and "Blossom All Over Me." In addition to facials, massages, and nailcare, the team at Blossom whitens smiles, tans skin with the sunbeams they harvest every day, and extends eyelashes.
Named one of New York City’s 10 Best Nail Salons in 2010, Trevi Nails employs a crew of talented technicians who pamper hands and feet before polishing nails with Essie and OPI polishes. Behind 17 nail stations, which span two floors, staffers soften skin with paraffin dips, scrubs, and other personalized treatments, and aestheticians whisk away unwanted hair with face- and body-waxing services and artfully frame peepers with eyelash extensions. Customized massages with soothing lemon-infused products from Lemon Tree relax neck muscles sore from training mink to sit still on your shoulders.
Within Karen's Nail Salon's brightly lit studio, throne-size leather pedicure chairs and leather-backed manicure chairs cradle clients as nail technicians groom their fingertips and toes. Metallic sets, gel fills, and acrylic sets adorn nail beds, and UV-cured CND Shellac polish sits unmarred atop digits for up to two weeks—and if it doesn't, the staff will touch it up for free or force it to apologize. Aestheticians also uproot unwanted hair with Brazilian, leg, and arm waxes. Each service can be quickly booked through Karen's online system.
As the owner and queen bee of Queen Jane Nail Salon, Jane Liu helps make sure her staff is on top of its nail-taming game at each of the shop’s four area locations. Inspired by ancient Eastern therapies, each salon is decorated in a manner that’s designed to invoke a sense of calm. In the Zen-like spaces, the technicians coat nails in the latest trends in beauty including OPI Axxium, UV gel polish, and french powder tips. They also soften sore feet with green-tea- and marine-mineral-infused scrubs, lotions, and foot rubs that New York Magazine matter-of-factly referred to as "nap-inducing."
In addition to administering exceptional nail services, Jane’s team also performs custom massages as well as water-grass ear-candling treatments. Ancient in its roots, the specialized treatment eradicates earwax to boost mental clarity and the flow of oxygen to the brain’s inner ear gills.
A party atmosphere abounds at Sweet House Nail & Spa, as nail techs ply guests with complimentary cosmos on weeknights. A BYOB policy kicks in on weekends, with guests settling into a bright pink sofa for French pedicures or silk extensions. Whatever the treatment, techs ensure safe practices by sterilizing all equipment in an autoclave machine and using disposable file kits.