Velvet Waxing Studio's team of expert aestheticians de-fuzz ladies and gentlemen with a slew of services that employ high quality soft and hard waxes. A Velvet Rio treatment sculpts netherfuzz into seductive shapes, expunging more hair than a standard bikini wax by edging follicular forests an inch in from the panty line and down from the top. Alternatively, an eyebrow wax finalizes a hairy brow separation in which both parties split custody of the glabella. Clients can sip on cool refreshments while reclining on a burgundy velvet couch amid antique accents and pale walls. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Indulge Spa helps clients relieve stress and refresh their tired muscles through a full menu of salon and spa services. Today’s deal lets customers’ faces evade fatigue: for 60 minutes, listen to the ecstatic sighs and groans emerging from your own mouth as the experienced and licensed aestheticians cleanse, exfoliate, and massage your skull skin according to its specific needs during the refresh facial ($65). This Groupon’s $65 value can also be applied toward more-expensive 60-minute facials, such as the fountain of youth facial ($70), which incorporates nutrientitious dermalogica AGE Smart products to smoothify the skin, or the clarity facial ($70), an acne-annihilating, bacteria-butchering treatment that uses tea-tree oil, zinc triplex, and benzoyl peroxide to get your mug ready for tomorrow’s surprise prison photo shoot. All facials come with a choice of hand, foot, or tail massage.
At Madison Permanent Cosmetics, women lean back and get their makeup done. Some chat with the artists tending to their brows and lashes; others simply relax, and may even doze off. The difference from a traditional salon is, of course, that these clients won't need to wash off their new look before bed or try to replicate it in the morning. The technicians are certified in the SofTap system, which uses a tool controlled by the human hand rather than by a machine or human elbow to gently tap pigment into the dermal layer according to the design they've meticulously mapped out beforehand. The pigments mimic natural hues for a subtle effect, and the artists applying them employ only single-use tools and hypoallergenic tints.
Rays of sunlight stream in through Madison Salon West’s large windows, causing hair that has just emerged from a deep-conditioning treatment to shine radiantly. The team of stylists and aestheticians sometimes must shield their eyes from the brilliance in order to perform services that range from highlights and mani-pedis to deep-tissue massages and European facials. The last of these is a particular specialty, as it infuses skin with moisture and affixes brand new passport stamps on cheeks.
When it comes to alleviating pain, Macey swears by the art of reiki. The fourth-degree reiki master shares her knowledge during sessions designed to bring balance to the body’s chakras. Reiki eases physical pain as well as emotional ailments, such as anxiety and depression.
Globally Preferred Academy trains cadres of young cosmeticians to enhance brows, eyes, and lips with permanent pigmentation. Their licensed technicians first consult with clients hoping for claret-red lips and dramatic winks, then deftly embellish faces during appointments that last 1.5–2 hours. Globally Preferred Academy’s staff also combats wrinkles and blemishes with dermal rolling and skin needling, both treatments that aim to promote collagen production, and their synthetic extensions elongate lashes in a variety of colors.