Three aestheticians, a massage therapist, a threading artist, three treatment rooms, and a treasure-trove of paraben-free skincare products await visitors at Esthetique Facial Spa—basically, everything that’s needed to tend to all skin types. Tucked beside the Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Esthetique Facial Spa and its savvy staff have welcomed clients to relax and rejuvenate since 2008. Makeup lessons with artist Elise Davis help patrons master crafting fresh new looks or using tried-and-true techniques, and fertility massage aims to restore balance in the reproductive system and help break up scar tissue.
One on One Day Spa and Salon aestheticians Lynnette Jones, Terilyn Young, and Kimberly Williams relocated their practice to a new Bullard Avenue digs in April 2012. The trio's spa menu continues to pamper bodies from head to toe with indulgent products such as Dead Sea salt and enzyme-based exfoliants. Massages comfort tender, worn-out muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, or the gentle pressure of warm stones. Manicures and pedicures pamper feet and groom hands until they're properly prepared to high-five the president.
My Spa's team of expert stylists, massage therapists, manicurists, and aestheticians is dedicated to delivering high-quality, professional beauty treatments while establishing personal relationships with its clientele. Cuts include a shampoo and blow-dry (starting at $40–$50 for women and $24–28 for men), and visitors looking to prep for that special event can indulge in an expert updo (starting at $50). Backs living in constant fear of crack-stepping can relax with one of several massage options: reflexology ($45 for 30 minutes), mini stress relieving ($40 for 30 minutes), and a chair massage ($20 for 15 minutes) delivered by sentient recliners possessing the most expert, gentle kneading skills and the gift of speech.
The treatment begins with a hydrating soak, after which finger canopies and toe awnings are scrubbed, snipped, shaped, and shellacked by a trained technician. After daubing faces with a rich, hydrating mask, pamperists apply an organic sugar scrub to feet and hands, sloughing off sullied skin and swathing them in tropical aromas. Select between a soothing foot-and-leg massage or a hand-and-arm kneading that keeps upper limbs from spontaneously semaphoring obscenities. Open seven days a week, Spa Laje’s new location in the Avenue Plaza Resort entices indulgers to its relaxing, upscale environs with complimentary valet parking.
Corte's Medi-Spa & Salon's amiable skin soothers have been professionally preening pelts since 2003. The serenity center pacifies patrons with 30-minute customized treatments such as the Jessner peel, during which dermatologists frost flavorless frontal façades with a Betty-Crocker-approved glycolic cleanser to purge oil from pores. Skin savants then slather faces with Jessner solution, a concoction that corrals the power of resorcinol, lactic acid, and salicylic acid to buff bumpy mugs. Customers quell licks of discomfort with a fan-bolstered breeze until staff neutralize the acid with warm words and remove masks with cool water. Patrons experience peeling and flaking for a week followed by pink or brown hues that eventually fade into smooth, healthy-looking skin.
In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres surprised the audience on the final day of her 12 Days of Giveaways show with a trip to New Orleans. Their stay included pampering at Serenity Spa New Orleans, voted one of the best mani-pedis by Gambit’s Best of New Orleans. Away from the daily grind of life, experts swaddle clients in a body wrap of Baltic mud collected from a 30,000-year-old lake in Eastern Europe. Heated basalt stones or pet rocks enhance any massage, facial, or pedicure, and warm wax gently removes unwanted bros hairs and lip fuzz.