Since opening as a Paul Mitchell Focus salon in 2007, the team of hair artists at Mariposa Salon and Spa has styled locks for the glossy pages of New Orleans Bride magazine and CUE magazine, as well as the runways of a Guess fashion show and a Chloe Dao fashion show.
Mariposa's bilingual stylists also craft sophisticated looks for clients walking down sidewalks instead of runways. Celeb-inspired styles let clients ask for The Beyoncé and walk out with sleek, smooth, and straight locks, or The Gisele, which translates to the loose, beachy waves usually only achieved by supermodels living in sandcastles. The stylists also battle the New Orleans humidity with blow-drying techniques and GKhair hair straightening. Mariposa’s nail artists brighten fingertips with chip-resistant Shellac polish, and aestheticians craft custom facials and wax away body hair with tea-tree cream wax. The salon uses products from Glominerals and Glotherapeutics, a pharmaceutical-grade skincare and makeup line.
With an ancient holistic approach, Spa Zeeba uncovers each client?s natural beauty with signature services such as traditional ayurvedic facials, herbal facials, and three types of hair removal, including sugaring and the ancient practice of threading. Massage practitioners manipulate muscles with deep-tissue massages to relieve lingering pains, and Reiki experts transfer energy from their palms to help clients to heal and recharge watch batteries. Henna tattoos bring love and good fortune as they are applied to the skin in ornate patterns. Aside from pampering services, Spa Zeeba also covers bodies with clothing and jewelry from its boutique.
Armed with a full arsenal of Essie and OPI polishes, the nail artists of Magazine Nails & Spa groom and coif nails with services that range from basic mani-pedis to one-hour pampering sessions filled with orange scrubs, hot towels, and skin-softening paraffin dips. Supplementary add-ons such as long-lasting gel polish, nail art, and french tips enrich nails following classic buffing, filing, and cuticle cleanup, and full sets of acrylic overlays grant fingers extra length and cure them of long-held sloth envy. The technicians at Magazine Nails also extend their shaping expertise to waxing services for the face and body, granting smoother skin to both their male and female clientele.
A friendly local staff of professional aestheticians and makeup engineers invigorate visages in Make Me Up's intimate boutique setting. Lug in your mug and entrust it to one of the expert licensed specialists, who will wax away unwanted fuzz from your arches in quick and efficient fashion. You'll leave the premises with a noggin that feels expertly shaped and symmetrified, confident to field any prolonged streetcar stares or ace magnifying- glass-modeling tryouts. Call ahead to make an appointment.
From the gas lanterns at the entryway to the antique-style armchairs in the relaxation room, The Woodhouse Day Spa feels like a Victorian parlor that just happens to house more than a dozen massage therapists and a team of talented aestheticians and nail technicians. The 5,200-square-foot space includes four single massage rooms, one couples massage room, and a Vichy shower to facilitate body treatments. In the Woodhouse four-handed massage, one of the spa's signature services, two therapists choreograph customized pressure and 20-finger shadow-puppet chorus lines. A team member can firm and tone facial skin with a proprietary Minkyti massage technique or pamper digits with a soothing hand treatment.
The spa's rich hardwood floors and accents and exposed stone and brick walls create a retreat-like ambiance, as does the relaxation room where guests can read a magazine while listening to a trickling water fountain. The retail area showcases certified natural and organic Naturopathica skincare products and items from the spa's activewear line, which was co-branded with Nike.
Balance Spa at the Loews is like a social mixer for spa services: East meets West, water meets air, modern science meets time-tested treatments. And all of these convergences happen under the skilled eyes of aestheticians. In four treatment rooms they apply self-heating mud-packs to the spine and feet while aromatherapy calms the senses. The sea's bounty also becomes apparent with Phytomer products made from underwater plants that combat aging and help reduce the depth of wrinkles to keep people from filling them in with cement. The East meets West massage, meanwhile, combines muscle-soothing techniques from both hemispheres, readying the mind for a rejuvenating facial that mixes glycolic acid and proteolytic enzymes. Afterward, clients can draw on age-old hubs of well-being: the hotel's pool, fitness and wellness center, sauna, and whirlpool.