To become the perfect spa, one has to think like Perfect Spa Inc. Or at least like its experienced staff, who have caught the attention of CBS News with their vast repertoire of massage, skincare, and alternative-wellness services. The staff tackles an expansive range of treatments, which include ear candling, during which an aesthetician places a waxed cloth in ears and safely lights the end. The flame's negative pressure works to remove years of buildup from ears, leaving them healthier and cleaner. Skincare products from brands like Yon-Ka and G.M. Collins are used in the spa's staggering 10 different kinds of facials. The low-fat facial is designed to slim down faces using lymphatic-drainage techniques, while the 24-karat gold facial brightens complexions using real gold sheets raided from Cleopatra’s personal stash. In the spa's hotel-style lounge area, nail technicians beautify digits using CND, OPI, and Essie polishes as well as botanically infused products such as an avocado cuticle conditioner and green-tea mask.
Nails on 54th packs a lot of pampering into a small space. Basic manicures and pedicures may be upgraded to include indulgent add-ons such as hydrating cucumber and avocado lotions, hot stones, or fragrant hot-chocolate treatments. Or, consider including a skin-softening paraffin-wax treatment, which helps alleviate pain and stiffness associated with arthritis or adding papier-mâché to your hands. Aestheticians remove dirt and oil from pores with cleansing facials that utilize the anti-aging properties of chocolate or oxygen, and massage therapists disentangle muscle knots with help from hot and cold stones or soothing aromatherapy. Though hair removal is rarely considered a relaxing venture, the staff at Nails on 54th strives to make it as painless as possible by treating sensitive skin with green and blue french waxes and azulene and by offering threading as a gentler option for delicate areas, such as around the eyes.
Enlisting chemical-free products and ancient Indian techniques, Hibba NYC’s skilled staff members polish patrons’ appearances with an array of spa offerings in a calming, Ayurvedic oasis. Hair-removal services such as eyebrow threading allow aestheticians to precisely sculpt bushy brows into sweeping arches or city-skyline panoramas using fine cotton threads to pull full rows of hair out from the root. For waxing sessions, they employ a solution that contains calming chamomile to achieve smooth results for those with sensitive skin, and their sugaring hair-removal treatments use a soothing mixture of lemon and sugar to wick away unwanted hair from larger areas. Their Ayurvedic facials, such as the Divine Facelift, blend specialized combinations of fresh herbs, and full-body services, such as the Raindrop essential-oil treatment, help to boost the immune system and eradicate tension.
At Vada Spa, staff members devote their international training to beauty rituals that use natural and organic products from GM Collins and Pevonia Botanica. Two floors accommodate spacious mani-pedi bars, styling stations, and private, candle-lit treatment rooms that all swirl with activity until 9 p.m. every day. The owners of the Spa make sure that each service is administered by a true specialist––laser technicians only do laser procedures and aestheticians never hand over their facial duties to an assistant or nearby welder. "We're very particular about who we hire," one of the spa owners says. "It has to be someone who's experienced. We don't have anyone here who's just starting out or fresh out of school."
Since their mission is to be a one-stop destination for head-to-toe spa services, Vada's owners do their best to reserve hairstyling chairs and treatment rooms for walk-in customers. They also pride themselves on their expertise with the male aesthetic, offering a lineup of guy-specific spa services including back facials, shoulder waxing, and spare-tire rotations.
LaserTouch Aesthetics' team of licensed laser technicians overhauls dulled complexions and flawed skin with a roster of laser treatments and dermal fillers. Using FDA-approved Candela, Cynosure, and Cutera lasers, they aim to reduce the appearance of acne, wrinkles, and sunspots, and strive to do the same to dimples and lines caused by cellulite. During laser treatments, skin surfaces are kept at a comfortable temperature thanks to patented cooling devices.
When they're not aiming state-of-the-art laser beams at unwanted hair or moles, staffers smooth out wrinkles caused by stress or using a porcupine as a pillow with Botox, Dysport, and Juvederm treatments. Before each appointment, laser practitioners perform test spots and assess skin and hair, so they can safely customize each treatment to their client?s specifications.
A simple career change transformed Ramy from a law student into a makeup artist responsible for beautifying celebrities such as Marisa Tomei, Mariska Hargitay, and Claire Danes. After attending beauty school in Australia and spending years freelancing in Singapore and Europe, he returned to his native New York to found Ramy Spa with the philosophy of “minimum makeup, maximum impact.”
Today Ramy and his professional associates wield uniquely crafted, antioxidant-rich cosmetics from the Ramy beauty-product collection, including lipsticks and powders. During applications, makeup artists enhance their clients' skin by painstakingly selecting the correct product colors instead of rolling an eight-sided die with eight different shades of eye shadow on it.