When clients walk through the doors at Industry 80 Salon at Depot Square, they cross the threshold into a contemporary wonderland. At each hairstyling station, chrome shelves and counters bathed in purple neon lights evoke the interior of a ‘50s-movie spaceship, and the range of sleek, high-end hair products could almost be hair-friendly rocket fuel. Salon owners Geo and Dominic use their respective backgrounds in design and hairstyling to lead a team of skilled hairstylists. The staff provides a variety of aesthetic services including haircuts and styling, laser hair removal, and Botox and Juvederm to perfect faces.
Also tucked within this cutting-edge beauty haven is Serenity Facials, where aesthetician Fay Brower pampers skin with all natural botanical products, as well as stimulating collagen masks. By using private treatment rooms, aromatherapy, and facial massage, Fay strives to make each facial as much about relaxation as it is about correcting and perfecting skin tone. And, as an added bonus, Fay also offers makeup services to help enhance the natural glow brought forth from one of her anti-aging or detox facials.
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.
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.
Bare Body Laser Spa's team of laser technicians expertly guide Soprano XL and NaturaLase QS devices across skinscapes to rejuvenate and tighten appearances or evict unwanted hair and tattoos. Touted to be as gentle as a hot stone massage, laser hair removal sessions quickly destroy follicles and grafted Chia pets to prevent further regrowth, and tattoo removal sessions fragment ink pigments, allowing the body to fade them from epidermal memory over the course of 6–12 sessions. Time-worn coverings, meanwhile, bask in the therapeutic glow of warm infrared light, which picks up epidermal slack along the body, face, or neck without discomfort or downtime.
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.
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.