Pulse Laser Skin Care Center cofounder and aesthetic authority Melissa Cavanaugh has designed an upscale, silver-and-white skincare haven called Deify Laser & Beauty Lounge located at the Limelight Marketplace. Certified laser specialists, who are also laser-safety officers, first perform consultations, conducted on sleek iPads. They then utilize some of the most advanced laser hair-removal technology available—Candela's GentleLase and GentleYAG lasers—to remove hair on both light and dark skin.
Guests await hair-removal sessions, laser facials, or hair and makeup appointments on metallic gray antique-style chairs or a sleek white couch that's been known to support the elegant frames of models and celebrities during Fashion Week. Inside, clients morph into svelte beings through body contouring treatments or ignite their skin with a bronze glow via organic spray tans. Additionally, custom Éminence Organic facials and diamond tip microdermabrasion rejuvenate youthful appearances.
The lounge is also replete with sparkling chandeliers, which make the glittery space feel like a modern take on a Victorian parlor or the neoclassical foyer of a spacehome. At Deify Laser & Beauty Lounge, iPad use defines much of the experience, ranging from consultation tool, to playing music and movies in the waiting area or during treatment, to photographing "before" and "after" shots to capture treatment results.
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Large windows spill sunlight across the contemporary loft that houses Janet Rufin's Parlor, illuminating a funky portrait of a teal-lipped George Washington and delicate vases of yellow tulips at each stylist’s station. Inside, owner Janet Rufin, a master stylist with more than 19 years of experience who specializes in color correction and precision cuts, oversees a team of trained stylists. Though they are divvied up into different levels of expertise, Janet ensures clients always receive customized hair treatments and, as New York magazine puts it, "one-on-one attention from a doting staff."
Each haircut starts with a consultation and therapeutic shampoo and condition, and starburst and T-section highlights lighten locks at specific points on the head. Pravana products smooth unruly curls while Davines, Neuma, and Ecure shampoo and styling products make clients event-ready. Janet is not only dedicated to helping her clients with their beauty goals—she also looks out for her junior beauticians. The salon's apprentice program teaches aspiring stylists the ins-and-outs of the hair world as the experienced team keeps a close eye on their performance, ensuring treatments are well-executed and combs are never mistaken for scissors.
From within Queens' Club Fitness, Infinity Spa Salon strikes an effective balance between natural skincare and advanced aesthetic treatments. Located a short distance from New York City, aestheticians clear and brighten complexions with seven types of facials infused with vitamin C and hydroquinone-free lightening ingredients, and they also use the exfoliating powers of mechanical microdermabrasion. Unwanted hairs can be effortlessly removed using an all-natural, beeswax-infused formula from GiGi or the advanced technology of an Alma Soprano XL laser, which permanently removes hair from any skin type including ghosts' see-through complexions. In massage treatment rooms, therapists rely on 10 different modalities, including the ancient techniques of Thai massage and shiatsu, to release tight muscles and improve circulation.
Infinity's focus on harmony is also apparent in the salon and spa's interior design, which melds contemporary decor with natural earth elements, such as bamboo plants and warm brown walls.
Just Calm Down Spa’s opulent atmosphere permeates every detail of the jewel-like space robed in richly hued art, where aestheticians called royal specialists dote on clients with a roster of luxuriant services infused with precious ingredients including chocolate, figs, and generous pools of essential oils. Inside private treatment rooms, the royal specialists tailor each client’s experience to his or her whims, ensuring the most delectable aromatherapy oils scent raindrop, hot-stone, heated waterbed, and foot massages, and consulting with clients about areas that may need more therapeutic attention. Before skin-perfecting facial services, royal specialists again lend their ears to clients who detail their skin’s conditions and their beauty regimens, helping the professionals select the proper skincare products to achieve glowing, supple façades. Away from the private spa treatment area, a naturally lit nail salon’s parisian details belie decadent manicure and pedicure services, including chocolate-fondue soaks, pumpkin-spiced wraps, and gentle grape-seed exfoliation. Just Calm Down Spa also plies visitors with indulgent daylong spa packages for bodies especially in need of pampering after breaking pogo-stick world records.
The Thai massage and facial treatments at Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa have received glowing praise from New York magazine and the New York Times, respectively, with the latter publication calling one of the salon's aestheticians “one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets.” A-list celebrities, including Penélope Cruz and Christy Turlington, visit to receive exfoliating treatments and in-depth facials with high-end products from Shiseido, qiora, and La Mer. Founder Paul Labrecque treats his male and female clientele as friends and personally trains his staff in customer service and hand-to-hand combat against split ends. In addition to soothing skin during facials and microdermabrasion treatments, staffers massage muscles in eight different modalities. Their Eastern-inspired healing treatments, such as reiki and rolfing, honor the connection between the mind and body, and the salon and spa’s full list of services puts finishing touches on exteriors with haircare, makeup, and waxing, among other treatments. Each location hosts a separate, private men's salon that's part barbershop, part gentleman's club, and part knitting circle.
To become the perfect spa, one has to think like Perfect Spa. 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 tackle 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.
Organic Ilike, Yonka, and science-based G.M. Collins skincare products 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 a 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.