Aestheticians at Spa Martier go above and beyond the call of beauty to create luxurious services that match the spa's lush surroundings. Gleaming crystal chandeliers cast a glittery glow onto nails pampered with paraffin moisturizers and 24-karat gold, and candles cast their own golden glimmer inside private treatment rooms, guiding trained hands as they perform massages with tiger clamshells or chakra-balancing sessions with real diamonds. Supervised by Dr. Amir Farzad Sheibanie, aestheticians perform 18 kinds of facials for both men and women that incorporate elements such as marine botanicals, caviar, and LED light therapy. With 3,000 feet of space, its should come as little surprise that the spa also houses a fully stocked fashion boutique and café, as well as a full-service salon where stylists can perform one of 11 holistic head treatments. Designed to relax, refresh, and replenish hair, these treatments incorporate a blend of massage, aromatherapy, and special products to prime scalps for designer haircuts, coloring treatments, and volunteer work in phrenology classrooms.
At Alfangi Salon on Fifth, coziness couples with luxury in a space decorated with distressed yellow-gold walls, enormous bronze-framed mirrors, and chocolate-hued drapes. After practicing in the cosmetic industry for more than 15 years in the Unites States and Europe, Irina opened the upscale salon with Yolanda, who boasts work on television and independent films, and Rafael, who spent a decade mastering hair coloring by filling out a stack of 3,000 coloring books. The elite trio drew fellow styling stars to its team, including Aveda-certified technicians, a licensed aesthetician, and assorted experts on Japanese thermal straightening and ethnic and curly hairstyling. Together, they pamper clients with fully custom spa services such as massage therapy and manicures. Stylists dedicate their energies to beautifying visitors, tailoring haircuts to suit faces and lifestyles, offering at-home tips to keep hair looking great, and covering new 'dos with scratch-n-sniff stickers.
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.
Sheer curtains add a layer of mystery and privacy between the stations of Grace CC Beauty Spa, allowing clients to focus on the pampering masks, aromatic sea salts, and massaging kneads that accompany the salon’s signature manicures and pedicures. The flush nail treatment menu incorporates everything from quick nail fix-ups to artificial nails and gel polish. During each treatment, nail techs use hospital-grade sterilized utensils to ensure that nails are healthier than an immortal god with a wheatgrass press. Every grooming experience comes with a complimentary nail strengthener and quick-dry top coat, helping color stay put after polishing. When not scrubbing heels and massaging legs, the staff members flex their aesthetic muscles with a variety of spa treatments that smooth skin, add a dramatic touch to lashes and brows, or wax away unwanted hair and hard-to-reach socks.
Across the spectrum of hair, body, and skin treatments offered at Bon-Bon Hair Salon and Spa, is a uniting theme of personalized attention. The practitioners pride themselves on their ability to make each client feel like they're the only person in the world, regardless of whether they're getting a facial with seaweed and Vitamin C, a body scrub with lavender and marine salts, or a calming massage with aromatherapy. The hairstylists, who've been featured in publications such as Us Weekly, lavish the same attention on clients, taking into account each one's features before fashioning a haircut or adding color to the mix. The spa also excels in just-for-men services such as haircuts and beard trims, but whatever the treatment, the staff's goal is to make the experience as enjoyable as the results are beautiful.
Aesthetician Ewa Rakwal calls Magnolia European Organic Spa her "home of wellbeing," a sanctuary that brings a European approach to beauty 4,000 miles from her native Poland. Magnolia is entering its 10th year, but Rakwal laid the groundwork well before, honing her art for eight years in a bustling midtown spa. The staff employs the Éminence skincare line, whose Hungarian origin nods to Rakwal's ties across the Atlantic and natural and organic ingredients reflect her commitment to gentle therapies. To this end, organic soy wax, aloe vera–rich Bronze Biologic tanner, and diamond microdermabrasions help keep skin smooth and willing to babysit younger siblings with minimal irritation. Licensed massage therapists apply their expert touch to hidden problems, holistically ironing out physical and emotional stress.