Lali Lali Salon customers book appointments online to nab an afternoon, evening, or Saturday visit to revivify strands at their convenience. As they arrive, sunlight careens into the long, spacious salon, which is punctuated with colossal, playful, overgrown bouquets. The lush bursts of chlorophyll spray up from the floor, fan out from the walls, and hang from the ceilings, contrasting with modern black furniture cushioned with flower smells. Massive windowpanes paint crosshatched silhouettes on a vintage green chaise lounge and mock bearskin rug. Fittingly for such a carefully designed space, Lali Lali doubles as a gallery, with a focus on photography that captures New York's bustling fashion scene.
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.
Whether it’s because of a hole-in-the-wall salon or a one-facial-fits-all mentality, beautifying can be scary. But not at Wink Beauty NYC. The staff keep things relaxed and hygienic by shaping brows with quick twists of organic, antibacterial thread. Each facial is customized by skin type, with aestheticians pulling from all-natural Isabelle Lancray and Dr. Rimpler serums. To enhance faces, they apply LOVE.me makeup—a cruelty-free cosmetics line designed for a range of skin tones—and plump lashes with semipermanent extensions.
Technicians focus on transforming hands and feet with manicures and pedicures at Sufu Nail Spa and Susan Nail & Spa. The services are budget friendly, but massages and other added touches lend an air of luxury to appointments. To give its clients a complete spectrum of color choices, the staff has hunted down nearly every shade of Essie nail polish available and smashed open at least 12 prisms.
A party atmosphere abounds at Sweet House Nail & Spa, as nail techs ply guests with complimentary cosmos on weeknights. A BYOB policy kicks in on weekends, with guests settling into a bright pink sofa for French pedicures or silk extensions. Whatever the treatment, techs ensure safe practices by sterilizing all equipment in an autoclave machine and using disposable file kits.
Alexander Wang isn't the only one who is obsessed — celebrities ranging from Madonna to Meg Ryan have all been clients of Ling Chan's. That's because the 30-year skincare veteran takes skin seriously, having developed one of the first skincare lines to eschew irritants such as alcohol and fragrances. Ling's signature brand relies on a five-step formula for better skin—purify, hydrate, solve, nourish, and renew—and undergoes extensive real-world testing before hitting the shelves to ensure that its users are head-over-heels for each product. "What sets Chan apart," New York magazine says, "is her mastery of both centuries-old Eastern techniques and cutting-edge Western technology." She makes beauty achievable through in-house spa treatments such as anti-aging facials and acne detoxifying facials as well as home spa facial kits.