Fernanda Lacerda founded the Brazilian-style Maria Bonita Salon & Spa in response to the lack of full-service salons in the downtown area. Customers can relax into the evening and on weekends in clean rooms, which feature a palette of white walls and light wood tones. The hair surgery treatment is a four-step thermal reconstruction process that utilizes high-quality products to strengthen damaged hair and rescue strands stranded on desert scalps. During the two-hour follicle-fest, aestheticians apply restructuring shampoo, a recharging mask, renewal lotion, and daily repair leave-in conditioner. The Maria Bonita manicure features exfoliation and paraffin infusion to restore vitamins and minerals to deprived digits.
Featured in Women’s Weekly and Harper’s Bazaar, Browhaus is an international chain that imbues faces with minimalist aesthetics while expertly forming brows into fetching face buffers. Having trained for eight weeks in Singapore, the skilled staff of brow architects deftly adds sleek sheen to frontispieces of women and men. Each eyebrow-shaping thread and tweeze ($20) works to achieve the most flattering shape for arching disdainfully. In addition to sporting brows that are cleaner, shapely, and defined, an upper-lip threading ($7) removes unwanted fuzz and paves the surface for dashing milk mustaches.
Born in Russia and raised in Israel, Beny spent his early adulthood sweeping up discarded hair in a New York salon. This self-taught stylist went on to open two salons, including Hair Bar NYC (formerly Keratin Hair Bar), where he and his staff imbue frazzled tresses with Brazilian keratin treatments, Japanese straightening treatments, and Magic Sleek, which smoothes tendrils using proteins from the Amazon rainforest. He also uses and equips clients with products by Obliphica, Wella, Moroccanoil, and Inova. When stylists aren't subduing frizz, they sculpt coiffures with haircuts and color treatments but never by infusing them with play-doh.
Sharing the stories and wisdom accumulated during 25 years as an aesthetician, Katy Yip, who holds a diploma from the prestigious CIDESCO and is a licensed esthetician and tattoo artist, wields products from brands including Decléor Paris, Elene Paris, blinc, Farah Beauty Specialist, Soskin Paris, and GrandeLash. Tendrils of fragrance unfurl from aroma-infused swiss body massages, and patrons parade past with fresh permanent makeup in precise lines designed not to smudge or aggravate sensitive skin. Assorted facials call upon aromatic masks, pulsating light, and collagen to combat the appearance of wrinkles, allowing newly revitalized patrons to press their faces more appealingly against pet-store windows.
Shoots of green leaves punctuate the white walls in the dim, quiet room. The greenery works in concert with a grouping of healing crystals and a glowing trio of candles to fill the serene space with an earthy energy. This marriage of relaxation and nature is the basis upon which GoGreen Organic Spa was founded, evidenced in the staff’s eschewal of chemical-filled products for the eco-friendly, organic Éminence skincare line used in all of their treatments. GoGreen’s crew of aestheticians bustles about the spa lavishing natural services upon patrons’ weary bodies, soothing cheeks from the pinches of passing grandmas with a Peace Facial or incorporating organic champagne and apricot oil in a Divine Massage therapy treatment for two.
Medical Aesthetics is a boutique medical spa located in the heart of SOHO. Voted one of the best medical spas in NYC by Citysearch, we are a handpicked team of beauty experts who take a holistic approach toward aesthetic enhancement. Medical Aesthetics utilizes the most advanced aesthetic procedures on the market.