Brazil Bronze Glow Bar owner Sally Blenkey-Tchassova knows how difficult it can be to get pale skin to cooperate. She spent her childhood in England applying self-tanning creams to her naturally ivory skin, trying every formula and label she could in her ongoing quest to find the perfect, long-lasting solution. It wasn't until she moved to New York City and found a passion for the highly competitive––and very tan––world of ballroom dancing, that she gracefully stumbled upon the concept of airbrush tanning. From that moment on, she decided to learn everything she could about airbrushing, daring to dream about a world where every pale person could instantly transform herself into a Brazilian goddess whenever she pleased. However, her first attempts with highly perfumed, commercial-grade formulas left her feeling sick, so she took it upon herself to build a better bronze, eventually perfecting a 95% organic product, as well as a sculpted application designed to add subtle definition to curves, décolletage, and the body's natural pinstriping.
According to New York magazine, Blenkey-Tchassova now divides her time between "the West Coast for celeb regulars and awards-season appointments" and the New York City salon, which has blossomed into an international operation recognized by numerous media outlets, including Allure magazine, which noted, "Her spray gun creates streak-free color that fades as evenly as the real thing." Salon technicians even travel to bring the airbrush experience to homes, offices, or subterranean doomsday bunkers, and further boost clients' self-confidence by planning flirty boudoir photo sessions.
Dr. Brad Katchen—Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and Stanford trained dermatologist—oversees a team of professionals at SkinCareLab who perform advanced, up-to-date pampering and beautifying spa services. Highlighted in Vanity Fair, Katchen imports beautifying techniques from France. Eight different facials each target a range of dermal malcontents, from the seaweed-mask-powered hydrating facial’s moisturizing effects to the softening power of the energizing facial. On top of skin-centric remedies, the spa also provides full-body waxing services, multiple types of massage treatments, and nailcare services.
Cindy Barshop may have a familiar face. She gained reality-TV fame as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she found success much earlier when the Madison Avenue spa she founded more than 10 years ago grew into a hair-removal brand known throughout the country. Completely Bare’s waxing specialists dab bikini lines with the shop’s proprietary blend of ouch-less wax, which adheres to hair instead of skin to avoid the painful pull that often accompanies a waxing session. The blend is hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, which makes it ideal for depilating sensitive skin and touchy bodily zones. Routine waxing sessions add extra sparkle with the salon’s vajazzling service, which bedecks newly hair-free spots with up to 70 Swarovski crystals arranged into such shapes as hearts, stars, peace signs, and MPAA ratings. The spa specialists also migrate beyond the below-the-belt area to polish the rest of the body with facials, laser hair removal, spray tanning, and teeth whitening.
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.
Richard Cacase knows from personal experience that an external makeover can illuminate a person's state of mind. His goal has always been to make people feel good by looking good—something that he's strived to achieve since 1996. Richard spends time with each client who enters into Body Beautiful Spa & Laser Center's sage green walls, leading consultations to determine primary concerns and devise suitable treatment plans. Skincare regimens may include deep-cleaning skin with organic facials, exfoliating with chemical peels, or vanquishing unwanted hair with stern looks and electrolysis. Visits to the spa are enhanced by a cozy fireplace, ambient music, and complimentary wine, water, and juice.
At Skin Care and Laser Center, the aesthetic team mixes together European training and advanced technology to combat signs of aging. They target acne and sun damage with the laser and intense pulsed light of the MediLux system. Other laser systems, such as Candela's GentleYag laser, tighten skin and remove unwanted body hair with a variety of treatment-spot sizes for faster sessions. During each session, the GentleYag's patented dynamic cooling device and softly crooned Vanilla Ice lyrics minimize discomfort.