Although Madison & 5th takes its inspiration from Manhattan, inside seems a world away from the city. A skincare and cosmetics spa staffed by licensed professionals, it helps New Yorkers rejuvenate and revitalize with everything from makeup artistry to relaxing bodycare services. The aromatherapy summer facial, for instance, doles out a soothing, season-appropriate regimen of nutrients, and the signature hydrating treatment helps dry skin regain its texture and color. Also on the docket are gentleman's facials and body-slimming wraps, which encourage the release of toxins and help clients fit into old dresses or favorite seatbelts.
The aestheticians of JJ Eyelashes model their techniques after May Lee, owner and licensed makeup artist with more than 10 years of experience. Inside each of the spas, clients recline on cushioned beds as practitioners set to work applying curled lash extensions to each natural eyelash in a choice of colors, lengths, and thicknesses. In addition to the lashes?which can last for up to six weeks with proper maintenance?aestheticians accentuate features with permanent-makeup treatments that fill in brows, lips, and connect-the-dots freckle drawings with pigment that lasts for anywhere from two to five years.
At Essential Spa, the only essential requirement is that clients relax. The space aims to serve as a retreat from the bustle of city life, offering treatments that pamper guests from head to toe. Swedish or warm stone massages ease aches, while mani-pedis rejuvenate hands and feet worn out from hours of typing. A variety of facials cleanse the skin with natural ingredients such as ginseng, seaweed, and tea tree oil. But an emphasis on enjoyment doesn't mean the spa eschews advanced methods—body wraps employ microwaves and heat to smooth out cellulite, and permanent makeup applications enhance natural beauty with lasting pigments.
MessLook Hair Salon & Beauty Spa cofounder Charles Lam has racked up more than two decades of hair experience in three locales: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and his current base, the United States. In a 1,000-square-foot salon, he and his team recreate the international styles Lam assimilated on his travels, transforming heads with cosmopolitan cuts, highlights, and specialty treatments such as Japanese straightening. The studio?s services extend beyond hair, though: Lam?s cofounder, Josephine Xu, is an aesthetician and makeup artist. She and her staff can rejuvenate faces with treatments powered by vitamin C, caviar, or lasers. They also can buff fine lines and age spots from skin with microdermabrasion, whose ultrafine crystals would otherwise have to adorn the rings of newlywed mayflies.
Soft track lighting blooms across the exposed brick, potted plants, and floor-to-ceiling artwork at La Peau Day Spa. The scents of sea mud, milk, and honey fill 15 private treatment rooms in the 3,000-square-foot facility. Aestheticians wield those and other paraben-free, natural ingredients beneath shelves of Dermalogica and G.M. Collin elixirs. Green-tea baths soak feet in antioxidants, releasing steam that hints at crushed herbs, open fields, and the only food teddy bears know how to prepare.