A doubled cotton thread runs between the mouth and hands of a salon staffer. The thread twists, descends, and as its handler maneuvers it over an eyebrow, it grips errant hairs by the base, swiftly removing them from the skin and leaving behind an expertly shaped brow. Although threading is an ancient practice, the specialists at Aspire Threading Salon prove day in and day out that it remains a useful one for ridding faces, hands, feet, and overly bristled toothbrushes of unwanted hairs. The staff also performs other feats of hair-removal with wax, eases tension from temples with massages, and adorns limbs with henna tattoos.
Depicting a hip, well-groomed character holding clippers, the colorful mural on the window of Manny's Cutz jumps out on 14th Avenue, beckoning passersby to peek into the shop. Inside, a calm scene of peach walls and wood floors surrounds the mural's likeness, Manny, as he stands at a black barber chair, lopping off and styling hair. Manny also tends to beards and the dried mustard that naturally grows in them during soothing hot-towel shaves.
Aura Laser & Skin Rejuvenation Center's relaxing spa environment allows bodies and minds to freely revel in a range of age-defying treatments. Staff members address individual needs as they turn back face clocks with skin-tightening treatments or chemical peels, or release hamstring tension with hand-shaped violin bows during a soothing massage.
Hair on 14th's walls are painted pale green and mint, and complemented by darker, earthen clay tiles. These placid tones pacify any stress as stylists use Paul Mitchell and Wella haircare products to make clients look and feel beautiful. The salon specializes in color, highlights, Keratin treatments, and also offers private makeup consultations for special occasions, such as a birthday.
The staffers at Mi Con Spa are not only experts in the treatments they provide, but also experts at cultivating an atmosphere where clients look forward to relaxing. They match the mood with their specialty services: massages, facials, and body treatments.
The beauty technicians at Millie's Salon & Spa tend to muscles and skin with environmentally friendly products, releasing visitors back into the world with a clearer mind and dermis. Hands help relieve tension during an hour-long Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique that uses long, connective strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. Technicians treat above-shoulder areas to hour-long Aveda Outer Peace facials, which administer a gentle scrubbing with products formulated to fight blemishes and imperfections on the face. After aiming to exfoliate away bumps, grime, and post-it notes, aestheticians perform extractions to purge pores of toxins and build-up. The treatment, which aims to clear breakouts and protect against future flaws, works best in a three-week series.