At Vada Spa, staff members devote their international training to beauty rituals that use natural and organic products from GM Collins and Pevonia Botanica. Two floors accommodate spacious mani-pedi bars, styling stations, and private, candle-lit treatment rooms that all swirl with activity until 9 p.m. every day. The owners of the Spa make sure that each service is administered by a true specialist––laser technicians only do laser procedures and aestheticians never hand over their facial duties to an assistant or nearby welder. "We're very particular about who we hire," one of the spa owners says. "It has to be someone who's experienced. We don't have anyone here who's just starting out or fresh out of school."
Since their mission is to be a one-stop destination for head-to-toe spa services, Vada's owners do their best to reserve hairstyling chairs and treatment rooms for walk-in customers. They also pride themselves on their expertise with the male aesthetic, offering a lineup of guy-specific spa services including back facials, shoulder waxing, and spare-tire rotations.
Stepping into Green Planet Salon & Spa is much like entering a botanical garden—your senses are nurtured by lush green hues and glimmering colors. Lime green curtains offset opalescent tiled walls and shimmering floors, and tall bamboo stalks lean against the walls, drawing eyes to the faux pebble creek that lines the salon’s perimeter.
Within the relaxing haven, the beauty professionals carry a great responsibility with their jobs—as the salon explains, “When a woman realizes that she looks good, her job, her business and personal life becomes harmonious and successful.” The hairstylists work to boost clients’ confidence with a range of products—including INOA, L’Oreal, and Sebastian—when adding long-lasting color to manes and snipping away split ends to add to their split-ends collections. Meanwhile, aestheticians smooth faces with Osmosis medical skincare products during facial treatments that wash away acne-causing bacteria or infuse skin with vitamin C. Bodies relish in the Ionithermie algae-detox treatment’s mixture of algae, seaweed, and ivy, which detoxifies the body and reduces the appearance of cellulite in reaction to a gentle electrical stimulation.
Named one of America's Top Surgeons in 2009 by the Consumers' Research Council of America, Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj draws upon nearly 20 years of experience as he helps clients attain their desired appearance. Dr. Slupchynskyj, director and founder of The Aesthetic Institute of New York & New Jersey, is an innovator in his field, developing procedures such as the SlupLift, a one- to two-hour mini face-lift that results in minimal scarring and recovery time for patients. Double board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, he’s also a familiar face to the media, bringing his expertise to publications including Vogue, New York magazine, and Woman’s World.
The Aesthetic Institute’s two locations, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and in Chatham, provide a private, comfortable environment as clients receive high-quality care. Services range from Botox injections and rhinoplasty to reconstructive surgery, accommodating those seeking enhancements both large and small.
Maxim Spa and Salon's stylists are trained and equipped to outfit noggins with plumage in a broad range of hues. Flaunt avian tendencies with a choice of fashion-colored feathers, or send a more subtle signal to your flock with natural colors that blend into your hair. Today's Groupon includes an initial appointment and one feather ($10 each for additional feathers), which is inserted via a beaded system. Like a poodle's luxuriant fur or a Cyclops's delicate eyelashes, the feathers are safe to wash, blow-dry, and curl.
In her years of working as an aesthetician, Cari regularly listened to her clients' horror stories about laser treatments. Tales ranged from experiencing burns to suffering through sessions that were overpriced, ineffective, or actually just flashlights. Hearing this, she resolved to provide a customer-oriented alternative and added a laser-technician certification to her already impressive resumé. Today, Cari's spa performs an abundance of client-pampering beauty services, from laser hair removal to permanent makeup. She also developed her own line of skincare products, made with ingredients such as red marine algae, ginseng, and aloe vera, which can soothe complexions during customized facials. Before any service, customers can schedule a free consultation to ask questions and create a secret handshake.