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.
The stylists of U-MODE Salon have a simple, but lofty goal: at the end of any service, they want their clients to see their reflection and say, "Wow." That's because they focus on creating styles that don't just complement a person's features, but will also make them feel good. Not surprisingly, they've been trusted by many brides to beautify them for their big day, whether with intricate updos or makeup that makes faces glows without having to stand over a flashlight all day. In addition to salon services, U-MODE's team also performs microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, permanent makeup, and other aesthetic treatments.
Michelle M-Yan grew up in Armenia, so perhaps it's not surprising that she has something of an outsider's take on American fashion trends. After graduating from a beauty academy at the age of 19 and spending the better part of a decade honing her skills, she moved to New York City in 2004. Since then she's challenged the status quo of the American modeling and entertainment industries and explored new possibilities in the craft of hair styling, though she's never used a hairbrush to solve a murder. Her work includes smooth and silky manes, avant-garde coiffures knitted into swirling vines, and models who appear mummified by their own frizz-free locks. As the owner of Michelle's Hair Color Boutique, she continues to mold tresses with services such as highlights, color, keratin treatments, and perms.
Cold creams, eye gels, and moisturizers have their merits, but when it comes to transformative beauty treatments, The Laser Spa has a secret weapon—advanced FDA-approved laser technology. Specialists overseen by Brian Dailey, M.D. aim laser beams across clients' skin to smooth out cellulite or halt hair-growth, leaving bikini lines, faces, and legs smoother than a dolphin singing Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits. They also tighten loose skin, diminish fine lines, and fade age spots, dialing back the years of environmental damage.
Sunlight streams in through the front window at Everything Hair, reflecting off the glimmering mirrors and snipping scissors. Seasoned stylists bustle about the bright space, transforming tresses with trendy cuts, creative colors, and elegant updos. They decorate hair with colorful feather extensions and tame frizz with smoothing keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts. The versatile specialists also extend their beauty expertise toward eyebrow waxing and makeup-application services.
Seven Brown is not just an aesthetician with more than 15 years of experience. She is also the founder of Harlem Skin Clinic, the Grooming & Beauty Director of Bleu Magazine, and the founder of BLVD Skin Clinic. At BLVD, she works alongside two other aestheticians, one of which is also a trained massage therapist and acupuncturist. Together the trio keeps clients looking their best with natural skincare solutions, from classic European facials that declog pores to skin-firming microcurrent therapy—one of Seven’s specialties. Seven and her team also provide full-body waxing for both women and men—subtracting hair from skin using a hypoallergenic gourmet wax—and hold regular workshops that cover topics such as juicing and teen skin.