Nova Vita's attentive, masterly aestheticians will pamper you with a double-whammy of beautification. Start off with Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique, which is the most popular type of knead. It uses long, connective strokes and precise pressure to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché.
Waxing expert Ashly Clinger frees men and women from unwanted stubble in her homey studio, Face & Body Skin Care Retreat. She is such a pro at this form of depilation that she has recorded an instructional DVD to teach aspiring waxers the techniques and theory of her craft. Her website educates clients with tips such as avoiding caffeine for 12 hours before the appointment or how to write a nice breakup letter to the unwanted body hair. As a licensed aesthetician, Ashly also performed facials, body scrubs, and ear candling.
The aestheticians at Divine Threading Studio treat clients to services as modern as Dermalogica facials and as traditional as henna tattoos. The salon specializes in depilation treatments, which remove hair using either the familiar heated-wax method or the ancient Eastern threading technique that's considered more appealing to people with sensitive skin. The aestheticians also showcase their precise handiwork by applying intricately designed henna tattoos, which weave their way up the hands and arms of brides-to-be or clients who want to test-drive a tattoo design for a few weeks. For a finishing touch, clients can ask for an ear or nose piercing, face accessories as stylish as Mr. Potato Head's during Fashion Week.
The artists at Inkling Tattoo Gallery showcase their craft just as skillfully on customers' skin as they do on the canvas and paper adorned on the studio's walls. The tattoo shop, which hosts interactive art parties and comedy nights, also doubles as a working art gallery with a drawing and painting area. Inside, hand-drawn and painted pieces are brandished alongside custom tattoo designs. When inking skin, the crew can tattoo stylized text, floral patterns, and realistic portraiture that commemorates loved ones and retired newscasters with equal aplomb.