Staffed by a team of creative styling professionals and stocked with high-quality haircare and skincare products, 221 Post A Salon is a hub of fashionable makeovers. Stylists build upon their skillful scissor work with coloring, glazing, foils, and Brazilian hair-smoothing treatments. Skincare specialists add a personal touch to their facials with skin analysis and neck, shoulder, and scalp massages. Amid pastel purple walls and chic furniture, manicurists fuss about fingers and toes with mani-pedis, and bridal parties prepping for the cameras can opt for styling and makeup applications—as well as free beverages and pastries for groups of more than five.
The team at Sonia Day Spa renders their many decadent anti-aging facials using oft-lauded Elemis products, a luxury British import incorporating high-quality natural active ingredients. Licensed therapists and certified aestheticians share a single driving purpose at the spa: help their clients achieve a relaxing nirvana where they feel beautiful both inside and out. To that end, they perform 10 different types of massage, each of which can be super-boosted with healing aromatherapy or by letting The Hulk do some of the kneading. For those in the grip of Hulk-sized amounts of stress, a longer stay at the spa may be in order. For that, the staff presents various half-day and full-day packages that combine skin-specific facials, mani-pedis, body scrubs, and massages.
For the past 15 years, Samantha "Sami" Angelini has been manicuring nails, banishing fuzz with honey wax, and wielding makeup brushes. She's freelanced for MAC and Laura Mercier, filling her portfolio with images that typify her natural, yet evocative makeup style. Today, she enhances eyes, lips, and cheekbones with Motives Cosmetics mineral-based makeup. She demonstrates her techniques during one-on-one lessons, and preps brides for their nuptials. Sami's artist's eye also guides her hands as she shapes brows into flattering forms—one of her specialties—or tops finger and toenails in chip-resistant polishes or thimbles.
For more than 20 years, the dedicated staff at About Faces—Nails, Too has elegantly shaped nails and pampered visages using high-quality products. During a pedicure, nail technicians trim, buff, and chrome toenails with slick coats of polish, forging more comely pickle-jar openers. A paraffin manicure hydrates dry skin and can help soothe arthritic fingers, leaving hands silky and smooth as nails are trimmed, filed, and painted.
Once past the quaint brick storefront of Polished Nail Bar & Spa, the spa's receptionist works to make guests comfortable while they await their day of pampering. Amid tiled floors, soft lighting, and sleek white furniture, aestheticians treat fingers and toes like celebrities during indulgent mani-pedis; they also rejuvenate faces with nourishing facial masks and products. A licensed massage therapist kneads stress away through a variety of muscle-melting modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue massage. The spa also offers romantic services such as couples massages, encouraging duos to bond without having to wear each other's shoes to work.
Specializing in nail art and dazzling, eye-catching designs, the nails techs at La Petite Nails And More jazz up fingers and toes during relaxing mani-pedis. Techs paint nails with zebra stripes or polka dots and apply Ciaté caviar beads to fresh polish for a textured, 3-D effect. They can also attach acrylics and finger puppets to hands and feet, and shape talons to a sharp point to create stiletto nails—a trend popularized by such celebrities as Rihanna and Lady Gaga.