To ensure that all the treatments and services offered at Beauty Victorian Secrets Day Spa are effective, rejuvenating, and worthy of her clients' time and money, Yvonne tests them all on herself first. Inside her inviting day spa, she tests out classic European facials, moisturizing freeze-dried masks, and paraffin-vitamin C treatments. She and her welcoming staff offer solutions to physical woes with their waxing services, specifically their bare-all Brazilian, which leave skin silky smooth without the cuts associated with shaving or the debilitating hand cramps of tweezing.
Robin’s on Broadway, located in an elegant white Victorian house in Hillsdale, houses a collective of professional hair designers who specialize in creative hairstyling and custom and corrective coloring. The staff retools looks with a laundry list of services, eradicating unwanted bristles with waxing treatments and helping minimize the appearance of thinning hair. Cutting everything but corners, the salon relies on top-of-the-line products from such brands as Bumble and bumble, Aveda, and Biomega.
Whereas many color products merely lock hair in a coat of shiny chemicals, stylist John Anthony has trained in enough academies to know those chemicals can damage hair over time. That's why he treats his clients with all-organic hair-color products that eschew every trace of ammonia, parabens, and plastics, leaving hair vibrant and free of toxins. With more than 23 years of experience, he leads hand-selected team members who share his philosophy as they administer cuts, Brazilian blowouts, and hair-extension services.
“I have been going to Elan for almost 20 years. My daughter and I won’t trust anyone else to cut our hair.” This testimonial from one of Elan Hair Salon and Spa’s loyal customers echoes the general trend of most clients’ sentiments about the beautifying emporium, its welcoming ambience, and professional staff. Inside the newly renovated space, clients glide across sleek hardwood floors toward hair stations, eyebrow stations, the nail room, or the facial room. Once settled, they bask in services administered by a staff that undergoes ongoing training in the latest trends, such as pixie haircuts and ombre eyebrow coloring. Clients also have their pick of professional products from brands such as Redken, MoroccanOil, La-Brasiliana, and Sothys of Paris.
To begin the one-hour deluxe manicure and pedicure, patrons lavish in spa pedicure chairs partitioned by sweeping curtains as nail technicians trim hand and toe coverings of excess acreage. Nimble fingers and firm pressure alleviate tension from feet and hands during a massage, and an optional hand design employs a small brush to decorate mitts with flowery designs or thousands of Michael Jordan autographs. Finishing the treatment, technicians bedeck nails in the customer’s choice of a solid color or french paint job. Alternatively, pamper paws with a paraffin hand treatment and a long-lasting gel color from ibd or LCN, also done in the french style, which elongates the nail bed and protects nail tips from the elements like a teensy talon beret. The manicure takes approximately 45 minutes. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Stylists at Salon Niki are armed with an arsenal of the latest beauty products from Brazillian Blowout, TIGI and Matrix to add sleekness and shine to manes. The nail technicians also stock up on new products including long-lasting gel polishes, which resist chipping for up to four weeks.
Rather than just grooming nails, slapping on a coat of polish, and sending clients on their way, the nail artists at Allendale Nails pump up manicures and pedicures with indulgent lotions and pampering treatments. The crew adds lemon, cucumber, and aloe, or green-tea extract to sudsy foot baths, massages strained shoulders, and buffs away calluses with mineral foot scrubs and potent peels. Techs lengthen stubby nails with pink and white UV fill-ins, LCN or gel sets, and UV extensions. In private rooms, waxologists carefully remove unwanted scruff from the face, limbs, and bikini area, and beauty experts bestow eyes with lash extensions that bat powerfully enough to get drafted by the Mets.