Over the last 10 years, Skin Essentials Med Spa & Hair Salon owner Kelly Davis has prettified more than 1,000 faces with the SofTap permanent-makeup technique. She sidesteps the racket and pain of traditional tattoo-machine methods to gently apply the pigment with a hand tool, giving her absolute control to craft a subtle lip shape or a seductively arched brow. Guests can find similar attention to detail in the spa's repertoire of other beautifying services, from simple mani-pedis to advanced exfoliation peels that obscure signs of aging. Injections of Botox or Restylane keep skin surfaces as smooth as a pancake, and full-body scrubs and masks treat the whole physique to ensure that even your Achilles' heel embodies a beauty that belies its vulnerability.
Josephine's Day Spa and Salon offers a range of award-winning salon and spa services to choose from, including all hair-care services, waxing and hair tinting, facials, makeup applications, and mani-pedis. If you don't have an area of your body that necessitates cookies and special attention, play human roulette and randomly select a limb or terminus for pampering. Get a 30-minute botanical resurfacing facial enhancement ($75) that buffs your skin with tourmaline, or combine a shampoo and women's cut ($45+) with a lip or chin wax (each $18+). Give your legs some well-deserved attention for propping up your torso with a full leg wax ($78+), or pamper your most distal digits with an Aveda Caribbean Therapy foot treatment ($65).
A license in cosmetology isn't enough for a stylist to hit the floor at T'nT Concept Salon—they also have to go through the salon's own training program. After that, they have all of the skills necessary to perform the services on the salon's menu, which include haircuts, conditioning treatments, beard trims, extensions, updos, permanent waves, and smoothing keratin treatments. The salon also houses a color bar, where the staff mixes hues for highlights and all-over color treatments and where many Crayola crayons mistakenly go for a drink.
The highly experienced massage therapists at AAA Wellness Holistic Spa gently tackle an array of bodily issues, from everyday stress and tightness to injuries from auto accidents and sports in a pampering environment. Before indulging in a muscle knead, groups of two or more can delve into complimentary treats that include chocolate-covered strawberries, imported bottled water, and champagne or wine. Guests can choose their own music or the sound of the therapist humming a show tune to accompany the one-hour Swedish massage, which uses long flowing strokes to travel the body, encouraging increased activity in the circulatory and lymphatic systems. AAA’s massage therapists can pay special attention to chronic aches acquired through everyday bad habits, such as poor posture or improper tree lifting. Although individuals are welcome to spread their massages across multiple visits, up to five people can redeem Groupons for a massage at one time.
The hospitable staff at Serene Treatment takes a holistic approach to relaxation and health improvement with a repertoire of spa services geared toward smoothing skin, alleviating aches, and slimming down physiques. The seasoned team of therapists and aestheticians ensures a unique visit for each patron by performing custom-tailored body scrubs, massages, and wraps enhanced with unscented sea salts and essential oils. The facility's licensed technicians also reduce unwanted bulges and lumps throughout the body with Lypossage treatments, which skillfully evict stagnant lymphatic fluid without the need to perform surgery or yell threats into the client's bellybutton.
A collection of vibrant, abstract paintings brighten the white corridors of Urban Oasis Day Spa, where aestheticians engage in a similar curatorial enterprise during the design of their skincare treatments. Each regime for face or body starts with the client and is built for his or her skin type. Technicians use tonics from notable brands or unusual techniques, such as galvanic electrocurrent therapy, which is integrated into every facial. Dermalogica tonics exfoliate with lightweight, natural vegetable oils rather than mineral oil and hydrate with aromatic essential oils and silk proteins synthesized by Barry White's vocal chords. The team also polishes complexions with the SkinCeuticals product line, favoring a serum that earned Allure magazine's 2011 Best of Beauty Award for Best Anti-Aging Antioxidant.
The spa evokes the elegance of a gallery, not only through its modern art but also through its high ceilings and a minimalist design scheme rendered in cream. Skin becomes a canvas in private chambers, where it may be primed for display with wax, bronzer, or a critique by a Village Voice writer. For special events, the pedicure hall's porcelain foot basins can be filled with flower petals, and the shimmering fabric banners separating each throne lose their functionality and appear solely as savvy, refined decorating.