Cindy Barshop may have a familiar face. She gained reality-TV fame as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she found success much earlier when the Madison Avenue spa she founded more than 10 years ago grew into a hair-removal brand known throughout the country. Completely Bare’s waxing specialists dab bikini lines with the shop’s proprietary blend of ouch-less wax, which adheres to hair instead of skin to avoid the painful pull that often accompanies a waxing session. The blend is hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, which makes it ideal for depilating sensitive skin and touchy bodily zones. Routine waxing sessions add extra sparkle with the salon’s vajazzling service, which bedecks newly hair-free spots with up to 70 Swarovski crystals arranged into such shapes as hearts, stars, peace signs, and MPAA ratings. The spa specialists also migrate beyond the below-the-belt area to polish the rest of the body with facials, laser hair removal, spray tanning, and teeth whitening.
Julianne Steiner readily admits that she can’t turn off her “beauty junkie” tendencies. When she meets someone new, she automatically homes in on their most striking features and brainstorms ways to accentuate them. As an aesthetician and a makeup artist, Julianne begins with skincare in creating her beauty masterpieces. Using the organic Jurlique line, she custom-blends facials, and, with Palomar wand in hand, unleashes waves of pulsed light on brown-spots or unwanted hair. Julianne also offers Brazilian waxing, using special wax that's suitable for sensitive skin, as well as chemical peels.
Once she liberates skin from spots and fuzz, Julianne can fully realize her artistic vision with the help of high-quality liners, shadows, and mascara. In addition to applying makeup, she also teaches lessons and helps clients rid their own cosmetic bags of unflattering or outdated products.
At Hernan Prada Hair, even a simple trim is a personalized opus. The stylists here all have trained in a specialized cutting technique that snips hair according to how it naturally falls rather than taking off a designated number of inches at a 90-degree angle. The result is a custom cut that flatters each guest's hair type and face. The team takes the same kind of meticulous approach to color treatments, which range from multidimensional bi-tone hues to hand painted balayage highlights, a more precise alternative to foils. The salon also stocks organic products from Surface.
The man behind these careful methods, Hernan Prada, has devoted most of his life to perfecting them. He began working as a stylist's apprentice in Argentina at age 16. At Llongueras—known for receiving such clients as the Spanish royal family and Salvador Dalí—Hernan accrued enough know-how to move to New York and open his own venue. Now, the Scarsdale Patch reports that he's styled models for Hermes and Valentino, among other companies. Despite his closeness to celebrity, he runs Hernan Prada Hair as an inviting setting for everyday guests and eco-friendly practices.
The aesthetician at Sedora Spa unites her knowledge of natural ingredients with modern technology to help compensate for the shortcomings of plant-based skin products and radios made from coconuts. Ultrasonic massage devices shimmy across the skin with 28,000 vibrations per second to help break down blackheads, dirt, and grease while boosting circulation. Elecro facials firm up drooping skin by gently stimulating the muscles of the face and dive under the skin to kill the bacteria that causes break-outs. This technology works alongside skillful blends of Dead Sea mineral masks and natural butters and oils.
The team at Sedora Spa devotes itself to clients’ comfort. Cookies, snacks, and tea in the reception area greet incoming guests. In the candlelit treatment areas, clients can pick between vanilla and lavender aromatherapy or simply enjoy the cherry-almond scent of everyday oxygen.
Whether attending to a client's facial needs or love of eclectic nail colors, the aestheticians at Cosmetic Boutique are committed to their use of organic and paraben-free beauty products. This gallery of makeup and skincare formulas includes products by brands such as Jane Iredale, Skinceuticals, and Natura Bissé. The boutique mainly serves as a personalized small-scale shopping experience, where trained staff walk customers through their stock. And yet, as a combination beauty shop and med spa, it also has staff who perform services ranging from oxygen-infused facials with exfoliation and extractions to waxing and airbrush tanning.