Regular clients of House of Lashes can never seem to find their mascara, simply because they haven’t used it in a long, long time. Every few weeks, they lie back as one of the salon’s stylists adheres real or synthetic mink or silk eyelash extensions to their natural lashes. The staff uses a medical-grade adhesive to forge the bond for up to 90 days, long enough to reenact the entire childhood of the average Middle Ages king. In case clients want to go the opposite direction, the technicians also perform and array of waxing services.
Two talented staffers make treatments at Good Electrolysis & SkinCare possible. Marcella Good is the resident electrolysis expert, motivated to start her career after receiving treatments herself. "As a client," she says, "I understand the frustration and embarrassment of unwanted hair."
Amelie Stevens is the spa's aesthetician, and she, too, removes unwanted hair. But her mode of operation is waxing, instead of using lasers or waiting for hairs to migrate for the winter. Amelie's fascination with the science of the human body has given her a uniquely holistic view of skincare. She feels education is important, so when clients come in for facials, they're also regaled with Amelie's in depth instructions for preventative care. "The more experience I gain," she says, "the more it fascinates me how the face forms the connection between the internal and external world."
Vintage pinup girls keep watch over the transformations that take place inside Pinup Salon, where tiny clouds of hair spray and the hum of hair dryers surround guests in a cozy space. The framed pictures—clinging to walls and resting on top of hairstylists’ workstations—and vintage shots of James Dean serve as creative inspiration for the stylists. Aside from re-creating the pinup hairdos made popular in the 1940s and 1950s, the stylists craft classic and modern ’dos with trendy ombre locks, using such hues as cobalt blue, hot pink, and clear.
The employees of Spa Envy have a simple ambition: they merely want to sit their clients in tension-melting Shiatsu massage chairs and work on relaxing their minds and bodies. Talk about a formula for success! And if that weren’t enough, Spa Envy does more than seek to restore energy and soothe pained bodies; their services include hand and foot care treatments, a variety of waxing options and facial services, as well as tinting. The friendly, calm interior of this University District location makes each session a calming one, with dark wood trim, lots of natural lighting and black leather chairs that are as comfortable to look at as they are to sit in. There are discounts for first-time customers, though many getting massaged are longtime clients.
Ten Pachi Modern Salon owner Dot Hachey had two aims when she opened for business. One, she wanted to bring a touch of New York to her University District location, and two: to create a space where both men and women can feel comfortable receiving high-end hairstyling services. By all accounts, Hachey has succeeded at both, working inside a sleek salon space that’s decked out in wood, glass and leather, while offering unisex haircuts, styling and colorings that can still manage to meet a working-person’s budget. Services are simple and straightforward, from light trims to entire haircut makeovers, including coloring and a variety of chemical treatments.
Clients relax as they sip frothy beers and tart ciders amid the elegant white décor of The Wax Bar's lobby before following aestheticians back to a private treatment room for one of a broad repertoire of signature hair-removal services. Staff at The Wax Bar's two locations aim to make waxing or sugaring a luxurious and dignified experience, soothing clients' jangling nerves with drinks from the wet bar. Each aesthetician boasts a repertoire of discomfort-minimizing tricks to ensure sugaring and waxing services for men and women's brows, backs, and bikinis go as swiftly and painlessly as possible. After follicles have said their tearful goodbyes to unwanted hair, aestheticians apply aftercare products and advise clients on the best way to reduce irritation on freshly bare skin. Staff members also offer facials whose targeted therapies incorporate products from Dermalogica and Aveda.