Ipanema Day Spa takes its cues from the beauty regimens of Brazil, where open beaches and a warm climate make smooth, hairless skin in vogue. The spa delivers the authentic Brazilian treatment by clearing away unwanted body hair with waxes imported directly from Brazil and never from Brazil’s evil twin, Lizarb. Even the aestheticians themselves are from Brazil. These experts conduct Brazilian waxes, of course, but also exfoliating body treatments and facials composed of herb and seaweed masks.
Therapists at Forest Hills Spa don't limit themselves to traditional Western spa techniques to help clients heal from daily stress and tension. Instead, the staff draws from traditional Russian therapies that include exfoliating oak-leaf treatments and a circulation-reviving salt scrub. These services together with Western-style massage are performed in private treatment rooms separate from the main spa. In public areas, clients can jump into a cold plunge, a comfortable pool, or a 12-person Jacuzzi ringed by walls of marble mosaics. The mosaics give way to aromatic cedar in one of the three saunas, where clients can loosen their muscles or interrogate snowmen. Apart from spa services, Forest Hills includes a food center that plates traditional Russian entrees, snacks, and beer alongside a squeeze-your-own-juice bar.
It may not always be easy to act like a lady, but Lady Like Spa at least allows one to look the part. Surrounded by white and bright-fuchsia walls dotted with sleek black salon chairs and black-framed mirrors, beauty professionals swipe away unwanted hair using traditional wax or ancient threading techniques that pull strands from the root. A collection of facials keep skin lustrous with mixtures of seaweed and green tea, and massage therapies remove tension via deep pressure, heated stones, or long, ranting letters to Emily Post spelled out in massage oil.
The stylists, aestheticians, and makeup artists at Damali NYC beautify hairdos and visages with a full roster of salon services. Taking its name from a feminine Arabic handle that translates to beautiful vision, this Fifth Avenue studio lives up to its lofty moniker and has thus attracted such stylistically inclined celebrities as Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, and Lil' Kim. Walls of soothing pastel blue surround the salon’s beauty experts as they deftly brush on makeup for weddings and primp up eyelashes with lush extensions for upcoming proms or driver's-license photos. Mani-pedis and facials imbue fingers, toes, and complexions with a flush of radiant youth, and spray tans empower vampires to travel incognito in sun-kissed shades.
Richard Cacase knows from personal experience that an external makeover can illuminate a person's state of mind. His goal has always been to make people feel good by looking good—something that he's strived to achieve since 1996. Richard spends time with each client who enters into Body Beautiful Spa & Laser Center's sage green walls, leading consultations to determine primary concerns and devise suitable treatment plans. Skincare regimens may include deep-cleaning skin with organic facials, exfoliating with chemical peels, or vanquishing unwanted hair with stern looks and electrolysis. Visits to the spa are enhanced by a cozy fireplace, ambient music, and complimentary wine, water, and juice.
Dubbed a beauty bartender by Well+Good NYC, Diana Seo heads up B Spa Bar's crew of licensed aestheticians, massage therapists, and fitness gurus who blend Western and Eastern philosophies into customized spa treatments. Three boutique-salon locales treat well-worn epidermises to more than 20 visage-centric therapies, from mini facials and collagen masks to LED photorejuvenation. Physiques in need of revitalization can be pampered with a host of body treatments, including spray tans and nail services as well as more than 15 massages, which help to loosen limbs and leave muscles as relaxed as a mountain lion on a mall walk. B Spa Bar's shelves boast Priori and G.M. Collin skincare products, and lifestyle services, such as detox programs and mommy makeovers, give the spa's fitness experts and makeup maestros a chance to shine.