Skin Spa New York's seven Manhattan locations all represent the same business, but you wouldn't know it by stepping inside. That's because the spa strives to imbue each spot with the feel of its surrounding neighborhood, whether it's the bustling atmosphere of Midtown or the artsy character of Chelsea. Whatever the address, every studio brims with a mix of pamper-centric spa and results-oriented med-spa services using products such as PCA Clinical Skin Care and glo therapeutics. Private massages and full-body waxing complement the purifying effects of facials, which target individual issues such as blemishes and fine lines. Meanwhile, higher-tech treatments can revamp the entire body without a single incision, thanks to light-based techniques such as the collagen-boosting Laser Genesis, skin-tightening Titan laser, and anti-aging Photolight and Limelight facials, which remove signs of sun damage. A company-wide collection of more than 20 lasers can help clients rid themselves of hair by targeting and destroying the follicles that grow it. A plentiful stock of skincare serums is also available for purchase, allowing clients to keep their skin pristine at home.
Sunlight filters in through Scandalous Hair Studio & Spa’s two walls of windows, illuminating the intimate boutique so that it stands out amid the other neighborhood stores. Perched on the corner, the all-purpose salon and spa greets visitors with an exposed brick wall that gives way to a row of styling stations where stylists pace around salon chairs as they plan out customized haircuts and color treatments.
Just a few yards away but a world removed from the lively bustle of the salon floor, aestheticians stationed in private treatment rooms cultivate glowing complexions with Wilma Schumann skincare products. Among the most popular spa services, aromatherapy massages melt away stress, and European facials fight signs of aging, acne, and embarrassing face-plant dives off the Eiffel Tower.
Born in Russia and raised in Israel, Beny spent his early adulthood sweeping up discarded hair in a New York salon. This self-taught stylist went on to open two salons, including Hair Bar NYC (formerly Keratin Hair Bar), where he and his staff imbue frazzled tresses with Brazilian keratin treatments, Japanese straightening treatments, and Magic Sleek, which smoothes tendrils using proteins from the Amazon rainforest. He also uses and equips clients with products by Obliphica, Wella, Moroccanoil, and Inova. When stylists aren't subduing frizz, they sculpt coiffures with haircuts and color treatments but never by infusing them with play-doh.
Though most aestheticians worry most about how to style hair, the staff at Nicole Beauty Spa care more about removing it. Though they can remove unwanted strands with high-tech methods such as laser hair removal or more traditional treatments such as waxing, their specialty is threading. This ancient Eastern form of hair removal uses only a single strand of looped thread, which threaders yield to precisely surround and remove strands of hair. They can target large swathes of area on the face, or fine-tune their approach to carefully shape and groom brows. In addition to these hair-removal treatments, staff also offer a range of spa treatments. These include relaxing massages, mani-pedis, facials, and artful henna application noting the after-care instructions of your services.