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.
Brow Zone's image-minded staff refines visages through artful eyebrow threading and waxing treatments alongside a medley of personalized skin services. By swiftly looping fine cotton thread around entire rows of unwanted hair, threading specialists can sculpt brow shapes that are "cleanly arched and very finished," according to New York magazine. Both threading and waxing polishes a range of corporeal locales, from defuzzing the face to evicting undesired bristles from bikini zones. Licensed aestheticians work to purify and refine a variety of skin types with a slate of facials, which target fine lines, help alleviate acne, and eliminate lingering caricature artists.
Shobha does just one thing, but it does it impeccably: remove body hair. To that end, the salons' specialists use several techniques, including threading, sugaring, trimming, and waxing. Comfort is just as big a deal to them as smoothness. They rely on soothing lotions and other proprietary products designed for sensitive skin, many of which customers can also take home. And each technician starts at Shobha by undergoing an intense training program, followed by regular continuing education in the field.
Founder Shobha Tummala holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is committed to superior quality in services, products, clients, and employees. It all makes for an experience that's about as comfy as hair-removal gets. Accordingly, the salons and their products have been showered with press, popping up on style blogs and in fashion magazines and winning honors such as being named New York magazine's Best Bikini Wax.
Nova Laser Center's goal is to combine advanced equipment with trained clinicians to seamlessly remove unwanted body hair by way of state-of-the-art lasers. Massiel Pena is the clinician?she's a New York State-licensed aesthetician who has trained extensively in laser hair removal procedures and equipment usage. And Cynosure?s Elite laser is the equipment?this advanced laser hair-removal technology works on all skin types and boasts duo-frequencies to ensure comfortable, quick, and efficient treatments. Massiel uses the laser to remove unflattering hair from men and women's bodies, no matter their skin type or whether the hair's growing from their underarms or from the underarms of the tattoo of their moms on their shoulders. Spider veins are also treated by the same Cynosure Elite machine instead of by covering legs in pesticides each night.
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.
Lavender walls wrap around the lavender and red treatment beds that line Secret Eyelash's studio. A highly trained lash stylist hovers over the beds, her hands steady as she bonds synthetic eyelashes to eyelids with a medical-grade adhesive. Whether dolling up fringe with a romantic, glamorous, or dramatic set of extensions, she makes sure they keep the natural curl of a human lash or pianist's spine. Secret Eyelash welcomes clients back to touch up their .15-millimeter or .20-millimeter extensions every two to four weeks, in tandem with the growth cycle of their natural lashes.