Track down that bottle of magic blue potion you regret not buying during your vacation to Paris and get it with today's Groupon: $10 for $30 worth of international health and beauty products at Thompson Chemists. The SoHo mom-and-pop store, located at 137 Thompson St., stocks all sorts of obscure European balms and salves.
Williamsburg's N4 Med Spa-Salon combines natural and medical-grade treatments to help clients reach their cosmetic goals. A board-certified physician oversees treatments featuring high-tech laser equipment, which nonsurgically removes tattoos, unwanted hair, and blemishes. For a more natural turn at rejuvenation, try the organic seaweed body wrap or the custom facial—tailored to smooth out clients' every wrinkle and line written in outdated cursive font. The beauty hot spot also offers mani-pedis, massages, and waxing, and the full-service Aveda concept salon nestled inside is an oasis for styling and coloring.
Haircutter in the Meadow's team of talented stylists creates lustrous, sleek locks with both Japanese and Brazilian straightening techniques and high-quality salon blowouts. Clients recline in cushioned salon chairs for sudsy shampooing, which rids tresses of dirt, oil, and vestigial gum from the third grade. Warm gusts from overhead blow dryers sop up lingering moisture and shuffle frizzy strands into sleeker repose, crafting glossy, modern styles from short, midlength, and long hair. The intimate salon brims with sconce lighting and exudes modernity with a burgundy accent wall set amid crisp, white tiles.
When Skyy Hadley is finished painting, her artwork doesn’t hang on a museum wall—it beautifies the hands of stars such as P. Diddy, Uma Thurman, and Liv Tyler. The celebrity manicurist was once just another young woman who moved from the South to NYC while chasing a dream, but unlike many stories, hers ended in success. With talent and hard work, she landed herself in the pages of Cosmo and Us Weekly and gathered a star-studded client list. After this success, Skyy decided to realize another dream: opening her own spa.
As well as taking its name from a genie’s obsequious words, As U Wish evokes the Arabian nights with an interior of tassled cushions, purple and yellow silk draperies, and light from a crystal chandelier. After walking past a crackling wooden fireplace, guests sink into massive, overstuffed chairs and dip their feet into pedicure baths of milk and honey or ylan-jasmine and violet oils. Then, scrubs with shea butter, mango, and sea salt or wraps made with Baltic mud and peach paraffin wax soothe soles weary from walking in high heels or from running while stuck in bear traps. During manicures or pedicures, toluene- and formaldehyde-free Zoya nail polish brightens appendages while guarding health, and the spa’s aestheticians also evict unwanted facial and body hair with honey or lavender wax.
At The V Spot Nail Spa, clients can sink into massive white armchairs as their feet soak in gleaming silver basins as the soothing scents of the lavender scrub and shea butter waft through the air. While they relax in armchairs or perch themselves at manicure stations, their toe- and fingertips are painted with OPI and CND Shellac polish, which make appendages easy to spot when their owners are rotating atop a baggage-claim conveyor belt. Olive lotion, lavender scrubs, and aloe augment manicures, softening hands as guests look up at the salon’s crystal chandeliers, ornate mirrors, and exposed-brick walls.
Sparkle Salon’s steady-handed technicians clear unwanted hairs from delicate body areas with thorough waxing treatments. After clients retire to a secluded area, a salon staffer discusses hair-removal options, addresses customer concerns, and hypothesizes about whether Mona Lisa was smirking because she heard a joke or had a hamster crawling beneath her cloak. Next, the stubble savant meticulously applies wax to loitering strands and paper strips, and with a quick twist of the wrist removes pesky pelts residing in bikini zones and beyond. Brazilian waxing saves skin surfaces from the irritation of razor burn, the lengthy process of tweezing, and the ineffective gesture of politely asking hair to leave. Waxed surfaces can remain smooth and fuzz-free for up to six weeks.