Within the calming confines of Salon L, outfitted with framed paintings, Lynn Marie—an aesthetician, licensed massage therapist, and Reiki master—sets straight bedraggled bodies and countenances with a host of aesthetic services. Before facials, the skincare specialist calms finicky faces by massaging tense muscles before administering restorative treatments geared toward ameliorating blemishes or eradicating dead skin cells. To keep hair from encroaching on foreheads, she waxes brows into exquisitely manicured squares, gentle arches, or favorite city skylines. Though her resumé bursts at the seams with her 12 years of experience, Lynn Marie keeps herself up to date, soaking in advanced training workshops and seminars as well as skincare classes through GlyMed Plus.
Encore Medspa probably doesn’t receive many noise complaints from its downstairs neighbor, Tiffany & Co. Channeling its inner spa, the second-story office remains quiet and contemplative, allowing guests to lounge on couches in the waiting room, study decorative mirrors on the walls, and use a stove heater in the massage room to grill hot dogs. In this serene setting, medical director Dr. Julia Ankinding and registered nurses Adrianne Gonzalez and Cindy Grounds help restore youth to faces through Botox injections and facials. The medspa also offers advanced services such as Fraxel laser treatments as well as more advanced med spa services such as Fraxel laser treatments and micro laser peels.
When you walk into thirteen, you'll be whisked away to a hair fantasyland. A highly trained hair stylist will help you figure out the best cut ($35 and up) for your face and personal style. If you already know what you're looking for, the stunning staff of stylists can take your vision and transform it beyond expectations. A single-process color is $36 and up, while partial highlights for dull head threads start at $60. Narrow down the focus to ocular hair with eyelash extensions ($125–$350), or wax away unwanted peach fuzz beneath an arched brow ($20–$25), on the stiff upper lip and trembling chin ($29), or from the bikini line ($30). Save today's Groupon for the largest day and use it for bridal makeup, which costs $225 for the bride and $85 for each doting handmaiden. This Groupon is also valid toward specials, such as half-price Friday facials, which occur once a month, enabling visitors to fully indulge in a European facial (regularly priced $95) or firming facial (regularly priced $165) for half-off.
The hour-long clinical facial begins when the skilled aesthetician evaluates your skin's specific needs, asks your skin its likes and dislikes, and then sets up a personalized comprehensive treatment schedule. The vanguard of the head then receives more attention than a toddler taking her first steps on the back of a flaming bear. Your aesthetician will exfoliate rough areas, moisturize, perform extractions on deeply clogged pores, and apply an antibacterial treatment to the skin to keep your appearance shining and blemish-free. Alka's facials are also soothing, relaxing skincare experiences, complete with tranquilizing face and décolleté massages. The clinical facial ends with a customized mask, locking in the rejuvenating effects for both body and mind.
Ashley Renee put in plenty of hours both working at and managing a med spa before opening her own space. Over the course of those long days, she spent plenty of time undoing damage done by beauty products packed with artificial fillers. Now dedicated to all-natural skin-renewing treatments, the licensed aesthetician practices her “think green” philosophy at Fusion Skin & Beauty. There, Ashley turns back the effects of time with products found in all corners of the natural world. Organic dead sea minerals from 1,200 feet below sea level detoxify skin impurities, glycolic chemical peels clear acne and wrinkles, and cruelty-free soap washes out profane mouths. Ashley also smoothes over fuzzy situations, offering waxing services for the face and body.
Within the tranquil, gray-blue walls of Forever Radiant, guests are encouraged to redefine beauty. “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful” proclaims a cursive-written sign in the private treatment room, where flickering candles shed warm light on the white spa chair. Here, skin experts hover over guests, armed with Bioelements formulas and Eva's Esthetics waxes. In addition to microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels, they customize facials to suit clients' individual skin issues, be they dryness, oiliness, or an unhealthy addiction to face paint.