A transplant from the Dominican Republic, Josephine Rodriguez—better known as “La Chilly”—came to the states to open her own beauty haven, Picis Salon. The salon is a branch of her larger outfit, Josephine’s Spa, where Rodriguez offers an array of spa and medi-spa services, fortified by her own line of products, Josephine Cosmetics. When she’s in the salon, however, La Chilly and her staff focuses exclusively on hair, delivering traditional services such as haircuts, color treatments, and extensions for those who think they’ll need to escape from a castle tower in the near future.
After entering B&O Nail, each client relaxes in a cushioned manicure seat or lounges in a plush massaging pedicure chair. A technician kicks off the pampering process by clipping, filing, and buffing fingernails and toenails into perfect blank canvases. During pedicures, the nail tech removes calluses on feet before hydrating them, and hands are moisturized with lotion during manicures. Finally, digits are cloaked in lacquer from the salon's kaleidoscope of nail-polish hues, which include pale pinks, sparkly blues, and vibrant reds.
Jackie Alder has been passionate about beauty since she was a kid. She's taken her love of beauty to the next level at Ocean 7 Skincare Spa, where she and her team enhance appearances with facials, slimming body wraps, hair and eyelash extensions, and waxing. In addition to sprucing up clients, Ocean 7 helps them relax. Upon their arrival, clients change into fluffy spa robes and slippers, and then head to the relaxation room to unwind with tea, coffee, and refreshments.
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.
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.