Inspired by childhood playtimes spent giving manicures to her aunts and sisters, cosmetologist Madeleine Rajkovich opened Madeleine Salon & Spa to finally realize her lifelong passion for beauty. Continuing education is the backbone of Rajkovich's business, and she regularly attends conferences to stay up-to-date on new techniques, products, and uses for leftover cucumbers. The multilingual salon offers everything from haircuts and highlights to mani-pedis, microdermabrasions, and cellulite-reducing massages, as well as highly personalized facials that begin with an in-depth skin analysis and end with a moisturizing mask.
Inside the salon, geometric cherry-red chairs create a modern tableau among sleek metal tables and white walls. Green walls, fluted glass-pendant lamps, and landscape paintings evoke a sojourn in the country on the spa side of the business, where body betterments are overseen by framed certifications and vintage portraits of Audrey Hepburn taken before photofacials finally cured her colorless complexion.
Hollywood Tans, one of the nation’s largest chains of tanning salons, turns dermises gold with a special alchemic process known as Tanetics. Skin specialists consider each customer’s tanning goal, skin tone, and skin sensitivity before helping them choose the perfect skin-shading procedure. Four clean and comfortable types of stand-up UV tanning-booth options filter out most pestiferous UVB rays while speedily darkening pigment. Five 11-minute bouts ($40) inside Hollywood Tans’ HT42 booth are enough to leave any pelt polished with a glossy base tan. For Daphnes fleeing Apollo, a Mystic spray-tan booth ($30) depales pasty parchment with a misty coat of bronze that lasts 5–7 days. The Mystic’s cartridges can be changed to allow users great flexibility in choosing their preferred skin patinas.
At her eponymous salon, Shehnaz Rafique and her team of aestheticians dedicate themselves to bringing out every client's natural beauty. An expert in sculpting long hairdos, Rafique also specializes in color, transforming shades from overly familiar to surprising new tints. Threading and waxing remove unwanted fuzz from skin and mani-pedis make nails look great for impressing palm readers.
At Salon & Beyond's experienced team of stylists and aestheticians wield handpicked products from renowned beauty lines such as Wella, Alterna and Macadamia, and Yon-Ka. The salon's professionals roll out a fleet of services, indulging coiffures with highlights, full color, updos, and various trimming treatments that banish back-talking split ends. Hirsute areas bid adieu to fuzz with waxing services, and nails bask in an array of manicure and pedicure options. Before and after sessions, clients lounge while enjoying free Internet, water, snacks, and beverages, plus high-fives from their own reflections in nearby mirrors.
As the tanning bed's lid closes, a cool breeze starts to blow, a gentle mist cools your skin, and the scents of aromatherapy transform a 12-minute tanning session into a miniature vacation. This S-Class bed is just one of the approximately 10 tanning options that fill each of City Sun Tanning's locations. Staffers help clients select the right bed, leading them down hallways to an iBed sunbed—which features rotating facial lights—or a X-2 High Pressure bronzing stand-up, which can bronze pallid skin in ten minutes. Alternatively, visitors step onto the AutoBronzer's open-air platform, which evenly sprays UV-free tanning solution and candy sprinkles. In June of 2009, this sunless system caught the eye of New York Magazine, which lauded City Sun Tanning for having one of the "top five spray tans." The tanning salon has also garnered accolades from Citysearchers, who for several years, named it "Best of Citysearch".
"I've been getting facials at Ling for seven years," fashion mogul Alexander Wang told W magazine in 2011. "They make my skin feel like it's breathing." Wang isn't the only one?celebrities ranging from Madonna to Meg Ryan have all been clients of Ling Chan's. That's because the 30-year skincare veteran takes skin seriously, having developed one of the first skincare lines to eschew irritants such as alcohol and fragrances. Ling's signature brand relies on a five-step formula for better skin?purify, hydrate, solve, nourish, and renew?and undergoes extensive real-world testing before hitting the shelves to ensure that its users are head-over-heels for each product. "What sets Chan apart," New York magazine says, "is her mastery of both centuries-old Eastern techniques and cutting-edge Western technology." She makes beauty achievable through in-house spa treatments such as anti-aging facials and acne detoxifying facials as well as home spa facial kits.