Brazil Bronze Glow Bar owner Sally Blenkey-Tchassova knows how difficult it can be to get pale skin to cooperate. She spent her childhood in England applying self-tanning creams to her naturally ivory skin, trying every formula and label she could in her ongoing quest to find the perfect, long-lasting solution. It wasn't until she moved to New York City and found a passion for the highly competitive––and very tan––world of ballroom dancing, that she gracefully stumbled upon the concept of airbrush tanning. From that moment on, she decided to learn everything she could about airbrushing, daring to dream about a world where every pale person could instantly transform herself into a Brazilian goddess whenever she pleased. However, her first attempts with highly perfumed, commercial-grade formulas left her feeling sick, so she took it upon herself to build a better bronze, eventually perfecting a 95% organic product, as well as a sculpted application designed to add subtle definition to curves, décolletage, and the body's natural pinstriping.
According to New York magazine, Blenkey-Tchassova now divides her time between "the West Coast for celeb regulars and awards-season appointments" and the New York City salon, which has blossomed into an international operation recognized by numerous media outlets, including Allure magazine, which noted, "Her spray gun creates streak-free color that fades as evenly as the real thing." Salon technicians even travel to bring the airbrush experience to homes, offices, or subterranean doomsday bunkers, and further boost clients' self-confidence by planning flirty boudoir photo sessions.
Working from their sole location at 149 Madison Avenue and unaffiliated with any other laser center or beauty lounge, owners Kimberly Schanzer and Michelle Moyer and their team of technicians have earned a top spot on Yelp's Best of list for hair removal in New York, and they've even been cited as experts on YouBeauty, a website co-founded by TV's Dr. Oz. The beauty experts are not only licensed aestheticians and certified cosmetic laser technicians, but also certified laser-safety officers. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, the women utilize their wide range of skills to make each client's visit to the boutique-style space personal and comfortable. The team has chosen some of the most advanced laser hair-removal technology available—Candela's GentleLASE, GentleLASE Pro, and GentleYAG lasers—which they can use on light or dark skin. They also diminish acne and deep wrinkles with Candela's Smoothbeam laser.
Editor of American Spa Magazine Heather Mikesell tried out the center's Candela GentleLASE procedure. She said, "Although I’ve had my share of laser hair-removal sessions, I have to say this was one of the most hassle-free." Mikesell appreciated the system's ability to treat a large body area and its patented cooling mechanism, which relieves discomfort better than a blanket sewn from strings of frozen peas. Pulse Laser and Skincare Center has also received accolades from a variety of other press.
Captained by owner-director and licensed aesthetician Carole Lea Burns, the certified staff at Skin Laser Rejuvenation helps wind back time with high-powered medical cosmetic procedures. Specializing in laser hair removal, Skin Laser Rejuvenation uses advanced Lumenis LightSheer Diode technology to reduce the appearance of unwanted body fuzz. Effective on those with darker skin tones, tanned skin, and hermit-crab shells, the Diode system is an advanced laser that touts the ability to treat all skin types. For skin-related issues, the center's medical-grade intense pulsed light therapy treats sun-damaged skin and fights broken capillaries and has been named a W magazine editors' beauty pick. Through Carole's 18 years of skincare experience, she's also earned fans from Manhattan Magazine, Vogue, and New York Magazine, which have lauded her for top-notch skincare and laser hair removal. The selection of facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, as well as Botox and Juvéderm injections, help to soften wrinkles and fine lines.
Named one of America's Top Surgeons in 2009 by the Consumers' Research Council of America, Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj draws upon nearly 20 years of experience as he helps clients attain their desired appearance. Dr. Slupchynskyj, director and founder of The Aesthetic Institute of New York & New Jersey, is an innovator in his field, developing procedures such as the SlupLift, a one- to two-hour mini face-lift that results in minimal scarring and recovery time for patients. Double board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, he’s also a familiar face to the media, bringing his expertise to publications including Vogue, New York magazine, and Woman’s World.
The Aesthetic Institute’s two locations, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and in Chatham, provide a private, comfortable environment as clients receive high-quality care. Services range from Botox injections and rhinoplasty to reconstructive surgery, accommodating those seeking enhancements both large and small.
CEO John Chang established the first Dashing Diva in 2003. His concept was quick, affordable mani-pedis performed in a highly sanitized environment by expert nail technicians. Now with 30 locations across the United States, Japan, and China, the Dashing Diva has gained accolades in a number of media outlets including Allure, InStyle, and the New York Post.
Three levels of nail technicians (junior, senior, and master) beautify hands and feet with high-quality lotions and scrubs, Dashing Diva’s own brand of nail polishes, and their own Virtual Nails, which are nail coverings that looks like real polish. All technicians have very high sanitation standards and kick bacteria to the curb by cleaning tools with effective autoclave machines, washing ceramic pedicure sinks with a hospital-grade disinfectant, and providing clients with personal manicure kits that include a nail file and re-sealable bag.
Eyelash Parlor Lavilash’s owner, Kiki, found inspiration for the business in her own beauty routine, which she squeezed in between triathlons and martial-arts classes. That was in 2005, and Kiki had already accrued more than six years of experience performing eyelash perms and teaching the technique throughout southeast Asia. Her business plan quickly came into focus. She opened a studio devoted to infusing eyelashes with a curl that lasts four–six weeks through weather and hard wear, dispatching with the need for daily mascara application and damaging mechanical curling or extensions.
The procedure is surprisingly similar to a salon visit. After the mild perm cream coats eyelashes, a silicone roller—chosen from a collection of 42 options—shapes the eyelashes into arcs ranging from demure to diva, and a complimentary collagen treatment conditions each tendril to a high gloss. Kiki works with a team of technicians to safely create new looks and correct unsuccessful perms perpetrated by other salons. She also teaches the method to professional aestheticians and lay folk hoping to streamline their own makeup routine.