Manhattan’s many beautification boutiques have more to offer than mediocre manicures and simple haircuts. Here are some spots with special services.
Pop around the city for a day of pampering
Navigating New York City can be chaotic, but deciphering which salons, spas and services to experience is extremely overwhelming. Instead of stumbling into a not-so-great place, after a long week — and no beauty rest — in the city that never sleeps, freshen up with a beauty crawl at these locations.
Shiatsu scalp & hair treatment
The 30-minute treatment involves a stress-reducing massage and a blend of conditioners and oils to renew hair, making it lustrous and silky. Salon owner John Masters opened the first clean-air salon in the world — meaning only ammonia-free hair color and non-toxic nail services, hairsprays and perms are allowed within these walls. The Niagara Falls, New York, native has been in business for 19 years. (John Masters Organics Flagship Store, $25)
Tata Harper BEAUTY BAR hand treatment
Now through Dec. 31, the pop-up is offering 15-minute all-natural and toxin-free service for skin rejuvenation and a fresh glow. After exfoliating the skin with willow extract and applying aloe vera, warm mitts and a hand massage are given before a fresh manicure is applied. All products and ingredients are grown on Tata Harper‘s Vermont farm. (exhale, $25)
Tone up treatment
Instead of slaving away at the gym, bodies can look their best in 60 minutes. Using microcurrent technology, delivered by self-adhesive rounds on problem areas, there is no exercise needed. It stimulates muscle and cell activity. It drains excess water, sculpting and shaping muscles. Celebrity Skin Expert Joanna Vargas offers this cumulative treatment, among others. After one visit, results are visible and cellulite is smoother. (Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary, $200-$350)
Although there are (almost) endless waxing options to choose from, one specialty service is “Celebrity Brows.” Having been in business for a decade, the destination devoted to hair removal shows photos of famous faces with fabulous arches for every face shape. The wax technician then provides a custom stencil of the star’s brows in order to complete the look. Pencils and other tools, to maintain the perfect shape, are available as well. (Uni K Wax Center, $25)
Customized facial, customized peel
With three-month trials and 12-month memberships, New Yorkers are treated with a skin rejuvenation program that includes customized cellular regeneration peels and nutrition boosting facials that focus on skin correction and maintenance. The skin care brand has been around for more than 80 years, with clients like Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. (Erno Lazlo Institute, $1,000-$3,000)
In a 9,000-square-foot LEED certified space, the salon offers an extensive selection of services including hair color, pedicures, makeup and more. In 45 minutes — and a request for a cut — stylists can transform hair from everyday to impressive. (Oscar Blandi, $90-$600)