Spa treatments by body part
Pamper yourself with facials, massages, hair treatments, reflexology and more.
Mon Jan 23 2012
Photograph: Michael Priest Photography
Chris Chase Salon: Shu Uemura ume conditioning treatment
182 Ninth Ave between 21st and 22nd Sts (212-206-7991, chrischasesalon.com). $50.
Many hip NYC ladies rave about pricey but effective Keratin treatments, but this salon also offers a series of conditioning services created by Japanese wonder brand Shu Uemera that offer shorter-term smoothing results for a fraction of the cost. My upbeat stylist, Jenna Montefusco, offered me a glass of wine, before helping me select the best conditioner for my hair type (moisturizing and volume-enhancing are among the options). She washed my strands with Shu Uemura's cleansing oil shampoo, then painted the conditioner onto my hair in small sections.
Best part: The replenishing tonic tamed my frizzy tresses into smooth waves, and the extended scalp massage that set the conditioner in my hair was killer.
Why it's worth it: The treatment eliminated the buildup caused by my usual products, and I opted to add a blowout, which yielded several compliments while I was out on the town that evening.—Sharon Steel
Oasis Day Spa: Dry-scalp treatment
1 Park Ave between 32nd and 33rd Sts (212-545-5254, oasisdayspanyc.com). 40-minute treatment regularly $50. TONY deal Mention TONY when booking for 15 percent off this service Mon--Thu through Feb 29 (excluding Feb 14).
Manager Carmine Fischetti vigorously massaged drops of Moroccanoil's original formula into my head, explaining that this treatment is especially popular during the colder months (heaters can dry out your scalp) and with clients who color their hair regularly (ditto for the chemicals in many dyes). I relaxed and sipped tea for ten minutes, then hopped over to a washing station for a shampoo, light dry and conditioning.
Best part: As a scalp-treatment newbie, I appreciated how the affable Fischetti explained each step of the process.
Why it's worth it: Walking up Park Avenue afterward, I caught a glimpse of my silky-smooth hair's sheen in a cab's window.—Tim Lowery
The Sanctuary Salon: One-hour hair spa treatment
527 Atlantic Ave between Third and Fourth Aves, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-243-9300, sanctuarysalonbrooklyn.com). Regularly $55. TONY deal Mention TONY when booking for a complimentary fashion blow-dry through Feb 14.
After an initial consultation and analysis, my stylist doused my dye-wrecked locks with an Aveda Damage Remedy as I sipped champagne. A few minutes later, after the salve had time to penetrate, came a thorough shampoo and blow-dry. My mane emerged so healthy-looking that I was tempted to swing it around in commercial-style slow-motion.
Best part: As I waited for the hair products to penetrate, my hand and arms were given a deep massage and warmed with hot towels. Then, before my hair was rinsed and shampooed, I received a mini aromatherapy session.
Why it's worth it: The extra TLC made the session hypnotically relaxing.—Rachel R. White
Hiro Haraguchi Hair Salon New York: Hair restoration treatment and blow-dry
41 E 57th St between Madison and Park Aves, suite 400 (212-593-3030, hiroharaguchi.com). Regularly $150. TONY deal Mention TONY when booking to receive $20 off this service.
Though this process was invented to decrease postdye damage and fading, the experts here have found it also works as a perfect remedy for dry, coarse or otherwise underappreciated strands. Hair therapist Yuko Tatemoto shampooed my uncolored (but nonetheless frizzy and unruly) mane before applying a treatment to restore the hair's cell-membrane complex, which helps your locks retain moisture. In this process, CMC was infused back into the hair follicles, leaving my mop shockingly manageable.
Best part: Unlike deep-conditioning treatments I've tried in the past, this one didn't weigh down my curls or leave them limp and greasy.
Why it's worth it: This regimen left my hair easy to style, and I had a weeklong string of good-hair days I never thought possible.—Genevieve Tax
Mousey Brown Salon: Scalp Rx
732 Lorimer St at Bayard St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-7971, mouseybrownsalon.com). $20. TONY deal Mention TONY for 15 percent off any I.C.O.N. products through Feb 29.
The homey vibe and pleasantly chatty staff here will immediately put you at ease. The owner, Meredith Chesney, kicked off this service by applying an invigorating mix of peppermint and eucalyptus oils, followed by a thorough head massage. The blend contains a natural form of salicylic acid, which removes any buildup or dry skin on the scalp. She rinsed the first batch of oils from my head with a double dose of shampoo and conditioner—the latter was light enough to work from root to tip without worrying about any greasy residue. The final touch was a handmade blend of rosemary and argan oils, which penetrated the hair follicle and left me with a mane that I couldn't stop running my hands through.
Best part: The peppermint oils had my head pleasantly tingly for hours after leaving the salon, and my newly sleek hair smelled refreshingly like rosemary until its next wash.
Why it's worth it: While this treatment is recommended to deal with the harsh, winter weather, its oils and herbs can also help undo a summer's worth of chlorine damage or stimulate hair growth.—SR