Primp yourself out

These recently opened body shops will have you looking good in no time-and for less money.

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Whittemore House
You wouldn’t expect to find the coolest new hair salon in the garden level of an 1830s West Village mansion (one of the three oldest buildings in the city). That’s because most high-profile stylists seem to prefer to cultivate an off-puttingly exclusive attitude that’s reflected in obnoxiously sleek or ostentatious decor. But that tactic didn’t appeal to Whittemore House owners (and former couple) Victoria Hunter and Larry Raspanti, who each spent more than 15 years dressing tresses at Bumble & bumble. “That’s ridiculous! Why should you pay that much?” asks Hunter about other bold-name salons. The decor features artfully aged woods, faux-decayed stenciled walls and big, comfy boudoir chairs that you’ll want to curl up in. And the services are equally inviting: Gorgeous cuts (starting at $90) and color (a full head of foils starts at $150) courtesy of a bevy of New York’s best stylists (including Michelle Fiona, who has a cultlike following). If the friendly atmosphere doesn’t entice you to linger, the soy-based mani-pedis, minifacials and waxing by Rose Woo (of Rescue Beauty Lounge) and tea and wine bar certainly will. And if you’re worried that your hectic schedule doesn’t have room for an appointment, relax: Whittemore House is open from 10am to 9pm, seven days a week. 45 Grove St at Bleecker St (212-242-8880,—Erin Wylie

NEXT The Parlour Brooklyn

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The Parlour Brooklyn
There’s no false advertising here: Nackie Karcher’s new Greenpoint salon has the warmly lit wood and exposed-brick interior of a whiskey saloon—or what you’d expect a spiffed-up gaming parlor to look like. Karcher, formerly the director of education at Suite 303 in the famous Chelsea Hotel, wanted to make the salon as hip and friendly as her new neighborhood, so she installed a coffee bar (with the help of designer Mark Diaz of MAD Design) where clients and walk-ins alike can hang out and chat. In keeping with the communal vibe, Karcher’s friend, designer Mara Hoffman, created graphic silk robes that are infinitely cooler than any other topper we’ve seen at a salon. The Parlour Brooklyn specializes in long and curly hair, as well as men’s grooming—there will even be a men’s package that includes shampoo, a hot towel, a neck trim and a mustache trim for just $25. Clearly, Karcher is thinking of her mustachioed neighbors. 72 Greenpoint Ave between Franklin and West Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (347-294-0444,—EW

NEXT DevaSpa

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Typically, if you were to look below these city streets, you’d find only dirty subway tunnels and rats, but DevaSpa is a subterranean cave of relaxation. An extension of curly-girl haven Devachan, this spa offers 11 types of facials (ranging from $95 to $225), ten different body massages (from $150 to $225), elaborate manicures (starting at $25) and pedicures (from $50), waxing services, sauna and steam room privileges, and more. While the treatments themselves are heavenly, the waiting rooms, complete with a giant waterfall, comfy seats and fresh fruit, make for a much-needed escape from whatever’s happening aboveground. And to ensure a “stress-less experience,” the entire spa works under a no-tipping policy, so all you have to worry about is tipping back your glass of lemon-infused water. 425 Broome St at Grand St (212-274-8686,—Lisa Freedman

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