Fox & Jane Salon
Blush Nail Lounge
Whether you’re an NYU student looking for a cheap manicure or a long-time resident hoping to find a few deals at spas in NYC, there’s a place to relax in this part of town. And if you’re game for something crazy, peep the hair edition of our street fashion section for inspiration.
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Thanks to the one-two punch of hat hair and frigid temps drying out my strands, I needed major mane help. This East Village salon injected moisture back into my hair with this conditioning treatment. The quick-but-luxe service began with a wash (using sulfate- and paraben-free Nano Complex Keratin Gold shampoo) and scalp massage. Stylist Alison Kushner used a syringe to carefully apply a dose of Nano Complex Rejuvenating hair treatment, which is packed with amino acids, keratin and 24-karat-gold nanomolecules (they help the conditioner penetrate the hair shaft). Our advice: Spring for the blowout, which is an additional $35 and up; after Kushner worked her magic, I was ready to face the city with shiny locks that Rapunzel would covet. Regularly $35. Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment for 20% off this treatment through April 24.
Tamago Skincare: Green-tea facial
This treatment rescued my face from the ruddy-cheeked, red-nosed look I’ve been rocking since the weather turned cold. Facialist Akemi Arima used all-natural Dr. Jeff products—including a milk cleanser, enzyme-laden exfoliater and cucumber massage cream—to cleanse and moisturize my face. To further soothe my skin, she applied a menthol-and-lavender lotion, followed by a Japanese green-tea mask loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. The treatment ended with the application of sunblock and placenta-pumped moisturizer, leaving my face rejuvenated, refreshed and free of any dryness or redness. $75. 212-505-1599, tamago-skincare.com
The Village Beauty Lounge: Premium massage
Still achy from schlepping gifts during the holidays, my tense muscles definitely needed some relief. I found total relaxation at this buzzing nail salon, which also features a subterranean, bonsai-tree–dotted sanctuary. The premium package is a combination of Swedish, deep-tissue and hot-stone massage; after a quick chat to take stock of my problem areas, massage therapist Abel Costa began a “zero balancing” technique to realign my bones to their proper places. The approach allows the deep-tissue portion of the massage to better bust knots in a relaxing manner, as opposed to the typical “wince through the pain” experience. Afterward, I felt calm and relaxed, and my desk-bound slouching had been corrected. $150. Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment for $50 off this treatment through Feb 24. 212-387-0045, thevillagebeautylounge.com
This cheerful spa started the pampering right away, as I sunk into a comfy oversize chair and sipped a complimentary cup of tea. The treatment began with a milk-and-chrysanthemum-flower bath, meant to moisturize my beat-up feet. This was followed by a scrub with house-made exfoliator (combining cane sugar and aloe), a ten-minute massage with warm honey and a hot paraffin treatment for my heels. Similar products were used for my manicure, which also included a moisturizing almond- and jojoba-oil mask, coupled with a hand and arm massage. Polish options include Essie, OPI, Butter and Chanel shades, and new and trendy colors are marked with a star sticker reminiscent of your elementary-school days. Manicure $27, pedicure $59. Mention TONY when booking or at time of appointment for $10 off the combined mani-pedi through Mar 1.