You know what to expect from New York Fashion Week — seven days of glitz and glam, furs and fun, stilettos and… chipped manicures. Ripped hems. Limp hair. All those non-emergency emergencies that can mean the difference between Posen and posing without confidence.
It’s difficult for visitors to know where to turn, but — lucky for you — we’ve got a New York-based editor, Emily Siegel, on hand to get you Front Row Ready. She knows the best places in the city for all your beauty needs. (You can also visit these salons and spas year round.)
Image courtesy of Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York.
- Christine Chin, 82 Orchard Street, Lower East Side
There’s a reason they call this gal “Mean Christine.” Ms. Chin’s procedures focus on intense extractions and microdermabrasion, leaving skin blotchy and red. Schedule your appointment one to two days before an event, but prepare to leave with every pore and blemish banished.
- Tracie Martyn, 101 Fifth Avenue, Flatiron
Martyn’s signature treatment is the much-lauded Red Carpet Facial. It gives skin instant contouring and radiance, and is a Met Gala must for celebrities like Jessica Alba, Rihanna and Anne Hathaway. (Insider Tip: Ask to try their LED therapy beds for full body relaxation.)
- Skin Laundry, 3 West 16th Street, Flatiron
I won’t lie to you — this Los Angeles transplant doesn’t deliver the long lasting results of a facial. It does, however, have one key benefit: Speed. You’ll be out the door in only ten minutes with skin that’s sparkling and clean.
- Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria, 100 E 50th Street, Midtown East
Stay uptown with Guerlain’s Beauty Lift Facial. The unique treatment exercises facial exercises to plump and tighten. (Think of it like SoulCycle for your face.) According to many clients, results can last more than a week — ideal for extended events and vacations.
- DryBar, Multiple Locations
With ten locations scattered across New York, this chain keeps hair bouncing for $40 a visit. Considering that price also includes a glass of complimentary wine or champagne, I’m thinking this is a pretty great deal. (Bonus points if they’re playing How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.)
- Haute Air, 20 Thompson Street, SoHo
SoHo’s favorite blowdry bar feels more intimate than any of its branded counterparts, and delivers the best results in the city. My favorite part? Appointments take 30 minutes or less.
- John Barrett Braid Bar, 754 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side
Located in the luxurious depths of Bergdorf Goodman, Barrett’s braids start at $50. The results, however, are worth the cost. You’ll leave looking like a high fashion Heidi.
- Nicky C Artistry, In-Home
There is only woman woman in this city who I’ll let touch my eyebrows, and her name is Nicole Cayot. Long the star of Soho’s Benefit location, Cayot recently opened her an in-home eyebrow service. Just shoot her an email at Nickyinc26@gmail.com, and prepare to be amazed.
- Glamsquad, In-Home
Much of the goal during Fashion Week is to find those far and infrequent moments when you can rest. Use this trusty app to get a makeup artists delivered straight to your room. Results are undisputably average, but you can’t beat convenience.
- Beyond Bespoke, 45 West 46th Street, Midtown West
Chances are, these fashion-favored tailors will be working with designers. But don’t worry — they’ve never failed on a same day alteration.
- Alteration Concept, 129 Perry Street, West Village
My favorite tailor is located with easy access to Manhattan’s West Side Highway, making it a prime option for anyone staying downtown. (It also gives a much needed excuse to visit the West Village.)
Image courtesy of Samuel Shriqui Salon.
- Essie Flagship, 37 East 65th Street, Upper East Side
Located in a swanky salon, this is the world’s first Essie Flagship. It’s well worth the added cost — manicures start at $32 — and will last throughout the week’s activities.
- J Sisters, 41 West 57th Street, Midtown
This Midtown standby is known to have the best waxing services in town, but their manicures also surpass expectations — especially in a neighborhood where most beauty options are less than appealing.
- Hortus, 210 Forsyth Street, Lower East Side
With a focus on natural, organic products, Hortus’ signature mani/pedi is well worth a trip to the Lower East Side — perfect for anyone staying in Brooklyn.
Massages and Day Spas
- Rhemedy by Rhed, 230 West 13th Street, West Village
Indulge in a two hour massage, or drop by for 30 minutes between shows. The therapeutic therapists at this longstanding West Village spa are the best in the city.
- Aire, 88 Franklin Street, Tribeca
Need more than a massage, which — let’s face it, who doesn’t during fashion season?The Turkish-inspired baths at Aire in Tribeca provide a comprehensive relaxation regiment.
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