Equality Travel

5th Annual "Where-To" Guide to NYC

photo by Rachael Soloman; Hold Fast Tattoo

Where to Primp & Pamper:

Your tootsies deserve a treat after walking the city all day. A pedi and massage at one of these spas should do the trick.

David Ryan Salon (for the Sundara sunless tan) 429 W 46th St (btwn 9th & 10th Aves), davidryansalon.com. Since Sundara Sunless Tanning set up shop here, you can wait on velvet cushions for expert highlights or a risk-free glow.

Juvenex 25 W 32nd St (btwn 5th Ave & Broadway), juvenexspa.com. Get 24/7 holistic help in a Japanese soaking pond or with VIP Jade treatment in this serene space that is women-only from 6am–7pm.

Avalon Spa 271 W 4th St (btwn 11th & Perry Sts), avalonspa.citysearch.com. Attitude-free NYC? Have a good pamper with their friendly stylists.

Ricky’s 111 Third Avenue (@ 13th St), rickysnyc.com. This chain of beauty retail yields the most bountiful harvest of quirky products in NYC.

Seagull Salon 240 W 10th St (btwn Bleecker & Hudson Sts), seagullhair.com. Edgy hair and great extensions happen at the pretty-in-pink Seagull Salon, helmed by Johanna Fateman (of Le Tigre).

Holdfast Tattoos 48 N 6th St (@ Kent Ave), Bklyn, holdfastbrooklyn.com. With its extra-groovy-looking interior, this custom shop attracts international guest artists and many curious patrons craving ink.

Xoma Salon 730 Morris Turnpike (@ Rt 124 W), Short Hills, NJ, salonxoma.com. Deluxe products and diverse services make a worthwhile fieldtrip from NYC.

Skin Laser Solutions 222 W 23rd St (@ 7th Ave), skinlasersolutions.com. Lounge at the swanky, landmark Chelsea Hotel while SLS’s services plump, de-lump, de-fuzz, or purify your skin.

East Village Bodywork 212 Ave B (btwn 12th & 13th Sts), 212-673-1516. Need a late-night back-crack? All-female therapists can help seven days-a-week, 11am–11pm.

Venus Modern Body Arts 199 E 4th St (btwn Aves A & B), venusbymariatash.com. Cynthia Nixon and Xtina are all about Venus. With its female staff, sleek store, and custom-designed barbells, what’s not to like?

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