Soho Health & Beauty
147 Spring St., Soho
This airy oasis for gua sha facials, holistic skin consultations, and acupuncture sits at the top of a glamorously ancient walk-up on Spring Street that’s more Venice Beach bungalow than SoHo loft. Hanging plants, beautiful raffia chairs, and so much sun pouring through the enormous windows it’s hard not to squint are lovely flourishes that make it hard to leave, but the true draw is how beautifully nurturing their treatments are. Founder Britta Plugg is a master of gua sha, the ancient Chinese therapy of smoothing a sculpted stone tool across skin to support lymphatic drainage, ease tension and puffiness, and boost glow. She and two cofounders—an acupuncturist/herbalist and a product developer/herbalist—have a gorgeous gua sha skin-care line, Wilding, which turns the therapy into a beautifully soothing at-home ritual.
Robin Evans Brows
611 Broadway, Soho
Face-framing, feathery brows are Robin Evans’ specialty. Over her almost 30 years of experience, she’s figured out the perfect technique: you sit upright while she uses a combination of waxing, tweezing, trimming,and tinting to perfect your brows. Evans’ likes to keep the area beneath the brow clean and polished, while leaving the top’s natural, for perfect-amount-of-groomed brows. (Bonus: She also does facials using Tata Harper products.)
Inside 11 Howard Hotel, 3rd Floor, SoHo
This spa inside the swank 11 Howard hotel has somehow managed to make sweating in an infrared sauna sexy. You get an entire hotel room to yourself, with a spacious personal sauna kitted out with music and even chromatherapy (everybody looks better in a red-tinted light) that combines near-, mid-, and far-infrared waves to heat the body from the inside out, resulting in a major detoxification sweat. The rooms have private bathrooms, so you can rinse off in the shower and start (or end) the day feeling utterly renewed.
New York Pilates
262 Bowery, Soho
One session at this airy, light-filled studio—a slice of heaven among the rickety lofts that line the Bowery—and you’re hooked. They use the Reformer (versus mat-based Pilates), a machine that adds resistance to exercises using springs to sculpt, tone, and strengthen the body. The instructors are dynamic and personable, not to mention lithe and statuesque (Pilates is known for its elongating, posture-improving benefits). They sell kombucha on tap, as well as an assortment of gluten- and refined sugar-free cacao balls (the turmeric-dusted variety is insane) that are delicious, nourishing, and supremely satisfying after an intense class.
Space by Mama Medicine
73 Spring St., Soho
Wellness intuitive Deborah Hanekamp has over seventeen years of experience in the healing arts. Her Space by Mama Medicine brings this expertise to a new audience with aura readings, energy balancing, crystal and sound healing, and facial attunements. The rooms in which these holistic treatments take place are immediately soothing with an all-white palette lifted with greenery and natural fibers, flooded with natural light, and so divinely scented you'll struggle to leave post-treatment. In performing the therapies, Hanekamp uses healing techniques like Chinese medicine, LED, and Ayurveda bolstered by an all-natural herbal skincare line.
The Piper Center for Internal Wellness
73 Spring St., Ste. 305, Soho
Founder Tracy Piper brings more than twenty years of experience in Chinese herbology and colon hydrotherapy, which she believes can aid in everything from digestion to skin health in her one-stop cleansing center. For those in need of a recharge, there's also dry-skin brushing, a lymphatic draining detox wrap, and infrared sauna sessions. Her ace staff includes a live blood analyst, colon therapist, and in-house nurse practitioner for highly personalized sessions.
Rouge New York (Closed)
130 Thompson St., Soho
Started by actress Stephanie March and makeup artist Rebecca Perkins (who formed their partnership on the set of SVU), Rouge NY is the city's first makeup-only salon. Whether you have a big event, or just want to get freshened up before dinner, they offer various levels of service at fairly reasonable prices. The Campari cocktail upon arrival is a nice touch, too.
17 Crosby St., Soho
You might miss this nail salon if you're walking by: From the street the front room looks more like an elegant office lobby than a salon waiting room. The space is beautifully turned out with blush pink walls, sleek Nordic furniture, and bespoke, leather-covered nail drying stations. It's manicures only, and the nail art options, while unique, are grown up and cool: No airbrushed animals or sherbert designs in sight. We're into the gels, as the designs last longer, but if you're just looking for a quality manicure, they carry all the new colors from Chanel, Tom Ford, and Uslu Airlines.
250 Mercer St., Soho
This quiet, underground spot in Soho is the sort of place where roses float in bowls of water and treatment rooms are candlelit. We come here for the waxing, specifically for “The Gourmet.” With essential oils and vitamin E to reduce irritation and redness, it's a smooth finish all around.
132 W. Houston St., Soho