I don’t know if you know this, but a lot of nail salons and spas are GROSS. And you don’t even know it. But I like to be in denial about things, so I figure, what I don’t see won’t hurt me. However, I DO love all-natural products. I have a seriously lame immune system and my skin is super sensitive, so I’m always looking for things that don’t have harsh chemicals and over-processed ingredients. The new Wink Beauty Bar, in Brooklyn, proved to cater to all of my paranoias at once.
I won’t lie – it’s not very big. You won’t be waiting in a giant lounge, sipping fruit water while wearing a robe and slippers. But the body treatment room is intimate and smells amazing, while the manicure and pedicure stations have more of a fixed-basement feel than an acetone-infused nail hell. The pedicure stations have big, comfy leather chairs and copper foot bowls (the owner uses copper because it doesn’t harbor bacteria like most salons’ pedicure baths. A little traumatizing – I know.), while the nail stations are pub-style, with raised chairs and standing manicurists who treat you from across a long bar.
The beauty bar is also an apothecary, where you can customize your own lotions, body butters, soaps and scrubs. You can use your custom blend for a treatment, or mix a larger-sized product to use at home. I received a Wink manicure, which involves a hand exfoliation and lotion massage. It’s kind of amazing. I wanted to go around feeling people’s faces, but that just would have been creepy.
From manicures to waxes to body wraps to bikini/fanny facials, every producted used in the store is organic. And that’s totally hard to come by these days. The hippie in me relished the thought of doing something good to the earth.
Wink’s grand opening was this week – stop by and get green treatments for you and someone you love in celebration of Earth Day on April 22!