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The Early Bird Gets the Blowout

Where to get highlights, a jet-lag-reducing body wrap, a little off the top, and five other treatments before the workday begins.

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Robert Kree now opens at 6:30 a.m. on Mondays; stylist on duty David Shmagin will cut, color, or style your hair. Even though you’re there to try to shoehorn more into your day, take a couple of minutes to have coffee in the charming garden (375 Bleecker St., nr. Charles St.; 212-989-9547).

The American Airlines red-eye from L.A. lands at 6:49 a.m. Juvenex is open 24 hours, though, so decompress with the Jet Lag Kombu Wrap (60 minutes, $125). After being exfoliated, mummified in strips of seaweed and moisturized, you feel much less swollen and gritty (25 W. 32nd St., nr. Fifth Ave., fifth fl.; 646-733-1330).

Paul Labrecque opens at 8 a.m.; you can get a haircut or a shave, but the fastest is the Facial Trim (fifteen minutes, $30), which will neaten your mustache, beard, or sideburns before the morning meeting (The Chatham, 171 E. 65th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-988-7816).

Bikini waxes are a necessary evil. Get them over with early. The Bliss at the W Hotel (541 Lexington Ave., at 49th St.) opens at 8 a.m., and the other two (568 Broadway, at Prince St., second fl., and 19 E. 57th St., nr. Madison Ave.) open at nine. The “Poetic” wax ($35 to $70) is admirably quick, relatively painless, and devoid of embarrassing contortions (212-219-8970 for all locations).

Street heat to arctic air-conditioning and back again make body and mind sluggish. A 9 a.m. cold plunge at the Great Jones Spa zaps your nervous system to life again. It’s free when you book a service over $100; $50 if you spend less. Try the Red Flower Hammam, which includes a scrub with coffee and lemons, a Vichy shower, a clay body mask, and a massage (from $230). The spacious changing rooms are stocked with everything you need to get dressed, and the staff will pack you a snack and beverage to go (29 Great Jones St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-505-3185).

Too much late-night catching up on TiVo can give you a stiff neck. An 8 a.m. Stretching Session and Melt Away Massage (90 minutes, $90) at the no-frills Graceful Services is just what it sounds like: Therapists pull and tug your limbs until you say “stop.” Not glamorous, but it gets the job done (1097 Second Ave., nr. 57th St., second fl.; 212-593-9904).

Manicures at the corner mom-and-pop nail shop rarely last more than two days. The coed Athena Spa, housed in a tranquil three-story midtown location, has an 8 a.m. manicure (30 minutes, $20) that includes exfoliation with a brisk, minty scrub (32 E. 31st St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-683-4484).

Exhale’s Power Body Detox (one hour, $180) claims to take off inches after only one treatment, which sounds like a great pre-weekend idea. We were deeply skeptical, so we had the aesthetician measure our thighs, waist, and hips before the treatment, which included being smeared with algae and having electrodes attached to the problem areas. The current causes some disconcerting muscle twitching, but post-treatment measurements showed that we took off a total of 2.4 inches. The effect lasted about two days (150 Central Park S., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-561-7400, and 980 Madison Ave., nr. 76th St.; 212-561-6400).


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