Tue and Thu, 10am-6pm; Wed, Fri-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun-Mon, closed
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
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Founded in LA in 1972, the Face Place has long been known for its youth-enhancing facial treatments and fiercely loyal celebrity clientele. The clinic was a strictly West Coast phenomenon until proprietors Paul Rogers and Tony Silla gave in to pleas from clients to open a branch out East. Joining forces with legendary hairstylist Sally Hershberger, the pair opened the New York clinic in 2005. Located one floor above the stylist’s Meatpacking District salon, Sally Hershberger Face Place is 70s-futuristic, with a brightly lit, white, minimalist interior and white-clad staff. The close quarters hold four treatment rooms, plus a room for nail services, but many clients opt for manicures, pedicures, foot massages, or reflexology at the same time as their facial. Treatments begin with a face massage followed by a yucca-root mask, and dry—not steam—heat, which makes for easier extractions. The key element, however, is the galvanic current: Applied through a sadistic-looking leather mask over a vitamin-C-and-zinc solution, it stimulates collagen production, tightens pores, and increases circulation. Estheticians are chatty and fun, and are happy to provide you with trashy magazines while you galvanize. Take heed, though: The celebrity you cackle at in the magazine may also be in the adjacent room or, worse, right next to you.
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