Mon-Wed, 10am-7pm; Thu-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 11am-6pm
B, D, F, V at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Spring St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Brazilian beauty scene is not as thriving downtown as it is uptown, so when spa owner Maria Fernanda Lacerda and her sister Maria Claudia discovered a void of full-service salons amidst the well-groomed streets of Nolita, the pair got down to business. Born in 2003, Maria Bonita is one of the only full-service Brazilian salons to offer one-stop hair, nail, and waxing services, as well as facials and massage; it’s also the only place in the city to use Bell Soft, a Brazilian line of hair and body products made of all-natural ingredients. Simply decorated in white tile and wood accents with flashes of the exotic—crimson towels, orange walls, richly colored throw pillows—the petite two-level facility boasts a lively and social atmosphere, with its din of Spanish chitchat, blow dryers, and a pulsing soundtrack. The ground-floor hair and nail salon share quarters with a small waxing room, while quiet massage and facial stations are nestled on the basement level. Signature services include, naturally, Brazilian bikini waxes, designed for extra-sensitive skin, and the exfoliating Maria Bonita manicure/pedicure with paraffin infusion. A number of specialized treatments, like facials for men, pregnancy massage, and an endermologie machine for cellulite reduction, are also offered.Extra
Maria Bonita offers a Package of the Month that combines selected services at a discount; details are posted on their website.
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