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NYC beauty bars: Pampering in a New York minute

It's no secret that New Yorkers have high standards, especially when it comes to how they spend their precious time.

"People here are always on the go, but they want to look good and feel pampered," says Dr. Jeffrey Rappaport, who ditched the dentist office in favor of opening an express teeth cleaning and whitening bar in Greenwich Village.

Rappaport is one of many business owners taking the popular blow-out bar model -- offering a luxury service with a reduced cost and lesser time investment -- and using it to cater to other beauty needs. These four spots are here to make you look and feel your best fast, proving that luxury can be experienced in a New York minute.

Kiehl's Spa 1851

Kiehl's Spa 1851 offers Express Remedies for New
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Kiehl's Spa 1851 offers Express Remedies for New Yorkers on the go. The 30-45 minute treatments were designed to address concerns in short amounts of time, allowing busy customers to get their treatments and be on their way. Treatments are available for both men and women and include: oxygen-infused facials, collage plumping and hydrating facials, microdermabrasion facials and stress-reducing massages. Prices start at $75.

157 E. 64th St., 917-432-2500 or 888-772-1851;

Lavaan Dental Spa

Rappaport, a cosmetic dentist, opened his pristine, spa-like
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Rappaport, a cosmetic dentist, opened his pristine, spa-like office in Greenwich Village with his orthodontist wife, Dr. Michelle Katz, not far from where they met -- at NYU's College of Dentistry -- to encourage dentist-weary New Yorkers to take better care of their teeth.

"If you're going out for a date, you're getting your hair blown out, you're getting your nails done... but the first thing someone will notice is if there's something in your teeth," Rappaport says.

Lavaan offers 30-minute cleanings ($89), express 30-minute whitening ($295), 60-minute whitening ($395), and 90-minute cleaning and whitening packages ($450), plus Invisalign straightening (prices vary).

Whitening is done is three quick applications, while the patient is left to watch TV or listen to music and relax. Because it's professional-strength gel, Rappaport says the result they get in an hour takes weeks or months with at-home whitening kits. Discounted packages for regular visitors are available.

474 6th Ave., 212-837-1833,

Wink Brow Bar

Beauty from the chin up is the name
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Beauty from the chin up is the name of the game at Wink, a chic, sunny little shop that opened about a month ago in Greenwich Village to make eyebrow maintenance a luxurious -- not dreaded -- experience.

"Threading has always been seen as something that's painful ... but it doesn't have to be like that," says Umbreen Sheikh, the beauty guru behind it all. Using a precise and almost pain-free technique, organic thread, and high-end skin and makeup products (and throwing in champagne and cookies for good measure), Sheikh proves that to be true.

A brow threading ($19) starts with a quick consultation and ends with a temple massage and application of a mineral-based powder to hide any redness. Makeup applications ($65) and lessons ($250) are done in-store with Sheikh's own line, and temporary and semi-permanent silk lashes are also available. In-the-know customers can complete the picture with a facial in the "secret" room downstairs, with Isabelle Lancray skin care -- a Parisian line exclusively carried in the United States by Wink.

7 Greenwich Ave., 212-600-1857,

The Keratin Lounge by Lasio

Lasio turned their midtown hair salon into a
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Lasio turned their midtown hair salon into a frizz-fighting keratin bar in 2014, and they left no hair type behind. Owner Nadine Ramos develops her own water-based treatments in Long Island City, including the Keratin Tropic, a formaldehyde-free volumizer for those who want to fine-tune curls or waves without losing body, and the 1 Day Formula, which reduces 90 percent of curl and 100 percent of frizz and was named the safest Keratin available by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Color-Pro Keratin increases the longevity of highlights and the Mocha Soak is geared at relaxing ethnic hair in the healthiest way possible. Treatments start at $250, take two hours or less to complete, and last two to four months.

"Here in New York, there are always events, and sometimes a client will come in and give you a picture of a beautiful chignon that's very smooth ... and then you look at their hair and it's impossible, because their texture is completely different," says Carrie Chapman, Lasio's chief educator. "But now we can do the Tropic, wash it out, and achieve beautiful up-dos in the same day."

39 W. 38th St., 2nd floor, 212-477-2088,


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