Facial Bars Are the New Blow-Dry Bars — Here Are 6 to Check Out NowAugust 04, 2022
With every new beauty activity comes the apprehension of breaking an old routine — whether that means trying a new moisturizer or getting your hair done at a blow-dry bar (which used to be unheard of!) instead of your salon. For beauty gurus who love getting spa facials on the reg, we’re here to stop you in your tracks and introduce you to a faster, more affordable and convenient option for the results you’re looking for. Enter: facial bars.
According to Michael Pollak, co-founder of Heyday facial shop in New York City, “Clients love the fact they can fit us into their busy day (longer hours, no time spent changing and waiting), not just on a leisurely weekend or vacation, and the fact that they can leave with solid advice about their skin and their at-home routine.”
Unlike spas, facial bars are made to work with your schedule and seamlessly fit better into your wallet and life — with the bonus of an educated staff. “We have a large team of licensed estheticians who are knowledgeable and passionate about skincare, ingredients, products and love few things more than imparting sage advice and human touch to our clients,” he says. An education-first facial experience without the time and money expense? Where can we sign up!?
Ahead, we rounded up six of the best facial bars and shops that are slowly but surely taking over the beauty space one (quick) facial treatment at a time.
Pollak’s facial shop brainchild Heyday offers personalized 50-minute facials, priced at $120 to $140 for non-members and $89 to$109 for members. Within those customized facials, you have the opportunity to add on additional services, like peels, gua sha, light therapy and even microdermabrasion.
If laser facials are more your style, consider checking out Skin Laundry. With 17 US locations, it offers three main treatments: The Signature Laser facial, the Thermo Fractional facial and the Ultra Duo facial. These facials serve a variety of skin types, including dull, acne-prone, aging and everything in between. Laser treatments to additional areas of the body, like the hands and the neck, can be added onto sessions as well.
The Blitz Facial Bar menu is pretty extensive, offering everything from medical peels to IPL treatments. Each facial can also be “boosted” with add-on services — think hydrating masks and facial massages. Its library of products are crafted by the brand, and you’re able to shop and take them home with you after your experience.
Silver Mirror is an excellent option if you have sensitive, acne-prone or aging skin. It offers four different 30-minute facials and five 50-minute facials, each targeted to a different concern or issue.
Chillhouse is a one-stop-beauty-shop — and a great spot for your next indulgent spa day. In addition to four different facials, ranging from the 30-minute “Quick Face” treatment to the more involved and personalized “Bespoke” option, the establishment offers infrared sauna sessions, manicures and massages. Bonus: Each location is complete with a cafe, so you can sip on your favorite coffee beverage while getting pampered.
Can’t miss that monthly facial but hate the price-tag that comes with your sessions? If you live in the New York City area, consider a Glowbar membership. For $55 a month, members receive one facial a month, 10% off products, a referral credit if your friends or family join and one free guest pass a year. You can also add on additional monthly facials at a reduced rate than what they cost for non-members. The facials themselves are performed by licensed estheticians and are customized to you and your skin type.
Additional reporting by Victoria Moorhouse
Photo courtesy of: Heyday Facial Bar