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73 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.680426 -73.977435
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Neighborhoods: Park Slope
A great massage and facial – I went in for a facial and a massage. The masseuse was really nice and attentive. She focused on my problem areas and I really felt cared for. She also gave me tips on how to massage and exercise the areas myself.
Next I had a facial with Kimberley who recommended a facial based on my skin type. I never felt pressured to have the most expensive one and she answered all my questions. Afterwards my skin was as soft as a baby's bottom and simply glowing. In short, I highly recommend the massages and facials at Element Beauty Lounge.
Great service, but not worth it. – My two girlfriends and I spent a wonderful afternoon at the Element, getting mani-pedis. I thought that the service was great; my manicurist, Vicky, is very attentive and friendly and did a marvelous job. Now the the negative: lady with golden teeth is completely careless - she splattered oil all over our feet instead of nails and ran away. I can't imagine how she does manicures. The cashier (guy) took my money and said I never paid, we had to rewind their security camera to prov what happened. And the same evening our nails began to chip and by next day it looked so bad that I had to remove the polish. So, Im giving 3 stars for great atmosphere, service, and massage chairs, but its not worth $35.
Great waxing – Did my brazilian waxing there with Ayumi - both times I went she did excellent job! For mani/pedi I would book with Viki. I really like this place, they know what they do!
Good quality Brazilian. – I got a Brazilian from Debbie. It was painful (obviously, how could it not be?) but she did her best to make everything easy and even somewhat relaxing. She was nice, professional, did an excellent job and I love the results. I am not sure whether $50 plus tip seems a bit pricey to me, but is still probably cheaper than most city prices, and in retrospect I would MUCH rather pay $10 more for a quality job than scrimp and save on someone waxing in between my legs.... Also, the receptionist was really sweet and NO ONE pushed products on me. I am looking forward - er, kind of - to my next appointment there. :)
excellent waxing – I have tried straying from here for waxing, only to regret it and come crawling back. They are the fast and I get the clean results.
Great pedicure--worth it! – The pedicures here are head and shoulders above those at all the nearby (cheaper) places on 5th Avenue, where the service can be downright rude and the work shoddy. At Element, although a bit pricier, you get a very professional pedicure that lasts at least two weeks. Plus, their chairs have an amazing massage system. So after trying the rude places (eg. Polish on Sterling and 5th), I've become a convert to Element.
Oh, what magical hands they have! – I would give this place an almost perfect rating... if it weren't for one nail technician currently employed there. First the good--they are the friendliest staff as far as Park Slope "spas" go. You feel welcomed as soon as you come in. It is a little cramped by the waiting area (not much going there), but you don't end up waiting long.
I have had a few nail treatments done. Whether it was the Elemental mani/pedi, or just the generic, most of the technicians take their time and work, not just your nails, but the whole area. (Add on the extra 10 minute foot massage--it is sooo worth it.) And the best thing about their service is, not once have I ever felt rushed, or as if my appointment is an inconvenience to my technician. (The place on 9th and 7th, on the other hand, will never have my business again for that very reason.) My nails are done well, and I look forward to my return trip everytime.
That said, avoid the technician with the gold (I think? or poorly capped) tooth. I can't remember her name, but I have had her one before. I have watched her work on other people. In short, she has ADD. She looks everywhere BUT at what's she's doing. She leaves out parts of the pedi routine, and she's not very soothing, like the others. Not a fan of hers at all.
But go here. It's worth it for great service, lovely people and reasonable prices for great service. (BTW--The guy that does the massages also knows what he's doing. Soooo good.)
Terrible Bikini Wax, Decent Manicure – i've been here many times, and i keep wanting to love it, but i always leave disappointed.
the good: the atmosphere here is pleasant, although they overbook and don't have a decent waiting area. the maincures are fine -- not fantastic, not bad. you may have to ask them to track down the color you want, but they will find it if you request it.
the bad: i've been getting bikini waxes for over ten years. i've had them done in fifteen different cities. i wrote two separate published articles about bikini waxing. and element has given me the absolute worst bikini wax experience of my life. twice.
i saw elisa when she used to work there, and she was great. once she left, i saw donna. she is NOT great. she does not wear gloves. she does not powder her hands, and they stick to your skin. imagine how that feels after it's been waxed a bunch of times? and it will be a bunch of times, as she goes over the same area over and over and OVER again, often without reapplying wax, just using the "stick it with the used wax" technique you may know from removing lint from clothes with packing tape. fine for lint. terrible for hair. both times i've seen her she has actually removed portions of my skin. she takes forever. she leaves hair in weird patches. she's TERRIBLE.
that said, she does an okay job with eyebrows.
maybe some of the other staffers are better, but i'm not going to risk it. i don't recommend you do either.
Painless Waxing – I've tried a few different spas to get a Brazilian Wax and Element Beauty is by far the best. I found the enviroment to be very relaxing and soothing and I love the fact that I could watch music videos while I was being waxed. It was a great distraction.
Pampering @ ITS BEST! – after living in the area for 7 years ive definately have seen this neighborhood change alot! this is what we needed! after viewing there website "elementbeautylounge" i was definately curious to see what this place had to offer.on my first visit i realized that i wasnt rushed and was well taken care of despite the fact that it was on a busy buys saturday. upon entering your greeted by the friendly staff and your offerd a glass of water and they help you check in your bags.i had the elemental pedicure which was great for dry feet.it included a foot mask along with a paraffin dip leaving my feet very soft (i work on my feet so this was definately worth it) there prices are a bit above average but you definately get your moneys worth because you wont find service like this in the park slope area.i would definately recommed stoping buy on the weekeday i believe monday thru thursdays because they have a mani pedi special for $30.00.
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