The Beauty Treatments Runway Models Swear By

Once again, it’s that time of year when the fashion elite appear in droves in New York City for an eight-day style marathon. The editors, bloggers, street-style stars, and photographers are all out in full force, ready to behold what we’ll be wearing come spring 2015. And, let’s not forget the hardworking models.

For many of them, NYFW kicks off a month of their most grueling hours thanks to endless fittings, early call times, and late-night parties. While the catwalkers are young and genetically gifted, getting ready for runway season does require some effort. Showing up backstage with raggedy nails or zits is just not an option. Plus, with all of the makeup and heat-styling tools they have to endure (in a single day!), it’s better to start with everything — nails, hair and skin — in tip-top shape.

So, what exactly do these ladies do to prep for showtime? We asked a few busy models about the treatments and services they rely on to look amazing before they hit the runway — and surprise! — they’re not as high maintenance as you might think. Keep reading to get the scoop on their favorite beauty spots in the city.

Photo: Courtesy of Amoy Couture Hair.
Name: Sharam Diniz
Runway Credits: Balmain, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung
Salon Stop: Amoy Couture Hair

“A must before Fashion Week is a visit to Amoy Couture Hair for a deep-conditioning treatment and to fix my extensions. The salon itself is very cozy, and the service is great.”

Amoy Couture Hair, 874 Lexington Avenue; 212-529-5153.
Photo: Courtesy of Skin by Mamie.
Salon Stop: Skin by Mamie

“I also get facial treatments at Skin by Mamie on Fifth Avenue. I do this every month, not just during Fashion Week. Mamie’s touch makes my skin flawless and gives it a glow. It's important to look good for the clients, which means my hair, nails, and skin must look perfect.”

Skin by Mamie, 315 Fifth Avenue, Suite 403; 212-260-9372.
Photo: Courtesy of Spa Belles.
Salon Stop: Spa Belles

“I go to Spa Belles for manicures and pedicures. Clean nails are a must — they leave a great impression.”

Spa Belles, 170 West 23rd Street, Chelsea; 212-741-0105.
Photo: Courtesy of European Wax Center.

Name: Rachel Ballinger
Salon Stop: European Wax Center

“Fashion Week tends to come so fast — it’s like, all of a sudden, it’s Christmas, and you haven’t bought presents for anyone. I start prepping myself two to three weeks ahead of time, and that includes getting my eyebrows waxed. I like a full brow that's as natural as possible. I used to obsessively tweeze my eyebrows, until they were too far apart, like two tadpoles. I don't know why no one intervened! Now, I trust the experts at European Wax Center to clean things up — it lasts through the Fashion Week craziness and then some.”

European Wax Center, 82 UniversityPlace; 646-553-3686.
Photo: Courtesy of Blooming Nails.
Name: Yue Han
Runway Credits: Burberry, Celine, Valentino, Balenciaga
Salon Stop: Blooming Nails

“Before Fashion Week, I stop by Blooming Nails for a manicure and pedicure to make sure my hands look good for shows and castings. I also get a facial and a body treatment to relax and remove any dead skin. I love the salon’s Express Mini Facial because it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean.”

Blooming Nails & Spa, 260 Park Avenue South; 212-505-6245.
Photo: Courtesy of Cutler Salon.
Salon Stop: Cutler Salon

“As a model, hair is just as important as your skin. One to two days before castings, I get my hair trimmed at the Cutler salon. The service here is great, and the pretty design of the shop doesn’t hurt."

Cutler Salon, 465 West Broadway, Soho; 212-308-3838.
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