As the name implies, Polished Hair and Nail Lounge keeps clients looking immaculate. Whether treating tresses or toenails, each service is performed using experience gleaned from decades in the beauty industry. Stylists masterfully create new dos with haircuts, doses of color, elegant updos, and smoothing keratin treatments, whereas the resident nail technician decorates digits with Gelish and CND Shellac polish and acrylic nails.
From within Queens' Club Fitness, Infinity Spa Salon strikes an effective balance between natural skincare and advanced aesthetic treatments. Located a short distance from New York City, aestheticians clear and brighten complexions with seven types of facials infused with vitamin C and hydroquinone-free lightening ingredients, and they also use the exfoliating powers of mechanical microdermabrasion. Unwanted hairs can be effortlessly removed using an all-natural, beeswax-infused formula from GiGi or the advanced technology of an Alma Soprano XL laser, which permanently removes hair from any skin type including ghosts' see-through complexions. In massage treatment rooms, therapists rely on 10 different modalities, including the ancient techniques of Thai massage and shiatsu, to release tight muscles and improve circulation.
Infinity's focus on harmony is also apparent in the salon and spa's interior design, which melds contemporary decor with natural earth elements, such as bamboo plants and warm brown walls.
For 15 years, Mariuska Garcia sharpened her hairstyling skills in professional salons beneath the warm Miami and Los Angeles sun. Then, in 2004, she opened Uska's Salon & Spa and began sharing her knowledge of salon and spa services⎯including massage, waxing, peels, and mani-pedis⎯and filling shelves with products by DevaCurl, OPI, Oxygen Botanicals, and Wella. While her stylists work, white tree-branch silhouettes stretch across two onyx walls and attempt to braid clients' velvety locks.
Shelly Allen at True Salon & Spa uses products such as CND Shellac to pamper and protect nails. She renders a full slate of services for the digits. Her regular manicures and pedicures wash away cragginess by way of basic nailcare, massage, and polish application. Shelly can also apply a full set of acrylic or gel nails, the latter of which are beautiful on fingers but would be rather ineffective on a construction site.
It's as if pent-up stress begins to evaporate almost as soon as clients enter SkinFaceBody Spa. With its pristine white walls, drapes, and treatment stations, the studio's ambiance evokes the cool serenity of an art gallery or especially quiet refrigerator. Throw pillows and backsplash tiles add occasional touches of color, although no hues are vivid enough to distract visitors from indulging themselves with one of the spa's rejuvenating services.
In the private rooms, aestheticians customize facials to accommodate recipients' specific needs, and address signs of aging with exfoliating microdermabrasions. Therapists alleviate tension with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, and augment soothing Thai massages with aromatic bundles of sweet basil and kaffir lime. Even the nail technicians go above and beyond simply filing and polishing nails?the addition of exfoliating scrubs and massages with organic lotions help turn basic manicures and pedicures into pampering escapes akin to softly crooned lullabies.