Stepping into Green Planet Salon & Spa is much like entering a botanical garden—your senses are nurtured by lush green hues and glimmering colors. Lime green curtains offset opalescent tiled walls and shimmering floors, and tall bamboo stalks lean against the walls, drawing eyes to the faux pebble creek that lines the salon’s perimeter.
Within the relaxing haven, the beauty professionals carry a great responsibility with their jobs—as the salon explains, “When a woman realizes that she looks good, her job, her business and personal life becomes harmonious and successful.” The hairstylists work to boost clients’ confidence with a range of products—including INOA, L’Oreal, and Sebastian—when adding long-lasting color to manes and snipping away split ends to add to their split-ends collections. Meanwhile, aestheticians smooth faces with Osmosis medical skincare products during facial treatments that wash away acne-causing bacteria or infuse skin with vitamin C. Bodies relish in the Ionithermie algae-detox treatment’s mixture of algae, seaweed, and ivy, which detoxifies the body and reduces the appearance of cellulite in reaction to a gentle electrical stimulation.
Some clients go to spas to boost wellness with ancient rituals. Others go for the technology that helps them look their best. Spa Me Inc. serves both categories of clientele with services from both the holistic healing and med-spa worlds. Treatments such as Thai herbal therapy and acupuncture draw from Eastern healing traditions thought to align energy and restore inner balance without surgically removing inner seesaws. On the other side of the spectrum, radiofrequency facials employ radio waves to deeply penetrate and tone skin. Both kinds of services are conducted within private treatment rooms whose lights may be dimmed for a relaxing, candlelit atmosphere or brightened to ensure medically exact treatments.
Using IPL (intense pulsed light) photoepilation, Charm Beauty Salon can target and eliminate hair of all colors and types from the body in the most supervillainous manner possible. Zap away your follicles, legstaches, and body cacti from any of the following areas: underarms (a $39 value per session), bikini (a $79 value), upper lip (a $39 value), inner thighs (a $120 value), chin (a $49 value), brow (a $50 value), ears (a $50 value), neck (a $60 value), areolae (a $59 value), toes (a $40 value), and belly-button line (a $40 value). The six treatments can be used on any combination of areas, though it’s generally recommended that you use all six on the same area to make sure all follicles have been disintegrated. Consult with one of Charm’s skilled technicians to determine which laser-removal regimen best matches your needs.
A cascade of natural light filters through expansive windows, illuminating colorful bottles of Bumble and bumble and Kérastase products. Not far away, salon clients gaze into futuristic mirrors as their stylists work to create custom haircuts, imbue subtle and bold hair colors, or apply celebrity-quality makeup for nighttime events and attempts to track wild herds of paparazzi. Despite their haute services, the staffers of Salon M pride themselves on the relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere they create within the immaculate white space. To help make their services especially accessible, stylists educate their clients on at-home styling after they finalize each new cut.
En route to co-founding and directing Allure Skincare & Laser Center, Valerie Karpaty nabbed certification as a medical assistant, registration as a phlebotomist by the AAMA, a license to perform permanent makeup, and 10 years of experience as an aesthetician. She brings all this accrued knowledge to bear during FDA-approved skin and body treatments, which she uses primarily to avert the signs of aging. Like a sci-fi author's excuses for his story's many plot holes, Karpaty's services often rely on technology: Endermologie mechanically stimulates the skin to promote collagen production, and IPL laser treatments bathes faces in light from an elōs-brand machine to minimize blemishes. To further connect to the community, Karpaty participates in programs that give cancer patients bold new eyebrows.
For more than 12 years, the owner of Le Salon Nowel worked in a French salon in Manhattan, mastering many unique and fashion-forward hair techniques. When she opened her own salon in 2006, she brought those skills with her to Queens, creating a list of services ranging from formaldehyde-free Brazilian blowouts to French-style mani-pedis. The salon's stylists can conquer all hair needs, from adding color and dimension with highlights, or defrizzing locks with Japanese thermal hair straightening, somehow getting around the sun's vice-like patent on heat. The staff also continues their perfection hold on such face treatments as yellow peeling, a chemical peel that sloughs away dead skin cells to beautify faces along with newly renewed 'dos.