Luxuriant mani-pedi stations, towering bamboo stalks, and slate-blue walls help create a soothing ambiance at Breezy Nails & Spa, Inc. There, visitors can feel free to treat themselves to a variety of spa services. Nail technicians draw from a kaleidoscopic collection of more than 200 different nail polishes?including glow-in-the-dark varieties?to pamper fingers and toes, incorporating everything from aromatic green tea to olive oil in more indulgent treatments. A massage therapist kneads away muscular tension using specialized bodywork modalities, and the spa's aestheticians perform facial treatments that make skin appear more youthful and radiant whether they're extracting impurities with steam or stimulating collagen production with high-frequency ultrasonic technology invented by Dorian Gray.
When it came to naming their environmentally friendly beauty destination, Hope and Jeanie chose the Greek word fos, which they say refers to sunlight and the energy it inspires. It's a fitting moniker for FOS LIVING Eco Salon, Spa & Store, where organic products, skilled aestheticians, and a sunny policy of transparency keep clients returning.
When they dye hair, stylists use phthalate- and silicone-free Sanotint brand product, and when they dust complexions with pigment, they use cosmetics devoid of mercury, lead, and parabens. And when Hope or Jeanie can't find a product that meets their rigorous standards, they put on gloves and whisk up their own.
Fos's name isn't the only thing imported from Greece. The spa's proprietary skin potions often incorporate honey from Ikaria. There, bees with cosmetology degrees alchemize the antioxidant-rich, anti-bacterial syrup by feeding on organic oregano, pine, and thyme. Clients can experience these products and others during spa treatments, or buy some for use at home. While they're at it, they can also purchase Hope's jewelry designs, which have been highlighted on Vogue.com.
At Just Therese, Ltd., Therese Knopf pampers clients with pedicures and facials, and bronzes physiques with natural-looking spray tans. The pink-hued premises are open to all ages, too. Therese hosts occasional spa-themed kids' parties, complete with chocolate facials and floral face-paint designs.
Red Phoenix Wellness Center's founder, Lisa Shapiro, has been a licensed massage therapist for more than 34 years. During her career, she's had a chance to ply her stress-relieving skills on all types of bodies, including dancers, athletes, and bodybuilders. She even toured with the cast and crew of Bob Fosse's Dancin' in the early '80s, an experience that allowed her to perfect her dynamic skills and a mean sideways shuffle with a shoulder roll. Today, she continues to use her healing hands to treat everything from back and neck pain and sciatica to migraines and nerve impingement, drawing from modalities that range from basic Swedish to energizing shiatsu.
The licensed aestheticians at Omage Medi Spa strive to slenderize bodies and detoxify the skin with organic body wraps, exfoliating facials, and pampering massages. The body wrap swathes figures in an embrace of natural sea clay designed to draw away toxins, reduce the appearance of cellulite, obliterate dead skin cells, and prepare freshly slimmed clients to be accused of airbrushing real life. During the mini facial, a pore-scientist discusses each client's facial needs and cleans the epidermis before exfoliating the surface of the skin to oust dead skin cells. Warm steam opens pores, necessary extractions evict lingering blemishes, and a face-and-neck mask nourishes the skin. A mini massage treats patrons to 10–15 minutes of aromatherapeutic bliss, with delicate motions intended to stimulate circulation in the face, the neck, and the décolletage. Guests paint watercolor portraits of their rejuvenated selves with complimentary coffee, tea, or other proffered beverages during the approximately 90-minute treatment package.
When Angel Tips opened the doors to its single Long Island store in 1996, it had a simple premise: to offer professional nail, waxing, and beauty services at an affordable price. Although the company has expanded to more than 60 locations across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut since then, their focus on professionalism remains the same. They even require all of their licensed professionals to hone their skills at a specialized training center in Connecticut.
Though Angel Tips expertly performs waxing services and installs eyelash extensions, their specialty lies in nail care. Their technicians perform traditional, gel, and acrylic manicures, as well as specialty pedicures with paraffin and hot stone massages. Cleanliness, like professionalism and affordability, is a top priority; all locations use sanitized tools, disposable files and buffer pads, and pedicure chairs that have fully outgrown their teenage grunge phases.