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 means light. At FOS LIVING Eco Salon, Spa & Store, clients are welcomed into a relaxing environment where organic products, skilled aestheticians, and good health for both people and the environment are at the forefront.
When coloring hair, stylists use the most natural brands they can find for services including highlights, single-process color, gray coverage, and smoothing treatments. When Hope or Jeanie can't find a product that meets their rigorous standards, they put on gloves and whisk up their own organic products without compromising the quality of the result.
When they apply makeup, they use a proprietary line of cosmetics devoid of mercury, lead, parabens, and other harmful chemicals. Hope even created her own facial serums, which are never heated and packed with natural and organic oils from Ikaria, Greece. Clients can experience these products and others during spa treatments and hair services, 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.
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.
Mother-daughter team Claudia and Gabrielle dreamed up Frasada Salon & Day Spa. The multi-level salon and spa they?ve since brought to life houses private rooms, where clients can relax in the warm, tangoing light of candles during massages and more than a dozen types of facials. A curved staircase leads guests to the second floor salon, where they relax in oversized pedicure chairs while getting their toes ready for sandal season or bubble-wrap-stomping season. Long glass shelves brim with products from brands such as Goldwell and Unite and frame sun-filled rooms with angel statues, idyllic murals, and potted plants.