It is easy to turn plants into a salad, but it is harder to turn them into a natural-looking tan. Shade Bar Boutique Spa and Salon, named a top spray-tanning salon by TimeOut New York, Citysearch and CBS New York, does exactly that, though, bronzing physiques with signature organic spray tans that glow and fade evenly. The focus on natural beauty products doesn?t end there, though?it permeates the entire aesthetic center.
Shade Bar Boutique Spa and Salon?s facials, which each begin with a personal skin analysis, often incorporate Manuka honey masks that improve cell regeneration, or masks crafted from seaweed and geothermal clay. Body treatments also draw on organic ingredients that moisturize dry skin and slim physiques, a process that was historically only possible by squeezing into an hourglass. A Goldwell color bar, professional makeup applications, waxing, and tension-relieving massages round out the center?s suite of aesthetic services. Every other week, a beauty advisor from Shade Bar Boutique Spa and Salon dishes beauty tips on the Telemundo New York morning show.
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.
At Gibaldi Salon & Spa, versatile beauticians help clients refine their style or totally overhaul their images with hair, nail, and skin services. Stylists take clients' face shape, hair type, and lifestyle into consideration before dreaming up a contemporary or classic 'do and shearing locks into shape. The spa's skin specialists pamper skin during facials that focus on buffing away signs of aging or clearing up congested complexions. A stable of nail technicians finalizes head-to-toe overhauls by grooming and polishing fingers and toes. To fully immerse clients in relaxation, massage therapists soothe mind and body with strokes that reward the muscles for their strict observance of fight or flight instincts.
Inside Dynasty Salon, an elegant chandelier slings glistening beams of light off large, rectangular mirrors, which start at the floor and stretch better than halfway toward the ceiling. Next to those mirrors, black-and-white portraits of starlets hang from cherry-red walls, and work stations sit packed with numerous beauty products and tools. This is where the Dynasty Salon team goes to work, rejuvenating the appearances of its clients with an arsenal of services that includes haircuts, colors, and eyebrow maintenance. They spruce up nails, too, with mani-pedis and shellac nail polishes.
Over the years, the stylists at Nubia Hair Color Salon have encountered many different types of beauty, all of which have sharpened their skills. These experiences also taught the team to become expert listeners during each client consultation. With these talents, the hairdressers can straighten locks with a Japanese or Brazilian keratin treatment, or correct hair color that has been botched after box-dye mishaps or glitter-pen fiascos. The Nubia crew is also adept at elegant weddings up-dos, as well as blowouts finished with a curling-iron, flat-iron, or hot-roller style.
The techs at Angela's Hair Studio Inc. pamper guests inside a newly renovated spa stocked with organic concoctions. In addition to gentle kneads that last up to an hour, they tame acne and stress with eight different facials. Their menu ranges from haircuts and mani-pedis to permanent makeup. When they aren't tending clients, techs sell Arbonne skincare products, a line of cleansers, cosmetics, and fragrances created in Switzerland in 1975, the year humans first discovered their faces weren't made of granite.