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.
Crisp black-and-white furnishings provide an elegant backdrop to flourishing plants and twinkling tea lights by which iSpa's staff pampers clients with custom services. Massage therapists apply palms and fists to knotted muscles, practicing Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology techniques to work out muscular Rubik's cubes. In dimly lit facial rooms, aestheticians exfoliate skin and then infuse it with vitamin-rich plant extracts and Dermalogica products. A laser room houses high-tech gadgets that remove hair and rejuvenate skin, and a spacious mani-pedi studio plays host to overstuffed pedicure chairs and manicure kiosks.
The staff members at The Magical Touch Salon & Day Spa separate clients from the stresses of the outside world with a shield of relaxing treatments, including massages, facials, and nail services. Green bamboo, a yellow wall, and orange pendant lamps lend a cheerful vibe to the reception area, putting clients at ease before they head to a waxing or laser hair-removal session to prep for beach time, or to a sugar-scrub session that brightens skin and lures ponies. Inside the salon area, stylists cut and color hair or smooth frizz with Brazilian keratin treatments, and nail technicians dip hands and feet in warm paraffin before applying coats of OPI polish.
Beyond the full-length windows of A & S Salon's storefront, patrons perch upon a wooden banquette padded with lime-green cushions. The hue sprouts up throughout the salon—decking a geometric shelf that hangs above pedicure chairs and the walls that keep ceilings from crashing upon stylists' stations. Hair services make up most of the menu, which includes both basic cut and color services and more advanced Brazilian- and Japanese-straightening treatments. The beauticians style strands with Morrocanoil products and coat nails in Shellac, OPI, and Essie polishes.
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.
The frizz-flattening Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, which was designed by hair mastermind Peter Coppola, infuses hair with natural keratin, straightening strands and adding a silky, lustrous sheen to each individual filament. The therapy also cuts down on styling time, making hair easy to manage and making it require less product and Gorilla Glue to achieve its ideal look. Once flat-ironed into the hair, the keratin infusion lasts from three to five months depending on hair type and proper care, allowing people to frolic in secure, straight-stranded delight for long lengths of time.