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.
Describing itself as an "ultra-relaxing urban escape," Skin Station radiates tranquility from its outdoor patio garden to its private treatment rooms stocked with the latest aesthetic technology. Aestheticians specialize in customized, clinical facials that harness the hydrating, age-reversing powers of firming radio frequencies, vitamin C and collagen-rich serums, or age-spot clearing IPL. Hot-stone massages and scrubs enriched with brown sugar and Dead Sea–mud help leave bodies feeling soft and stress-free, while unwanted hair can be swiftly evicted with light technology, sugaring, strongly worded letters, or traditional wax treatments.
Inside Bright Medical & Aesthetic Clinic, board-certified physician Khaled Osman calls on years of medical training to keep skin looking young and healthy. A variety of chemical peels and facials slough off dull layers of dead skin, revealing a fresh, new layer, much like resurfacing a home's floor to reveal its original Twister board. Additionally, Dr. Osman harnesses laser technology to remove unwanted body hair and irons out facial wrinkles with tailored injections of Botox. Bodies benefit from cellulite-banishing treatments and a range of muscle-melting massages.
It may not always be easy to act like a lady, but Lady Like Spa at least allows one to look the part. Surrounded by white and bright-fuchsia walls dotted with sleek black salon chairs and black-framed mirrors, beauty professionals swipe away unwanted hair using traditional wax or ancient threading techniques that pull strands from the root. A collection of facials keep skin lustrous with mixtures of seaweed and green tea, and massage therapies remove tension via deep pressure, heated stones, or long, ranting letters to Emily Post spelled out in massage oil.
Beach Bum Tanning's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified Airbrush Artists also implement customized airbrush tans over 150 ways by using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
At In Bloom Tanning, American Tanning Institute–certified employees help customers to achieve deep bronze glows with a mélange of tanning services. Featuring four levels of tanning beds and a domesticated solar flare, In Bloom’s luxurious Ergoline, Wolff, and MegaSun beds offer customers of every skin type a range of UV tanning options. For a sunless treatment, expert techs coat skin with a DHA-based formula. Unlike the plot of a documentary observing grass grow, spray tans develop quickly, providing a sun-kissed glimmer in as little as 15 minutes.