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Natural light pours through Pooja's floor-to-ceiling front windows onto a nine-shelf display that exhibits every polish color in the spectrum, from marshmallow white to cherry red to coal black. Warmer, fluorescent light pervades the spa's central area, where skilled aestheticians deftly shape nails, soak feet, and ease tension with soothing one-hour massages. Clients can also visit Pooja for hair-removal treatments such as waxing and threading, or facials to reveal a youthful complexion that will help them look young enough to order the kids’ meal.

69-06 Grand Ave
Maspeth,
NY
US

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.

5246 69th St
Maspeth,
NY
US

Massaging pedicure chairs. Organic, green-tea, and peppermint lotions. Strict sanitation rules. Chip-resistant Shellac polish. Rego Nail & Spa’s owner, Jane, brought only the best practices and products to her business, which she opened after working in Manhattan salons for 11 years. Though they mainly focus on nailcare, she and her staff also perform facials, foot massages, and waxing.

6275 Woodhaven Blvd
Rego Park,
NY
US

Taking care of your skin not only imbues it with a youthful glow, but can also lessen the need for other costly beauty regimens. At Evergreen Beauty Salon, aestheticians eschew invasive treatments for soothing, nutrient-rich facials that even skin tone, diminish blemishes, and slough away dull skin cells to reveal new layers in Technicolor. Besides facials, the staff also performs slimming body wraps and waxing services. These treatments take place in a calming space, whose private treatment rooms are marked by pastel-green walls and whose reception area is brightened by shelves full of nourishing products for sale.

8707 Grand Ave, 2nd Fl
Elmhurst,
NY
US

• For $50, you get $100 worth of grooming and supplies. • For $70, you get four days of boarding for a dog weighing fewer than 18 pounds (a $140 value). • For $100, you get four days of boarding for a dog weighing more than 18 pounds (a $200 value).

9613 Metropolitan Ave
Forest Hills,
NY
US

Brazilian Keratin Treatments are a long-lasting, relaxer-free method of eliminating frizz and making hair smooth, shiny, and easy to style. Using a complex formula with the main ingredient keratin (the protein that makes up hair) and applications of an extremely hot iron, the stylists at Demi Salon will goop your frizz and then iron it into oblivion, leaving each filament of your cuticle-covered follicular filaments infused with natural hair proteins—smoother, silkier, and as shiny as Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize. Also exactly like Al Gore's Peace Prize, Keratin-treated hair must be coddled for a few days, lest kinks and crimps form as the treatment sets, and should be washed with sulfate- and sodium chloride-free shampoos to lengthen the effects. With proper care, a Brazilian Keratin Treatment can last up to a few months, allowing you to meet an entirely new group of friends and trick them into thinking your hair never looked like Dustin Diamond's. Additionally, Demi Salon's streamlined studio, fitted with handsome hardwood floors and an open airy layout, makes it an ideal spot for streamlining your mane and adopting a new, less frazzled alter ego.

4701 Queens Blvd
Sunnyside,
NY
US