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.
At Just Therese, Ltd., Therese Knopf pampers clients with pedicures and facials, and bronzes physiques with natural-looking spray tans. The pink-hued premises are open to all ages, too. Therese hosts occasional spa-themed kids' parties, complete with chocolate facials and floral face-paint designs.
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.
Illuminated scenes of paradise hang on the wall in NuZen Spa?s manicure station, inviting guests to daydream while technicians shape, buff, and paint their nails. Equally inviting are the pillows that accompany massage pedicure chairs for a deeply relaxing experience. In the spa?s private treatment rooms, Buddha statues atop wooden chests watch over guests as they recline during massages, facials, and body- and shadow-waxing services.
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.
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.