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.
Alora Ambiance Spa owner Patricia Rivas has worked as a licensed aesthetician and skincare specialist for nearly a decade. Along the way, she's picked up advanced certifications in treatments such as cellulite-smoothing ionithermie and IPL hair removal, teamed up with Dr. Thomaso Skorupski, and assembled a staff of talented hairstylists, nail artists, and waxing specialists spread throughout two studios. There, staffers dole out specialty services, including eyelash perms and extensions, exfoliating salt-glow treatments, and facials that infuse faces with more oxygen and nutrients than a granola-filled balloon. Beyond stocking the shelves with aesthetic aids from such brands as Paul Mitchell, Matrix, and Pravana, Rivas is also the creator of the Ayurveda by Alora skincare line, which includes soap- and- sulfate-free cleansers, as well as body creams infused with white tea and vitamins C and E.
Total Concept Hair Salon has been doling out fresh haircuts for 30 years. The master and senior stylists have stayed abreast of changes in hair design and techniques, making them adept in everything from highlights and cutting-edge coloring services, to traditional perms. Specialists in full-body beauty, they also manicures, makeup, and facials that render complexions as radiant as a bride standing under a black light.
Paul and the MANE on Madison team all share the same mantra: “you don’t have to cross the bridge any longer to get the latest in trendy, stylish hair and makeup design.” From their fashionable outpost in Wyckoff, NJ, the team delivers on that promise, crafting Manhattan-quality hair care for men and women. They beautify locks with everything from highlighting and Keratin to glam up-dos appropriate for special events.
Mint-blue and muted-gold drench the walls of Salon Marc Joseph, standing out against chocolate-colored chairs and cabinetry and adding an element of cool and fun to the chic, elegant salon. A shelf full of colorful nail polish hangs from the walls only to be yanked away by nail technicians as they pamper mitts and paws with indulgent manicures and pedicures. Across from the nail area, owner Maria Reyes joins a crew of hairstylists slinging products by Pureology, Joico, and j.f. lazartigue across freshly snipped ‘dos and imbuing lifeless locks with vibrant L’Oréal color. In the private spa room, aestheticians pamper both males and females with Shira natural skincare products, and submit the body's unnecessarily hairy parts to the anti-fur campaign of wax.
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.