At GeMargot Salon, nail buffs revitalize forlorn hands and feet with the latest techniques and polish colors. Throughout the roughly 90-minute session, nails are filed, buffed, and shaped back to their old hexagonal selves, as the aesthetician's trained hands soothe weary mitts and human hooves with an ache-relieving massage. Shellac hues and varnish are then applied to add a splash of color to the finger helmets, as a beam of UV light cures the specially formulated nail paint, rendering it chip-, smudge-, and spackle-free for up to two weeks. Guests can choose a standard shade from the Shellac line, including new hues such as Hot Pop Pink or Wildfire, or opt to highlight talon tips with a french-style frescoing. Ensuring feet don't grow jealous and walk out on their owners, peds are given their own polishing with a standard nail enamel, forgoing the chip-less formula due to their propensity for extremely gentle piano playing.
Bright-red accent walls and chocolate-brown furniture create a warm ambiance at L'Rose Salon. Here, meticulous stylists deliver services in the form of haircuts, highlights, and updos, and employ renowned Wella color products when enhancing strands with new hues. Keratin treatments leave hair smoother than a bowl of pudding at a jazz club, and makeup applications create polished looks for special occasions.
The towering poppies on the walls of Fashion Diva Spa seem to emit enough tantalizing aromas to suit their size. Honey, green tea, and citrus scents waft throughout the red-and-white wonderland, whose furniture strikes a crisp, modern contrast to the flowers. The smells don't emanate from their painted blooms, however—they stem from the baths along a pedicure bench, from the adjacent nail stations, and from private treatment rooms, where hot herbal compresses and lava stones help massage therapists loosen muscular knots. Of course, they might also drift up from complimentary cups of hot or iced tea, a warmer greeting than a welcome mat that's been set aflame.
The combined nail salon and day spa pampers guests with luxurious services to match each alluring fragrance. Cocoa-perfumed cream softens legs during a chocolate pedicure, whereas a mix of essential oils colors the aromatherapy facial. The vitamin C in skincare masks and the kelp in body wraps evince the menu's reliance on natural ingredients—a commitment the staff honors with its mink eyelash extensions, whose strands were painlessly harvested by brushing live mink on Russian farms.
Additionally, a focus on customization transforms even the most everyday treatments. Aestheticians apply specialized formulas for different skin types during waxing and airbrush tanning appointments. On a personal level, the team makes a point of memorizing clients' names, fostering an atmosphere of congeniality and closeness without preceding every massage with a trust fall onto the table.
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.
Hairstyling runs in the Vecca family. Giuseppe Vecca, co-owner of Salon Vivace with Joey Mannino, emigrated from Italy to the United States with his scissors in hand. He passed down his skills to his granddaughter Daniella, who works with him at the salon. She and the rest of the staff believe it's possible to keep hair healthy without harming animals, which is why they tame frizz using the Zerran RealLisse vegan hair-smoothing system. In addition to cuts and color, the stylists lengthen hair with SoCap hair extensions made from 100% natural human hair, which creates an enhancement as undetectable as a penguin crashing a wedding.
If humans were shaped like perfect rectangles, tanning would be easy. But since human bodies consist of various curves and nooks, the team at Tropical Lights Tanning Salon has acquired ergonomic tanning beds with built-in facial bulbs. Custom airbrush tans also adapt to body shapes, with expert technicians bronzing clients evenly and naturally.
Clover Nails & Spa's state-licensed nail technicians clear pores, soothe limbs, and ornament acrylic and natural nails during manicures and pedicures. Professional beauticians shape and pamper nails, applying polish to evoke a shimmer akin to a human-shaped sun wearing a sequined dress. During the spa mani-pedi, a sea-salt treatment and scrubbing exfoliate appendages and lift dead skin cells from pores. A mud application thoroughly hydrates skin, and leg, foot, and hand massages loosen dancers' feet and alleviate the somewhat noticeable pain of patty-cake injuries. While undergoing indulgent digit services, clients can park posteriors in cushy red salon chairs and point eyes at the juxtaposition of exposed brick and wood accents that glow under paneled yellow lighting and a flat-screen TV.