Rather than just grooming nails, slapping on a coat of polish, and sending clients on their way, the nail artists at Allendale Nails pump up manicures and pedicures with indulgent lotions and pampering treatments. The crew adds lemon, cucumber, and aloe, or green-tea extract to sudsy foot baths, massages strained shoulders, and buffs away calluses with mineral foot scrubs and potent peels. Techs lengthen stubby nails with pink and white UV fill-ins, LCN or gel sets, and UV extensions. In private rooms, waxologists carefully remove unwanted scruff from the face, limbs, and bikini area, and beauty experts bestow eyes with lash extensions that bat powerfully enough to get drafted by the Mets.
The certified stylists at Lashful frame eyes with mink lashes to achieve looks ranging from elegant to seductive. Their uncanny attention to detail comes in handy during extension applications, when they meticulously attach each artificial lash to a real one to achieve the most natural look possible. Sensitive eyes need not wince in fear, as the adhesive material with which they apply lashes is specially formulated to not perturb the eye with harsh irritants or teasing optical illusions. The stylists also dip natural lashes in a semipermanent tint that—much like the extensions—gives eyes the glamorous look of freshly applied mascara.
To begin the one-hour deluxe manicure and pedicure, patrons lavish in spa pedicure chairs partitioned by sweeping curtains as nail technicians trim hand and toe coverings of excess acreage. Nimble fingers and firm pressure alleviate tension from feet and hands during a massage, and an optional hand design employs a small brush to decorate mitts with flowery designs or thousands of Michael Jordan autographs. Finishing the treatment, technicians bedeck nails in the customer’s choice of a solid color or french paint job. Alternatively, pamper paws with a paraffin hand treatment and a long-lasting gel color from ibd or LCN, also done in the french style, which elongates the nail bed and protects nail tips from the elements like a teensy talon beret. The manicure takes approximately 45 minutes. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
The aestheticians and nail technicians at Galaxy Skin & Nails work to coax their clients' natural beauty to the surface. Whether opting for demure French tips or spangling nail beds with metallic studs, mani-pedi recipients leave with meticulously cared-for fingers. Guests can also indulge in relaxing massage to release aches or body waxing to remove unwanted fuzz.
Over the past dozen or so years, Elisabeth Wolfson has refined her approach to haircare. The biggest change? Doing away with heavy, ammonia- and chemical-laden products, both personally and in her beauty parlor, Sano Salon & Color Bar. She and her team of talented and highly educated stylists use solely ammonia-free (or, at the very least, low-ammonia) products by the likes of Kevin Murphy, Framesi, and MoroccanOil. It’s all part of Wolfson’s mission to help clients maintain and recreate chic, healthy styles at home. Sano’s staff dispenses helpful information for at-home haircare throughout each haircut and color appointment. Learn everything from how to make styles—like their signature DuraBliss blowout—last for days to why its essential to only dry-clean cashmere wigs.
Beyond stints in the styling chair, Sano’s clients can also relax in the nail corner for indulgent organic mani-pedis.