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.
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.
A CND-certified studio, 94 West Salon transforms nails with CND Shellacs as well as gel polishes from OPI and Jessica cosmetics. The staff nail technician can bestow fingertips with a single color, multiple colors, or even intricate designs that feature stripes, swirls, gemstones, drawings, and logos. The salon's menu also inspires fresh starts with hairstyling and waxing services, performed using high-end lines that include Redken and Nufree.
To enhance services, 94 West Salon surrounds guests with relaxing decorative touches, including cool mint-green walls, pillow-laden couches, and wall sconces that brighten areas, saving customers from having to bring their own lanterns.
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.
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.