Tea lights atop staggered tiles emerge from the wood-paneled walls to cast a warm light on Angel Spa’s body treatment room as technicians treat bodies to nine massage styles and exfoliating body polishes in a candy store's worth of delectable scents. Those scents are coconut lime, sweet cream, chocolate delight, and champagne and roses, and they come along with a skin-smoothing host of vitamins and the undivided attention of a friendly and skilled aesthetician. Among a broad repertoire of facials, the signature Angel facial stands out for its trio of skin-firming masks that help keep any skin type looking brighter than a pomegranate filled with football floodlights. Out at the spa's nail station, technicians pamper hands and feet with high-quality polishes, Minx nails, and a luxurious signature Angel spa pedi that layers a grape-peel mask and champagne and rose butter cream to exfoliate and hydrate the skin.
En route to co-founding and directing Allure Skincare & Laser Center, Valerie Karpaty nabbed certification as a medical assistant, registration as a phlebotomist by the AAMA, a license to perform permanent makeup, and 10 years of experience as an aesthetician. She brings all this accrued knowledge to bear during FDA-approved skin and body treatments, which she uses primarily to avert the signs of aging. Like a sci-fi author's excuses for his story's many plot holes, Karpaty's services often rely on technology: Endermologie mechanically stimulates the skin to promote collagen production, and IPL laser treatments bathes faces in light from an elōs-brand machine to minimize blemishes. To further connect to the community, Karpaty participates in programs that give cancer patients bold new eyebrows.
Therapists at Forest Hills Spa don't limit themselves to traditional Western spa techniques to help clients heal from daily stress and tension. Instead, the staff draws from traditional Russian therapies that include exfoliating oak-leaf treatments and a circulation-reviving salt scrub. These services together with Western-style massage are performed in private treatment rooms separate from the main spa. In public areas, clients can jump into a cold plunge, a comfortable pool, or a 12-person Jacuzzi ringed by walls of marble mosaics. The mosaics give way to aromatic cedar in one of the three saunas, where clients can loosen their muscles or interrogate snowmen. Apart from spa services, Forest Hills includes a food center that plates traditional Russian entrees, snacks, and beer alongside a squeeze-your-own-juice bar.
Stylists tailor beautifying treatments to patrons’ personal styles in this full-service hair and nail salon nestled in Sunnyside in Queens. Armed with an arsenal of cuts, coloring techniques, and manageability-boosting keratin treatments, hair-handlers reform 'dos into eye-catching coifs. Strands can also get a volume or length boost with feather extensions and clip-on locks, which can double as flowing clip-on ties in a pinch. Alternatively, nail artists brighten extremities with Gelac polishes or make fingers appear longer with glue-on acrylic tips. Swedish and Thai sport-massage sessions brief enough to fit into a lunch hour unknot tense tendons, and waxing services and facials round out the assortment of offerings. Complimentary brews from the salon’s tea selection hydrate parched clients during their time slots.
For more than 12 years, the owner of Le Salon Nowel worked in a French salon in Manhattan, mastering many unique and fashion-forward hair techniques. When she opened her own salon in 2006, she brought those skills with her to Queens, creating a list of services ranging from formaldehyde-free Brazilian blowouts to French-style mani-pedis. The salon's stylists can conquer all hair needs, from adding color and dimension with highlights, or defrizzing locks with Japanese thermal hair straightening, somehow getting around the sun's vice-like patent on heat. The staff also continues their perfection hold on such face treatments as yellow peeling, a chemical peel that sloughs away dead skin cells to beautify faces along with newly renewed 'dos.
After years of ducking out of pool-party invitations, Sapna Tecksingani took a stand against follicular tyrants and their armies of unwanted body hair and opened The Laser Place. Dissatisfied by other laser clinics, Tecksingani invested as much of her energy in scooping up high-tech equipment, such as the Cutera CoolGlide system or the collagen-boosting Laser Genesis, as she did in creating a professional environment where appointments start on time and staff respects confidentiality. Today, licensed and certified technicians help patients to refine appearances with an extensive array of services, including electrolysis, microdermabrasion, photofacials, and magical paintings that grow older while you stay the same age.