Using Gelish and Galaxy gel polish, the Tokyo-trained technicians of this Lower East Side salon can create elaborate themes and detailed freehand pictures.
Using Gelish and Galaxy gel polish, the Tokyo-trained technicians of this Lower East Side salon can create elaborate themes and detailed freehand pictures. Though the salon is industrial with darker lighting and neon signs, the nail art ($3–$10 per nail) can range from light swirls to geometric shapes, and you can even get depictions of beloved pieces of art or anime characters. Check out the website or Facebook page for hundreds of ideas, and the manicurist can alter the design to best fit your style. If you want highly detailed and unique nail art, this one-of-a kind spa and salon is top-notch. Enter the kitschy tri-level space, which boasts red leather pedicure stations and leopard-print chairs and enjoy a gratis tea or coffee while one of the manicurists prepares a non-acrylic LCN resin for your beds. The liquid sets under a heat lamp for a few minutes and turns into hard nonporous nails.
While it’s primarily known as a gorgeously outfitted hair salon where owner Kattia Solano—and a legion of equally talented stylists—turn out perfectly-layered, easy-to-wear cuts, this massive, 4,000-square-foot second-floor space also has an in-house space devoted to massages, nail treatments and waxing. Your stylist will match the Great Length extensions to your hair color, texture and length, dyeing or highlighting the strands if necessary to ensure a seamless look that lasts for up to six months. Be advised that the process can take up to three hours to complete.
For a quicker update to your tresses, get a half-hour-long dry cut, a technique that helps to tame curly manes and give edgy shape to straight styles. As with all of the salon’s services, the express chop concludes with a gratis wash, dry, blowout and relaxing scalp massage. Be sure to grab some of the house-line products, such as sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo ($22), conditioner ($22) and volumizing spray ($19). Once the canvas is prepped, the technician will apply 3-D effects like gel flowers and crystals, or hand-paint abstract prints using skinny brushes and special LCN gel nail polish. The salon can also apply any nail art onto a basic manicure.
Relax with a clear conscience in the 1,400-square-foot space, which offers five waxing rooms, two facial rooms and four manicure and pedicure stations. Prepare for a hot night out with the “Date Wax” treatment, which includes a Brazilian bikini and eyebrow wax using a special skin-sensitive wax; or customize your own treatment with an Essential facial, which is tailored to each person’s individual needs.