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Long Island salons do more than just hair

Beehive Salon on Main Street in Islip uses

Beehive Salon on Main Street in Islip uses soy-based, chemical-free products such as the spray being used here by salon owner Jeanine Longo, right, on Laura Kim while salon assistant Chelsie Lopresti shelters her eyes. (Feb. 7, 2012) Credit: Doug Young

Got split ends and need to hit the gym? Not to worry. There's a salon for that. Interested in ammonia-free hair color and manicure that's low on chemicals? Yup, that's covered too.

A number of newer salons have set up across Long Island offering customers a variety of services all under one roof.

Studio 360

360 Jericho Tpke., Mineola


Studio 360 is already a unisex salon and gym -- a boutique with clothing and accessories, and cafe serving up coffee, wraps and baked goods, are scheduled to open there next month.

"Everybody is so one-stop shopping and they don't have enough time," says hair stylist Liz Carroll, who owns the studio with her husband, Rich. "While you're here, you can work out, take a shower, get your hair done, grab something from the cafe and walk out."

Rich leads personal and group training, as well as boot camps at Invictus Athletic Club. You won't find flashy flat-screen televisions, but there are plenty of giant tires, sandbags and weights.

ATMOSPHERE Think "West Side Story." A bathroom door looks like a freight elevator. A chain-link fence separates stylist stations from a coloring area, where a faux fire escape hangs from a wall with graffiti.

SERVICES Women's haircut ($45-$65), 30-minute personal training sessions (about $30) or group training (under $20 a session). First-time gym clients receive a $50 gift card for hair services while new salon clients get a week of free training at the gym.

Beauty Bar

Americana Manhasset, 2034 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, 516-472-7997

Call it a product-junkie paradise. With hundreds of hair, skin and cosmetic goodies from 34 brands -- many high-end and hard-to-find -- Beauty Bar may appear to be a luxe retail outlet, but it also offers facials, makeup application and waxing. Best yet, the location boasts what is described as Long Island's first "blow-out bar" -- where patrons can get their hair blown and coifed by nuBest Salon stylists. "People like that they can just come in here and get everything done and be on their way," says manager Maryn Koppelman. "For a night out, you can get your hair done, get a facial and you're good to go."

ATMOSPHERE Bright and immaculate. The blow-out bar is in a separate room with wood-paneled walls and a crystal chandelier. Downstairs, wait in a lounge for the in-house aesthetician while sipping coffee.

SERVICES Various facials including 50-minute Jurlique facial ($120-$150), makeup application for special events ($60), blow out ($40 and up). Appointments suggested.

The Beehive Salon

455 Main Street, Islip


Jeanine Longo was looking for ways of keeping herself healthy in the salon business when she came up with the concept for The Beehive Salon. "Your skin is your biggest organ," she says. "So what you're putting on your skin and your hair goes directly into your bloodstream."

With that in mind, this unisex salon offers several product lines (KeraGreen, Longhairlovers) free of sodium lauryl sulfate -- a common harsh chemical detergent. Also available is a hair-coloring system that is 100 percent free of ammonia and contains organic botanicals. That's something that 21-year-old Ivy McNamara noticed when she got her hair colored. "I love it," says McNamara, of Bay Shore. "The ammonia is not in the color, so it doesn't tickle your nose."

ATMOSPHERE Fresh and inviting. The high ceilings, pale blue walls painted with clouds and stylist stations with wood shutters alongside mirrors add to the sunny feel.

SERVICES Single process coloring ($65 and up); manicures with soy-based polish remover and formaldehyde-free lacquer include a massage with essential oils ($12). A refill bar is set to open late spring, where clients can refill empty bottles of the salon's own Beehave products and pay by the ounce.

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