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Gigi
When this Aveda Concept Salon opened in 2006, the goal was to be 100 percent green. How'd it do? The space is run by wind power, uses a touch-screen appointment system that eliminates the need for paper receipts (but all paper products are recycled), is illuminated by energy-saving lighting and tidied up using green-cleaning products. We'd say they did a decent job. They've even been known to donate hair clippings to an environmentally conscious charity that collects the hair and uses it to clean oil spills. And there are plans in the works to install a water-recycling system. Cuts start at $25 and highlights around $75. Finally, an eco salon that doesn't require a lot of greenbacks. 34-17 30th Ave at 34th St, Astoria, Queens (718-777-7755, salonspagigi.com)

Spectrym Salon & Day Spa
One of the biggest spas in Queens, this one-stop beauty haven offers the full spectrum of services: from cuts (starting at $50) and highlights ($55 and up) to facials ($50 for 30 minutes) and makeup application ($75), there's nothing they can't do. And they do it well, too. The space is fairly generic for a salon, but what does it matter? Your eyes should be closed most of the time anyway! 7202 Austin St at 72nd Ave, Forest Hills, Queens (718-793-1275, spectrymsalon.com)

Alpha & Omega Hair Salon
The comfy leather couch, magazines aplenty and rotating beauty stations make this space seem like your standard neighborhood hair salon, but don't be fooled, the stylists are miracle workers. One TONY staffer is a longtime patron because she "can get a simple short cut with no muss and no fuss. And they never try to straighten my curly hair or add frilly finishing touches that old ladies like." Not only do we like the straight-shooter approach and the styling, but the cuts start at an astoundingly low $25. 43-18 43rd Ave between 43rd and 44th Sts, Sunnyside, Queens (718-472-0089)

Saloon Salon
This is Saloon's third location since it opened in 1981. After outgrowing its space twice it has upgraded to twelve stations, and finally seems big enough. For now, that is. While customers rave about the cuts ($45 and up) and blowouts (from $25), highlights ($85 and up), lowlights and color jobs (starting at $65) rightfully get the most hype. Colorists are trained by the salon owner and are certified by Redken, which is the exclusive brand used here. This is also one of the few salons in the city to partner with Locks of Love (donors get free cuts, as long as their snippings meet the ten-and-a-half-inch minimum length). 36-17 30th Ave between 36th and 37th Sts, Astoria, Queens (718-956-3366, saloonhaircolor.com)

SPAce Spa and Salon
A favorite among locals, this dual-floor spa and salon also attracts a decent amount of Manhattanites. While the first floor is a bustling venue for haircuts ($40 and up), manicures ($12), pedicures ($25) and blowouts ($20 and up), the tranquil second floor justifies the spa's motto—"an oasis around the corner." Don't believe us? Just try one of their most popular services: a Swedish massage for singles ($75) or couples ($170). The service menu is so long (11 pages, to be exact), it requires a table of contents. 29-09 Ditmars Blvd between 28th and 29th Sts, Astoria, Queens (718-726-4477, salonspace.com)

 

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