By Teri Ann Loeser
1344 Broadway, Hewlett
While the Ambiance Salon still offers endless beauty options and retains the same congenial staff, some remarkable enhancements have taken place since Ali Artz took over in October 2018. Ambiance Salon - a landmark in Hewlett for over thirty years - has evolved. Not only have numerous spa services been added but this salon is the first in Nassau County to team up with the Mondays at Racine program. On the third Monday of each month, hair and spa services are offered free to anyone currently undergoing cancer treatment.
Artz was a colorist at Ambiance for 13 years, loving the creativity, her everyday environment, interacting with the people, and the surrounding area. She grew up in East Rockaway, lives in Lynbrook, and was a Girl Scout leader for 11 years. With her decision to purchase Ambiance Salon came her passion to give back to the community. Her husband, Larry, a Northwell Health radiation therapist, was instrumental in leading her to channel help that was vitally needed. Adding to the cause, the Rocket and Wrap It Up organization, which is based in the Five Towns, has been donating wigs for cancer patients.
Support and kindness is what it’s all about. Participating with Mondays at Racine requires a release from the patient’s physician. After that, the client can choose from a myriad of therapeutic services. Head shaving or regrowth styling, wig washing and styling, manicures, pedicures, massage therapy and skin care can all be advantageous, both physically and emotionally. Ambiance also employs a talented and compassionate permanent makeup artist/aesthetician who can do tattooing for breast cancer patients (not one of the free services).
Ambiance Salon is multi-level and employs a staff of 29. Hair services, such as cutting, styling and coloring, are provided upstairs. Spa services are on the first floor, and include many varieties of skin care, waxing, massage, electrolysis, makeup, spray tanning, and nail treatments. Some services have been newly added, such as microblading – a semi-permanent tattoo technique that creates the illusion of fuller eyebrows.
As for the products used and available to purchase, Ambiance is always looking for the kindest and most gentle. Ali Artz works and educates for a color company. Her salon is open seven days a week.