Bellerose salon offers full line of services

Louise Fernandez has been a stylist at A Touch of Class in Bellerose for 12 years. Photo by Rich Bockmann
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A Touch of Class is a full-service salon and spa that for nearly three decades has grown as it has built a loyal clientele in Bellerose.

Owner Maria Phillips said some customers have been with the salon since 1989, when her mother retired and she took over the family business.

“We have a lot of regular clients because we’ve been in the area since the mid-’80s. Word of mouth is the best for us because we have a good reputation,” she said, adding that the salon’s good repute has been earned by “just giving quality service at fair prices — actually, excellent service at great prices. We’re kind of like family here.”

The unisex salon offers a full line of hair stylings and cuts, including coloring, perms and straightening, both of the Japanese and Brazilian varieties. On Mondays, customers can take advantage of specials like a shampoo, cut and blow dry for $23, normally $30.

“Everything is a specialty here,” said stylist Louise Fernandez, who has been with the salon for more than a decade.

Phillips said that about two years ago, the business moved into its current location, on the corner of 252nd Street and Union Turnpike, from one just a few doors down.

“When we did it, every single store on the block was closed down,” she said. “We’re staying alive in this economy.”

Today, A Touch of Class’ 2,000-square-foot space sits next to a wine store, a realty office, a fitness/dance studio and the 700-square-foot chiropractor’s office it used to occupy.

“We actually have the atmosphere so that it’s not crowded like you’re on top of one another. It gives the feel of a Manhattan salon with a huge front desk and a waiting area I feel is more comfortable,” Phillips said.

The front of the salon is a bright, open space where waiting customers are served coffee and cake. The spacious floor has ample space to accommodate washing and cutting, and a separate area in the back is provided for nail care, facials, waxing and massages.

“It was done in-between where we did hair before,” Phillips explained. “We’re trying to establish a comfortable place. When you’re trying to get your nails done, you don’t want hair spray in your face.”

Massage prices range from $120 an hour for L.A. stone therapy massage to $15 for a 15-minute chair massage.

Customers can also have permanent make-up applied by a tattoo artist.

“Some people don’t have eyebrows after chemo and things like that. It’s a great service, my girl has been with me for about 14 years,” the owner said. “We also have a doctor that does Botox and restalyne injections.”

The salon’s owner is not the only person singing its praises, though. Customer Ryan Nevins penned an ode that concludes, “We are a union and a team/United with only one dream/When you look at the woman or man in the glass/Only a smile with a touch of class can be seen.”

For more information, call A Touch of Class at 718-347-3389.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

Posted 1:35 am, January 26, 2012
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