By Janee Law
For Dix Hills sisters Lexi and Bria Martone, being beauticians is a craft they’ve marveled at since they were kids helping out their grandmother in her beauty parlor.
She “has been a hairdresser for 40 years, and had a little beauty parlor in the basement. We would always sit on her counter and help her,” Bria, 19, said. “She used to do a lot of perms so we would take out the perms and we would get dollar tips from her customers. We were always around it. It’s kind of in our blood.”
Now, the pair is entering the the world of beauty on their own. On Monday they opened up Salon Martone at 1931 Jericho Turnpike in East Northport.
“We started off in the house, which was kind of a good way to build the clientele and get going but we’ve been in the house for too long. It was turning into a strip mall,” Lexi, 23, said.
The full-service salon of approximately 2,700 square feet offers hair, makeup, nails, pedicures, waxing, tanning bed and spray tanning.
While Bria specializes in hair, makeup, waxing, spray tanning and special effects makeup, Lexi specializes in nail design. She has designed nails for celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Katie Holmes, Blake Lively, Sophia Bush and Jada Pinkett Smith for her role as Fish Mooney on Fox’s hit television series, “Gotham.”
“For the season one finale, they wanted something really dramatic and that’s my specialty, the crazy stuff,” Lexi said. “So we did some killer weapon pinky nail with like spikes and it was super long. It was really cool and it was fun.”
Both sisters graduated Half Hollow Hills High School West. Bria also graduated in 2014 from Western Suffolk Boces in Northport, becoming a licensed cosmetologist.
“School was not my forte,” Bria said. But “getting me out of school for a half day and making me do something that I like made me want to go to school.”
Bria continued her education in beauty while attending Makeup Designory in Manhattan. She earned a master’s degree in esthetics in April 2015, and has since worked with several photographers as an onset makeup artist, and with a makeup team for Bronx fashion week.
Lexi, a 2011 Hills West graduate, started out in fashion design, but decided to turn her creativity to nail design. In 2012, she became a licensed nail tech.
“I was always into art. I draw, and I like drawing on a small scale. You can’t get much smaller than a nail,” Lexi said.
The sisters currently employ 13 people at their salon. Bria said that their future goal is to offer facials and massages.
“We want to see our customers happy and we’re doing it because we love it. We have the drive,” Bria said. “I want girls that want to come in here everyday and be ready to go. We want happy vibes.”