The Empire State Building beckons the eyes of tourists and locals alike, yet as clients exit Renait 5th Avenue Salon's penthouse across the street—whose opening was kicked off with help from Miss Universe 2010—they draw gazes back down to earth. With products from Nexxus, Aveda, and Sebastian, experienced stylists reinstate health and style to hair with custom cuts, colors, and conditioning treatments after determining each client's aesthetic preferences and penchant for standing in front of wind machines. Cleansing facials enhance natural beauty, waxing treatments whisk away unwanted hair, and nail services ready fingers for an evening on the town. Renait's beautifiers also take inspiration from European salons, buttressing hair and skin services with massage therapy that enhances body function, helps alleviate pain, and soothes stress after arguments with the person in the bathroom mirror.
Skilled stylists tame tresses and snip strands inside Diamond Diva Salon with a diverse array of services. Guests can receive simple bang trims, rehab locks with nourishing deep-conditioning treatments, or fully make over manes with voluminous layers and eye-catching highlights.
At The Strand at Sola Salons, the deft and generous fingers of stylists Abby and Michele attend to scalps with relaxing, massaging movements. This supplemental courtesy, which accommodates every haircut, evidences the duo’s commitment to client satisfaction. Abby and Michele don’t just rush through services; rather, they take time to listen to clients before administering signature cuts, colorings, or keratin smoothing treatments. In this way, they not only achieve unique and classic styles—they also generate good karma with clients so they can form long-term relationships and eventually be reincarnated in the form of well-groomed poodles.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
The facial treatments at Momo Skin Care gently combat fine lines, acne scars, age spots, and enlarged pores. Aestheticians use a number of methods, including crystal-tipped microdermabrasion wands, high-frequency electric pulses, and LED therapy. They also dispense shoulder massages and special masks with each treatment.
Bella Bliss Salon specializes in hair colors and precision cuts, trussing tresses into face-flattering styles and dousing strands with countenance-complimenting chroma. Experienced stylists use their years of training to lavish locks with women's haircuts, which include a complimentary consultation, soothing shampoo, and styling ($45–$55), and sleekify strands with a blowout, allowing heroic clients to hair lasso arch nemeses ($25 and up). Follicle beautifiers can get an all-over, single-process color ($65), flip partial highlights casually ($95 and up), or channel a grand dame with a mane in a full updo to distinguish themselves at a monster-truck rally ($45 and up). The salon's hot-pink walls, mod styling, and flat-screen TVs offer a chic place to sip on complimentary cold drinks, catch up on the latest shows, and discuss whether or not cold dark matter is truly composed of neutralinos.