Natural light floods into Ze Salon, setting the waiting area aglow as guests sift through magazines to find inspiration for their new hairstyles. While sitting in black swivel chairs, clients look into the reflection of an oval-shaped mirror as a stylist cuts, colors, and retextures their tresses. The international salon team, whose members hail from such exotic locals as Brazil, Columbia, and Puerto Rico, makes visitors feel like royalty with pampering facials, makeup application, mani-pedis, and a designated jester who tells knock-knock jokes all day.
There's no fire beneath the bright white mantelpiece at Substance Salon—its ornate carvings and noble busts simply cement a chic ambiance. However, clients can still warm up with sips of gourmet coffee as they wait for their appointed stylists. The salon staff carries the sophistications of the reception area to each of their stations, where they handcraft 'dos based on the tastes of clients. Pureology products help them wash and blow-dry strands into eye-catching arrays, such as the voluminous Bombshell or the Bohemian—breezy waves that wrap around a full-size acoustic guitar.
Master barber Manny oversees the hot-towel shaves and soothing scalp massages on the gentlemen's menu. The salon also has an entire department devoted to brides-to-be—Styling the Bride—whose members travel to clients throughout New York and New Jersey. Their hair and cosmetic expertise, which results in dazzling updos and radiant makeovers, has been featured on The Knot.
Jes A. Gichan has been in the beauty industry for more than 15 years and has worked with high-end hair names such as Aveda and Sebastian International. Now Jes trims and layers tresses into dynamic styles as the owner of JAG Salon. While waiting on their highlights to set, clients can question Jes about her many signature services such as hair-thinning therapy, deep-conditioning treatments, and rigging bike baskets to handlebar mustaches.
Sure, you can blow-dry your hair at home, but it likely won?t be quite the same as a salon blowout. Find out why with Groupon?s look into the blowout?s sleek mystique.
There?s something like old-time alchemy going on every time someone gets a blowout. Take a couple of elemental ingredients?wind and heat?combine them with a professional?s trained hand and strong wrist, and you end up with something precious: movie-star hair. The actual process is simple: the stylist washes the hair, then blow-dries it in small sections to the client?s specifications, often using a round brush to create smooth volume. The result might be straight, wavy, or purposely tousled, and it can be such a look changer that some women refrain from washing their hair for days afterward to maintain the glamour. Many people find the service so valuable they return to the salon for it between haircuts, sometimes several times a week.
In some ways, this practice is a throwback to the beauty parlors of the past, where women would drop in weekly to have their hair styled and set. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis used to get her hair blown out three times a week in the 1960s and 1970s; today, reportedly, so do celebs such as Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow. To keep up with demand, blowout-only salons have popped up in the last few years, dedicating all their chairs to the service.
Awash in the neutral tones of brown walls and gold-flecked sconces, Vincent John Salon lets the hairstyles provide the most flashy decor. The floor-to-ceiling mirrors display everything from bobs and curls to trendy highlights, all crafted by stylists who keep their skills fresh by taking continuing-education courses rather than simply holding blindfolded haircutting contests. Clients can also re-energize their look with powercell repair treatments and facial waxing as they relax in the fun, laid-back environment, which also hosts regular special events such as Ladies' Martini Night.
The pampering at CEO Salon begins before clients even meet with their stylists. Amidst cool lavender and black damask, guests sip espresso while waiting for their appointments. Ever since it opened its doors—with Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Teresa Giudice on hand at the ribbon-cutting—the salon has lavished visitors with top-notch hair and nail services, including chic cuts, extensions, smoothing treatments, and more. A fleet of talented stylists skilled in the latest trends and techniques are sure to make CEO Salon the fashionable set's go-to beauty hub.