Before inviting clients into her chair, Salon Alchemy’s owner and creative director, Rita, studied at the elbow of a L’Oréal educator in Manhattan, learning complex coloring techniques such as French highlights and prismatic formulation. Today, she applies this knowledge when infusing ’dos with balayage and ombre highlights, and erasing wild house-painting accidents with color correction. She also channels her creative energy through her scissors, which seek out optimal styles in accordance with her client’s hair type and facial shape.
At Gruppo Creativo, follicular excursions begin with a thorough consultation, during which an experienced hair designer collaborates with clients to determine their ideal look. The stylist then hand paints various tendrils with the heat-less balayage highlighting technique for a low-maintenance, natural look that tends to grow out without calling attention to heads with obvious roots or dirty curse words. Stylists then scrub strands clean before applying one of six L'Oreal Power Dose conditioning treatments, with different formulations for damaged, colored, fine, and aging hair. Lastly, a haircut and blow-dry slice and smooth away rogue bristles, leaving locks more trimmed than an overachieving Christmas tree.
When it comes to prepping for the big day, Visage Hair Studio N.Y.C.’s owner Michael Mortensen wants to make the experience as stress-free as possible. To that end, his bridal specialists exhibit a precision that comes from more than 20 years in the bridal industry—whether they’re weaving veils with creative updos or painting picture-ready complexions with makeup services. This meticulousness permeates the other 364 days of the year, as experienced stylists transform manes with clip-in hair extensions, highlights, and Brazilian blowouts. Nail technicians file and paint digits beneath a glimmering chandelier, and makeup artists highlight facial features. To maintain new looks, the salon stocks products from such brands as Bed Head, Alfaparf, and Murad, as well as costume jewelry and pocketbooks.
Silk, glitter, and crystals have always been a staple of the beauty industry. And at J'aime Eyelash Extensions, it’s no different. Here, eyes are dolled up with fine silk and mink eyelash extensions, each individually applied by a technician using pro-bonding adhesives and a hand steadier than the high-hat cymbals of a robot drummer. To achieve the client's preferred look, J'aime's team offers a range of lash styles, from long and curly to glitter-dipped and Swarovski crystal–covered. The New York–based shops also teach others how to apply and remove these delicate strands during informative, hands-on workshops. The shops also sell professional kits stocked with silicone pads, curved forceps, and adhesives.
Stress just doesn't exist at Chic Blowout Bar. The anxiety of monitoring cut and color treatments in the mirror evaporates as clients sip complimentary drinks and stylists curl, straighten, and primp hair into a fashionable 'do. Stylists specialize in seven styles of blowouts, from sleek, pin-straight hair to beachy waves or deep, retro waves. This allows stylists to customize looks for any occasion, whether it's a big meeting at work or a glamorous black tie event celebrating the invention of black ties. Alongside blowouts, stylists also provide complementary makeup services, teaching clients how to apply makeup, and carefully attaching lashes or clipping in extensions for an bold, glamorous look.