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.
Those looking for Hair About You will find it inside a quaint white house nestled away in a quiet residential neighborhood that offers plenty of free street parking and nearly free sidewalk access. The homey salon plays host to all manners of exterior transformations. Hairstylists perform custom cuts for women, men, and children and help heads shine with single-process color treatments, glaze, and full, partial, or face-framing highlights. Nail artists enhance table tappers with French tips, fills, or synthetic sets made from silk, linen, acrylic, or gel, and waxing specialists help bodies shed unwanted threads from toes to brows. The salon's real specialty, however, lies in hair-replacement services, which include confidential wig, hairpiece, and extension consultations for those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
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.
The epidermal experts of Skin Station possess the skills and professional products required to banish almost any skin imperfection they encounter. Clients can browse a menu of more than 30 facial treatments to find the one that best targets their face's unique issues, then bask in even more individualized care as aestheticians tailor each regimen to suit their skin type. Serums from Clarins Paris, Dr. Oasis, and G.M. Collin delve deep into tissues to hydrate, heal, and break up bacteria house parties, and more advanced treatments, ranging from chemical peels to 24-karat gold facials, forge speedy results. For the rest of the body, waxing services go hand-in-hand with LHE hair-removal treatments to leave skin smooth and fuzz-free.
At Beauty SQ, hairstylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians administer a wide variety of treatments aided by OPI and BSQ gel polishes, naturally derived Aveda products, and deluxe Bumble and Bumble haircare serums. Therapists ease muscles with Western- and Eastern-style massages, such as deep tissue, acupuncture, herbal reflexology, and Chinese tui na, a technique similar to Swedish massage that aims to positively redirect chi, or energy, throughout the body. Aestheticians create tailored weight-loss packages by combining targeted massage with other treatments, such as body wraps or facials administered prejog.