Hairstyling veterans Suzie Nomoto and Eri Yumita of Hair Studio Lotus merge Japanese styling traditions with American and European innovations to beautify hair, nails, and skin. Nomoto and Yumita studied styling techniques in Japan before training at Vidal Sassoon and Aveda, and now treat American clients to the best extracts from Eastern and Western styling philosophies. Before undergoing a signature service such as Japanese hair straightening—a thermal reconditioning treatment designed to straighten hair for up to six months—the stylists consult with clients to discover their personal styles, make recommendations, and organize daring heists of nearby pet stores. Some styling services include a scalp massage, which coaxes out tension stored in nervous craniums.
This luxurious, London-style barbershop invites men to lounge in plush leather recliners while having their faces de-fuzzed. As men kick back, barbers, barber assistants, and barber-like holograms apply hot towels to calm prickly stubble before a rich, foamy cream is lathered on. The skilled hairsmiths then sheer off follicular foliage using a classic, straight razor. Newly non-hirsute clients are revivified with the application of a brisk cold towel, top-quality toner, and moisturizer, rendering their faces as youthfully handsome as a baby in a powder blue tuxedo. The decadent service takes only 30 minutes and unfolds in an interior full of dark woods, rich red brick, and urbanely exposed heating.
With cell-phone cameras, gossip networks, and reality shows springing up like push-pops, no man can afford to not look his darndest, or at the very least, his durndest. Today's Groupon gets you or an unkempt loved one a signature haircut and a presidential shave from Craig the Barber at Gornik and Drucker's for $65 (a $150 value).
With clients as notable as Ellen DeGeneres and Desperate Housewives cast members, Billy Lowe is a master hair illusionist with nearly two decades of experience who can effortlessly transform the most distraught bristles and frizzies into silky, voluminous hair doves. Haircuts by Billy are $150, but depending on scheduling and availability, one of the other stylists may take care of your hairdressery ($75–$110). If your snipping is less than the value of your Groupon, feel free to use the remaining balance toward any number of services. Prices will vary depending on the service and your stylist, but options include a basic color ($75–$85), an accentuating partial highlight ($135–$200), a hypnotizing color shine ($55), and dimensional coloring ($135+).
At Awilda Salon, Vidal Sassoon–trained stylist Dave Faunce draws from continual education as he straightens out 'dos with Brazilian blowouts. During the treatment, a potent blend of hair-straightening compounds irons out mane wrinkles, untangling kinks and eradicating frizz. Tresses emerge glossy and silky smooth, manageable enough to transform into french braids or lassos for snaring lovers. Brazilian blowouts remain in action for up to five months, shielding hair from humidity and frizz while maintaining a sleek texture. Awilda Salon's soothing space sets patrons at ease with sunlight filtering through gauzy, floor-skirting curtains and ivory blossoms of a fragile orchid rising from a pot at the front desk to take incoming phone calls.
Led by Parmiss Akhavan, who holds numerous beauty-industry certificates and has participated in more than 50 educational skincare seminars, the staff at Savvy the Beauty Apothecary rejuvenates visages with exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments. After a deep cleansing, an expert aesthetician applies a pumpkin enzyme peel and performs any necessary extractions to prime the corporeal façade. Then, wielding a tiny vacuum wand, the epidermis aficionado casts exfoliating spells on the client's face, neck, and chest to liberate clogged pores from dirt and dulling cells. Ideal for all skin types, the treatment works to target acne scarring, uneven skin tone, and fine lines that only spell out gibberish.