Ornate, Victorian-style chairs and couches perch on rich hardwood floors in Temple of Beauty Salon & Spa?s waiting area, where customers relax as they prepare for hair, skin, and nail services. Inside the salon, tall mirrors flank hairstyling stations, and pedicure chairs cradle clients as their toes soften into delicious prunes. A staff of certified beauticians join owner Magda, also known as Maggie, who has more than 30 years of experience as a nail, threading, and waxing specialist, and stylist Sam, who has coiffed hair for more than 40 years. Temple of Beauty outfits customers with professional products from Morrocanoil, Matrix, Aveda, and Biosilk.
The stylists at Idalias Salon believe that hair's health is crucial to its appearance. They take on the most damaged strands by nourishing hair with restorative treatments and designing new looks with wraps, relaxers, extensions, color, and the latest cutting techniques. At the in-house I Beauty Bar Boutique, a skincare specialist enhances faces with makeup and eyelash extensions.
Patrons can browse the boutique's collection of vegan mineral cosmetics alongside clothing and jewelry by independent designers. The airy loft space sports modernist orange- and grey-themed decor, and moods are lifted with an upbeat soundtrack of house music. Guests can also reserve the salon's private suite for special events or superhero quick changes.
Like jewelry on display, Lush New York Salon?s sophisticated space is locked behind a glass storefront, teasing passersby with its pearl-hued styling chairs neatly arranged across an expanse of dark wooden floors. The Brooklyn salon, once named one of 20 Salons of the Year by Salon Today magazine, mirrors the elegance and sophistication of Manhattan, as its owner intended. Here, dedicated stylists, who continually brush up on their skills, treat tresses to chic cut and color services, including semipermanent hues, corrective coloring, and highlights. After finishing locks with a sleek blow-dry, the studio?s hair experts may refer clients to a resident makeup artist, who can reshape brows and affix faux lashes.
“Noël, Noël, Noël, Noëëëëëlll, born is the Queen of the illest hair!” If Alicia Keys sang it, you better believe it. Plenty of salon websites list quotes from customers raving about their great experiences with celebrity stylist Noël. But at Noël New York, these raving customers are the likes of Grammy Award–winning singers Keys, Melanie Fiona, and Chrisette Michele, as well as models and senior beauty editors from Essence. They come for the blow-outs, the custom protein treatments, and Noël’s famous clip-ins, which are made entirely of human hair and can be quickly attached and removed. Noël’s styling skills can be seen in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Glamour, to name a few.
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.
After styling hair for 20 years, managing New York salons for 15, and appearing on makeover TV programs, Michaella settled down in Brooklyn. Though settled in one place, she continued to move up and soon opened Salon 718. Recruiting stylists as passionate and opposably thumbed as herself, Michaella and her team specialize in coloring and execute services in a sleek space with white walls and long, steel-framed mirrors. To add a touch more indulgence to the experience, Michaella invites her clients to Merlot Thursdays, where they can sip a glass of red.