Ziada, the owner and a master stylist at Salon H2O, has spent more than 22 years behind the styling chair, training in international locales and picking up certifications in Wella coloring and Coppola Keratin in the process. Even with all that experience, she still strives to provide her clients with cuts and colors that toe the line between looking natural and exhibiting the latest trends. Fortunately, she has a team of experienced stylists and colorists backing her up. At Salon H2O, they perform services ranging from precision cuts and coloring to Wella penetrating treatments and Brazilian Blowouts. They also beautify the rest of the body, treating clients to restorative mani-pedis and facials. Looking good isn’t the only goal, though; clients can also enjoy a glass of wine and a massage, which relaxes away stress earned while stuck in rush hour traffic or worrying about a misspelled tattoo.
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.
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.
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.
The stylists at Reveal Yourself never cover up their clients' natural beauty?they merely enhance it, helping guests adopt an outward style that reflects who they are inside. The vast service menu addresses nearly every beauty concern: hairstylists tackle basic cuts and blow-dries with the same finesse they give to color correction treatments an keratin conditioning treatments. Aestheticians, meanwhile, concern themselves with making skin look its best, waxing away unwanted hair and soothing dry or blemished complexions with facials. But while the team excels at everyday transformations, special occasions are its specialty: makeup artists and hairstylists pool their collective talents so brides look their best in photographs and while standing atop their own cake.