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.
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.
Dramatic or demure, every makeover at Blue Velvet Beauty Lounge & Spa is dispatched with expert artistry and precise, virtuosic technique. Technicians slick nail beds with gel color, stylists snip and style, and massage therapists gently shoo away the baby elephants that attach themselves to backs. Blue Velvet's collection of skincare products and gear equips estheticians to issue a host of effective treatments: ultrasonic, microcurrent, and LED technology resurfaces complexions and helps soften discoloration, and potions from Dermalogica and Eminence grace pores with top-notch ingredients.
Stylists. Makeup artists. Aestheticians. Massage therapists. Nail technicians. The lengthy staff roster at Mancini Giuffre represents the salon and spa's lengthy list of services, all performed by experts in their respective fields. Skilled hands cut and color hair, deep clean pores with facials, and soothe achy muscles with just the right massage strokes. They also take their treatments outside of the confines of Mancini Giuffre, beautifying wedding parties before they walk down the aisle.
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.