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.
Stress just doesn't exist at Chic Blowout Bar. The anxiety of monitoring cut and color treatments in the mirror evaporates as clients sip complimentary drinks and stylists curl, straighten, and primp hair into a fashionable 'do. Stylists specialize in seven styles of blowouts, from sleek, pin-straight hair to beachy waves or deep, retro waves. This allows stylists to customize looks for any occasion, whether it's a big meeting at work or a glamorous black tie event celebrating the invention of black ties. Alongside blowouts, stylists also provide complementary makeup services, teaching clients how to apply makeup, and carefully attaching lashes or clipping in extensions for an bold, glamorous look.
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.
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.
The experienced staff at Athena Spa prioritizes quality products and up-to-date technology for the comfort of their clients. Aestheticians soothe skin with Dermalogica and G.M. Collin products, including G.M. Collin's specialty Collagen 90-II facial, designed to firm up and rehydrate aging skin. They also exfoliate faces with peels and microdermabrasion crystals culled from young-looking mines. Bodies can detoxify with wraps and scrubs, or relax with a massage—modalities include Swedish, deep tissue, and more.