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.
Eleanor Russo—one of the talented stylists of George's Twisted Sisters—beautifies clients with a retinue of services. Certified in the art of hair-texture transformation, she smooths frizz with keratin and infuses tresses with long-term sleekness using a Japanese straightening technique. She also draws on a certification in hair extension application to give clients long, flowing locks without waiting years for natural growth.
The vibrant red paint on the far wall of Beauty Mark stands in contrast to the elegant wooden mirrors that line the salon. This mix of impassioned energy and stately cultivation also informs the abilities of the salon's expert stylists, who craft classic and avant-garde coiffures for men and women alike. They couple these custom cuts with color treatments that subtly shift hair's chromatic register or overhaul it completely.
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.
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.