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.
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.
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.