Bernadette Peters once entrusted her legendary crimson coils to Bruno Grillo, giving her something in common with Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, and Bret Easton Ellis besides their collective love of mud wrestling. Bruno, a hair-color specialist and FIT graduate who has worked alongside celebrated stylists Oscar Blandi and Oribe, attributes his talents to the close attention he pays to his clients' lifestyles.
Bruno has been featured on Sirius Radio's Martha Stewart Living and in the Brooklyn Paper, where columnist Lisa J. Curtis confessed to falling in love with him. To be fair, Curtis’s infatuation stemmed not only from Bruno himself but also from his team of aestheticians and massage therapists as well as the spa’s open kitchen, where complimentary cappuccinos are brewed. The salon's treatment menu includes facials, makeup artistry, waxing, and a range of massage modalities. In addition, Bruno and his staff invite brides—as well as unbetrothed guests—to pick and choose from this menu to enjoy customized days of beauty.
With warm exposed brick and soft lighting, Creative Hair and Spa exudes relaxation before its stylists and therapists even get to work. Once they do, though, they expertly style hair, exfoliate skin, and soothe muscles with aromatherapy massages. It's all part of the team's mission to make every client feel pampered. But a focus on old-school service doesn't mean the staff eschews modern techniques?facials are custom-tailored using advanced skin analysis, while nails can be coated with gel polish that resists cracks for up to two weeks or a dozen thumb wars.
Since setting up shop in Brooklyn in 1970, Miro and Melo have remained dedicated to two things: beautifying hair and treating clients like family, as evidenced by the salon’s ever-popular complimentary beverages and biscottis. At their two locations—Miro Melo Hair Salon at Nonpareil and La Bellezza Hair Salon & Spa—the stylish duo updates looks with a variety of services. In addition to performing cuts, coloring, and styling, Miro and Melo upgrade locks with texture services such as Brazilian keratin treatments and hair-relaxing treatments, the preferred alternative to hair-stressing treatments.
The Parlour Brooklyn's lead style strategist Nackie Karcher whipped up haute haircuts in South Beach and the Hotel Chelsea, courted high-fashion clients such as Perry Ellis and Prps, and graced the pages of international Vogue editions before laying down roots in Brooklyn with her team of mane manipulators.
Positioned in front of the russet hues of an exposed brick wall, Akwa Grooming's plush leather barber chairs keep a steady watch, ready to cradle customers who pop through the shop's front door. Once seated, these clients give themselves over to a veteran team of barbers led by founders Eric Essen and Rahkeem Taylor. These razor masters clean edges, etch designs, and trim beards left raggedy from accidentally using a portrait as a mirror for several weeks. Shoulder massages accompany most visits, unwinding upper-body stress while hair is tamed. Ladies need not feel left out, with expert stylists on hand to take care of feminine coiffures.
Karen Tappin's namesake spa has a kitchen. The kitchen has no food or frying pans; instead, its shelves brim with jars of shea butter, jojoba oil, and apricot-kernel oils, which skincare gurus use to create nourishing hair and skin products before their customers' eyes. As the serums are brought to life, a team of aestheticians puts them to work, rejuvenating clients' skin with a range of customized facials and body scrubs. While soaking feet from atop the spa’s black leather pedicure thrones, clients can contemplate whether to leave their finger- and toenails naturally bare or don colorful polish, Shellac, silk wraps, french tips, or adamantium Wolverine claws. The beauty haven also soothes bodies in private treatment rooms, where experts melt tension with soothing massages and hydrotherapy treatments amid the space's shades of black and white.