Maria Charris looks at a head of hair and sees a world of possibilities. She can sculpt updos for special occasions, braid strands together, or create virtually any chic style her clients ask for. Like well-adjusted superheroes, Ms. Charris doesn't work alone; Fredric & Company's staff includes experts in all manner of hairstyling for men, women, and children.
At Ladi's Unisex Salon, stylists clip hair, infuse strands with golden highlights, and smooth down frizz into straight locks. Using all of these skills, the team rejuvenates men's and women's styles from hair to toes. After creating a face-framing cut, stylists can wax away unwanted hair from other body parts or trim and paint nails with mani-pedis. For a finishing touch, go for one of the salon's facials, which remove oil, dirt, and debris from the skin.
From Meryl Streep to Christopher Walken to Glenn Close, a veritable who’s who of Hollywood stars turn to one woman for haircare: Angela Cosmai. The daughter of a Brooklyn salon owner, Angela learned the craft of hair coloring from Robert Renn, a luminary colorist whose personal client list became Angela’s after his passing. Rather than implementing dramatic changes, Angela focuses on subtly enriching locks with hues that are close to her client’s original color—often restoring and correcting the damage done by other salons or gangs of four-year-olds with magic markers. To ensure hair remains as healthy as possible, she mixes her own custom, ammonia-free color formula, one of many original hair care products used in her salon. There, stylists exhibit their mastery of Angela’s techniques: applying highlights directly to roots, smoothing strands with natural keratin treatments, and lengthening locks with naturally blended extensions.
Salon Shahin owner Shahin Farzam opened his salon with a steadfast pledge to devote time and attention to both clients and the environment. The team of hairdressers uses plant-based Phytologie products, and each stylist brings his or her own unique touch to the styling chair, delivering customized classic and cutting-edge haircuts alongside coloring services that use ammonia-free European products.
When they’re not trimming or styling hair, the beauty experts at La Jolie Salon & Spa also perform spa treatments, including organic peels, microdermabrasions, and waxing—all within an elegant space boasting wooden ceiling beams and a spiral staircase. A skylight and teardrop-shaped fixtures illuminate the room from overhead, and black-and-white damask-style wallpaper and a chandelier add touches of restrained sophistication.
Half kids' barbershop, half toy store, Snip Snaps is equally adept at styling haircuts and hosting birthday parties. Kids can pick a fun chair for their trim, choosing from racecars and motorcycles, and then watch TV or pick out a kids' movie from the salon's extensive library. Snip Snaps even has PlayStation 2 plugged in to facilitate hassle-free haircuts. And adults needn’t worry; they can recline on a more traditional salon chair for their own cut and style.