All stylists are not created equal. That's why Drew James Aveda Lifestyle SalonSpas enlists only Aveda Institute graduates, puts them through an advanced training program, and makes them work their way up a three-tier ranking system. Drew James's emphasis on high-quality staff—coupled with an exclusive selection of plant-based Aveda products—lures clients in for services ranging from basic haircuts to thermal straightening to rosemary-mint body wraps. The salon and spa also adds special touches to many of its treatments, including a complimentary stress-relieving scalp treatment and makeup touchup with each hair service. Both locations feature a wall of mirrors and trendy styling chairs, as well as Aveda tea for clients to sip on while thumbing through style portfolios or folding magazines into aluminum-foil swans somehow.
Aesthetician and owner Elena uses her skills from training in Romania and more than 30 years working in Manhattan to help beautify clients’ skin at her elegant, European-styled spa. Marble-clad walls and chateau-evoking sconces set the stage for seaweed wraps and sea-salt scrubs that help tighten and invigorate skin, along with glycolic-acid treatments and facials. Her european facial does not involve tattoos of random French, German, and Spanish words; rather, it includes a steaming with chamomile herbs and a natural vegetable-peel exfoliant to leave skin glowing and more youthful.