In 1993, after 25 years spent working in the haircare and design industry, Rick Van De Riet decided to open his own salon and training studio. He and his partner, Tommy Pernell, run Namaste Pure Design Training Studio, located next door to Namaste On Broadway, with a desire to evoke each customer's best aesthetic attributes and use environmentally friendly products. This advanced Aveda training salon provides value for clients while allowing stylists to expand and improve their skills. Their commitment to keeping stylists up-to-date on new techniques and educating aspiring stylists through a six-month Aveda training program has earned them various accolades, such as being named one of Salon Today's top 200 establishments for Salon Growth and Training.
The Parlour's team is made up of 12 stylists who combine a down-to-earth approach with high-quality service, many of whom have sculpted sleek 'dos at prestigious events such as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC and LA Fashion Week. The staff participates in ongoing training by renowned stylists and in-house classes, and the salon's decor reflects the caliber of this talent. Illuminating hardwood floors and full wall mirrors add dimension to the space, in addition to helping hair techs tailor each cut to their client's face-shape and personality.
At Allure Hair Studio, a Redken Elite salon, stylists seem to have a knack for fixing bad hair jobs, whether it's a botched at-home haircut or color another salon's stylist didn't completely blend. They learn their tricks by attending advanced-education classes; a few stylists even got to fly to New York to learn techniques from Redken's top stylists and to see if the Statue of Liberty came to life during a full moon.
Allure Hair Studio also tends to beauty needs with Pevonia facials, which use all-natural ingredients to soothe skin battered by the elements. Waxing treatments, manicures, and pedicures round out the salon's selection of indulgent, beautifying services.
The husband-and-wife team behind Wellness Spa on 5th Avenue knows firsthand how debilitating toxins can be. Bobbi Thompson attributes allergen sensitivities and weight challenges to her childhood mercury exposure from amalgam fillings and pesticides. Now a registered nurse and colon hydrotherapy practitioner, Thompson has dedicated her life to healing herself and others. Her spouse, Jerry Besing, can attest to her passion. After suffering a major health challenge in 2003, he became increasingly interested in detoxifying treatments, and took a wellness-coaching class at The School of Integrative Healing, directed by Thompson. He is now trained in services ranging from cellulite reduction to lymphatic drainage.
Each relaxing, impurity-targeting treatment takes place within a quaint, Victorian-style house. The crew also sells nontoxic pet products that keep dog, cats, and cherished pet rocks healthy without harming the environment.
Guided by a licensed medical director, the team of certified laser technicians at Hellenic Laser Spa helps men and women refine their complexions with an array of skin services. Harnessing noninvasive light waves from diode, yag, and alexandrite lasers, team members prune unwanted body hair, even out pigmentation, alleviate acne, and blast toenail fungus. Radio frequency, infrared light, CO2 fractional, and Botox and Juv?derm injections iron out facial wrinkles that lead to sagging skin, crow's-feet, and being mistaken for a painting of an ancestor. The facility also boasts a team of massage therapists ready to smudge away stress with soothing kneads during Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
At Zandi K Salon, everyone has a story. Stina Nelson didn't realize her passion for massage until a string of bad car accidents led her to the muscle-mending techniques for her own pain relief. Co-owner Nicki Wenz, meanwhile, worked as one of just 12 national Aveda makeup artists in the mid 2000s, traveling the country for photo shoots and trade shows. Educators, artists, world travelers, and Aveda-trained beauty professionals all gather within the earth-toned and stacked-slate walls of Zandi K to lend their life experiences to the looks of others.
They get a little help from their products, of course. The team uses all-natural, plant- and flower-based Aveda products made with sustainably harvested ingredients that are gentle on hair, skin, and Mother Nature's patience. These combine in services that run the gamut from styling and coloring to waxing and ousting acne with facials. But before clients watch their appearances transform in minimalist, steel-framed mirrors, they can sit back in the waiting room with a Session beer, Barefoot red wine, or fruit-infused water, and share their own story.