Stylist Rachel Roes McCoy began her haircare career at 16, when she started shaping new coiffures for her family and friends. Since then, she has become a certified facial-waxing specialist and trained with stylists Martin Parsons and Nick Arrojo from TLC's What Not to Wear. Nowadays, McCoy showcases her expertise with shears at Studio La Vie, where she severs split ends, snips away tangled fishing lines, and performs coloring and waxing services.
At The Hair Lounge, co-owners Angie Pilkington and Jennifer Miller keep their creative styling team educated on the latest industry trends through ongoing education. According to a feature on The Company Lab website, Pilkington has been a representative at the New York branch of the renowned Intercoiffure Mondial––an international organization for high-quality hairdressing that represents the top 2% of salons in the world. By encouraging her crew to strive for that same level of success, Pilkington has created a small business that is stylish beyond its stature, where personalized services take the place of cookie-cutter cuts and styles are sealed in with paraben-free Oribe products.
Inside the salon, vintage-inspired chandeliers illuminate the bright-pink dividers at each styling station. The lounge area uses transparent chairs, rich hardwood furniture, and gray walls with white wainscoting to create an ambiance that is both classic and modern, calling to mind the aesthetic of a hip Manhattan club or Mozart's favorite discotheque.
Since 1994, the stylists at Techniques Salon have beautified men’s, women’s, and children’s hair with cuts and coloring services, as well as waxing and nailcare. The salon’s tangle-reducing keratin treatments, designed for those with curly hair or a habit of storing half-chewed bubble gum under their pigtails, use four different types of Keratin Complex treatments to tame clients’ locks and create sleek, shiny styles.
Bathing tresses, toes, and temples in 100% organic goodness, Banana Tree Organic Salon peels fumes, dyes, and ammonias away from all of its products to reveal a client's natural radiance. During each shearing, Banana Tree's hair designers apply master training from Hair Trends International to mold manes into fashion-forward coifs ready for work, play, or their hybrid progeny—plork. Mini-facials employ skin-soothers ripe with natural cleansers and creams to enhance glow without moth-baiting light bulbs. During or after the service, organically decompress in the easy chairs of Banana Tree's relaxation room, where guests can sip complimentary organic wine or chocolate-banana smoothies to soothe stomachs as well as minds.
Salon Haven is so focused on helping its clients relax that the boutique salon offers several complimentary services. For example, every tress treatment—whether it's a custom cut, single-process color, or a smoothing relaxer—comes with a glass of wine or a soft drink. Meanwhile, nail technicians augment every spa manicure and pedicure with a rejuvenating paraffin-wax treatment.
Dee'Sign Nail Salon's head nail tech Demetria "Dee" Jordan wields 10 years of experience imbuing fingernails and toenails with vibrant new caps. Put your hands where a member of the skilled staff can see them, and you'll be rewarded with a neat nail trimming of fingernails and toenails. Perfectly symmetrical tips will take the place of formerly unruly edges, and cuticles will be gently groomed into a more sightly disposition. Dee'Sign's staff dips limb-tips into polishes from brands such as OPI, Orly, and China Glaze with the attentiveness and care of a zookeeper bottle-feeding a newborn snake. After the mani-pedi, a nail technician buffs dry skin and removes tar and feathers from hands and feet with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub.