At Chrysalis Salon, seasoned staffers enthusiastically ply the beautician's trade as fall floral accents bedeck the chocolate-colored walls around them, creating a scene as warm and lush as an open house held inside a jack-o'-lantern. Employing more than 20 years of experience, the salon's master hairstylist, Maura, specializes in color treatments including highlights, lowlights, and color correction. The salon's licensed aesthetician, Frances, customizes her facial services using the skills and knowledge it took to become certified as a beauty therapist by ITEC.
At First Impressions, aestheticians spruce up faces, relax backs, and pamper nails in 90-minute mini spa excursions. Technicians rub hands and feet with lavender- or honey-infused exfoliating scrubs, polishing skin to a healthy glow before coating nails in gel or Shellac polish, whose persistent grip clings to talons for up to two weeks, much like a shy toddler clutching a store mannequin’s leg. Toes can stretch out and luxuriate in a complimentary paraffin treatment, and faces emerge looking fresh and youthful after a treatment using all-natural products.
The image experts at Laser Hair Removal of NY & Electrolysis by Celina enhance guests' façades through an array of aesthetic services such as the European facial. After composing a cleansing regimen that may include products from Murad and similar lines, therapists refresh façades by hydrating skin and removing leftover eggnog mustaches.
Inside A Private Studio, two master stylists work on either side of a towering, free-standing mirror. It's an intimate setting and a perfect sanctuary for harried clients. Or celebrities. The hair-savvy duo, Laurance and John, never name names, but they've certainly worked with stars. Laurance's styling has appeared on Valentino runways and in high fashion magazines; John trained under iconic high-fashion hairstylist Yusuke Suga. The duo's star status doesn't translate into a stuffy-feeling salon, though: it's decorated simply with potted plants and in earth tones. But it's their expertise that clients come for and which translates into chic, technically flawless cuts, artfully-placed highlights, and conditioning treatments that add a touch of shine, much like a headlamp worn backwards.
Sincede, a certified hair colorist and haircutting specialist, re-hues hair with products from Organic Salon Systems, a cruelty- and ammonia-free vegan line that can keep hair hydrated without depleting protein levels. Sincede can choose from a whopping 65 colors, concentrates, brighteners, and lighteners from this line—enough options to make an average person's head spin or a 65-headed person feel just right. To defrizz hair, alternatively, Sincede uses formaldehyde- and paraben-free Keragreen products, which enrich hair with nutrients that aim to restore elasticity and reduce brittleness. She renders these customization-friendly services beyond the quaint red-brick walls and cheery green awning that greet visitors.
Master stylist Leon began his hair-sculpting career in Europe, honing his craft over countless seminars and stints at the continent's top training institutes. After moving to Manhattan, he set up shop, building a loyal client base of appearance-conscious individuals including models and models' reflections. Inside his sleek, white salon, flower-shaped light fixtures dangle above as Leon and his staff snip away locks and kiss strands with tasteful color, custom-crafting each 'do to flatter clients' faces. Elsewhere, luxurious facials and relaxing massages keep the rest of the body looking and feeling as good as the head’s newly polished coif.