Starting when it opened in 1994, Rani Spas' image specialists have been polishing impressions through waxing, facials, massage, hairstyling, and mani-pedi services. The expert aestheticians enhance skin with a medley of visage-rejuvenating treatments, including the smoothing crystal collagen facial and the Synergie peel, which combines a powerful chemical peel with microdermabrasion to repair skin damaged from acne, sun exposure, and professional-apple-bobbing careers. The spa's stylists also tend to coifs with strand transformations ranging from cuts and updos to highlights and moisturizing treatments, and fuzz fields are left clean and sleek through gentle waxing and traditional threading methods.
Alter Image Salon's Donna Decaille specializes in working with African-American hair, taming and transforming texture with semipermanent relaxers or lower-intensity texturizers. She also administers therapeutic treatments that can strengthen hair, soothe itchy scalps, and help reverse breakage and damage from overprocessing or sleeping on sandpaper pillowcases.
Donna performs a variety of styling services, from pin curls and rod sets on dry hair to roller sets, flat-ironing, or wraps and curls. She works with weaves and tracks as well, and can affix them with bonds or by sewing them in.
What began as a traditional German konditorei nearly 80 years ago has transformed a lot—by changing its name, adding an espresso machine, and hiring French Culinary Institute grad Cristina Nastasi as pastry chef—but when it comes to the essentials, not much has changed. Rudy's Bakery & Cafe still packs its gleaming display cases with cookies, danishes, cupcakes, and cakes, the latter of which can also be customized for weddings, birthdays, and baby showers for mothers or rain clouds that are expecting. But the spot also features more novel treats, such as gelato and cake pops, along with a range of specialty espresso drinks.
Beauty literally meets art at Salon 2b—the 1,800-square-foot studio is home to both a two-chair parlor and an art gallery. For owners, spouses, and sole stylists Daniel Rechelbacher and Zhauna Franks, this couldn't be a more perfect pairing. Both art lovers, Daniel also is a master stylist who comes from a family of hairdressers, whereas Zhauna brings 15 years of experience and specializes in color. The duo spends their days beautifying clients with L'Oréal Professionnel hair dye and Surface Hair Care and Pureology organic, eco-conscience, and vegan-friendly haircare products. As clients sip on a beverage of choice—a decorative chalkboard lists coffee, tea, wine, and a passion cosmo as the house drinks—they can gaze around the sunlit studio, outfitted with a rotating collection of paintings and photographs by established artists showcasing their solo exhibitions.
Sunlight streams in through the front window at Everything Hair, reflecting off the glimmering mirrors and snipping scissors. Seasoned stylists bustle about the bright space, transforming tresses with trendy cuts, creative colors, and elegant updos. They decorate hair with colorful feather extensions and tame frizz with smoothing keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts. The versatile specialists also extend their beauty expertise toward eyebrow waxing and makeup-application services.
“Noël, Noël, Noël, Noëëëëëlll, born is the Queen of the illest hair!” If Alicia Keys sang it, you better believe it. Plenty of salon websites list quotes from customers raving about their great experiences with celebrity stylist Noël. But at Noël New York, these raving customers are the likes of Grammy Award–winning singers Keys, Melanie Fiona, and Chrisette Michele, as well as models and senior beauty editors from Essence. They come for the blow-outs, the custom protein treatments, and Noël’s famous clip-ins, which are made entirely of human hair and can be quickly attached and removed. Noël’s styling skills can be seen in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Glamour, to name a few.