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.
Co-owners Marina and Polina put inner peace above all else when they left the high-stress world of finance to open Enigma Beauty Salon, fulfilling their calling to help people feel beautiful and relaxed. Before hair, nail, or massage services give clients their desired makeovers, visitors sip complimentary beverages while looking through the salon’s magazines to find style inspiration from models and empathy for what it’s like to be made of paper. Stylists bring personality to coifs by cutting and coloring hair with their artful techniques, and technicians embellish finger- and toe-tips with a trim and polish or gel. Beautification practices flow into relaxation mode during European facials or three massage styles that are more calming than a live performance of your favorite whale-sounds album.
Ornate, Victorian-style chairs and couches perch on rich hardwood floors in Temple of Beauty Salon & Spa’s waiting area, where customers relax as they prepare for hair, skin, and nail services. Inside the salon, tall mirrors flank hairstyling stations, and pedicure chairs cradle clients as their toes soften into delicious prunes. A staff of certified beauticians join owner Magda, also known as Maggie, who has more than 30 years of experience as a nail, threading, and waxing specialist, and stylist Sam, who has coiffed hair for more than 40 years. Temple of Beauty outfits customers with professional products from Morrocanoil, Matrix, Aveda, and Biosilk.
Like jewelry on display, Lush New York Salon’s sophisticated space is locked behind a glass storefront, teasing passersby with its pearl-hued styling chairs neatly arranged across an expanse of dark wooden floors. The Brooklyn salon, once named one of 20 Salons of the Year by Salon Today magazine, mirrors the elegance and sophistication of Manhattan, as its owner intended. Here, dedicated stylists, who continually brush up on their skills, treat tresses to chic cut and color services, including semipermanent hues, corrective coloring, and highlights. After finishing locks with a sleek blow-dry, the studio’s hair experts may refer clients to a resident makeup artist, who can reshape brows and affix faux lashes.
“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.
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.