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.
Jehr Schiavo does things his way. The celebrity hairstylist has carved his own path in the beauty industry, inventing new looks and butting heads when necessary. The result? Press in the New York Times, and a page in Allure that, in his own unapologetic words, "features my absurd one thousand dollar haircut."
At the beginning of his career, Jehr could not have predicted his future success?he claims that he barely graduated styling school. From there, though, he went on to style musicians such as the Talking Heads and the B-52s during his apprenticeship. Later still, he styled the inaugural Lollapalooza, and went on to rack up client names from Blythe Danner to Lou Reed.
As eye-popping as these credentials are, Jehr casts himself as a simple artist without extravagant tricks or blowdryers that lay golden eggs. He views his job not as a means to perfect beauty, but as a way to illustrate his clients' character through a very specific medium: their hair.
You could spend years growing out your hair to Rapunzel lengths, or you could make an appointment at Royal Extensions NY and have your new hairstyle in a couple of hours. The experts at the beauty hot spot painstakingly weave extensions made from 100% human hair to add length and volume to existing hair. Instead of using glue, braiding, and heat, the extensions from brands including Micro Strands and Micro Weft use a cold system that links to existing hairs or adheres seamlessly to the hairline for a natural look. For an even better look, the staff also specializes in eyelash extensions that let clients forgo wearing mascara or walking around holding magnifying glasses up to their eyes.
Stylist and entrepreneur Kim Sun Young was only 19 years old when she founded her first salon in Seoul in 1956, delivering the wild permed styles that were all the rage among Korean fashionistas of the time. By 1990, her ambition had propelled her and the company to its first US branch in Los Angeles, and it has since exploded into a total of five international locations that include outposts in New York, Chicago, and Australia. Her staff members have also multiplied from an original five to a current count of 400, enough to fully style a woolly mammoth within 10 seconds. Those stylists offer a cup of coffee or tea to every client who enters, and they’re trained as frequently as once a week in emerging techniques and products such as Vidal Sassoon and Wella color.
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.
The Salon Icon NYC locations in Murray Hill and East Village haven't been around long, but that's not to say that the stylists who work inside are beginners?each has been educated by Aveda, and many have undergone additional training from famous brands such as Vidal Sassoon and Goldwell. These styling gurus use Redken and Bumble and Bumble hair products during their cuts, which range in technique from razor and twist cutting to slicing and channeling. Among the salon's specialties are keratin treatments, feather extensions, and body waves. As they wait for their turn at the sleek black sinks and salon chairs, clients can sip wine or bellow the lyrics of "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" to no one in particular.