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.
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.
Owner Armen Sargsyan leads a team of licensed beauty professionals who transform tresses with cuts, conditioning treatments, and coloring services. The salon follows the belief that no "one look fits all," and they work with clients to consider their hair texture, bone structure, and career when creating new looks. The stylists can also enhance features below the bangs with makeup applications and eyelash-tinting treatments.