De Lis Salon & Spa's staff stands unified in their belief that beauty is an art that relies on vision, detail, creativity, and technique. To that end, they take painstaking care with all of their services. Take Erick, the salon's master colorist and color correction specialist; he approaches his craft by combining his client's needs with his own vision, thereby creating a look that's both customized and universal, modern and timeless. That's how it goes with all the professionals here—the hairstylists, skincare specialists, and eyelash technicians. They see their work as a collaboration with the client, and combine artful sensibilities with clinical technique to turn out hairdos that reflect each person's own character and the height of their ceilings. The space itself is at once warm and upscale: burnt orange walls and polished hardwood floors with jet-black styling stations interspersed throughout, and fresh flowers breathing life into the space. De Lis's staff favors products from respected brands such as Moroccanoil, Saryna Key, and L'Oréal.
MessLook Hair Salon & Beauty Spa cofounder Charles Lam has racked up more than two decades of hair experience in three locales: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and his current base, the United States. In a 1,000-square-foot salon, he and his team recreate the international styles Lam assimilated on his travels, transforming heads with cosmopolitan cuts, highlights, and specialty treatments such as Japanese straightening. The studio’s services extend beyond hair, though: Lam’s cofounder, Josephine Xu, is an aesthetician and makeup artist. She and her staff can rejuvenate faces with treatments powered by vitamin C, caviar, or lasers. They also can buff fine lines and age spots from skin with microdermabrasion, whose ultrafine crystals would otherwise have to adorn the rings of newlywed mayflies.
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.
At Simply Beautiful Hair Salon, clients who want highlights need to specify further—the stylists brighten locks with three different types. Beyond traditional foil highlights, they also do ombre highlights, and balayage highlights––painted in freehand to create the same natural look as a summer in the sun.
The stylists display similar versatility when snipping custom cuts, or combating frizz, which they can do with keratin treatments or permanent Japanese straightening. There's only one front on which the team is inflexible: eco-friendly practices. They ply strands with organic products whenever possible, never giving in when client request that they comb in some gasoline.
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.