Mia Anderson––known to most as Mz. Mia––knew she was destined to be a hairdresser at the tender age of 6. In those days, her pretend clients were her cousins and aunts, who weren't the least bit surprised when the adult Mia decided to leave her job as an acquisitions manager and pursue her passion for hair full-time. The experience in the corporate world paid off, though, and today Mz. Mia is the proud owner of Mi Amor Hair Studios Inc., a collection of private suites staffed by independent cosmetologists.
Instead of renting a booth, stylists operate their studios like mini salons and are free to set their own hours and decorate to their taste. Despite their demure size, the private suites have all the amenities of a larger salon, including styling and shampoo stations, dryer chairs, and chic hardwood floors; a communal waiting room allows clients to mingle around a flat-screen TV and arm-wrestle for ownership of the remote control.
Elite Day Spa aims to be a one-stop beauty and relaxation spot for its guests—and with services ranging from specialty eyebrow threading to massages and mani-pedis, it has plenty of beauty- and relaxation-enhancing possibilities to offer. A wide range of massage therapies caters to a variety of needs and includes hot-stone, deep-tissue, and couples massages. Amber-seaweed body wraps help detoxify the body while stimulating skin cells with the help of vitamin- and amino-acid-infused marine clays. Likewise, manicures take nails to the next level with the help of ingredients such as peppermint, pure honey, peach, and ginseng, plus a champagne-and-rose option.
A specialist in hair health, cuts, styles, and up-dos, Sindica Young has been cutting hair for over 15 years. Though a fan of vintage and conservative cuts and looks, Sindica is no stranger to the latest styles, and relishes the chance to craft creative styles for her clients. She offers natural cuts, shampoo and styling services, straightening treatments, and color services, such as full or partial highlights.
Inside Salon Lofts, Angelo draws on more than 25 years of experience as he sculpts new 'dos using products by Rusk, Goldwell, and Macadamia Natural Oil. He always starts his sessions with a free consultation to ascertain his clients' needs before snipping, adding highlights, revamping color, or eliminating frizz with keratin treatments. He can also shape eyebrows into graceful arches that flatter coifs.
Alexandra Zippi can work wonders with hair. In her newly established studio, she bestows elaborate updos, chic and modern coifs, and natural-looking highlights. She also transforms the look and feel of hair through keratin treatments, which tame frizz and even the feistiest of Medusa's snakes.
When stylist Gigi Schools was fresh out of beauty school more than three decades ago, she beautified her clients without the use of keratin, Chi thermal straightening, or many of today’s top brands. Now—sprinkling scalps with professional Bed Head, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell products—she makes use of these modern techniques to achieve a wide variety of classic and trendy looks. Precision cuts, iron works, and coloring services also fall from Gigi’s versatile fingers, with her skill honed over years of conducting hair shows in New York.