An impressive array of models, fashionistas, and celebrities have sat in Lauren Lavelle’s styling chair, from actress Kim Basinger to fashion editor Mary Clarke. Her glamorous updos can be spotted gracing the glossy pages of Modern Bride, Bazaar, and Hamptons, as well as floating down the runways at Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss fashion shows. On an average day, though, Lauren brings her innovative styling sense and years of fashion-world experience to her own studio—Lauren Lavelle Salon.
Amid pristine white walls and sleek white styling chairs, Lauren and her staff snip hair, arrange updos, and add luxurious extensions. Seasoned specialist Bill Kovalcik captains the hair-coloring department, drawing from years of expertise gained working in top New York salons to create what he describes as “wearable, functional, and fashionable tresses with a natural radiance.” Meanwhile, designer makeup artist Lisa Lavelle oversees makeup application, determining feature-enhancing colors and sharing techniques with clients so they're able to recreate looks on themselves, friends, or napping passengers on the bus.
J'adore De Hair's mission is simple—to bring to Long Island the kind of salon experience typically found in other parts of the city. Each appointment at the salon begins with a personal consultation so stylists can figure out if they need to do a razor-cutting, slicing, or twist-cutting technique, as well as if they're going to style it with beachy waves or make it ultra sleek. The stylists, who have trained with such people as What Not to Wear's Nick Arrojo, specialize in everything from Diva cuts for curly-haired clients to body waves to keratin treatments.
With almost two decades of hairstyling experience under her belt, owner Faina helms Fa-El Salon, where she and her skilled staff design hair according to current fashions and their clients’ whims. The stylists pride themselves on matching hairstyles to individual tastes and body types, sticking to Faina’s philosophy that a successful haircut must reflect—in ways loud or subtle—its wearer’s personality. While stylists pace around salon chairs in search of choppable cowlicks, aestheticians tend to other body parts with exfoliating facials, mani-pedis, and waxing treatments that remove nascent moustaches and signs of lycanthropy.
Depicting a hip, well-groomed character holding clippers, the colorful mural on the window of Manny's Cutz jumps out on 14th Avenue, beckoning passersby to peek into the shop. Inside, a calm scene of peach walls and wood floors surrounds the mural's likeness, Manny, as he stands at a black barber chair, lopping off and styling hair. Manny also tends to beards and the dried mustard that naturally grows in them during soothing hot-towel shaves.
At Thomas Cole Salon, experienced stylists use top-notch products designed by the owner and founder to tame unruly manes into eye-catching coiffures. Services such as a women’s haircut ($95+) or men’s haircut ($50+) can be complemented by a blow-dry ($40+) or men’s hair coloring ($50+). Instead of duct-taping road flares to their heads, beauty seekers can spiff up their cuts with glance-baiting highlights ($150+) or a nourishing Brazilian keratin treatment ($300+) that simultaneously strengthens and softens hair.
A mix of makeup and orchids line the front window of Marcari Salon, a fitting welcome to the salon, where warm, earthy tones abound and relaxation and beauty are the focus. The stylists pamper guests with a full array of salon services, including haircare, makeup, facials, and airbrush tanning.