Sunlight filters in through Scandalous Hair Studio & Spa’s two walls of windows, illuminating the intimate boutique so that it stands out amid the other neighborhood stores. Perched on the corner, the all-purpose salon and spa greets visitors with an exposed brick wall that gives way to a row of styling stations where stylists pace around salon chairs as they plan out customized haircuts and color treatments.
Just a few yards away but a world removed from the lively bustle of the salon floor, aestheticians stationed in private treatment rooms cultivate glowing complexions with Wilma Schumann skincare products. Among the most popular spa services, aromatherapy massages melt away stress, and European facials fight signs of aging, acne, and embarrassing face-plant dives off the Eiffel Tower.
Chic Beauty Salon pampers patrons with treatments for the hair, skin, and body. Stylists cut and style tresses, and revamp looks with colorful glazes and smoothing keratin treatments. The beauty experts also offer facials to banish blemishes and brighten complexions. Should guests find themselves frazzled by the thought of not relaxing, massages can soothe their spirits.
From Julia Roberts’ fiery red curls to Lady Gaga’s fearless coifs, Nerik has seen and styled it all. The master stylist runs the Upper East Side salon, NK Salon by Nerik, where he welcomes even the least famous of men and women to sink into his or his talented staff’s styling chairs. The NK crew uses the Balayage hair-coloring technique, featured in Vogue, along with L’Oréal products to streak monotone ‘dos with natural-looking highlights. They weave Great Length hair extensions into short styles, or chop off overgrown strands to help clients see their reflection for the very first time. Bottles of Kerastase and Aveda products grace the sleek, crisp-white space, flanked by wall-scaling mirrors and fresh flowers.
Aside from styling hair, Nerik’s crew also dresses up appendages with spa manicures and pedicures, during which they are careful to never cut the cuticle—a common error in many nail salons. Meanwhile, skin specialists apply chocolate wax as they strip away hair from any part of the body.
LeMetric Hair Center Inc. founder Elline Surianello knows firsthand how your hair can affect your confidence. At age 9, she began showing signs of androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness. Rather than let her thinning hair impact her life, she searched for natural alternatives to combat her condition, and when she couldn't find a suitable solution, she took it upon herself to create one. What started as a personal mission turned into an all-natural, safe hair-loss system that contains no glue and requires no surgery.
Today, she and her staff help women find the looks that give them confidence by offering not only handmade hair systems but also salon services. Staff members clear unwanted body hair during waxing services, polish nails to a vibrant shine with mani-pedis, and infuse skin with nutrients during facial treatments. They even take their beautification mission on the road with a mobile studio that contains hair samples and is fueled by retired wigs.
DS Studio resides in a street-level brownstone building, which contrasts sharply with the pure white walls, leather chairs, and marble countertops within the intimate salon. This minimalistic, European aesthetic is echoed in the styling techniques and trends of owners and master stylists Demetris and Savita, both of whom have showcased their work in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Though Demetris and Savita put the DS in the salon's name, the studio also is home to a color director who transforms hair hues, a balayage specialist who adds sun-kissed color to the ends of hair, and a nail technician trained in reflexology and waxing for men, women, and invisible friends. As an advocate for healthy hair, the salon only uses 100% organic products, including their namesake line of haircare infused with botanical extracts imported from Greece.