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.
Inspired by childhood playtimes spent giving manicures to her aunts and sisters, cosmetologist Madeleine Rajkovich opened Madeleine Salon & Spa to finally realize her lifelong passion for beauty. Continuing education is the backbone of Rajkovich's business, and she regularly attends conferences to stay up-to-date on new techniques, products, and uses for leftover cucumbers. The multilingual salon offers everything from haircuts and highlights to mani-pedis, microdermabrasions, and cellulite-reducing massages, as well as highly personalized facials that begin with an in-depth skin analysis and end with a moisturizing mask.
Inside the salon, geometric cherry-red chairs create a modern tableau among sleek metal tables and white walls. Green walls, fluted glass-pendant lamps, and landscape paintings evoke a sojourn in the country on the spa side of the business, where body betterments are overseen by framed certifications and vintage portraits of Audrey Hepburn taken before photofacials finally cured her colorless complexion.
Twelve years in the hair business equals millions of strands cut and colored by the hands of Jazmin. Working from inside Shenaz salon, she also straightens and conditions locks, but her specialty lies in the application of hair extensions. Her sew-in, clip-in, and bonding extensions add enough length to playfully flip manes during flirtatious encounters or lasso potential dates.
At her eponymous salon, Shehnaz Rafique and her team of aestheticians dedicate themselves to bringing out every client's natural beauty. An expert in sculpting long hairdos, Rafique also specializes in color, transforming shades from overly familiar to surprising new tints. Threading and waxing remove unwanted fuzz from skin and mani-pedis make nails look great for impressing palm readers.
In an Aveda-concept epicenter, Le Posh Hair Salon's London-trained stylists wield beauty products composed of chiefly organic and botanically based ingredients. Tress cuts and colors occupy a succinct salon menu, sharing space with indulgent Aveda-forged therapies such as scalp and conditioning treatments. The salon's bright white environs—offset by aqua-tinted glass and asymmetrical mirrors—invoke the futuristic vibe of a space station, with its occupants ready to modernize outdated coifs for the 21st century and imminent moon vacations.