The expert stylists at the Paul Mitchell–focused Mad One Jacks polish heads with a vast array of hair services inside a sensory-stimulating atmosphere splashed with funky wall art and vibrant colors. During a haircut and style ($50–$75), nimble fingers shampoo skulls and knead scalps and necks before newly trimmed tresses fall gently to the floor and blow-dryers fluff the lucky remaining head strands. Blowouts ($40+) render locks sleek and shiny, and partial highlights streak heads with stylish racing stripes perfect for blazing past gridlocked traffic on foot ($120+). The keratin proteins in the awapuhi keratriplex treatment ($35+) can help reduce breakage, increase shine, and maintain color.
Lorraine Williams isn't just the namesake of Lorraine's House of Styles—she's also its driving creative force. The Redken Artist has drawn together a similarly experienced team of stylists, many of whom are certified Redken Master Specialists themselves. Each member must complete an intensive training program—and the training doesn't end there. Continuous education keeps Lorraine's crew ahead of the latest salon trends, and they draw on that knowledge to cut and color hair, always working to enhance the natural beauty of their clients. Beyond styling, the team customizes conditioning treatments to add volume, shine, and nourishment to locks damaged by time or hats made entirely of masking tape. They can also perform on-location beautification to help clients prepare for formal events. That dedication to customer satisfaction hasn't gone unnoticed—Lorraine's House of Styles has been named one of the country's top hair havens by America's Best Salons magazine.
You might not find J’aime Day Spa and Salon right away, given its second floor location on Madison Avenue in Midtown East. But once you’ve found your way up the stairs and above the street-level Cuban restaurant, this inviting, serene space truly pays off. Floor to ceiling windows look out over the avenue, letting in loads of natural light for the small work stations that are pushed up close to the glass. Several soft blue couches are perfect for relaxing before a manicure, facial treatment, or head to one of the spare white rooms in the back for more intimate waxing and massage sessions. Each facet of the long salon is meant to pamper and revitalize customers, while shelves of take-home products near the register mean guests can enjoy spa-level treatments right at home.
Straddling 1st and 3rd Avenues between 33rd and 34th streets and near the Beth Israel Hospital sit two of Midtown's newest hair salons. 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.
Lali Lali Salon customers book appointments online to nab an afternoon, evening, or Saturday visit to revivify strands at their convenience. As they arrive, sunlight careens into the long, spacious salon, which is punctuated with colossal, playful, overgrown bouquets. The lush bursts of chlorophyll spray up from the floor, fan out from the walls, and hang from the ceilings, contrasting with modern black furniture cushioned with flower smells. Massive windowpanes paint crosshatched silhouettes on a vintage green chaise lounge and mock bearskin rug. Fittingly for such a carefully designed space, Lali Lali doubles as a gallery, with a focus on photography that captures New York's bustling fashion scene.
Although he's styled coifs all over the world, salon director Antonio now docks at his studio's Upper East Side and downtown locations, where he leads four other stylists in crafting dos. Antonio specializes in highlights using a meticulous technique designed to inspire rich, deep color. His brother Rocco, a master stylist, works alongside industry veteran Amy in creating innovative cuts. Extension specialist Sarah carefully lengthens strands with human hair, and Albina tends to frizzy manes with Brazilian keratin treatments. Though they each have their own set of specialties, the entire quintet of artists is available to cut, color, and smooth tresses.