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.
Inside the full-service salon and spa, spare, modern decor reflects the calm, tranquil atmosphere befitting of an urban retreat. Vases cascading with flowers splash private treatment rooms with natural flair while professionals whisk away stress with custom facials and massages. On the salon floor, stylists recruit premium products—such as Swiss skincare line Mila d'Opiz, Moroccanoil hair products, and Goldwell and Majirel color treatments—to leave skin and hair feeling more refreshed and hydrated than a rain cloud getting a massage. Experienced cosmetologists and a choice of hard or soft wax minimize the pain of removing unwanted body hair.
From eyelash extensions to keratin treatments, the stylists at Blink Beauty NYC have the power to make their guests look like they just walked off the runway. Tall, black-framed mirrors face lily-white chairs at each styling station, where the artistic staff forges stylish cuts for women and men. They elevate their shear-based designs with a bounty of color services, including single-process color and graduated ombre highlights, which are achieved either by applying color lower on the locks or by washing clients' hair in a sunset.
The bright-white, naturally lit interior of Eiji Kiyora Salon provides a tranquil backdrop for spa services designed to revitalize body and soul. Driven by the theory that peace within leads to a beautiful exterior, beauty experts outfit the salon with fresh flowers, administer complimentary head massages, and station bottles of Nano Amino, Sachajuan, and Prejume products far enough away to keep them from elbowing one another.
In Vanity Fair, Elle, and Vogue Italia and on the catwalk of the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, models have preened while wearing voluminous curls and beachy waves designed by Francky L' Official. The Paris-born stylist doesn't just work on models and cast members from the Real Housewives of New York, he also welcomes non-famous clients into his Madison Avenue salon for the same upscale haircuts, color treatments, nail services, and Balmain Hair Dress extensions.
Even before they sit down at a style station, clients visiting the Madison Avenue salon get a sense of the sophisticated services they can expect. The modern space conveys a minimalist aesthetic with its ivory walls, black hardwood floors, and mirrored surfaces.
It's an appropriate backdrop for a team of stylists known for their precise layers and architectural angles. Around the room, the shelves are stocked with various bottles, each filled with professional K?rastase and Francky L'Official signature hair products and absolutely no spring-loaded snakes.
Elite Full Spa's acne facial always improves skin clarity, combats blemishes, and minimizes inflammation—but never in exactly the same way. The spa specializes in custom blended treatments, crafted from essential oils and plant extracts to suit each client's skin type. This means no formula is sacred. The team can just as easily tweak the facial's acne-medicated cleanser or its sulfur mask to get the best results. Similarly, they can customize one of their other skincare services, from the European-style facial to the cranberry and pomegranate facial with a complimentary tiny umbrella.
Their spa's salon services are equally tailored to the recipient, regardless of whether stylists are snipping locks into custom shapes or stripping away unwanted stubble with waxing and threading. And to round out the service menu, manicures and pedicures offer options ranging from traditional and shellac polishes to artificial silk wrap nails, a more flexible, natural-looking take on traditional acrylics.