Brands Used: Onesta
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Master stylist Jessica Dunn keeps up with the latest haircare trends through her Onesta continuing-education classes. She uses the organic, eco-friendly, and PETA-approved haircare brand while styling hair at 97 Main Salon, where she also creates low-maintenance layered 'dos by wet-cutting hair and imbuing locks with multi-dimensional color.
Her fellow beauty experts tend to hair as well, removing unwanted strands on the body through waxing or electrolysis, both of which are performed in a private room in the salon.
Salon 127's elegant waiting room welcomes visitors with comfy leather furniture, a painting of a flowery courtyard, and a table stacked with magazines. Once they've completed the latest dessert-island quiz in Newsweek, guests make their way to one of the styling stations, which are separated by privacy-boosting partitions with built-in mirrors. The salon's multitalented team then gets to work making over clients from head to toe with services that range from color applications and hair-relaxing treatments to facials and mani-pedis.
At Working Shear Wonders Salon, owner and head stylist Traci Duker shows off her hairstyling skills, honed over 14 years of practice, by gracing her clientele with bold new coiffures. Styling, shampooing, and conditioning treatments combine her expertise with top-shelf salon products from Design Essentials, Moroccanoil, and Nexxus. Other services include weaves—which use 100% Brazilian, virgin Indian, Malaysian, or Peruvian hair—keratin hair-smoothing treatments, and eyebrow waxing.
Birdie Hyatt has been known to take up to five hours meticulously handcrafting Poetic Justice-style braids at Divine Diva’s. The highly skilled stylist has more than a decade of experience, including working in fashion shows and music videos. And at Divine Diva's, clients see firsthand the care she takes as she transforms ethnic hair with weaves, dreadlocks, goddess braids, and silk press styles.
The barbers of Chelo's Dominican Barber Shop specialize in making hair neat and tidy by shaping it into a stylish Dominican fade. They steer their razors over men's noggins, keeping hair thicker on top and lighter on the sides, as flat-screen TVs flash overhead with sports, news, and reality-TV shows about baby CEOs.
Ruby Beauty Center lends Eastern flair to salon and spa services that beautify hands, feet, hair, and skin. Henna imbues manes with rich auburn tones ($25+) or, during mendhi sessions, dapples hands with intricate designs of flowers, leaves, and bar-exam answers ($7+ per hand). Staffers daub away unwelcome whiskers from underarms with powerful wax ($7) or gently twist free visage vines with threading ($20 for full face). A thermo herb facial ($55) undoes the effects of tense muscles and gorgon-staring contests by evacuating pores with warmth and salving skin with botanical ingredients.