There's no fire beneath the bright white mantelpiece at Substance Salon—its ornate carvings and noble busts simply cement a chic ambiance. However, clients can still warm up with sips of gourmet coffee as they wait for their appointed stylists. The salon staff carries the sophistications of the reception area to each of their stations, where they handcraft 'dos based on the tastes of clients. Pureology products help them wash and blow-dry strands into eye-catching arrays, such as the voluminous Bombshell or the Bohemian—breezy waves that wrap around a full-size acoustic guitar.
Master barber Manny oversees the hot-towel shaves and soothing scalp massages on the gentlemen's menu. The salon also has an entire department devoted to brides-to-be—Styling the Bride—whose members travel to clients throughout New York and New Jersey. Their hair and cosmetic expertise, which results in dazzling updos and radiant makeovers, has been featured on The Knot.
Each styling chair at Hilights Salon doubles as office space for the hairdressers, who start every session with a detailed consultation to make sure they understand the looks their clients desire. Once they have the right mental images, they clip and highlight hair, permanently straighten it, and craft locks into updos more intricate than a bird's nest made of Rubik's Cubes. The staff also includes a bridal specialist and two makeup artists who prep clients on location for their big day.
Despite its industrial-sounding name, there's nothing cookie-cutter about The Hair Factory. Creativity is key for their team of skilled stylists, who can coif hair into updos for special occasions, or revamp looks with edgy, multicolored mohawks. Haircare options, which are available for men, women, or children, top off a menu that also features make-up, tanning, and waxing services, which cater to clients with sensitive skin or commitment-phobic candles.
The beauty specialists at La Bella Hair and Nail Spa keep their attention intently focused on the hair they are arranging into elegant up-dos or the nails they are decorating with glittery gel polish, pausing only to cheerfully greet clients as they enter. The skilled staff dances across the hardwood floor of the sunlit space, draping clients in smocks to prepare for haircuts and color treatments and guiding others to private treatment rooms for body-waxing services. They sit pedicure clients on cushy armchairs before treating their toes to luxurious peppermint, green tea, and silk spa pedicures. The staff specializes in quick and quality eyelash-extension applications, expertly elongating lashes with their own brand of glamorous, natural extensions in less than 30 minutes. They even offer extension-training workshops and demonstrations for those interested in recreating the dazzling look on themselves, a friend, or a jack-o-lantern.
After spending 15 years working in the wedding industry, beautifying brides-to-be with personalized makeup and henna tattoos, Pritee Gupta and Leena Dedhia realized their dream: to make their treatments available to a broader client base. So they created Mei Salon, where guests can experience their signature eyebrow threading services while listening to calming music. Their skilled staff crafts dazzling highlights and updos and banishes stress with relaxing hot-oil massages and Ayurvedic facials steeped in ancient traditions. The salon also hosts spa parties for kids and adults, which are ideal for celebrating birthdays, girls' nights out, or a decision not to pursue the Guinness World Record for longest toenails.
At Hair Unique, experienced stylists work alongside trained cosmetologists to create looks that turn heads. Silk and mink eyelash extensions are a specialty here. When the strands are individually applied, they add volume to natural lashes without the use of mascara, eyelash curlers, or discreet eyelash padding. Equal care is dedicated to haircuts and styling.