LeMetric Hair Center Inc. founder Elline Surianello knows firsthand how your hair can affect your confidence. At age 9, she began showing signs of androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness. Rather than let her thinning hair impact her life, she searched for natural alternatives to combat her condition, and when she couldn't find a suitable solution, she took it upon herself to create one. What started as a personal mission turned into an all-natural, safe hair-loss system that contains no glue and requires no surgery.
Today, she and her staff help women find the looks that give them confidence by offering not only handmade hair systems but also salon services. Staff members clear unwanted body hair during waxing services, polish nails to a vibrant shine with mani-pedis, and infuse skin with nutrients during facial treatments. They even take their beautification mission on the road with a mobile studio that contains hair samples and is fueled by retired wigs.
DS Studio resides in a street-level brownstone building, which contrasts sharply with the pure white walls, leather chairs, and marble countertops within the intimate salon. This minimalistic, European aesthetic is echoed in the styling techniques and trends of owners and master stylists Demetris and Savita, both of whom have showcased their work in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Though Demetris and Savita put the DS in the salon's name, the studio also is home to a color director who transforms hair hues, a balayage specialist who adds sun-kissed color to the ends of hair, and a nail technician trained in reflexology and waxing for men, women, and invisible friends. As an advocate for healthy hair, the salon only uses 100% organic products, including their namesake line of haircare infused with botanical extracts imported from Greece.
Jeffrey Stein started coloring hair more than 30 years ago at age 18, eventually establishing a sextet of salons across New York City. With his shrewd artistic eye, he carefully inspects clients’ eye and skin color, before enhancing locks with flattering hues and industrial-grade magic spells. He helms a seasoned staff of stylists that bolsters colorized strands with a full roster of salon services, including mani-pedis, makeup applications, relaxers, and haircuts that enlist the conditioning prowess of top-notch Moroccanoil and Kérastase products.
Stein and his team works amid the sleek, modern environs of the six salons, which each boast features such as ornate chandeliers, exposed-brick walls, and glossy wooden accent pieces.
The stylists, aestheticians, and makeup artists at Damali NYC beautify hairdos and visages with a full roster of salon services. Taking its name from a feminine Arabic handle that translates to beautiful vision, this Fifth Avenue studio lives up to its lofty moniker and has thus attracted such stylistically inclined celebrities as Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, and Lil' Kim. Walls of soothing pastel blue surround the salon’s beauty experts as they deftly brush on makeup for weddings and primp up eyelashes with lush extensions for upcoming proms or driver's-license photos. Mani-pedis and facials imbue fingers, toes, and complexions with a flush of radiant youth, and spray tans empower vampires to travel incognito in sun-kissed shades.
Sharing the stories and wisdom accumulated during 25 years as an aesthetician, Katy Yip, who holds a diploma from the prestigious CIDESCO and is a licensed esthetician and tattoo artist, wields products from brands including Decléor Paris, Elene Paris, blinc, Farah Beauty Specialist, Soskin Paris, and GrandeLash. Tendrils of fragrance unfurl from aroma-infused swiss body massages, and patrons parade past with fresh permanent makeup in precise lines designed not to smudge or aggravate sensitive skin. Assorted facials call upon aromatic masks, pulsating light, and collagen to combat the appearance of wrinkles, allowing newly revitalized patrons to press their faces more appealingly against pet-store windows.
At Tribeca Hair Studio, father-and-son team Mike and Albert combine more than 50 years of experience to revamp and beautify locks for men and women. Before administering one of their signature hair services, such as a Moroccanoil deep-conditioning treatment or precision haircut, the stylists consults with clients to ensure that wildest hair dreams become a reality. In addition to cuts and color, Mike and Albert smooth tangles and reunite split ends with the Brazilian keratin treatment, which infuses individual strands with a nutrient-rich protein that banishes frizz. While waiting for services, patrons can partake in free WiFi or ponder which Civil War general’s moustache was the most distinguished.