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.
Perfect Brows NYC doesn’t just remove hair above the eyes; the studio removes it from all over the body using three different methods. Its threading services uproot follicles on the face with a twisted cotton thread. And during waxing services, a thin layer of molten wax covers fuzzy areas and adheres to hairs before pulling them from the root. The third method used, called sugaring, is an organic alternative that removes hair with a natural paste made from sugar, lemon juice, guar gum, and water. This method is proven to provide less breakage and ingrown hairs and to leave clients with skin as smooth as a newborn dolphin. Each method provides a blank canvas for the studio’s other services, which include henna work and facials.
The aestheticians of JJ Eyelashes model their techniques after May Lee, owner and licensed makeup artist with more than 10 years of experience. Inside each of the spas, clients recline on cushioned beds as practitioners set to work applying curled lash extensions to each natural eyelash in a choice of colors, lengths, and thicknesses. In addition to the lashes—which can last for up to six weeks with proper maintenance—aestheticians accentuate features with permanent-makeup treatments that fill in brows, lips, and connect-the-dots freckle drawings with pigment that lasts for anywhere from two to five years.
Located on the corner of Broadway and Houston, Asanda Spa Lounge fits right in with its fashion- and beauty-centric SoHo surroundings. The salon invites clients inside with striking, squeaky-clean white decor, high ceilings, and sparkling crystal and Murano-glass chandeliers. The staff of stylists channel the salon's bright, modern aesthetic into chic styles and a menu of aesthetic services that harness the power of botanical-based Aveda products.
Massage and facial rooms accented with soft mood lighting and music comprise two-thirds of the lounge's 5,000-square-foot space, where aestheticians and massage therapists offer a full menu of Aveda face and body treatments.
With six locations peppering Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, Precise Brows’ fleet of trained waxers keeps faces and bodies looking polished. Waxing banishes unwanted fur from arms, legs, stomachs, and bikini areas, and hairstylists shear off split ends from scalps and blow-dry remaining lengths into sleek shape. Faces fearful of wax can forgo the sticky stuff in favor of threading services available from the neck up. Taking a break from bristle, the staff can also enhance winks with eyelash extensions or etch beautiful black or herbal henna onto skin to ready it for a special occasion or camouflage regretful tattoos of Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.