Clad in a black shirt and necktie, master stylist Joseph Nasser works with a studious look on his face that resembles that of a master chess player who is thinking five moves ahead. His shirt stands out against the whitewashed background of his Upper West Side hair palace, Blondi's Hair Salon. A Lebanon native, Joseph rose to styling distinction in New York by working as a John Sahag sculptor cutter. Now, as owner of his own salon, the grandmaster colorist surrounds himself with a skilled team of imaginative stylists, all armed to the bangs with an array of upscale Aveda products that stare out from sleek, backlit shelves.
Since opening its doors more than 10 years ago, Zoog Hair Studio has been artfully taming tresses. Strand artisans trained in the latest trends, coloring techniques, and antifrizz spells transform dull mops into stylish hairdos inside a modern, bright salon stocked with enough beauty products to make over most of the moai.
Le Salon Chinois' custom cranial services and products from L'Oréal have graced the frames of models and celebrities. The studio's crack staff specializes in Brazilian keratin hair straightening, blow-dried infusions of keratin proteins into the tresses that eliminate miscreant curls for up to 52 shampoo sessions.
Reamir tames misbehaving mop-tops with methodical service and astute attention to detail inside a classic barbershop setting. Going back to the basics, these mane mavens nix newfangled styling devices in favor of time-honored scissors, combs, and the rocks needed to keep the scissors in line. With the men's signature haircut, gents get a thorough head edit as well as a straight-razor neck shave and hot-towel massage to chase away tension; customers may choose between a scissor cut, clipper buzz cut, or a combination.
Michelle M-Yan grew up in Armenia, so perhaps it's not surprising that she has something of an outsider's take on American fashion trends. After graduating from a beauty academy at the age of 19 and spending the better part of a decade honing her skills, she moved to New York City in 2004. Since then she's challenged the status quo of the American modeling and entertainment industries and explored new possibilities in the craft of hair styling, though she's never used a hairbrush to solve a murder. Her work includes smooth and silky manes, avant-garde coiffures knitted into swirling vines, and models who appear mummified by their own frizz-free locks. As the owner of Michelle's Hair Color Boutique, she continues to mold tresses with services such as highlights, color, keratin treatments, and perms.
At Eric’s Hair Studio, Eric Jeon snips every strand and curl with the grace and gravitas of more than 20 years of hairstyling experience. Amid potted plants and posters of stars such as Audrey Hepburn, clients of all ages and genders settle into swiveling chairs as Jeon trims, blow-dries, and colors hair with BES Color—an ammonia-free product imported from Italy and composed almost entirely of vegetable ingredients. To achieve soft, lustrous locks and eradicate frizz and curls, the studio infuses locks with keratin or a Japanese conditioning treatment, which uses thermal relaxers to straighten strands, vastly shortening the time it takes to style them into a topiary of Don King every morning.