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.
Turning Heads Salon & Day Spa has been beautifying the tresses of Harlem inhabitants with naturally derived products for almost two decades. But it wasn't until 2002 that they added on a day spa, where owner Sandy Scarborough oversees exfoliating body treatments, peels, and facials using Aveda products. In 2011, The Village Voice named it New York's best spa, praising the attentive staff and tranquil, unrushed atmosphere. Manicurists and makeup artists add color to faces and fingertips, while massage therapists smooth out muscle knots, preparing clients to end their beautification sessions with a sprint to the nearest mirror.
Besu Salon and Day Spa is the epitome of a one-stop shop for those on the go. Here, customers can receive hair treatments such as coloring and styled cuts, hair extensions and blowouts, within an environment that inspires creativity and fun. Besu’s built-in Braid Bar is another unique option for finding a more perfect style, while the shop’s list of eclectic facials – some made with blueberry and soy exfoliates – and Diamond Head Microdermabrasion treatments let guests simply relax instead. Located in Gramercy, Besu always puts the customer first, proudly offering special services such as off-hour appointments and mini facials, massages, waxing and paraffin treatments while you wait.
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 on Amsterdam. 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.
Salon Eco Chic uses only certified organic haircare products that are plant-based and free of ammonia, sulfates, and chemicals. Armed with these eco-friendly tools, stylists perform precision cuts for men and women, nourishing hot-oil treatments, balayage hair painting, and color treatments via Organic Coloring Systems. In addition, they also offer Keragreen keratin treatments, which are designed to straighten and smooth rebellious strands that tangle up into painful knots and what some might consider obscene shadow puppets.