Inside Salon Blanco, stylists expertly clip and color hair for men, women, and children. But the laid-back salon is more than just a hair enterprise: its menu includes a slew of beauty-boosting services, including mani-pedis, airbrush tans, and waxing.
Inside the recently remodeled Paul-Eric Sinclair salon, customers seated atop comfortable styling chairs sip coffee as stylists set to work primping hair and nails. The beauty crew cuts the manes of men, women, and kids, and strips away unwanted hair via waxing. Nail technicians bedazzle finger and toe tips in a spectrum of colors during manicures and pedicures, which, unlike getting trapped inside a panic room, induce relaxation.
At Brilliance New York, professional technicians tend to the skin, nails, and hair of their guests. Within an atmosphere that pays homage to New York City, stylists create new dos, or anoint heads of hair with conditioning products. Meanwhile, make-up applications draw attention to the features with well-placed hues and accents, all the while using organic and vegan cosmetics.
The experienced nail nurturers at Harmony Spa adorn fingertips with Essie and OPI polish in a fresh, clean space with a lemony yellow glow. After buffing and shaping, the gel manicure shields nails with a color coat that outlasts traditional nail polish and most middle-school relationships. During the pedicure, clients unwind in the spa's reclining chairs, which massage the backside from neck to thighs. The massaging chairs also boast an audio port for plugging in an iPod or 8-track machine.
Fallon Fitzgerald was something of a child prodigy in the world of hairdressing?she took her first course at the age of 14, and as a youth traveled to France to train. Graduating with top honors from a prestigious trade school in Sydney, Australia opened the door to the many international awards and commendations she earned later, including a L'Oreal Color Trophy.
And even with all that talent, Fallon's own business idea was refreshingly simple: to open Dry de Luxe, an elite blow-dry lounge. Armed with Pureology's vegan products and Living Proof's MIT-designed formulas, stylists give voluminous blowouts, style intricate braided 'dos, and administer aromatherapy scalp massages. They also conduct makeup applications, their canvases illuminated by the chic salon's crystal chandeliers.
A row of plush white leather seats stands out amid a sea of pink in Lace Nail Lab's main studio. The studio is furnished with seats that have soft red pillows, where the ministrations of dedicated nail technicians tend to feet and hands, maybe those of a client, maybe those of a clock that fell off the wall. Sparkling pink walls and Asian-inspired lamps add to the atmosphere of color-coded luxury. Facials, waxing, and massages round out the menu of beautifying services.