Inside any of Hairdoctors Specialty Salons' five full-service locations, skilled aestheticians treat hair and nails with a range of pharmaceutical and natural services. They trim and style hair, perform keratin treatments, and color strands using crayons or ammonia-free dyes and cellophanes. The staff’s work extends beyond hair services via manicures and pedicures. Aestheticians also add to clients' existing hair with extensions—strands made from Remy or virgin Indian human hair and attached to scalps via weaving, taping, fusion, or gluing. Hairdoctors Specialty Salons also posts informative hair-extension FAQs on its website.
When other shops clamor all over themselves to stuff their service menus full of fads, Unike Nice Nails pours all of its energy one specialty. Focused nail techs pamper patrons with services such as gel and shellac mani-pedis that keep their shine for weeks, or simple but elegant french tips, ideal for tastefully scooping up caviar at dinner parties. They ready nails during power-lunch breaks with a quick trim or repair, or indulge finger- and toe-tips in decadent spa manicures and pedicures.
Spa BLVD Parties' founder Karina Cartagena built a business model around making girls feel the warm glow of friendship and self-esteem, treating her young clients to personalized spa parties with lustrous nail polish and snazzy new hairdos. Her young clients leave the stresses of grade school and their secret office job at the door, settle into a comfy robe, and munch on cupcakes and treats, while moms and dads relax with a soothing cup of coffee. Nestled in a lounge bordered by hot pink walls and filled with fluffy white sofas, kids socialize over soft drinks as they receive makeovers and pose for glamour portraits during fashion shows. A wide range of parties and packages entertain future rock stars and style mavens, such as three-week spa camps or mommy-daughter bonding spa days.
Nahomie's Day Spa soothes the body and mind with facials, massages, and body wraps. To cleanse complexions, the savvy aestheticians deploy products from SHIR Organics that sidestep the use of harsh, irritating chemicals. Basil and citrus oils aid soothing massage strokes, which diffuse tension and boost blood circulation. After trimming nails and curbing unruly cuticles, techs use vegan Priti NYC polishes to inspire shine without toxins.
As a welcoming gesture, Daymara Navarrete and her staff of licensed aestheticians press a cup of wine, tea, or coffee into the hands of arriving guests. The team fosters a familial bond with clients during services ranging from therapeutic wraps and massages to cuts, styles, and hair texturing. Each staff member offers experience in a particular area and hones his or her skills through continual training on new products, such as Gelish polish, or through wagers that they can get a bespectacled mannequin asked to prom. As they execute their pampering services, most of which call upon OPI products, staff members navigate between rows of pedicure chairs and black leather-backed salon chairs. Their busy hands release a symphony of soft sounds that reverberates off dark wood accents and sea-green walls as floral arrangements nod their colorful heads in time.
Helmed by master stylist and makeup artist Kat Koroniotis, the professionals at Oh La La Salon by Kat keep a finger on the pulse of the beauty industry to bring the latest techniques to each hair, skin, body, and nail service they perform. For instance, the salon's hairstylists specialize in thermo-cutting, an approach that uses specially heated scissors to seal the end of each snipped strand and help leave hair healthier for longer. The staff merges this passion for innovation with a slate of acclaimed products such as Tigi haircare serums, Wella hair dyes, and organic keratin proteins. Pevonia skincare products power pore-cleansing European facials, and nails fresh from mani-pedis bask in layers of OPI or Essie polish.