At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That?s because the business?s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
Salon Blue bolsters stylists' expertise through carefully calibrated training programs, helping to earn them name-checks in magazines such as Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle. The hierarchy at the salon begins with creative stylists, who hone their craft through ongoing education as they collect the six golden curling irons required to ascend to the level of artistic director. To obtain the top rank as a master director, stylists must study under hair gurus such as Vidal Sassoon and John Sahag, and they often show off their skills as platform artists at beauty shows. Though their titles vary, stylists at every level of expertise can deliver haircuts, color treatments, and makeup applications using Dex New York modern mineral makeup. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the salon's minimally decorated floor with light and allow straightening treatments to set via photosynthesis.
Starting when it opened in 1994, Rani Spas' image specialists have been polishing impressions through waxing, facials, massage, hairstyling, and mani-pedi services. The expert aestheticians enhance skin with a medley of visage-rejuvenating treatments, including the smoothing crystal collagen facial and the Synergie peel, which combines a powerful chemical peel with microdermabrasion to repair skin damaged from acne, sun exposure, and professional-apple-bobbing careers. The spa's stylists also tend to coifs with strand transformations ranging from cuts and updos to highlights and moisturizing treatments, and fuzz fields are left clean and sleek through gentle waxing and traditional threading methods.
Red Phoenix Wellness Center's founder, Lisa Shapiro, has been a licensed massage therapist for more than 34 years. During her career, she's had a chance to ply her stress-relieving skills on all types of bodies, including dancers, athletes, and bodybuilders. She even toured with the cast and crew of Bob Fosse's Dancin' in the early '80s, an experience that allowed her to perfect her dynamic skills and a mean sideways shuffle with a shoulder roll. Today, she continues to use her healing hands to treat everything from back and neck pain and sciatica to migraines and nerve impingement, drawing from modalities that range from basic Swedish to energizing shiatsu.
Sonia of Sonia's Waxing Plus Skin Care Salon has been beautifying bodies since the early 1980s. A proud proponent of the Brazilian waxing style, she's helped countless clients go bare over the course of three decades, and today continues to offer services for both male and female clients. She staffs her three area salons with veteran aestheticians who perform waxing services as well as 10 different types of facials powered by a signature line of high-end, natural skincare products.
At Del Sol of Mineola Tanning Salon, Smart Tan–certified professionals match tanners with products and methods for safely achieving tropical hues. Standup and lie-down UV tanning beds boast five levels of strength, from basic to extreme. Bronzing and tanning lotions, including many products designed for sensitive skin, accelerate the efficacy of UV tanning. The salon also offers Norvell airbrush spray tans, which gild the skin without stimulating the body's natural production of melanin or 18-karat gold.