Warm tea, a massaging shampoo chair, and iPads loaded with digital versions of more than 120 magazines. These luxurious amenities are part of what sets Le Boudoir apart from other salons. But they aren't even the main reason to schedule a visit?just ask the clients who keep coming back for blowouts and makeup courtesy of the wizard-like Mamoune Tazi and his team of stylists.
Born in Morocco, Tazi spent years studying women's beauty treatments in France before opening his own studio on the other side of the Atlantic. Today, he continues to draw on his European training to infuse hair with silky, voluminous texture and amplify natural beauty with cosmetics. He designs each treatment to make clients feel gorgeous and confident, but the benefits don't end there; Tazi also donates a portion of his profits to local charities.
"Individuality is crucial," says Richard Calcasola, the founder and mastermind behind Maximus Spa Salon. He's referring to the importance of understanding a client's lifestyle and habits before providing a haircut, ensuring that each resulting look is both unique and maintainable. Listening is a skill Calcasola has stressed to his team for more than 40 years, and it has earned him a reputation for being friendly and approachable even as he helps set international styling trends.
At Maximus, Calcasola oversees a staff of beauty professionals who draw on his lessons to cut and color hair. They also perform a number of other spa-related services, treating guests to waxing treatments, manicures, and skin-firming facials. When he's not consulting with celebrities and trimming the tresses of publications such as Vogue and the New York Times, Calcasola can often be spotted making the rounds at the salon himself.
More than 32 years ago, master colorist Frank Commisso envisioned an elegant and contemporary setting where clients could relax and enjoy expert beauty services. Today, candelabras and flower arrangements add classic flare to the modern décor of Adesso Hair Salon, which offers both hair and mani-pedi services. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors keep an eye on clients as experienced stylists trim locks, paint tresses with natural color, and create elaborate topiary hair gardens. Along one wall, soft black chairs cradle customers as stylists massage scalps with shampoo or protein-rich conditioners. In a video profile of Adesso Hair Salon, Commisso explains that in the industry, "The trend is that there is no trend—we are becoming very personalized with the individual." With this in mind, Commisso ensures that clients receive services that highlight their unique attributes.
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.
At Kornelia's Room, a licensed aesthetician welcomes guests for a variety of facial treatments and waxing services. European facials anoint faces with deep-cleansing or anti-aging processes, utilizing masks, steam, and exfoliation to soothe and purify visages. Other treatments include glycolic and lactic peels, oxygen masks, and waxing, which removes hair on areas such as the forehead, arms, brows, or bikini region.
Wielding scissors, house salon products, and a wealth of know-how, the stylists at Tomy B Salon beautify clients with individualized haircuts, highlights, and sundry haircare treatments. Clients benefit from the use of Tomy B's house line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.