At Alfangi Salon on Fifth, coziness couples with luxury in a space decorated with distressed yellow-gold walls, enormous bronze-framed mirrors, and chocolate-hued drapes. After practicing in the cosmetic industry for more than 15 years in the Unites States and Europe, Irina opened the upscale salon with Yolanda, who boasts work on television and independent films, and Rafael, who spent a decade mastering hair coloring by filling out a stack of 3,000 coloring books. The elite trio drew fellow styling stars to its team, including Aveda-certified technicians, a licensed aesthetician, and assorted experts on Japanese thermal straightening and ethnic and curly hairstyling. Together, they pamper clients with fully custom spa services such as massage therapy and manicures. Stylists dedicate their energies to beautifying visitors, tailoring haircuts to suit faces and lifestyles, offering at-home tips to keep hair looking great, and covering new 'dos with scratch-n-sniff stickers.
Known professionally by his first name, the barber behind the eponymous Oscar New York prides himself on his signature style, which blends the lost nostalgia of a great generation with the world’s increasingly modernized times. As clients relax in a sophisticated leather-barber chair, puffing a complimentary cigar paired with a glass of wine or a few fingers of single-malt scotch, Oscar transforms scraggly hair into a cut befitting a gentleman or a particularly dignified police horse. Oscar also specializes in the straight-razor shave, a lavish service that includes the warm lather and precision cuts valued by men of yore. In addition to his work helping men reconnect with their grooming roots, Oscar frequently performs in-home services and has previously plied his trade at establishments including The Art of Shaving on Madison Avenue.
Hairstylist Santa Cruz spent three decades learning beauty expertise, developing a specialty in "the styling of curly and ethnic hair," as mentioned in New York Magazine. Today, Cruz and her team of senior-level stylists cater to every hair type and texture, using keratin treatments to soften frizzy strands and extensions to instantly add length. Razor cutting and balayage techniques as well as Moroccanoil products can be used to customize new hairdos.
Beneath the glow of turn-of-the-century chandeliers and an intricate tin ceiling, cherry hardwood floors reflect the team of stylists hard at work. Flat-screen TVs at each cutting station keep patrons occupied during their treatments or prompt nostalgic conversations about old-school televisions that only came with oval screens.
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With his signature head of Robert Plant–like curls and a flair for the theatrical, Giovanni Campanaro is just as adept at entertaining his clients as he is at styling their hair. The former-actor-turned-veteran-stylist jovially shaped the coiffures of clients in New York, Palm Beach, and Beverly Hills before settling in at his namesake salon. Sharing the salon's name and beautifying duties is his wife, Sachiko Nishioka, or Sacchi. Sacchi specializes in Japanese hair-straightening techniques and hair-coloring services, expertly sprucing up her clients in the salon's retro confines. Paying homage to Sacchi's love of the 1940s, the space is decked out in art deco mirrors and authentic 40s-era hydraulic chairs that move up and down to the salon's energetic swing music when no one's looking.
Led by owner and expert stylist Rosie Mesias, the skilled staff at Bellissimo Hair Spa has crafted custom coiffures in a luxurious spa setting for 15 years. Indulge in a personalized haircut, which stimulates frazzled follicles with a scalp massage, and then manipulates manes per each client's request or architectural rendering. A senior colorist tints tresses with vibrant single-process color, and then unwinds strands with moisturizing Moroccan-oil blowout.