Former sculptor David Groshen knows how to bring a creative vision to physical fruition. He now applies the skills and attention to detail he developed while molding clay to his current occupation of styling hair. While rooted in this work ethos, his signature approach to salon services also revolves around client empowerment⎯educating and collaborating with his customers to achieve the best possible style. David has articulated his philosophy not only as a stylist at and owner of award-winning New York salons (beginning in 1991 with Salon East in Manhattan), but also as a hair-advice columnist and contributor to 101 Hairstyles and other industry magazines. He earned his respected spot in the realm of haircare through a stint as a regular stylist and infrequent eye roller on the popular television show Ambush Makeover. Not one to let the cameras change him, he gives back by participating in Hope Cuts, a charity for which upscale hairstylists donate their talents to raise awareness about cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other life-threatening diseases.
Though Major Model Management and celebrity clients frequently seek out David's expertise, he still finds time to develop at-home maintenance routines for his regular customers. His hard work has culminated in his 7 Methods series of tutorials, which includes “7 Methods for Great Perms” and “7 Methods for Your Perfect Wedding.”
The Thai massage and facial treatments at Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa have received glowing praise from New York magazine and the New York Times, respectively, with the latter publication calling one of the salon's aestheticians ?one of Hollywood?s best-kept secrets.? A-list celebrities, including Pen?lope Cruz and Christy Turlington, visit to receive exfoliating treatments and in-depth facials with high-end products from Shiseido, qiora, and La Mer.
Founder Paul Labrecque treats his male and female clientele as friends and personally trains his staff in customer service and hand-to-hand combat against split ends. In addition to soothing skin during facials and microdermabrasion treatments, staffers massage muscles in eight different modalities. Their Eastern-inspired healing treatments, such as reiki and rolfing, honor the connection between the mind and body, and the salon and spa?s full list of services puts finishing touches on exteriors with haircare, makeup, and waxing, among other treatments. Each location hosts a separate, private men's salon that's part barbershop, part gentleman's club, and part knitting circle.
Master stylist, educator, and platform artist Nina Grossman traveled the country before settling in Texas. Over the course of 16 years, she honed her skills from Alaska to New York, landing in Austin in 2007 to open Luxe A Boutique Salon. Throughout her career, Grossman has mentored up-and-coming beauty pros on the art of hair design as well as the importance of listening to clients' needs and reinterpretations of show-tune classics. She's gathered a team of master stylists and color specialists, makeup artists, and aestheticians to perform services that range from haircuts and highlights to peels and threading.
Her salon's exposed-brick walls and leather chairs lend it sophistication, and damask-like patterns juxtaposed with animal prints nod to both vintage and contemporary sensibilities. In a private, chocolate-toned skincare room, associates perform fragrant facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products, soothing complexions in the way the floral artwork soothes the mind. Afterward, women can shop for apparel and accessories in the boutique area or head to the outdoor patio to relax before reemerging into the world.
Art is all around on the eighth floor of Med?lla's Flat Iron District building, and not just when the salon is hosting fashion trunk shows in its loft space or doubling as an art gallery. That's because the salon's stylists?many of whom have been trained by Priv?, Frederick Fekkei, and Cutler?are constantly creating hair masterpieces by cutting, coloring, and straightening strands with Davines and Wella products. Highlights add depth to manes and emphasize bone structure, and thermal straightening and keratin treatments tame frizz.
Unlike the child billionaire who bought out the candy-apple industry, Medulla knows how to share. The salon offers private makeup and blow-drying classes to teach clients how to recreate their new looks at home. It also reserves space for Green Zen Organic Spa, where, amid antique Asian furnishings, aestheticians firm skin and clear complexions with antioxidant-rich ?minence products and LED and oxygen therapies.
Pearl-white salon chairs and a chandeliered foyer create a calm elegance that parallels Amoy's penchant for creating striking, creative hairstyles. A random sampling of the master stylist's resumé inevitably reads like a beauty-school student's wish list. Highlights include serving as the go-to hair guru of Christian Dior runway walkers, spearheading her own successful product line, and separate stints as the personal hairstylist for fashion titans John Galliano and Donatella Versace. Today Amoy uses the salon as a home turf, revamping the tresses of both walk-in clients and celebrities such as Sheryl Crow, Rihanna, and Naomi Campbell.
The popular Upper East Side salon endeavors to give every person who enters the star treatment. Clients cross the salon’s sunny, modern, dark-wood interior and engage in consultations that strategize approaches to hair type and styling needs. House specialties include Brazilian Blowout treatments, bridal styling, and ultraprecise haircuts that render faces as exquisitely framed as Roger Rabbit.
The steady stream of rainbow-colored tresses, dreadlocks, and vintage styles coming out of Kropps & Bobbers might have some people wondering what exactly goes on inside the long-revered Lower East Side hair salon. But it’s no secret: the stylists there bring their creative touch to every mane they handle, whether the client wants an elegant wedding updo, a punk style, or a work of art they can name and keep a velvet rope around.
Since 1994, owner Joni Johnson and her talented staff have sent clients off to gather compliments after their extensive cutting, coloring, and hair-repairing services. Stylist Michelle adds extensions and trims strands into mod- and rockabilly-inspired hairdos, and owner Joni uses her knowledge of dreadlocks to perm and maintain matted strands. In addition to hair services, the salon offers facials, mani-pedis, and eyelash tinting. While you’re there, take a look around at the rotating art displays on the walls, which feature works by local and international artists.