When Rosie Mesias was growing up, she was known around her neighborhood for styling the hair of her dolls and friends alike. Her passion stuck with her and, armed with education in both beauty and psychology, she opened Bellissimo Hair Spa to combine the two into a therapeutic array of salon services that fix flyaway hair, roughed-up nails, and sore muscles. Rosie’s staff has beautified the pages of fashion magazines and summoned attention with looks sent down designer runways, but inside her chicly appointed salons, she describes the atmosphere as “relaxed, comfortable, and very laid-back.” Complimentary glasses of wine sparkle beneath the SoHo location’s chandeliers, while the Long Island location’s striking scarlet-and-gold damask accents add drama to pampering sessions or impromptu stagings of Glengarry Glen Ross.
According to Esquire, every man should have a nose-and-hair trimmer in his medicine cabinet—specifically, the discreet, bullet-shaped one from The New York Shaving Company. This item, along with several other locally produced grooming products, have earned accolades from publications including the New York Times and GQ Italia. The craftsmen who manufacture these tools follow Old World techniques, whether aligning badger hairs into rounded shaving brushes or sharpening blades on Michelangelo's rock-hard abs. As a complement to its retail operation, The New York Shaving Company hosts two tonsorial parlors in Manhattan. Here, expertly trained barbers administer grooming services such as close shaves, haircuts, beard trims, and skin treatments. They also accept dull blades for sharpening and teach classes that reeducate men in the art of shaving. During these sessions, men learn how to prevent redness, irritation, and ingrown hairs, which are all common side effects of shaving with an old credit card.
Fernanda Lacerda founded the Brazilian-style Maria Bonita Salon & Spa in response to the lack of full-service salons in the downtown area. Customers can relax into the evening and on weekends in clean rooms, which feature a palette of white walls and light wood tones. The hair surgery treatment is a four-step thermal reconstruction process that utilizes high-quality products to strengthen damaged hair and rescue strands stranded on desert scalps. During the two-hour follicle-fest, aestheticians apply restructuring shampoo, a recharging mask, renewal lotion, and daily repair leave-in conditioner. The Maria Bonita manicure features exfoliation and paraffin infusion to restore vitamins and minerals to deprived digits.
Sharing the stories and wisdom accumulated during 25 years as an aesthetician, Katy Yip, who holds a diploma from the prestigious CIDESCO and is a licensed esthetician and tattoo artist, wields products from brands including Decléor Paris, Elene Paris, blinc, Farah Beauty Specialist, Soskin Paris, and GrandeLash. Tendrils of fragrance unfurl from aroma-infused swiss body massages, and patrons parade past with fresh permanent makeup in precise lines designed not to smudge or aggravate sensitive skin. Assorted facials call upon aromatic masks, pulsating light, and collagen to combat the appearance of wrinkles, allowing newly revitalized patrons to press their faces more appealingly against pet-store windows.
Miguel has worked in Manhattan for over 15 years and specializes in high end coloring, styling, blow dries, human hair extensions (one of the first salons in NYC to use Hairdreams ) and Japanese straightening. Now offering the Keratin Smoothing Treatment (formaldahyde free).
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.