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.
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.