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.
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.
When Jeniette Melamed founded Jeniette New York Day Spa in 1982, shortly after moving to the US, she probably didn't expect that one day celebrities like Julianne Moore would stop in. But thanks to Janiette's cosmopolitan style sensibilities and a carefully chosen staff known for their technical skill, style savvy, and personal attention, she began to attract a large international clientele. More than 30 years later, Jeniette's spa still draws a loyal following, including celeb visits from Uma Thurman, Mandy Moore, and Ashley Olsen.
In addition to its notable visitors, Jeniette's reputation as a full-service salon and spa including hair services, massage, threading, and facial treatments has earned the business mentions in numerous publications. These include Elle, Allure, and The Best of New York, which encouraged readers to settle in for a luxurious spa package that includes a massage, mud mask, hair conditioning, and a mani-pedi.
Dubbed a beauty bartender by Well+Good NYC, Diana Seo heads up B Spa Bar's crew of licensed aestheticians, massage therapists, and fitness gurus who blend Western and Eastern philosophies into customized spa treatments. Three boutique-salon locales treat well-worn epidermises to more than 20 visage-centric therapies, from mini facials and collagen masks to LED photorejuvenation. Physiques in need of revitalization can be pampered with a host of body treatments, including spray tans and nail services as well as more than 15 massages, which help to loosen limbs and leave muscles as relaxed as a mountain lion on a mall walk. B Spa Bar's shelves boast Priori and G.M. Collin skincare products, and lifestyle services, such as detox programs and mommy makeovers, give the spa's fitness experts and makeup maestros a chance to shine.
Large windows spill sunlight across the contemporary loft that houses Janet Rufin's Parlor, illuminating a funky portrait of a teal-lipped George Washington and delicate vases of yellow tulips at each stylist?s station. Inside, owner Janet Rufin, a master stylist with more than 19 years of experience who specializes in color correction and precision cuts, oversees a team of trained stylists. Though they are divvied up into different levels of expertise, Janet ensures clients always receive customized hair treatments and, as New York magazine puts it, "one-on-one attention from a doting staff."
Each haircut starts with a consultation and therapeutic shampoo and condition, and starburst and T-section highlights lighten locks at specific points on the head. Pravana products smooth unruly curls while Davines, Neuma, and Ecure shampoo and styling products make clients event-ready. Janet is not only dedicated to helping her clients with their beauty goals?she also looks out for her junior beauticians. The salon's apprentice program teaches aspiring stylists the ins-and-outs of the hair world as the experienced team keeps a close eye on their performance, ensuring treatments are well-executed and combs are never mistaken for scissors.
Aesthetic authority Melissa Cavanaugh, who believes pampering is the key to self-confidence, has designed an upscale, silver-and-white skincare haven called Deify Laser + Beauty Lounge located in the heart of Chelsea. Certified laser specialists, who are also laser-safety officers, first perform consultations, conducted on sleek iPads. They then utilize some of the most advanced laser hair-removal technology available?Candela's GentleLase and GentleYAG lasers?to remove hair on both light and dark skin.
Guests await an expanded list of services including organic spray tans, hair-removal sessions, laser facials, or hair and makeup appointments in a sleek environment that's been known to support the elegant frames of models and celebrities during Fashion Week. Inside, clients morph into svelte beings through body contouring treatments or ignite their skin with a bronze glow via organic spray tans. Additionally, custom ?minence Organic facials, diamond tip microdermabrasion, laser facials, and body contouring treatments rejuvenate youthful appearances.
At Deify Laser + Beauty Lounge, iPad use defines much of the experience, ranging from consultation tool, to playing music and movies in the waiting area or during treatment, to photographing "before" and "after" shots to capture treatment results.