Straddling 1st and 3rd Avenues between 33rd and 34th streets and near the Beth Israel Hospital sit two of Midtown's newest hair salons. But that's not to say that the stylists who work inside are beginners—each has been educated by Aveda, and many have undergone additional training from famous brands such as Vidal Sassoon and Goldwell. These styling gurus use Redken and Bumble and bumble hair products during their cuts, which range in technique from razor and twist cutting to slicing and channeling. Among the salon's specialties are keratin treatments, feather extensions, and body waves. As they wait for their turn at the sleek black sinks and salon chairs, clients can sip wine or bellow the lyrics of "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" to no one in particular.
With more than 30 years of experience under his shears, Universal Hair Salon owner Jeff leads a team of savvy stylists in their efforts to beautify men and women in a casual salon atmosphere. Jeff’s comprehensive understanding of style trends and mastery of hair color, perms, and straightening techniques stem from his boyhood in Croatia, where he mastered styling secrets by observing and sharing tips with his family. At the salon, staff members consult with clients to develop chic looks by studying hairstyle pictures or devise vintage looks by perusing stolen passports from 1971. A large flat-panel television entertains any guests insufficiently amused by the sight of hairs being snipped.
Inside the full-service salon and spa, spare, modern decor reflects the calm, tranquil atmosphere befitting of an urban retreat. Vases cascading with flowers splash private treatment rooms with natural flair while professionals whisk away stress with custom facials and massages. On the salon floor, stylists recruit premium products—such as Swiss skincare line Mila d'Opiz, Moroccanoil hair products, and Goldwell and Majirel color treatments—to leave skin and hair feeling more refreshed and hydrated than a rain cloud getting a massage. Experienced cosmetologists and a choice of hard or soft wax minimize the pain of removing unwanted body hair.
From eyelash extensions to keratin treatments, the stylists at Blink Beauty NYC have the power to make their guests look like they just walked off the runway. Tall, black-framed mirrors face lily-white chairs at each styling station, where the artistic staff forges stylish cuts for women and men. They elevate their shear-based designs with a bounty of color services, including single-process color and graduated ombre highlights, which are achieved either by applying color lower on the locks or by washing clients' hair in a sunset.
The bright-white, naturally lit interior of Eiji Kiyora Salon provides a tranquil backdrop for spa services designed to revitalize body and soul. Driven by the theory that peace within leads to a beautiful exterior, beauty experts outfit the salon with fresh flowers, administer complimentary head massages, and station bottles of Nano Amino, Sachajuan, and Prejume products far enough away to keep them from elbowing one another.
Brandishing an array of L'Oreal Professional products, head stylist Isaac and the team of scissor wielders at Isaac Salon snip and style hair until it radiates outward in face-flattering forms. In the hands of a master-level follicle fashioner, manes shed unwanted strands and emerge as sleek and clean as a recently laundered seal. Stylists varnish lackluster locks with a thorough gloss treatment, creating a sun-catching sheen to replace green reflective patches. A single-process root touch-up can douse hair parts with strand-matching luster or a half head of highlighted tresses can outline scalp contours with luminous strands. A full head of highlights helps heads relive high-school days of neon-yellow annotations, as a conditioning treatment soaks into scalps to soothe highlighted hairs, calming overwrought roots and reuniting long-lost split ends.