As a native of Tel Aviv, stylist Ben David brings an international perspective to his craft that is amplified by his education at the prestigious Ecole de Coiffure de Paris and a hairstyling stint in London. Now living and working in New York, David finds his creativity is sparked by the city's energy and style—an artistic surge that has inspired him to fuse runway looks with wearable shapes at Ben David Salon. This sophisticated aesthetic carries over into the salon's striking minimalist architecture designed by the decidedly chic Avi Oster. David's stable of highly trained stylists has earned its stripes on salon floors all over the city, and the hair designers use their hard-won expertise to execute Ben's visionary hair services such as ammonia-free Inoa by L'Oréal hair coloring, keratin treatments with Lasio products, and fashionable precision cuts using Bumble and bumble. and Aveda haircare tools. Every service begins with a complimentary, in-depth consultation and discussion of hair's very favorite foods.
The Empire State Building beckons the eyes of tourists and locals alike, yet as clients exit Renait 5th Avenue Salon's penthouse across the street—whose opening was kicked off with help from Miss Universe 2010—they draw gazes back down to earth. With products from Nexxus, Aveda, and Sebastian, experienced stylists reinstate health and style to hair with custom cuts, colors, and conditioning treatments after determining each client's aesthetic preferences and penchant for standing in front of wind machines. Cleansing facials enhance natural beauty, waxing treatments whisk away unwanted hair, and nail services ready fingers for an evening on the town. Renait's beautifiers also take inspiration from European salons, buttressing hair and skin services with massage therapy that enhances body function, helps alleviate pain, and soothes stress after arguments with the person in the bathroom mirror.
Enlisting chemical-free products and ancient Indian techniques, Hibba NYC’s skilled staff members polish patrons’ appearances with an array of spa offerings in a calming, Ayurvedic oasis. Hair-removal services such as eyebrow threading allow aestheticians to precisely sculpt bushy brows into sweeping arches or city-skyline panoramas using fine cotton threads to pull full rows of hair out from the root. For waxing sessions, they employ a solution that contains calming chamomile to achieve smooth results for those with sensitive skin, and their sugaring hair-removal treatments use a soothing mixture of lemon and sugar to wick away unwanted hair from larger areas. Their Ayurvedic facials, such as the Divine Facelift, blend specialized combinations of fresh herbs, and full-body services, such as the Raindrop essential-oil treatment, help to boost the immune system and eradicate tension.
After emigrating from Japan in 2004, Taka Tokuyama honed his craft working at high-end New York salons including Warren-Tricomi and Patrick Melville. Now, as owner of Tokuyama Salon, Taka combines his structured Japanese background and New York training with products from John Masters Organics to craft classic-yet-edgy styles that look as polished on the street as they do on high-fashion runways. His nimble hands have also teased the locks of celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Szohr, and Paris Hilton, and coiffed the notoriously hairy pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Nylon magazines. When not working on the hottest heads in the business, he works tirelessly to share his dream with others, welcoming other aspiring Japanese-American stylists to work under his tutelage and benefit from his expertise.
Master stylists Hernan Prada and William Grusel established Prada Grusel salon to sculpt locks with their signature technique, which follows the natural fall of hair for a longer lasting and completely personalized cut. The salon’s coif carvers boast experience with acclaimed celebrities from magazines, television, and the fashion world, harnessing these skills to pamper scalp bonnets with smoothing keratin treatments and meticulously layered, European-style highlights. Stylists also moisturize locks with Shu Uemura products, which often incorporate exotic ingredients such as shine-boosting black cumin and mineral-rich depsea water to suffuse hair with a burst of hydration without the need to beg fire trucks for a blast from the hose.
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.