Sunlight filters in through Scandalous Hair Studio & Spa’s two walls of windows, illuminating the intimate boutique so that it stands out amid the other neighborhood stores. Perched on the corner, the all-purpose salon and spa greets visitors with an exposed brick wall that gives way to a row of styling stations where stylists pace around salon chairs as they plan out customized haircuts and color treatments.
Just a few yards away but a world removed from the lively bustle of the salon floor, aestheticians stationed in private treatment rooms cultivate glowing complexions with Wilma Schumann skincare products. Among the most popular spa services, aromatherapy massages melt away stress, and European facials fight signs of aging, acne, and embarrassing face-plant dives off the Eiffel Tower.
Krish, the lead hairstylist, captains a team of experienced beauty gurus who work to ensure that women walk out of Sology at Krish Hair Studio feeling flirty and confident. Krish specializes in keratin smoothing treatments that use a protein-filled serum to leave manes straighter and more manageable. Her fellow stylists bustle around her, performing cut, color, and styling services, and layering extensions to add dimension and texture to drab ’dos. They also dole out hot-oil treatments to heal hair damaged from having enormous magnifying glasses held above it.
Elie Esper, the creative director and founder of his eponymous salon, has shown off his talents on magazine covers and runways from Paris to the Middle East, and was the official hairstylist of Couture Fashion Week in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Though his avant-garde designs have won international acclaim for more than 16 years, he still takes pride in beautifying brides before their trips down the aisle. Drawing on professional products from Kérastase, he washes away dirt and wig powder before infusing strands with color and sculpting shapes that defy both gravity and convention. His ability to bridge the gap between elegant and edgy attracts brides from around the world to Elie Esper Salon for wedding consultations and trial runs.
Within a newly remodeled spa, licensed beauticians trim tresses, shellac nails with CND gel polish, wax away bits of bristle, and assuage tension with massage therapy. Flowers and live plants bloom from nearly every spring-green corner of the salon space and candlelit massage room, and staff members with 10–20 years of experience each coddle bodies and top crowns with the hairstyles of celebrity lions.
Models with chic coiffures gaze out from the walls of Salon Salon City, captured in black-and-white photos that can help to inspire clients to try new styles. Luckily, the salon’s team of professional stylists stands ready to aid in this pursuit, with extensive training tucked into their tool belts beside the shears, clippers, and curling irons.