Inside Studio 355's contemporary salon, a team of beauty experts helps clients to showcase their best selves with a lengthy list of hair, skin, and nail services. The salon boasts a large team of stylists and master stylists, many of them educated abroad under highly regarded hair programs and well-known stylists to the stars. With Aveda products in its arsenal, the hair team uses its varied talents to give clients any look they desire, be it extensions, bridal updos, creative coloring, or straight, relaxed hair. An accomplished skin therapist helps fight the signs of aging or skin conditions such as acne with services for both men and women, and waxing treatments leave body hair wondering what it did to not deserve its own updo.
One step into Timothy?s Salon & Spa (formerly Happy Feet), and it's immediately clear that it's a place of relaxation. Herbal fragrances fill the space and low lighting shades the minimalist decor. Soft music plays in a few different styles. It's an easy setting in which to feel relaxed and sets the stage for the reflexology treatments Timothy?s is known for.
But the massage practitioners here have talents that go well beyond toes and soles. Many of their services combine signature reflexology with other techniques, including shiatsu for the shoulders and neck. Or they can focus entirely on Swedish and deep-tissue massages or other custom kneads. Beyond providing that kind of internal bliss, aesthetics are a priority here too, with stylists who add value to any spa day with haircuts and aestheticians who apply permanent makeup and eyelash extensions.
For mother-daughter team Margarita Soto and Isabel Osorio, establishing Isabella Hair, Nails & Spa has been their chance to create a tranquil haven for women, men, and kids to escape the chaos of the outside world. The gold color scheme that runs throughout the beauty shop sets customers at ease as a diverse staff of local and international stylists—Columbia-native Margarita boasts more than 25 years of beauty experience—keep hair stylish with roller sets, color treatments, and precision cuts, and aestheticians coax out the radiant glow of each client's complexion with fruit- and multivitamin-infused facials. To further relax patrons, the salon also offers tension-dissolving massages.
Michael Nunez-Mattovich's journey towards becoming an established hair stylist has been anything but easy. The Lima, Peru native first discovered his passion for hair cutting, color, and design while studying psychology, inspiring a career change that took his parents some time to understand. After training with a well-known stylist in Peru, Michael worked up the courage to move to the United States and pursue a dream of opening his own salon. Once here, he found himself faced with several obstacles, including a language barrier, financial difficulties, and a need to prove himself within the industry. Determined to succeed, Michael worked a number of odd jobs to keep himself afloat as he worked his way through beauty school. He did office work, was a waiter for a catering company, and even trimmed lawns using nothing more than a pair of thinning shears. The hard work paid off though, as Michael was finally able to obtain his styling license and was given the opportunity to hone his skills at a number of iconic salons and institutions, including Vidal Sassoon.
Today, at M Studio, Michael remembers how far he's come, and continues to educate himself on the latest industry trends. He studied with renowned stylist Sam Brocato in New York, and is certified in advanced Schwarzkopf color techniques. Michael is also certified to perform a variety of keratin treatments, ranging from the frizz- or wave-taming Anevolve system to GKhair formulas that last for up to five months.
If you?re planning on a whole new cut, check out Groupon?s guide to pairing different face shapes with hairstyles.
Round (nearly equal in length and width with soft, curved edges): Balance is key to any great hairstyle, so those with round faces will benefit from layers that are long or asymmetrical; hard lines help even out a soft face shape. Hair that hits at the shoulders or collarbone provides a slimming effect. Those looking to go shorter should go very short, as volume on the sides can make faces look wider.
Square (nearly equal in length and width, but with sharp edges): Just as round faces need hard lines to cut the softness, square faces benefit from a little softening in the form of layers, waves, or razored or feathered ends. Square faces can pull off many different lengths but benefit from shorter face-framing pieces or long, piece-y bangs, both of which help to visually soften sharp angles. A part that is slightly off center can help blur harsh edges and extra length can help a square face look more oval.
Heart-shaped (wider on top, narrower toward the chin): Full or side-swept bangs help to draw focus to the eyes and away from a pronounced chin, as does a long bob that is all one-length. Waves or curls that hit right below the jaw line help fill in and balance the chin-area, but putting too much curl or frizz on top can make the brow appear wider.
Oval (a long face in which the brow, cheekbones, and jaw are of nearly equal widths): Long faces are the most versatile and can handle styles of varying length and texture. Bangs and cheek-length layers can both balance by adding width, as can waves, curls, or a deep off-center part.
Nestled inside Lux Studios, Didi Green has been creating beautiful, designer hairstyles from all manner of hair types for more than 15 years. She draws experience from performing cuts, color, and texture services at New York's Fashion Week as well as training at Oribe Hair of New York. When she's not transforming outmoded hairdos into chic, trendy looks, she can be found leading workshops as a freelance educator.