The vibrant pink and yellow walls of Hair Ambition not only create a bright and sunny atmosphere, but they also reflect the cheerful personalities of each technician on staff. The salon's stylists include owner Crystal, who boasts 10 years of experience in the industry, and she leads her team in transforming clients’ manes with Matrix color and Keratin Complex by Coppola hair-straightening treatments. Diana, the salon's resident aesthetician, performs custom-tailored facials to keep complexions healthy and glowing brighter than a child prodigy born with sequined skin.
Stylist Amy Bloodworth spent a decade honing her craft with Vidal Sassoon, Toni and Guy, and Bumble and bumble before she opened her very own Imana Hair Studio in 2009. She immediately convened a deft team of stylists, who mold manes with products by Prive, Moroccanoil, and Wella at minimalistic stations, each of which features a modern white chair, frameless full-length mirror, and mirrored table. In addition to sculpting 'dos with razors, scissors, and color, the stylists also beautify brides with up-dos, makeup, and tiaras made of borrowed, old, blue glitter.
Jes A. Gichan has been in the beauty industry for more than 15 years and has worked with high-end hair names such as Aveda and Sebastian International. Now Jes trims and layers tresses into dynamic styles as the owner of JAG Salon. While waiting on their highlights to set, clients can question Jes about her many signature services such as hair-thinning therapy, deep-conditioning treatments, and rigging bike baskets to handlebar mustaches.
Owner and stylist Lisa acquired Santa Fe Salon in 2013, having been open since 1992. She and her small team of stylists and nail technicians have a true passion for their work and frequently take refresher classes to keep their skills up to date. They specialize in Rusk hair color and mani-pedis with bright OPI, Essie, and Misa nail polishes.
There's no fire beneath the bright white mantelpiece at Substance Salon—its ornate carvings and noble busts simply cement a chic ambiance. However, clients can still warm up with sips of gourmet coffee as they wait for their appointed stylists. The salon staff carries the sophistications of the reception area to each of their stations, where they handcraft 'dos based on the tastes of clients. Pureology products help them wash and blow-dry strands into eye-catching arrays, such as the voluminous Bombshell or the Bohemian—breezy waves that wrap around a full-size acoustic guitar.
Master barber Manny oversees the hot-towel shaves and soothing scalp massages on the gentlemen's menu. The salon also has an entire department devoted to brides-to-be—Styling the Bride—whose members travel to clients throughout New York and New Jersey. Their hair and cosmetic expertise, which results in dazzling updos and radiant makeovers, has been featured on The Knot.
Each styling chair at Hilights Salon doubles as office space for the hairdressers, who start every session with a detailed consultation to make sure they understand the looks their clients desire. Once they have the right mental images, they clip and highlight hair, permanently straighten it, and craft locks into updos more intricate than a bird's nest made of Rubik's Cubes. The staff also includes a bridal specialist and two makeup artists who prep clients on location for their big day.