In Joanne Carovillano's 20-year hairstyling career, she's only taken a break once: she left the salon she owned for 15 years to work in insurance. Luckily, absence made the heart grow fonder, and she realized that hair was her true passion. She left the office, opened a new salon, and the rest is history. At Park Avenue Haircutters, she leverages her experience with all hair types to bring out the best in her clients. Joanne and her staff reinvent women's looks with cuts, coloring, highlights, and perms. They also gussy up male clients with beard trims and grey blending, and children are welcome to plop down in a styling chair as well for a trim or to turn their hair grey for upcoming adult-disguise hijinks.
No updo is too intricate and no color scheme too crazy for the team at Visual Elegance Hair Studio, where the stylists' shears seamlessly transition from classic cuts to trendy, asymmetrical bobs. Brides leave the styling chair with romantic curls falling softly about their shoulders or swept up to conceal the emergency backup bouquet hidden behind their ears, and everyday guests emerge looking like better versions of themselves following corrective-color or texturizing treatments. Never ones to shy away from trends, the staffers can weave in feather extensions or paint strands with vivid streaks of Urban Shock color to match newly polished nails on the hands or feet. Waxing services swiftly sweep away strands squatting outside the brow line or above the lip, and Chi Enviro Smoothing System treatments keep hair in its rightful place atop the head, but eliminate frizz using a formula rich with amino acids, proteins, and silk.
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.
Natalya—a certified permanent-makeup artist and a board-certified cosmetologist—draws on 15 years of experience as she embellishes the faces that find their way into her Permanent Makeup Zone. While working in New York and Europe, she honed her micropigmentation skills, which she uses to subtly accentuate lips, eyes, and brows. Under her adept hands, lips receive soft outlines and sparse brows regain their boldness, which she creates with her soft hair-stroke technique and cauldron full of natural hues.
In addition to elective adornments, Natalya also obscures scars and beautifies clients who suffer from makeup or Crayola allergies. She also primps men by applying small dots of color around their lash lines, which makes glances more seductive without hampering their ability to blink in code. While she works, she uses sterile and disposable supplies—as well as and topical anesthetics—all with the approval of the local health department. She also performs an allergy test on each of her clients 24 hours before she indelibly dolls them up, to avoid adverse reactions.
Jacquelene Cutro, owner of Fringe Hair & Nail Salon, sculpts tresses with her trained stylists amid earth-toned decor. Guests can enjoy refreshments while relaxing in a waiting area furnished with leopard-print chairs and stately wooden shelves loaded with products from Bumble and Bumble and Paul Mitchell brands such as Awapuhi, Tea Tree, and Mitch. Exposed bricks provide a counterpoint to beige faux-finished walls dotted with metal wall ornaments and wood-carved mandalas. Light fixtures with stained-glass accents illuminate styling stations and full-length mirrors, which let clients watch as stylists perfect hair styles. Chemical services are available with Tocco Magico, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell products.