Tara Colavecchio, the owner of Dragonfly Hair Studio, has a star-studded resume that including tending to the locks of Claudia Schiffer, Rosie O’Donnell, Sigourney Weaver, and Cindy Crawford. Inside her salon, she shepherds a staff wielding scissors and bowls of hair dye as they revamp clients from the neck up. They also work strands into eye-catching updo’s for weddings and straighten locks using a formaldehyde-free formula.
Lorraine Frustace opened Shine Salon + Spa began as a nail salon 20 years ago. Although it still offers meticulously applied manicures and pedicures, she has added myriad services to the upscale salon and spa's repertoire. The salon's exposed duct work and brick walls lend it an industrial feel, and its staff of a dozen beauty experts is ready to manufacture stylish looks. Hairstylists paint on vibrant pintura highlights in hues from L?Or?al Professionnel, aestheticians wax away unwanted hair and pamper visages with facials, and massage therapists help clients unwind with soothing bodywork.
Having made his way from the sandy beaches of Brazil to the urban jungle of New York more than 15 years ago, hairstylist Paulo Gregorio has worked his way through the beauty world to become a master colorist. He's also worked for L?Oreal International and continued to grow his clientele through a number of stints at upscale salons. Eventually, his hairstyling experience led him to found Paulo?s Atelier, a beauty haven that was not only crowned Best of Westchester 2008 by Westchester Magazine, but also earned the magazine?s Editor?s Pick for Best Colorist 2008. Now, Gregorio resides over a staff of more than 20 stylists, nail technicians and makeup artists at his European-inspired salon, which is marked by contemporary shapes and pops of bold colors.
Each beautician lives up to the latter half of the salon?s name (an atelier is an artist?s workshop) as they practice their craft on men, women, and children. A Baliage hair coloring treatment subtly lightens locks, and four types of straightening treatments, such as Brazilian blowouts and thermal Japanese straightening, chase frizz from follicles. Manicures and pedicures also refresh clients by covering nails with a chip-free UV gel, elegant silk wraps, or acrylic tips that can withstand the stress of scratching a pickup truck's back.
At Salon 228, seasoned stylists turn clients' tresses into stunning works of art with cuts for men, women, and kids, as well as color, highlights, and keratin treatments. Stylists can craft locks into a gorgeous updo before a wedding or prom, or remove unwanted hair from faces with expert waxing.
Body Beautiful of New York, Inc. beckons visitors into a tranquil, classically decorated space to escape the stresses of daily life. Cell-phone silence and adults-only policies keep the peace in the saffron-hued hair salon and the hallways that lead to private treatment rooms, where licensed cosmetologist and aesthetician Gineann lavishes physiques with facials, massages, waxing, and sunless tanning. Although the studio's passion lies in pampering, staffers also bolster health by offering nutritional counseling for those seeking to lose weight or to get back together with Jolly Green Giant exes. Meanwhile, shelves brimming with meditation music, candles, books, and body lotions available for purchase send clients home with a piece of the spa’s soothing atmosphere.