Danuta Sudol refreshes visages at her Evolution European Beauty Salon. She breathes new life into hair with trendy cuts and highlights. On the skincare front, chemical peels wipe away dirt, acne, and excess oil so faces are properly prepped for makeup applications or face paintings.
The Hair Spa's talented stylists nurture tresses beset with split ends or overall poor health inside an immaculate, spa-like salon. A sudsy shampoo gently removes dirt, oil, and heavy buildup left after drying hair with a sandstorm. A follicle doctor infuses locks with a deep-conditioning treatment designed to restore wounded wisps according to specific hair needs. A mending mask restores strength and elasticity to chemically damaged hair, and a quenching mask hydrates chronically arid manes. Stylists then shear and style newly supple strands into an abridged 'do adopted from a shot of their favorite celebrity or a self-fulfilling photograph of the client sent back in time from three hours in the future.
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.
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 alongside her trained stylists amid earth-toned decor. Guests can relax in a waiting area furnished with leopard-print chairs and stately wooden shelves loaded with products from Tocco Magico, Paul Mitchell, and Matrix. 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 keep an eye on the neighborhood urchins trying to steal a policeman’s hat outside.
Mavida Salon encourages its staff to collaborate artistically with each client to create looks that are both modern and manageable. Its talented stylists, colorists, and makeup artists perform each service at full-length mirrors, allowing them to consider the complete picture while keeping an eye out for pirates. Aside from custom cuts, the intimate, burgundy-walled salon specializes in single- and double-process color and extensions as well as La-Brasiliana hair-smoothing keratin treatments, which counteract frizz for up to four months.
The Man-U of hair services at The Gentlemen's Cut speaks to a tongue-in-cheek mixture of retro and modern style. The bond between these aesthetics is one of community: fathers and sons can share a Bonding Session haircut, while the Bromance Referral Program rewards those who introduce new guys to the fold. The barbers augment their 50's-era trims with hot-towel shaves and manicure services, proving that fingernail maintenance isn't just for courteous dentists.