Salon Cristianna's nimble-fingered staff cultivates happy hair with brand-name products such as TIGI, Framesi, and Paul Mitchell. During a European haircut, swift scissors make short work of unwanted head stalks, leaving only the most attractive strands ($15–$25). Customers can reward their hair for its loyalty by offering it coloring services, such as a single-process hair coloring ($60) or full-head foils ($99). For model weddings, Salon Cristianna performs bridal stylings ($55), and harnesses the elemental power of wind to complete styles with a quick blow-dry ($17). In addition to hair services, the salon also pampers natural nails with mani-pedis ($49.95).
Signature Service: Hair and makeup
Brands Used: Wella, Chi, Kenra, and AG
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
The sweet irony of becoming a stylist is that no matter how good you are, you can never give yourself a haircut. What do you look for in a stylist when you need a trim?
Good listening skills and the ability to follow directions are two qualities a stylist must have. Each customer is different, and to make sure the customer is happy, a stylist has to understand what the client wants. Building a good connection helps the stylist reflect the customer's personality.
In the early 1960s, a young man dropped out of high school and got a job cutting hair at Saks Fifth Avenue. According to TribLive, he made $4.95 for his first haircut, and as this new job transformed into a burgeoning passion, he decided to sell his car to pay for tuition at Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. Philip Pelusi, this blue-collar boy with a modest past, eventually came to own 13 of his own salons, create signature hair and skincare product lines, and garner a slew of accolades, including being named one of the top 10 stylists in the country by InStyle magazine.
At Philip Pelusi Salons, each of the stylists specialize in Pelusi’s patented Volumetric haircutting method. Following architectural principles, the method takes face shape and hair texture into consideration as scissor snips carefully build from the bottom up to create a style that follows the hair’s natural growth pattern and preexisting electrical wiring. To complement this structural approach, the staff calls on Pelusi’s own line of eco-friendly, plant-derived salon formulas that are bolstered with sunscreens, proteins, and moisturizers to keep strands healthy. The salon magnate’s skincare and cosmetics formulas follow the same nourishing recipes and take a starring role in the salons’ menu of facials and makeup services.
At New York Salon & Spa, hairstylists tend to tresses amid sleek, white decor accented by light hardwood floors and other modern design touches. They create new looks for guests that range from basic haircuts to formal updos or highlights.
A chic spot just for guys, Take 5 invites gentlemen to sit back and crack open a cold one while the stylists make them look dapper. To that end, the stylists snip sharp cuts, lather up faces for straight-razor shaves, or incite relaxation during scalp massages. Guys can opt in for monthly memberships, which include multiple haircut and shave visits with hot-towel treatments, mini-manicures, and mustache and beard trims, all enhanced by complimentary snacks and drinks. And while guys wait, they can entertain themselves with the free WiFi or Xbox, instead just counting each hair on their head.
Returning back east after working under Robert Cromeans?the global artistic director of Paul Mitchell?in his California salon and traveling hair shows, Sergio Pampena succeeded his father as the owner and driving force behind Sergio?s Style. Sergio works closely with the stylists who call his Paul Mitchell Focus Salon home, including three who spend their spare time as national educators for Paul Mitchell. His stylists begin cuts and colorings by ushering clients to the wash house, an alcove situated behind a towering wall of falling water where muscles relish a head and neck massage as soft music trills from speakers and well-hidden carousels. While stylists work, clients can watch their hair color getting mixed at the floor?s color bar or affix eyes on a wall-mounted flat-screen television. Though Sergio?s stylists are chiefly concerned with haircare, a menu of waxing, spray-tanning, and makeup services are available to complement fresh cuts.