Under the direction of Ali and Annie Dornajafi, senior hair stylists and consultants at Colour Central Hair Studio brighten and style their clients' natural hats with products by Kérastase, Chi, and Matrix. While the team specializes in tinting tresses, they work to provide complete salon experiences with deep conditioning and straightening treatments, as well as haircuts that incorporate odes for each strand snipped. Amid the salon's modern environs, wall-mounted televisions, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary coffee and tea lend a patron-friendly vibe.
At the ultra chic Fifth Avenue Boutique Salon & Spa, crystal chandeliers dangle from the lofted ceiling and styling stations boast white salon chairs and giant mirrors surrounded by thick black frames. Besides the occasional plant and the green throw pillows on the couch in the waiting area, the only vivid color in the black-and-white salon is on the heads of clients, who sport bright red and chestnut hues.
The stylists here also create more subtle looks, including ombre color, as well as chop off split ends, twist locks into pretty updos, and apply hair-smoothing keratin treatments.
Additionally, the full-service beauty center offers nail and massage treatments, plus a wide range of exfoliating skincare treatments, everything from microdermabrasion to a pumpkin peel that is almost as good at infusing the skin with vitamins as wearing a jack-o'-lantern over your head.
Spending a day in the care of Lido's trained staff can result in a head-to-toe transformation: stylists tackle coifs, nail technicians make over fingers and toes, and aestheticians set skin aglow with facials. Eyebrows alone can be treated to a variety of services: a choice of waxing or threading helps them look alluringly curvy, and tinting adds subtle colour. Aromatherapy massages pamper noses and muscles alike, and candling clears ears without the need for snorkelling in a pool of ginger ale.
More than one kind of bodily transformation is happening within the walls of Active Fitness. While exercisers trim waistlines with conventional exercise, the technicians at Brava Body Works Ltd. aim to contour figures with another fat-liquefying method: laser lipo therapy. They position treatment pads over specific body areas, striving to convince fat-cell membranes to release some of their volume with low-level laser energy. The team also uses the LightSheer diode laser to remove hair from virtually any skin type, including light, dark, tanned, or bioluminescent, and also offers waxing services.
Natural light floods into A & B Creative Looks, illuminating canary-yellow tiles and tan walls emblazoned with a floral pink stripe. Since opening the studio in 2010, its aesthetics professionals have treated men and women with environmentally conscious salon and spa services. Using ammonia-free hair colour and herbal facial products, they beautify the body with minimal effect on the environment other than the jealousy evoked in forest nymphs with tangled hair. In addition to performing hair and facial services, they reduce the appearance of cellulite deposits, sunspots, and dark circles with noninvasive treatments administered in secluded treatment rooms.
An entire career sparked from a single conversation. In 1981, Alex Settino and a hairdresser friend casually chatted about the beauty industry, and the passion behind his friend's voice was enough to motivate Alex to start his own career in haircare. In 1984, after completing a valuable apprenticeship, he opened up his own salon, David Alexander in Yorkville, where he and a talented cast cared for the manes of locals as well as talents such as Richard Dreyfuss, Diane Keaton, and Olympia Dukakis. David Alexander has since relocated to Woodbridge, and the master stylist and his staff continue to create flattering looks for men and women with their professional services. There, split ends meet their fates, professional colour treatments boost hair sheens, and elegant updos up the ante for clients' personal best looks. Aestheticians are also on hand to wax away fuzz from faces, limbs, and bikini lines, and nail techs pamper hands and feet with spa manicures and pedicures.