Cocktail glasses clink as stylists Jennifer Turrin and her husband Antoine work. These Thursday salon happy hours represent the jovial vibe that the couple curates in Antoine’s Salon. The hospitality continues when the stylists accompany their men’s, women’s, and children’s hairstyling services with extras including robes, snacks, beverages, and all the oxygen you can breathe, within reason. The stylists also provide styling tips so that clients can maintain their results at home.
Many twins grow up sharing similar interests: they might listen to the same music, favor the same foods, or blink at exactly the same time. Jamie and Jenn love to cut and style hair. In high school, they trained together under the Paul Mitchell curriculum, and then launched their careers immediately after graduation—testing their skills in the salons of Los Angeles and New York. Today, they still work together as the notoriously lively co-owners of Moxie Blow Dry Bar. Both are certified in La Bella hair and eyelash extensions. Jenn is a Wella-certified colorist, while Jamie is a recognized Motives makeup foundation specialist. Together, they lead a team of experienced stylists and colorists.
Surrounded by cream-colored interiors accented with earth-toned furniture and wood-framed mirrors, stylists trim hair with custom cuts and transform heads into sassy sculptures with Marilyn Monroe–style curlers or Statue of Liberty–style bronze crowns. For many of these services, they use the salon's house brand of moisturizing and conditioning haircare products. And yet Moxie Blow Dry Bar's aestheticians don't limit their services to hair: they also bronze clients' skin with organic airbrush tanning and perform custom makeup applications using Motives products.
Micropigmentation artist Elizabeth Veloz improves upon nature with permanent-makeup applications. An experienced painter, Veloz approaches each face as if it were a fresh canvas, enhancing eyelids and brows with flattering lines and shading that don’t require constant reapplication or pep talks. She also can reduce the signs of surgery with procedures such as scar camouflage. When she isn't inking and restoring visages, Veloz tints lashes and stimulates collagen production with Dermapen treatments.
The certified stylists at Lashful frame eyes with mink lashes to achieve looks ranging from elegant to seductive. Their uncanny attention to detail comes in handy during extension applications, when they meticulously attach each artificial lash to a real one to achieve the most natural look possible. Sensitive eyes need not wince in fear, as the adhesive material with which they apply lashes is specially formulated to not perturb the eye with harsh irritants or teasing optical illusions. The stylists also dip natural lashes in a semipermanent tint that—much like the extensions—gives eyes the glamorous look of freshly applied mascara.
Namaste Organic Spa is a full-service holistic health spot that uses natural products to perform a bevy of body-care, skin-care, and alternative health treatments. A detoxifying body wrap or exfoliating body scrub will help you say sayonara to the stress that makes millions of Americans eat dry spaghetti every night before bedtime. During a 15-minute reflexology massage ($22.50), Namaste therapists stimulate and energize key pressure points, programming internal playlists to the looped, soothing sounds of gentle waves. Upgrade today's Groupon to treat yourself to a two-hour Namaste herbal detox, which rids cluttered interiors of impeding impurities.
The award-winning stylists at Village East Salon specialize in looks that are not only chic, but also easy to maintain at home. This upscale, full-service salon uses Wella and Alterna products to add softness, shine, and color to strands. Located in Ridgewood, the warm, wood-floored space sets out cookies for clients, and though its stylists have TV and high-fashion experience, they are anything but pretentious.
No one can doubt the professionalism of the stylists at Lisa Thomas Salon. Many have trained with prominent companies such as 5th Avenue and Redken, and the products they use during their hair-color and straightening services bear equally recognizable brand names—Matrix, Crew, and, again, Redken. But the stylists still know how to have fun. The atmosphere at the salon is so free and lively that it's become a place where people throw children's birthday parties. During these hair-and-makeup bashes, the staffers treat the girls like royalty, right down to providing a crown for the birthday girl to wear and resisting the girls' efforts to impose a tea tax on Americans.