Natural light floods through the salon's floor-to-ceiling windows onto cozy leather sofas and lush hardwood floors. Further into the space, hanging plants are situated at individual cutting stations, where owner Peggie and her skilled stylists have been transforming the tresses of downtown Westwood for more than 20 years with their 25th Anniversary coming up on July 27, 2014. Clients can solicit Patti, Jamie, or Tracy for elegant Matrix highlights or defrizz unruly hair with Dawn, who's certified in keratin straightening treatments. The staffers can also nix unflattering fuzz from upper lips, chins, and bionic metal limbs during personal waxing sessions.
Jewel 32's team of piercing pros and jewel experts adorns bodies with necklaces, earrings, rings, and other trimmings. Lighted glass cabinets line the walls, casting baubles from brands such as Murano, Twisted Blade, and Swarovski in a soft glow. The staff decorates lobes with marcasite earrings, replete with elegant dark stones, encircles fingers in engraved sterling-silver skull rings, and wraps ankles or bottles of ketchup in delicate sterling-silver flowers and freshwater pearls. Piercing professionals imbue noses, ears, eyebrows, and an array of other areas with new jewelry receptacles that can house favorites from Jewel 32's extensive collection of gold, silver, and diamond body jewelry, including gauges from sizes 00–20 and ornate navel rings.
The tattoo artists and body piercers at Addiction NYC help clients express their uniqueness by adorning them with custom tattoo work and body piercings. The portfolios of their five artists encompass everything from traditional, Japanese, Polynesian, and portrait-style artwork, most of which is drafted from scratch. Their ability to develop virtually any icon or image has earned them a loyal local following, as well as clients from other countries.
If there’s one thing the Addiction team prizes above individuality, it’s safety. During piercings, they eschew reusable guns for disposable, single-use needles. Plus, each of the artists is licensed by the state of New York and has received training on the hazards of blood-born pathogens, cross-contamination, and tattooing a horse.
After receiving plenty of tattoos in parlors around the country, TJ Cantwell decided to open a studio of his own. By adopting the best from all, Cantwell created Studio 28 Tattoos on West 28th, where cleanliness always comes first. Displays of artwork do all of the talking at the studio, where Cantwell and his team share a love of tattooing. The shop dabbles in a wide array of custom-made possibilities, from traditional Celtic and tribal tattoos to exotic dragons and full ink sleeves, but photo-realism and horror is their bread and butter. With such a focus on craft and artistry, it’s no wonder Studio 28 Tattoos was recently named one of the best tattoo studios in New York City.
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.
As a girl of just 13 or 14, Amita perched in her aunts’ hair salon and watched with fascination as they snipped clients’ tresses. Today, Amita still watches the flash of scissors, but now they are in the hands of skilled stylists in her own salon.
Amita bustles through the shop, mixing honey, sugar, and lemon to create her own wax for hair-removal treatments, her specialty. She also mixes her own all-natural henna paste for embellishing hands and feet with elaborate whorls and loops. This attentiveness to the products used in her salon, combined with more than a quarter century of experience in the industry, has led Amita to insist that her stylists wield quality elixirs from Paul Mitchell and Biolage. The salon’s skincare specialists employ Repêchage products to renew visages wrinkled from a lifetime of frowning at a Rubik’s cube.