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.
A customer reclines in an old-fashioned leather and wooden barber chair with his feet propped up on a plush pedestal as owner Adam Ramos indulges his face with a straight-razor shave. It's a vocation Adam has learned to appreciate after being raised by a long line of barbers and stylists. After partnering with one of his scissors-handed mentors, Connie, the two set up a shop to replicate the sophistication and gentility of early 20th-century barbershops.
Dark, hardwood floors, an old metal cash register, and large wood cabinets fill the retro-chic space with a sense of nostalgia. The shop strives to combine old-world charm with modern techniques and services. At the end of the day, Virile Barber & Shop is a comfortable place where men can get a haircut, shave, or manicure among the rich scents of wood and leather-bound mustaches.
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.
Nelund Minton has been beautifying the community for more than 20 years. Owner Iain Foster, hailing from the Netherlands, took over in 2009 and staffed the salon with stylists from Europe and Manhattan who adhere to advanced techniques and modern trends. After offering guests complimentary coffee, tea, and bagels, they show them to the styling chairs and begin reinventing their clients' looks with haircuts, highlights, and Japanese straightening treatments that can add healthy luster without the hair resorting to braiding itself.
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.
Great style comes naturally to the aestheticians at Backstage Hair Studio. Starting off all their services with a free consultation, the experienced stylists tailor individual cuts and looks to each client’s specific needs and wants. The studio additionally offers manicures and pedicures, hair waxing, facials, and makeup applications.