Though her pampering skills once enriched the lives of students at Redken School in New York, these days, master cosmetologist Pat Alessi uses her more than 30 years of experience to upgrade looks at Salon 1580. Along with specialty services in creative coloring, Global Keratin treatments, and rejuvenating organic facials, Pat counts communication as one of her greatest styling assets, taking the time to carefully listen to each of her client's wants and concerns before expertly shaping locks with Redken, L'Oréal, and Rusk products. To keep abreast of the latest trends in European styling and croissant making, she also frequently attends seminars led by industry leaders, melding modern techniques with her own creative flair to create looks that are completely fresh.
The stylists and technicians at Image Hair Studios refine tresses in a male-friendly salon environment that also caters to women's haircare needs. A hostess greets arriving visitors with a complimentary beer, cup of coffee, or bottled water before guiding them to the waiting area, where WiFi and an onsite hedge maze help clients to pass the time. The staff is equally adept at styling locks, affixing extensions, and treating scalps with nonsurgical hair-replacement therapy and employs such industry-standard products as Redken and Joe Grooming. Before committing to a salon service, customers can request a consultation with one of the studio's professionals in order to learn more about the treatment or the history of the scrunchie.
Art Hair Salon & Spa inspires beauty from head to toe?stylists and aestheticians alike combine technique with artistic sensibility to design flattering looks that withstand daily life. Clients can peer into mirrored walls to witness transformations occur as hairstylists revamp coifs with cut, color, and texturizing treatments. Nearby, skincare experts obscure blemishes and signs of aging with European facials and acne care, while massage therapist melt tension and inspire calm with hot-stone bodywork treatments. Nail techs maintain sterile work-stations?that means hospital-grade autoclaves, basin soaks with pipeless jet-spas, and all-metal instruments. But they're just as dedicated to the art of nail care with deluxe mani-pedi packages, 3D nail art, and kids mani-pedis for young ?uns who want to make a good first impression with the guidance counselor.
Unlike many of her peers, Salon Aspire owner and stylist Taylor Andress continued her education in hairstyling long after she finished cosmetology school. As a Paul Mitchell–trained stylist, she's completed specialty classes in razor technique and color application, and holds certifications in keratin smoothing treatments and hair extensions. In fact, she's gathered so much expertise that she's spent time as an instructor, sharing her secrets with future stylists.
Alongside her knowledge and skill, Taylor calls on another secret weapon to forge fashion-forward hairstyles: premium styling products. After years of personal research, she's boiled down her selections to GK Hair, Woody's Men's Grooming, and Pravana ChromaSilk color—a line that, like a nonconformist dalmatian, comes in 101 shades.
Like an alchemist's lab, Aura Hair and Makeup's color bar has a dizzying array of more than 500 specialized bottles and tubes. But the staff isn't trying to create gold, unless that's the hair color you want. The stylists' huge selection exists so they can make individualized hair color for each client to very precise specifications. Before treatment even begins, though, the salon welcomes guests to sip complementary wine and relax in massage chairs to get cozy.
The team brings as much attention to detail to their other services as they do to hair color. Founder Tara Miller?whose clients have included New York Fashion Week models?leads a staff of stylists well versed in cuts, styling, highlights, and extensions who have all signed an oath to only use scissors for good.