After spending 15 years working in the wedding industry, beautifying brides-to-be with personalized makeup and henna tattoos, Pritee Gupta and Leena Dedhia realized their dream: to make their treatments available to a broader client base. So they created Mei Salon, where guests can experience their signature eyebrow threading services while listening to calming music. Their skilled staff crafts dazzling highlights and updos and banishes stress with relaxing hot-oil massages and Ayurvedic facials steeped in ancient traditions. The salon also hosts spa parties for kids and adults, which are ideal for celebrating birthdays, girls' nights out, or a decision not to pursue the Guinness World Record for longest toenails.
The Man-U of hair services at The Gentlemen's Cut speaks to a tongue-in-cheek mixture of retro and modern style. The bond between these aesthetics is one of community: fathers and sons can share a Bonding Session haircut, while the Bromance Referral Program rewards those who introduce new guys to the fold. The barbers augment their 50's-era trims with hot-towel shaves and manicure services, proving that fingernail maintenance isn't just for courteous dentists.
The beauty specialists at La Bella Hair and Nail Spa keep their attention intently focused on the hair they are arranging into elegant up-dos or the nails they are decorating with glittery gel polish, pausing only to cheerfully greet clients as they enter. The skilled staff dances across the hardwood floor of the sunlit space, draping clients in smocks to prepare for haircuts and color treatments and guiding others to private treatment rooms for body-waxing services. They sit pedicure clients on cushy armchairs before treating their toes to luxurious peppermint, green tea, and silk spa pedicures. The staff specializes in quick and quality eyelash-extension applications, expertly elongating lashes with their own brand of glamorous, natural extensions in less than 30 minutes. They even offer extension-training workshops and demonstrations for those interested in recreating the dazzling look on themselves, a friend, or a jack-o-lantern.
The stylists at Salon Valerie are serious about their craft. To maximize their potential and learn new techniques, they attend regular workshops with educators from Paul Mitchell. These efforts pay off during precision haircuts and color services, which they customize to fit each client's personality and facial structure. For an added boost, they also smooth frizzy hair with keratin treatments and administer signature conditioning treatments, including a lavender-mint conditioner that strengthens strands while easing anxiety and guaranteeing your ponytail has excellent breath.
There's no fire beneath the bright white mantelpiece at Substance Salon—its ornate carvings and noble busts simply cement a chic ambiance. However, clients can still warm up with sips of gourmet coffee as they wait for their appointed stylists. The salon staff carries the sophistications of the reception area to each of their stations, where they handcraft 'dos based on the tastes of clients. Pureology products help them wash and blow-dry strands into eye-catching arrays, such as the voluminous Bombshell or the Bohemian—breezy waves that wrap around a full-size acoustic guitar.
Master barber Manny oversees the hot-towel shaves and soothing scalp massages on the gentlemen's menu. The salon also has an entire department devoted to brides-to-be—Styling the Bride—whose members travel to clients throughout New York and New Jersey. Their hair and cosmetic expertise, which results in dazzling updos and radiant makeovers, has been featured on The Knot.