As a practitioner of the Aveda arts, Kriza Aveda Salon Spa stocks its shelves, cosmetic counters, and salon stations with natural, botanical serums and salves. To pamper clients, the staff peppers each service with luxurious flair—stylists treat guests to a head, neck, shoulder, and hand massage with every haircut, before touching up makeup for ladies. Between appointments, they’ll even trim up bangs to keep cuts stylish or keep head hair from weaving itself into eyelashes. In addition to applying makeup for brides or for special occasions, makeup artists also consult with clients to teach them how to enhance their features and pick the shades that suit their particular skin tone during lessons. Plant-based facials leave skin radiant, diminish wrinkles, or address acne. In every location, the decor mirrors the commitment to naturalism with a light, airy feel, characterized by mostly white walls and plenty of mirrors and glass.
At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That?s because the business?s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
At Marina Andre Salon, Marina Andre leads a team of six stylists with experience working at salons such as Vidal Sassoon and José Eber. Amid French-chateau fixtures, stylists arrange elegant evening hairdos, uncoil curly hair, and add waves to hair rendered straight after falling asleep on an ironing board. Meanwhile, aestheticians rejuvenate bodies and minds with spa services such as facials, which employ unusual, skin-friendly ingredients, such as chai soy, volcanic ash, and licorice. Marina Andre Salon also plays host to an arsenal of products by Dermalogica, Redken, and Enjoy so that clients can pick up a stock to beautify with in front of their bathroom vanity or neighbor's window.
When owner Linda Rich designed Ankh Studio, she wanted a contrast to the enormous, impersonal salons where she trained. “[I] wanted something that felt like home,” she says—an understandable sentiment after years of traveling the world as a stylist with Sebastian Professional. As she mulled over the details of salon decor, she gravitated toward the center of all homesteads: the fireplace. Ankh Studio's classically styled mantle is painted a chic black and white, anchoring tile mosaics and mirrors with wrought-iron borders.
Rich operates the salon with a team that includes one stylist whom she’s worked with for more than 35 years. She's chosen the new stylists with care, auditioning them with trial styling jobs and spirit quests to trim the pelts of mountain lions. Each stylist uses products from Paul Mitchell in the pursuit of the most flattering cuts.
At Larisa Beauty Salon & Spa, co-owner Larisa Krylova weaves her training at the Moscow Academy of Beauty into hair, skincare, waxing, and nail services. She and her staff exercise expertise with Margy's Monte Carlo skin serums, which are designed for specific problems and areas of the face and décolleté. Products from brands such as Matrix and Schwarzkopf aid haircutting and coloring, and the Yuko system deeply nourishes and straightens tresses. Manes plagued by frequent shedding can opt for Vigorance hair-loss shock treatment, which enlists veggie extracts to generate new strands strong enough to withstand the tug of a scorned classmate.
As both the owner of Nikko Hair Salon and an experienced stylist, Lesia Nyarko spends her days painting the hair of her clients with ombre color-blending techniques, repairing damage with deep-conditioning treatments, and massaging the scalps of pampered clients. In addition to specializing in cuts and color, her staff of stylists is skilled in hair texturizing services including chemical relaxers, keratin-infused Brazilian blowouts, and Japanese straightening treatments. Before appointments, clients may sip complimentary bottled water, coffee, and tea while using the complimentary WiFi to sell their hat collections on eBay.