In 2004, all it took was four salon chairs and 900 square feet to launch Blush Salon. Within these humble confines, stylists started sculpting stylish hairdos that caught the attention of more clients, necessitating a new location, a larger staff, and a bald robot to collect the hair trimmings and fashion into a wig. Today, the staff supplement their hair makeovers with nail services, waxing, and rejuvenating facials. For the latter of these services, aestheticians address skin damage and signs of age with products from Janssen Cosmetics, an organic skincare line.
The beauty specialists at Polished Outlook's salon, spa, and boutique maintain and beautify clients' skin with custom-designed skincare treatments. To enhance each facial, they cosset clients with a soothing hot-towel treatment and a face, décolleté, and shoulder massage. Other services include metabolism-boosting detox sessions that can help clients beautify from the inside out without eating enough protein powder to grow the heart three sizes.
Sandy Nguyen and Boo Carter, the stylists behind Luxurious Hair Studio, specialize in creative haircuts and color using Matrix SoColor products. Both women have a true passion for hair—Sandy’s professional philosophy is to treat her clients’ hair as well as if it were her own—and lots of experience. Boo alone has spent more than 15 years in the beauty industry.
When sisters Jessica Barton and Eslie Greene opened Salon Sovain, they aimed to keep the space true to its historic Chelsea home. Antique furniture, including rustic armoires at styling stations and glitzy chandeliers hanging overhead, unfurl across the space’s dark-wooden floors while windows give a view of a street lined with historic brick buildings. Of course, the sisters had to add a few modern touches. They drenched some of the walls in vibrant pink—which complements the other walls’ exposed brick—and created a white, textured reception desk with flowers. Within the classically styled salon, the duo showcases their talent, excelling at creating fashion-forward looks with chic cuts and color treatments with the aid of Redken, Wella, and Joico products. They arrange strands into elegant updos or unconventional Valentine’s Day gifts and repair years of damage with hydrating conditioning treatments. Jessica doubles as a nail expert too, tempting clients with standard or Shellac manicures topped off with OPI or CND colors.
Working amid Michael Susanne Salon's expanse of warm chocolate tones and soft lighting, Bobbie Carey draws from more than 25 years of high-end salon experience to transform dull locks into stylish hairstyles. The stylist draws from an arsenal of Goldwell hair color and Prive styling products to cut, highlight, and texturize strands, completing the service with a sleek blow-dry. Though the salon primarily cares for hair, the staff does offer both regular and Shellac manicures, as well as facial waxing.