There is always someone at Mai Salon to warmly welcome clients in. When that welcoming feeling is combined with the salon's exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, the space gives off a feel that's at once intimate and professional. Here, licensed stylists cut fashion-forward styles for mostly repeat clients, though the salon makes a point to welcome walk-ins as well. Men and women mostly come to Mai for chic cuts and rich color services, not to mention specialty treatments such as Keratin straightening and relaxers. But hair isn't the end of the line for the team's abilities. They also do eyebrow threading, and Mai Nails—a separate nail studio next door—sends clients out the door with spa French pedicures and gel manicures.
At her eponymous salon, Shehnaz Rafique and her team of aestheticians dedicate themselves to bringing out every client's natural beauty. An expert in sculpting long hairdos, Rafique also specializes in color, transforming shades from overly familiar to surprising new tints. Threading and waxing remove unwanted fuzz from skin and mani-pedis make nails look great for impressing palm readers.
Under the management of certified beauticians, licensed aestheticians accomplish a plethora of pampering services, including precise eyebrow threading and tinting. Aside from eye arches, they turn their attention to whole faces with facials that fight back against the wrinkle-inducing hands of time and treat blemishes such as acne. In addition, they offer henna-tattoo body art and gentle waxing treatments.
The team of skin therapists at Madalen – Secret Spa devotes themselves to whittling away skin concerns from the body’s most visible part: the face. Combining skills gathered from Europe and the US, the team customizes every European facial, chemical peel, and lip treatment in accordance with a client’s skin type and condition. They gather this information through a consultation, during which clients can discuss skin concerns before relaxing through luxurious 90-minute facials.
Having adorned the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Liza Minnelli, and LeAnn Rimes with his makeup designs, Dwayne—who offers his makeup services from inside a makeup boutique on Bryant Park—has aesthetic chops enough to spruce faces for any event or occasion. Check out his portfolio for examples of both dramatic and subtle looks.
Instead of amplifying eyes with bold makeup, the eye stylists at Loving Lash apply lash extensions, which actually eliminate the need for mascara and eyeliner. The synthetic extensions, precurled for a natural look and applied to real lashes one by one, add length and thickness, enhancing eye drama without makeup or a constant supply of tears.
Stylists apply up to 200 lashes per lid with safe adhesive and can replenish their handiwork with fill-in services after two or three weeks. Beyond extensions, the team boosts beauty with lash and brow tints and facial waxing.