Dr. Russell Kateman helms Amalgamated Eyes, where he harnesses his two decades of optometry experience to bolster the sight of his clients through thorough exams and fashionably functional eyewear. During exams, he checks for glaucoma, general visual acuity, and drafts in the window to the soul. Prescriptions furnished from exams then can go on to fuel stylish frames from designers such as Prada and Armani.
The beauty experts at Bella Rouge Studio do it all, from film and editorial shoots to informative makeup lessons. Bridal parties, bachelorettes, and girls enjoying a night out all gather at the perfume bar to create sweet-smelling personal scents or sip wine and share laughs during glamorous makeovers. Meanwhile, stylists work their magic on tresses to create stunning formal hairdos, such as a luxurious cascade of glossy, ironed curls, or a superfluous bridal veil made entirely of hair. After guests accentuate their natural beauty with facials and cosmetics, an on-site photographer can even be enlisted to capture milestone images of brides before they walk down the aisle or prom-goers before they take their first dance
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.
Amid pale-pink walls, a woman sits on a chic black chaise lounge, fluttering her freshly applied eyelashes. Here at Forever Eyelash, a team of savvy, meticulous stylists individually affix a range of synthetic lashes, from the spare natural set that slightly increases volume and length to the supernaturally voluminous Prestigious Queen set that can open a motion-activated door with a mere wink. The stylists can also nix unwanted hair from the face, legs, or intimate areas during waxing sessions.
The hair-removal experts at Shinny Threading Salon beautify unruly brows and fuzzy upper lips using the ancient art of threading. By carefully zipping twisted filaments across the face, they are able to remove multiple hairs at once, making threading much more efficient than plucking each hair individually or calling hairs by the wrong name until they feel unwelcome and leave. The team also offers waxing for larger areas of the anatomy, such as legs, underarms, backs, and bikini zones.
At i Beauty Spa NYC, a diverse team of trained specialists aims to dissolve stress and tension in an intimate space decorated with orchids and bamboo plants. Soothing nature sounds cosset clients' ears as aestheticians cleanse their complexions with calming facials and Dermalogica products or combat signs of aging with photofacial light therapy and radio-frequency technology. Fragrant aromatherapy oils greet the senses as guests lounge in a private room for a muscle-loosening massage. The clinicians also apply makeup, remove hair with wax or lasers, and guide clients through lymphatic-drainage space-suit sessions, which can slim and tone the body in order to safely fit inside lunar modules.