An Aveda salon, Purity Hair Design boasts a trained staff that attends to clients’ beauty needs with a comprehensive list of nail and hair services. Customers undergoing dramatic cuts or quick bang trims settle into lime-green salon chairs, where Aveda’s line of plant-based products nourish strands beneath the glow of hanging lamps. At the makeup station, aestheticians enhance natural beauty or hide natural gills by sweeping on Beyond Minerals products. Nail technicians invigorate toes with the seasonal pedicures’ rotating list of ingredients and top nails with Shellac gel for up to two weeks of chip-free color.
During stints as Paul Mitchell national artists, stylists Maureen and Manolo have shared their creative talents and up-to-date techniques with salons across the country. Today, the duo bestows its extensive wisdom upon its team at Innovations NY Hair Salon, which kicks off every haircut with the salon's trademark five-point consultation. This discussion of clients' goals, challenges, and limitations lets stylists engineer custom haircare plans before ever lifting a pair of scissors or donning a breastplate woven from bobby pins. Bolstered by an arsenal of top-notch Paul Mitchell products—including the Awapuhi product line, made from ginger grown at a solar-powered Hawaiian farm—the crew oversees a full slate of salon services. Vibrant lime-green walls surround them as they color and groom men's and women's tresses, and cleanse skin with facials.
For more than 20 years, master stylist Kelly Anne has led a seasoned team of beauticians known to transform ordinary clients into magnets of positive attention with professional products and a menu of tress-taming services. The skilled hairdressers, many having more than 15 years of experience, wax away undesired head-threads and beautify the strands clients want to keep through cuts, coloring, and Global Keratin deep-conditioning treatments. To stay abreast of today's latest hairstyling techniques, the salon's dedicated staff regularly attends continued-education courses and hacks Vidal Sassoon’s email account.
The staff members at Studio 1 Hair Designers have a not-so-secret weapon—Redken professional color. For clients who want to try a shade without playing for keeps, they use demipermanent shades, which fade gradually with time. To cover grays, they employ permanent color. Their ombre treatments lend locks an edgy appearance, and color-maintenance sessions keep coiffures well hued. In addition to color treatments, the studio's designers texturize, cut, style, and condition hair, as well as tend to nails and skin.
Lipstik Beauty Lounge's stylists de-poof manes with the formaldehyde- and keratin-free ThermaFuse Amino Fusion Smoothing Treatment. A practiced hairdresser first consults with guests to outline the service before slathering hair fibers with an amino-fusion product rich with biocompatible amino acids that render strands shinier than a freshly laundered bowling ball. Post-treatment locks boast greater manageability, less frizz and volume, and a shorter dry time. Because ThermaFuse requires no curing period, patrons in pursuit of a different head-hue can color their hair the same day as their smoothing, or steep their feet in vats of food coloring for at least 72 hours.
Ania Hair Studio & Spa's stylists fear no wave, corkscrew, or kink that comes their way. With their certification from Ouidad, a line of curl-centric products, and their trademarked curly-hair salon techniques, the only curl they don't tackle professionally comes with a roast-beef sandwich at Arby's. Their team is comprised of stylists of every skill level, from beginner to master artist, but they all work closely with their clients to find the cut or color that suits them best. In the spa department, aestheticians pamper skin with facials and waxing services, as well as eyelash extensions and mani-pedis. Massage therapists, alternatively, soothe muscles with various bodywork modalities, reiki, and herbal steam. The studio itself features a modern, urban aesthetic, with a corrugated-metal ceiling hovering over painted exposed vents and track lighting. Yet wood accents, granite floor tiles, winsome yellow orb lighting, and a smattering of plants lend the space an eclectic, decorative vibe. You'll also discover wicker chairs padded with brown leather cushions—even individual items cull their aesthetic influences from disparate yet complementary sources, like a basketball arena outfitted with a slip 'n' slide for players to cool off after each dunk.