Sunlight filters in through Scandalous Hair Studio & Spa’s two walls of windows, illuminating the intimate boutique so that it stands out amid the other neighborhood stores. Perched on the corner, the all-purpose salon and spa greets visitors with an exposed brick wall that gives way to a row of styling stations where stylists pace around salon chairs as they plan out customized haircuts and color treatments.
Just a few yards away but a world removed from the lively bustle of the salon floor, aestheticians stationed in private treatment rooms cultivate glowing complexions with Wilma Schumann skincare products. Among the most popular spa services, aromatherapy massages melt away stress, and European facials fight signs of aging, acne, and embarrassing face-plant dives off the Eiffel Tower.
While studying overseas with the Toni&Guy education team, Perry Kong mastered basic haircutting and styling techniques and rubbed elbows with top stylists. After returning to New York City, he landed an apprenticeship at Bumble and bumble. that evolved into a five-year stint as a stylist and educator. Eager to test his skills, Perry dove into the backstage frenzy of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week by styling wigs for new cars. He also moved west for a period of time to work as a stylist and educator in San Francisco. Today, this certified Coppola Keratin specialist reimagines hair at RKS Salon.
Chic Beauty Salon pampers patrons with treatments for the hair, skin, and body. Stylists cut and style tresses, and revamp looks with colorful glazes and smoothing keratin treatments. The beauty experts also offer facials to banish blemishes and brighten complexions. Should guests find themselves frazzled by the thought of not relaxing, massages can soothe their spirits.
From Julia Roberts’ fiery red curls to Lady Gaga’s fearless coifs, Nerik has seen and styled it all. The master stylist runs the Upper East Side salon, NK Salon by Nerik, where he welcomes even the least famous of men and women to sink into his or his talented staff’s styling chairs. The NK crew uses the Balayage hair-coloring technique, featured in Vogue, along with L’Oréal products to streak monotone ‘dos with natural-looking highlights. They weave Great Length hair extensions into short styles, or chop off overgrown strands to help clients see their reflection for the very first time. Bottles of Kerastase and Aveda products grace the sleek, crisp-white space, flanked by wall-scaling mirrors and fresh flowers.
Aside from styling hair, Nerik’s crew also dresses up appendages with spa manicures and pedicures, during which they are careful to never cut the cuticle—a common error in many nail salons. Meanwhile, skin specialists apply chocolate wax as they strip away hair from any part of the body.
LeMetric Hair Center Inc. founder Elline Surianello knows firsthand how your hair can affect your confidence. At age 9, she began showing signs of androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness. Rather than let her thinning hair impact her life, she searched for natural alternatives to combat her condition, and when she couldn't find a suitable solution, she took it upon herself to create one. What started as a personal mission turned into an all-natural, safe hair-loss system that contains no glue and requires no surgery.
Today, she and her staff help women find the looks that give them confidence by offering not only handmade hair systems but also salon services. Staff members clear unwanted body hair during waxing services, polish nails to a vibrant shine with mani-pedis, and infuse skin with nutrients during facial treatments. They even take their beautification mission on the road with a mobile studio that contains hair samples and is fueled by retired wigs.