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.
Hundreds of people view the artistic work of Lilly Rivera as their eyes run through the pages of fashion and bridal magazines, though they may not be aware of it. With an arsenal of airbrush techniques, Lilly helps both fashion models and real brides get ready for their walks along catwalks and aisles. Her applications aim to subtly accentuate the natural beauty of each client using waterproof products that eliminate the need for touchups when officiants demand that couples run through the kissing scene again. In addition to makeup and skincare services, Lilly applies her airbrushing talents to cover up tattoos and grooms’ five o’clock shadows on big days.
Salojona Beauty Center's founder, Ana Pena, and her team of LPG-trained technicians instill confidence in both women and men with the aid of advanced cellulite-reduction treatments. FDA-approved Endermologie sessions use automated rollers and lifting technology to encourage lymphatic drainage and stimulate collagen production, resulting in decreased dimples on the skin on hips and thighs. Salojona's team can also beautify with permanent makeup to make features pop with a natural look, and facials—including rejuvenating and light-massage varieties—come in a diverse array of packages designed to suit clients' needs. Eyelash-curling services further define the eye area, whereas brow-design waxing keeps the focus off unwanted stray hairs not yet taken down to the pound.
With more than 20 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology and surgery, board-certified physician Dr. Feder has had the pleasure of working next to some of the world’s top cosmetic surgeons and inventors, including Dr. Giorgio Fischer (the brains behind liposuction). Dr. Feder continually updates his expertise with new beauty treatments, such as Aptos thread facial therapy and chemodermabrasion facials, and shares his wealth of industry knowledge as an author and international speaker. The doctor also keeps his keen eye for detail trained on all aspects of his dermatology division, which tends to skin issues including cancer, burnt out goose bumps, and birth marks. Along with a full operating suite and private treatment rooms equipped with advanced IPL technology, the office boasts a line of Dr. Feder's own anti-aging and rejuvenating skincare products.
Calling on skills she honed at Nars and Estée Lauder, Shara Strand has gilded faces for television, print, and celebrity events for the last 10 years. At her elegant and welcoming studio on the Upper East Side, she highlights facial features for weddings and special events with fashion-forward cosmetics and artistic precision, tapping her deft color-matching skills to select the most flattering shades for any skin tone. The makeup expert also leads one-on-one makeup lessons that teach students how to enhance their façades in a manner that will match their personal style and take full advantage of their current cosmetics stashes. Patrons learn how to choose different brushes and shades for everyday wear, special events, or infiltrating clown fraternities, and they can upgrade their makeup collections with Shara's own line of brushes and products.
The stylists, aestheticians, and makeup artists at Damali NYC beautify hairdos and visages with a full roster of salon services. Taking its name from a feminine Arabic handle that translates to beautiful vision, this Fifth Avenue studio lives up to its lofty moniker and has thus attracted such stylistically inclined celebrities as Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, and Lil' Kim. Walls of soothing pastel blue surround the salon’s beauty experts as they deftly brush on makeup for weddings and primp up eyelashes with lush extensions for upcoming proms or driver's-license photos. Mani-pedis and facials imbue fingers, toes, and complexions with a flush of radiant youth, and spray tans empower vampires to travel incognito in sun-kissed shades.