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.
Born in Russia and raised in Israel, Beny spent his early adulthood sweeping up discarded hair in a New York salon. This self-taught stylist went on to open two salons, including Hair Bar NYC (formerly Keratin Hair Bar), where he and his staff imbue frazzled tresses with Brazilian keratin treatments, Japanese straightening treatments, and Magic Sleek, which smoothes tendrils using proteins from the Amazon rainforest. He also uses and equips clients with products by Obliphica, Wella, Moroccanoil, and Inova. When stylists aren't subduing frizz, they sculpt coiffures with haircuts and color treatments but never by infusing them with play-doh.
Lavender walls wrap around the lavender and red treatment beds that line Secret Eyelash's studio. A highly trained lash stylist hovers over the beds, her hands steady as she bonds synthetic eyelashes to eyelids with a medical-grade adhesive. Whether dolling up fringe with a romantic, glamorous, or dramatic set of extensions, she makes sure they keep the natural curl of a human lash or pianist's spine. Secret Eyelash welcomes clients back to touch up their .15-millimeter or .20-millimeter extensions every two to four weeks, in tandem with the growth cycle of their natural lashes.
"Are you ready to exhale?" According to management, this saying encapsulates the astonished feeling clients experience as they see their new look. The team of seasoned stylists strive to inspire this feeling by matching each clients' vision for their own hair, regardless of their hair's type, length, or texture. The salon's signature service, hair extensions, add length and volume to any style, and can be customized to each client's hair piece. Not to be outdone, the staff also excels at flattering haircuts and fashion-forward styles such as perms.