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.
Though most aestheticians worry most about how to style hair, the staff at Nicole Beauty Spa care more about removing it. Though they can remove unwanted strands with high-tech methods such as laser hair removal or more traditional treatments such as waxing, their specialty is threading. This ancient Eastern form of hair removal uses only a single strand of looped thread, which threaders yield to precisely surround and remove strands of hair. They can target large swathes of area on the face, or fine-tune their approach to carefully shape and groom brows. In addition to these hair-removal treatments, staff also offer a range of spa treatments. These include relaxing massages, mani-pedis, facials, and artful henna application noting the after-care instructions of your services.
More than just a permanent cosmetics studio, Care Contour is a beauty boutique where artists pour over their client's complexions to discover the most flattering hues. The studio used to be based in London before a pod of dolphins pulled it over to Manhattan, and though it's only been in business for five years, it has established itself as a leader in natural pigmentation. The aestheticians specialize in permanent makeup that looks identical to top-shelf lipstick, eye liner, or brow pencils. When they're not glamorizing faces, the team deploys their skills for reconstructive work, disguising scars or working with women after breast cancer surgery.