Meg-a-Lashes founder Megan Ryan trained at JJ Eyelashes in New York City, where she learned the subtle techniques of eyelash application. Her process is so relaxing and her treatment table is so comfortable, people tend to fall asleep. When they wake up, they’ll find their lids adorned with luxurious mink extensions that don't require makeup. Each initial application takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, giving Megan enough to time carefully adhere each individual extension to the natural lashes.
The stylists at The Glam Café spruce up heads of hair with services ranging from simple cuts to full weaves. To keep tresses nourished and healthy, they use products such as sulfate- and paraben-free Biomega products, as well as relaxers from Affirm and colors from Redken and Clairol. A team of skincare professionals also stand by to wax eyebrows, lips, and chins, or contour cheekbones and highlight eyes with makeup applications.
Hairstyle transformations begin inside Belle Hair, a salon decorated with beige walls and glittering draperies. In this glamorous setting, stylists trim split ends, infuse ombre highlights, and smooth tresses with keratin treatments. The transformation continues even after appointments have ended. That's because the stylists also help clients to develop at-home haircare routines customized to boost the health of their particular hair types.
Master coiffeur Vasken Demirjian, a L’Oréal Color Specialist, mans a fleet of European-trained stylists so adept at pampering tresses and faces that Westchester magazine anointed their work the Best of the Decade. After valets whisk away coaches free of charge, stylists froth a fresh cappuccino and lead guests to custom-made, ergonomically correct styling chairs from Germany for a personalized shampoo. Using Kérastase and L'Oréal products, the stylists paint on face-framing highlights, administer custom makeovers, and sculpt bold and classic cuts for men and women that have landed them a list of media praise longer than the index in Webster's Dictionary.
Aside from the superior work of Vasken and his stylists, the salon's decor dominates the news buzz, as it nabbed Salon Design of the Year in the 2010 North American Hairstyling Awards. "A simple sheet of clean, white paper inspired the overall look," writes Salon Today—and it's easy to see how Vasken's work in the art industry inspired the great white canvas, which he has accented with touches of crimson. A stark red countertop pops amid a sea of white furnishings, and a row of rouge lampshades frames the hundreds of white parts that make up the salon's "floating ceiling." Just as a piece of paper recedes to let words or sketches spring forth, the minimalist decor only serves to highlight the final glamorous styles that emerge within.
Hilda Demirjian draws from a quarter century of skin-revitalizing experience at her eponymous skincare center, which was voted Best New Spa of 2010 by Westchester magazine readers. During a complimentary consultation, she outlines personalized treatment programs based on skin's specific conditions and envisioned results. From there, she embarks on her specialties, which range from laser hair removal to stretch-mark removal to skin tightening. Having mastered these remedies, she leads laser skincare seminars for aspiring spa technicians or reformed evil masterminds looking for something to do with their leftover lasers.
Inside the monochromatic confines of Plush Salon, a team of hairstylists dotes on heads with shears and brushes laden with professional hair color. Voted the best salon by White Plains Patch readers in 2012, the beauty haven is helmed by founders; Anthony Fidanza and Kristy Fidanza and, who collaborated on the design of the savvy interior.