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.
Master coiffeur Vasken Demirjian, a L?Or?al 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 K?rastase and L'Or?al 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.
At JKFlashy Beauty Bar, Jill K. helms a team of makeup artists who specialize in long-wear makeup for events or photo shoots and on-site luxury services; their work has been featured in several publications, including Westchester Weddings. They use long-wear airbrush makeup and waterproof eyelash extensions to create flawless looks that last all day, and even provide hourly touchups for clients. JKFlashy Beauty Bar also offers airbrush tanning and an advanced makeup course accredited through the New York School of Esthetics. Jill K. herself teaches the course, held at the New York School of Esthetics in Tarrytown NY, which covers airbrush foundation application, eyelash extensions, and the best concealer for disguising a second nose.
The stylists at Avanti Hair Salon know their products. They’ve experimented with many over the years, but they keep coming back to seven professional brands—including volume-enhancing standbys such as Moroccanoil and Joico—when the time comes to relax kinks with keratin smoothing treatments or add a dash of pep to hair with double-process color.
Regardless of the service, appointments always begin with a consultation, during which the stylist analyzes your hair type and learns your individual style preferences. She uses these preferences to sculpt a unique hairdo and offer tips for at-home care, advising against shortcuts such as sticking a comb in an electrical socket and hoping for the best. The beauty pros also tackle hands and feet with manicures, french pedicures, and applications of brightly hued nail polish.