When you’ve been styling hair for more than 35 years, it can be easy to fall into a routine. That’s why Hairs 2 U owner and master stylist Toni Staskus continues to attend classes and hair shows whenever she can, ensuring she stays up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques. Her commitment to education has led Toni to earn master hair-colorist certification from Wella, Clairol, and Redken, as well as certifications in hot-fusion hair extensions and KeraGreen organic hair straightening.
Inside the lavender-walled salon, pop-art paintings and magazine clippings inspire clients to request classic cuts or the modern, asymmetrical looks favored by most Picasso models. Beyond relaxing, texturizing, and perming tresses, Toni and her staff also weave in glitz in the form of feather, tinsel, or party-color extensions and can lend their coloring expertise to tint eyelashes or freshly shaped brows.
For co-owners Catherine Imbesi and Arlene Webber, Salon Ciseaux hasn’t just been a place to use their talents as master stylists: it’s also a place to share their passions with others. For Imbesi, that means showing off her strong work ethic, one she formed when opening her own salon and simultaneously finishing her college degree. Webber, on the other hand, uses her global experiences and people skills to make the salon a welcoming space for clients of different cultures. Together, the curly-haired owners tame tendrils in their certified Ouidad curly-hair-specialist salon and helm a team of stylists who craft new hairdos, remove unwanted hair, and meticulously groom nails. The duo has also shown off their hair skills on the runway, having been handpicked by designer Juan Carlos Obando to style his model’s hair during New York Fashion Week in 2008.
Both the body and the mind find nourishment at Exclusiff Euro Massage & Spa. Clients enjoy a combination of massage, bodywork, and skincare services, each overseen by the spa owner, a licensed massage therapist with more than 20 years of industry experience. She boosts her know-how with biannual trips to European and Asian skincare trade shows, and she abides by a philosophy that regimens should balance modern and classic techniques. Though she offers some of the latest advancements in the dermatological and beauty industry, including noninvasive fat-reduction treatments that use advanced laser technology, she also relies heavily on the healing powers of Swiss Cosmolab’s all-natural products, which are made without any artificial fragrances.
The licensed massage therapist at Studio V Salon & Spa administers therapeutic and deep de-stressing massages to clients' tensed muscles, working alongside a brigade of ace stylists, nail technicians, and medical practitioners that beautifies and pampers patients with spa and salon services. The registered nurse practitioner wields lasers to perform hair removal, photofacials, and skin resurfacing, and Sjolie personalized spray tans coat skin in botanically extracted ingredients free of preservatives. Elsewhere, manicures and pedicures reshape nails, keratin and styling sessions soften and sculpt tresses, and a pumpkin facial coats epidermises in a pumpkin-enzyme scrub that briefly transforms noses into elegant carriages.
For more than 20 years, the trained techs of The Loft at Dawchers have kept beauty belts packed with Redken haircare products while also offering customized hair, skin, nail, and massage services. Nestled in the building's second floor, the New York City–style loft welcomes guests into a tranquil beauty haven where relaxation is doled out in the form of aromatherapy massage, exfoliating facials, and informative makeup lessons. The salon and spa's connecting outdoor patio displays an open-air space, complete with a rainbow-hued sun mural, where clients can show off their best downward dog during yoga sessions or host private parties.
At Studio V Salon, friendly conversation fills the air as beauticians perform haircuts, manicures and pedicures, and facials that help diminish acne and rosacea. However, guests seeking tranquility can venture into massage therapist Shivanna's private treatment room, where they can get some peace and quiet. There, Shivanna boosts clients' circulation and promotes full-body relaxation with long, flowing Swedish strokes, and performs firm kneads that target deep, troublesome backaches caused by sleeping in the crawlspace of a hobbit house.