GP Cole Salon is exclusive in only one sense. The full-service salon stocks only professional products from Redken and Pureology, which ensures that every treatment turns out exactly as the stylist or aesthetician envisioned it. In every other sense, however, GP Cole is as inviting as a salon can be. Multiple styling chairs and nail stations cut down on wait times, though the warm atmosphere and lively chatter may make you want to linger after a haircut, manicure, or waxing treatment. Thankfully, the staff never rushes clients out the door. They'll invite you to sink into a leather chair for a pedicure, or get comfy in a private room before a bikini wax.
Martoni’s Salon cultivates hand and foot beauty and health with a 75-minute mani-pedi. Between the gold- and merlot-hued salon walls, a professional cuticle guru evaluates fingers, toes, and surveillance footage of nail biting to determine the client’s treatment needs. In a flurry of whittling fervor, the technician’s skilled fingers painstakingly trim and shape talons to their ideal symmetry. With all 20 nails proudly shining in salon light, the client’s choice of color polish bolsters style street cred without imparting the coercive vibe associated with bedazzled brass knuckles.
The specialized staff at Salon Stewart helps clients keep up appearances and muscle-morale with hair and massage services. After a swift style consultation kicks off an hour-long cut and style, the precise snips of the stylist’s well-trained scissors and the gentle breath of the blow-dryer can frame noggins with sleek strands that bounce, shimmy, or tickle enemies on command. Alternatively, opt to pick from the salon’s smorgasbord of hair services—hair-owners can transform texture with a permanent wave ($80+) or change ponytail hues with two-toned highlights ($90+). Stylists can also prep coiffures for glam-rock bar mitzvahs or red-carpet PowerPoint presentations with special-occasion styling ($60+).
Salon Bellissimo honors the timelessness of true beauty by decorating its spa like an Ancient Roman bath with concrete urns, great columns, and a statue of Hebe, the goddess of beauty. And this reverence for history is fitting, since owner Cecilia Sammons has been in the industry for more than 30 years herself. Today, she and her staff of stylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists transform clients using modern haircare products from L’Oréal and Moroccanoil and nail polish scraped directly off Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.