Over the past dozen or so years, Elisabeth Wolfson has refined her approach to haircare. The biggest change? Doing away with heavy, ammonia- and chemical-laden products, both personally and in her beauty parlor, Sano Salon & Color Bar. She and her team of talented and highly educated stylists use solely ammonia-free (or, at the very least, low-ammonia) products by the likes of Kevin Murphy, Framesi, and MoroccanOil. It’s all part of Wolfson’s mission to help clients maintain and recreate chic, healthy styles at home. Sano’s staff dispenses helpful information for at-home haircare throughout each haircut and color appointment. Learn everything from how to make styles—like their signature DuraBliss blowout—last for days to why its essential to only dry-clean cashmere wigs.
Beyond stints in the styling chair, Sano’s clients can also relax in the nail corner for indulgent organic mani-pedis.
Total Concept Hair Salon has been doling out fresh haircuts for 30 years. The master and senior stylists have stayed abreast of changes in hair design and techniques, making them adept in everything from highlights and cutting-edge coloring services, to traditional perms. Specialists in full-body beauty, they also manicures, makeup, and facials that render complexions as radiant as a bride standing under a black light.
Vincent Vanzandt has done his fair share of traveling. His formal training at the Sassoon Academy first whisked him away to California and then took him across the sea to London. He soon found himself in New York as a Farouk Systems educator before opening his own salon outside the city. There, he works with other internationally trained stylists to create beautiful new looks with their haircare services. While waiting for their appointments to begin, clients sit in the salon's comfortable waiting area where they can read magazines, sit in plush, cushioned chairs, admire large green plants, or mold shredded magazines into the style of hair they want.
Cocktail glasses clink as stylists Jennifer Turrin and her husband Antoine work. These Thursday salon happy hours represent the jovial vibe that the couple curates in Antoine?s Salon. The hospitality continues when the stylists accompany their men?s, women?s, and children?s hairstyling services with extras including robes, snacks, beverages, and all the oxygen you can breathe, within reason. The stylists also provide styling tips so that clients can maintain their results at home.
Many twins grow up sharing similar interests: they might listen to the same music, favor the same foods, or blink at exactly the same time. Jamie and Jenn love to cut and style hair. In high school, they trained together under the Paul Mitchell curriculum, and then launched their careers immediately after graduation?testing their skills in the salons of Los Angeles and New York. Today, they still work together as the notoriously lively co-owners of Moxie Blow Dry Bar. Both are certified in La Bella hair and eyelash extensions. Jenn is a Wella-certified colorist, while Jamie is a recognized Motives makeup foundation specialist. Together, they lead a team of experienced stylists and colorists.
Surrounded by cream-colored interiors accented with earth-toned furniture and wood-framed mirrors, stylists trim hair with custom cuts and transform heads into sassy sculptures with Marilyn Monroe?style curlers or Statue of Liberty?style bronze crowns. For many of these services, they use the salon's house brand of moisturizing and conditioning haircare products. And yet Moxie Blow Dry Bar's aestheticians don't limit their services to hair: they also bronze clients' skin with organic airbrush tanning and perform custom makeup applications using Motives products.
No one can doubt the professionalism of the stylists at Lisa Thomas Salon. Many have trained with prominent companies such as 5th Avenue and Redken, and the products they use during their hair-color and straightening services bear equally recognizable brand names?Matrix, Crew, and, again, Redken. But the stylists still know how to have fun. The atmosphere at the salon is so free and lively that it's become a place where people throw children's birthday parties. During these hair-and-makeup bashes, the staffers treat the girls like royalty, right down to providing a crown for the birthday girl to wear and resisting the girls' efforts to impose a tea tax on Americans.