Pearl-white salon chairs and a chandeliered foyer create a calm elegance that parallels Amoy's penchant for creating striking, creative hairstyles. A random sampling of the master stylist's resumé inevitably reads like a beauty-school student's wish list. Highlights include serving as the go-to hair guru of Christian Dior runway walkers, spearheading her own successful product line, and separate stints as the personal hairstylist for fashion titans John Galliano and Donatella Versace. Today Amoy uses the salon as a home turf, revamping the tresses of both walk-in clients and celebrities such as Sheryl Crow, Rihanna, and Naomi Campbell.
The popular Upper East Side salon endeavors to give every person who enters the star treatment. Clients cross the salon’s sunny, modern, dark-wood interior and engage in consultations that strategize approaches to hair type and styling needs. House specialties include Brazilian Blowout treatments, bridal styling, and ultraprecise haircuts that render faces as exquisitely framed as Roger Rabbit.
You might not find J’aime Day Spa and Salon right away, given its second floor location on Madison Avenue in Midtown East. But once you’ve found your way up the stairs and above the street-level Cuban restaurant, this inviting, serene space truly pays off. Floor to ceiling windows look out over the avenue, letting in loads of natural light for the small work stations that are pushed up close to the glass. Several soft blue couches are perfect for relaxing before a manicure, facial treatment, or head to one of the spare white rooms in the back for more intimate waxing and massage sessions. Each facet of the long salon is meant to pamper and revitalize customers, while shelves of take-home products near the register mean guests can enjoy spa-level treatments right at home.
Although he's styled coifs all over the world, salon director Antonio now docks at his studio's Upper East Side and downtown locations, where he leads four other stylists in crafting dos. Antonio specializes in highlights using a meticulous technique designed to inspire rich, deep color. His brother Rocco, a master stylist, works alongside industry veteran Amy in creating innovative cuts. Extension specialist Sarah carefully lengthens strands with human hair, and Albina tends to frizzy manes with Brazilian keratin treatments. Though they each have their own set of specialties, the entire quintet of artists is available to cut, color, and smooth tresses.
With more than 30 years of experience under his shears, Universal Hair Salon owner Jeff leads a team of savvy stylists in their efforts to beautify men and women in a casual salon atmosphere. Jeff’s comprehensive understanding of style trends and mastery of hair color, perms, and straightening techniques stem from his boyhood in Croatia, where he mastered styling secrets by observing and sharing tips with his family. At the salon, staff members consult with clients to develop chic looks by studying hairstyle pictures or devise vintage looks by perusing stolen passports from 1971. A large flat-panel television entertains any guests insufficiently amused by the sight of hairs being snipped.
Upon founding Salon O2, Hiroshi Kawanishi tasked himself with an ambitious goal: style hair so skillfully and make a spa so architecturally compelling, that his business would serve as a spiritual refuge. It appears he has done just that, crafting a visually sleek salon in which he blends his 35 years in the industry with a focus on long-term client relationships. Hiroshi has also built a staff of talented, client-focused stylists, ensuring that each leather styling chair is manned only by a super-skilled comb-wielder. Dark, hardwood floors and clean, contemporary angles comprise the spa's look, manifesting Hiroshi's vision of a spiritual refuge and making guests feel even more pampered.
The international stylists at Davida Hair Design, trained in beauty schools in New York and Europe, draw upon their extensive knowledge to sculpt hair. After a complimentary consultation, coiffures reshape as easily as a butter sculpture at an outdoor wedding. Shining shears slip through strands softened by MoroccanOil hydrating products with a happy purring, and elixirs from Redken and Wella bestow new hues.