Hair salons that serve shrine and Negronis, nail bars that promote meditation and video art, and an ethereal acupuncture studio are part of Wallpaper’s edition of New York’s notable salons – all offering the best beauty expertise in well-designed spaces.
Hair salons wanted
If you manage to land a date with Takamichi Saeki himself, you’ll end up with a razor-sharp cut that lasts and lasts. A hairdressing legend, Saeki has clients who come from all over the world to sit under his scissors. A former gallery owner, his love of art not only shapes his chic haircuts, but also the look of his second-floor Bowery Salon. Designed in collaboration with architect Sandra van Rolleghem in 2012, the space features a wealth of contemporary artwork, including murals by Barcelona artist Santi Moix.
Takamichi hair products (which you’ll also find in the bathrooms of the bustling new Nine Orchard hotel, as well as Saeki’s Takamichi Beauty Room store in Gramercy Park) are displayed as a cabinet of art objects. Reserve for the salon’s cutting-edge, deeply rejuvenating Infrared Therapy Deep Conditioning treatment, designed to infuse conditioners deeper into the cortex of the hair using infrared lights and vibration.
Photography: David Mitchell
Bradley Scott Rosen has achieved the impossible with his Gramercy Park salon, Minor Rose. Opening in fall 2020 was a brave move. The salon’s success may be due in part to its intimacy: Tucked away quietly on a neighborhood street with seating for just two patrons at a time, Minor Rose is without the chaotic chatter and bustle of your usual salon.
His signature serve? A very good haircut, trimmed in peace. This space gem was designed by Evan Erlebacher of Also Office. “I wanted the space to function like a hair salon without necessarily looking or feeling like one,” Rosen explains. “I wanted my guests to feel a sense of belonging to the space, confident that they would be safe, seen, centered and celebrated,” he adds of his opening amid the pandemic. “As fundamental forms of social intimacy are renegotiated, the living room can be a sanctuary for human connection.”
Suite Caroline founder Lena Ott had worked on shows in Paris, New York and Milan, for designers from Rick Owens to Sies Marjan, before opening her 2,000 square foot SoHo salon. The loft-style space was created by architect Jorge Peña and designed in collaboration with Uhuru Design, which specializes in American-made furniture.
An installation of three blurry neon stalactites – commissioned by Ott in 2020 from Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, better known as Shoplifter – contrasts with the exposed brick surroundings, while nodding to the colors and to the daring cuts for which Suite Caroline has become known. Ott will celebrate a decade of avant-garde New York living room style in 2023.
“Being from California and of Mexican descent, I wanted to create a space reminiscent of the desert coastal landscapes of Baja, Mexico and California in the 1970s,” says Angela Soto, owner of Baja Studio. She opened her quiet space in May 2019 and has become a specialist in curly, highly textured hair, frizz-free keratin treatments, and “natural, bronzed, effortless hair achieved with balayage and our signature textured haircuts.” .
Soto commissioned his friend Mark Silvestri of Silvestri Millwork and Painting to craft his own interior design and filled the space with succulents, palm fronds, cacti, hair products from Oribe and Reverie and coffee table books. “We serve Negronis, burn Byredo candles, offer Aesop hand soap and keep organic tampons on hand. It’s important to me that clients feel pampered, as if they were guests in my home,” she says.
Whiteroom is “dedicated to fostering community, delivering exceptional customer experiences and the art of beauty,” says founder Elisabeth Leary who opened the Brooklyn salon seven years ago. The team, as passionate about hair and scalp health as they are about the quality of the products they use, she says, “strategically apply and combine specific masks, scalp oils and cleansing creams; we use heat and massage for deep penetration.”
The space – designed by Leary and crafted with the help of a local carpenter – was designed to provide “a blank canvas for the work that stylists create. Clean and unimposing, minimal and soothing. I keep that in mind with every addition I make to the space,” she says.
Nail studios with a twist
Sundays founder Amy Lin has dedicated her practice to being gentle on the senses in every way. Lin worked with a chemist for a year after earning an MBA from Columbia University to formulate the perfect non-toxic polish, now Sundays’ flagship product. “Our signature treatment is the guided meditation manicure; we are the first to create the feel-good experience in a nail salon,” she says.
“Sundays was designed as a home,” she adds. Rather than “bright surgical lighting, we use warm lighting and have wooden floors with comfy warm gray chairs to create the feeling of Scandinavian-inspired home.” She commissioned designer Andrew Weigand to design her New York salons, at NoMad and Hudson Yards – “He had no experience in commercial real estate, which I thought was perfect because that can help create a one-of-a-kind design, versus a cut-and-paste design,” she says.
When curator Rita de Alencar Pinto launched Vanity Projects in 2008, there were a series of pop-ups in art spaces, including the homes and studios of artists and creative friends, as well as renowned institutions such as MoMA PS1. When it moved into its permanent spaces – in New York in 2013, then in Miami in 2015 – curating video art was central to its concept.
Vanity Projects’ vision is to reshape the way clients perceive and experience video art by placing it in an engaging environment,” she says. “We specialize in innovative gel nail art manicures from the world’s most sought after artists,” she continues, having hosted more than 100 “artists in residence” between her salons in Miami and New York.
Attractive treatment rooms
Is there a most sought-after facial treatment in New York right now? Kristyn Smith’s small Tribeca lounge contrasts with her long waiting list. Her newly opened space is intentionally designed on the smallest side among New York living rooms “so as not to overwhelm the waiting room,” she says. Interior designer Tony Fornabaio, who also worked with Smith on his former living room in Chelsea, has created a sanctuary in the Tribeca-Chinatown building, with curved walls that illuminate the space, a powder pink waiting room decorated with gifts from friends and clients, including glassware, crystal and a photograph by LA artist Alana O’ Herlihy.
Personalization is its mission; whether you suffer from acne, hyperpigmentation, dehydration or fatigue, Smith – who has studied reflexology, gua sha, aromatherapy and more – and his team will concoct a unique treatment for you. “Our philosophy is both educational and cutting-edge,” she says, as a proponent of lymphatic drainage sculpting massage and micro-current treatments.
Smith also directs the nonprofit 0303 Foundation, which “aims to provide specific skin care products that nourish and heal the skin to students across America who rarely have the access or the means to afford them. “, and offers education and training through classes and workshops with certified nutritionists, trainers, and physiologists who address skin, diet, and mental wellness.
Acupuncturist Stefanie DiLibero founded her business in 2009 and opened her private acupuncture and facial studio in SoHo in 2018. Clients line up for a session under her needles to shed stress and maximize good -être, a feeling that is reflected in the pleasant surroundings of his living room. , designed by architect Kyle May. “The lobby is lined with custom-stacked wood to create a stimulating experience, not only visually, but also physically and olfactorily. The treatment room is designed as an ethereal space – white sheer curtains surround the entire space even above the windows, with custom millwork housing the products needed for the treatment,” says the architect.