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The best salons for men’s haircuts in NYC

Forget Supercuts—get a crop or shave with a side of whiskey or beer at these top-notch salons

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Smith & Brit Boutique and Spa

When you feel the urge to treat yourself, a bespoke facial from this new Chelsea spa is a must. Treatments range from microdermabrasion ($110) and reflexology ($95) to makeup touch-ups ($35) and brow waxing ($45), but the 60-minute facial ($150) by owner–aesthetician Kristyn Smith, is exactly what your ill-prepared face needs to combat the cold. The service starts with a consultation and a steamy cup of jamu tea, followed by product suggestions to help maintain your celeb-status glow. And don’t forget to ask for beauty tips while you’re there (here’s a free one in the meantime: Cofounder–reflexologist Ali Hynes told us to use manuka honey as a moisturizer to fight dry skin). 

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Haven Spa

We’ve been anxiously awaiting Haven Spa’s new makeover reveal, and now that the comfy-chic remodel is complete, we’re psyched the joint upped its treatment menu by adding a blow-dry bar ($45) and a very cozy mani-pedi station, where you can get your fingernails ($10 to $36) and toes ($15 to $46) painted at the same time. There’s new body treatments like the, er, Bitch massage ($140, 60mins), which is said to soothe and relax your mind and body while alleviating PMS symptoms with particular strokes and oils. And, dudes, there’s a Boot Camp facial ($130), that deeply cleans your face and removes the toxins from your last bar crawl. 

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John Barrett Salon

Superstar stylist John Barrett’s namesake salon has panoramic views of Central Park. Located in the Bergdorf Goodman penthouse, the glamorous destination naturally caters to those with disposable incomes. Cut and color (starting at $120 each) are the salon's areas of expertise, but if you want the best, a cut and styling session with Barrett himself will set you back $500.

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Arco New York Salon

You’ll walk out of Boerum Hill’s Arco New York feeling totally refreshed, fierce and perhaps a little tipsy. Walk in to the hair parlor for a cut (starting at $80) and highlight (starting at $140), and one of the excellent stylists will guide you to the shampoo station, where you’ll sit and relax in a full-body massage chair. After a cleanse and restorative conditioning treatment, the perfect scalp massage, an aromatherapy hot towel and a crisp glass of vino, it won’t be long before your hair is totally  transformed. Feeling antsy? You can continue sipping wine outside on the salon’s serene back patio.

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The best yoga studios in NYC

Get ready to flex the muscles that sports and crossword puzzles cannot reach with the best studios for yoga, NYC!

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The best fitness gear shops in New York

Nothing gets you moving like a brand-spankin'-new workout wardrobe from the city's best fitness-gear shops. It's time to get physical!

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The best blowouts in NYC

Forget bad hair days—take your ho-hum look to the next level and get the best blowouts in the city

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The 20 best spas in NYC

Where are the best places to relax in New York City? The spas, of course! There’s nothing better than slipping on a warm, fluffy robe right before a massage, invigorating body scrub or a Turkish hammam offered at swanky, but affordable, resorts in the city. And if you’re in need of tips from skin-care experts—you know, to boost your glow factor—Gotham is chock-full of spots that specialize in facials. From New York hotels to downtown hot spots, we’ve narrowed down our list to 20 of the best spas in NYC. These experts will scrub, soak and steam the stress right out of you. RECOMMENDED: Our full guide to Spas in NYC

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Three-in-one beauty products

Save space in your cosmetic bag (and apartment!) with these multitasking beauty products. Most popular in Shopping & Style Brooklyn Flea It’s that time of year when the Brooklyn Flea comes back outside in Fort Greene on Saturdays and Williamsburg on Sundays. Keep an eye out for Trees and Nails’ salvaged-wood kitchenwear ($30–$200) and wool cat sculptures by artist Mihaeko ($60–$200). Stop by Saraz Closet’s table to nab a ’90s Betsey Johnson swing skirt ($88) and an ’80s Pucci cropped silk jacket ($220). Foodies, take note: Both locations feature plenty of edibles, from Fine and Raw coconut chunky bonbons ($7) to Porchetta chicory salad with garlic dressing ($6). Chelsea Market The former home of the National Biscuit Company is a hot spot for foodies-in-training; favorite vendors include Jacques Torres, People's Pops and Ronnybrook Dairy. Pilgrim Part boutique, part art gallery, this elegant space showcases paintings, antiques, designer vintage apparel and accessories, and Pilgrim’s own ready-to-wear line. Designer and co-owner Richard Ives balances ’60s-inspired cocktail frocks ($110–$410) with flirty bustiers and menswear-style shirts. The selection of unusual jewelry, handbags and sunglasses includes rare finds from Chanel and YSL by way of top-secret Parisian vintage vendors. Lord & Taylor Oft-overlooked for its more glamorous department store counterparts, Lord & Taylor offers an ever reliable selection of classic brands like Ralph Lauren—minus surging crowds. The me

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New celebrity beauty collaborations

Let Alexa Chung, Nigel Barker, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Tara Subkoff and Christie Brinkley help you primp with their new beauty products There are tons of celebrity fashion lines, fragrances and cosmetics brands out there, but a handful of new beauty collaborations from boldfaced names has recently caught our attention. Among them are Alexa Chung’s cat-eye kit for Eyeko, Nigel Barker’s NYC fragrances for Demeter, Rihanna’s Viva Glam lip products for M.A.C. and Gwen Stefani’s nail polishes for O.P.I. Find the goods at NYC stores such as Henri Bendel, Sephora and Ulta. Most popular in Shopping & Style Tweets by @TimeOutNewYork !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); You might also like Beauty collaborations with fashion designers Beauty and fashion collide in these limited-edition products created by fashion designers for summer 2013. Beauty brands are getting into collaborations for summer 2013 by partnering with fashion designers to create limited-edition products. Top talents such as Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz, Cynthia Rowley and Matthew Williamson have partnered with cosmetics companies, including NARS and Benefit. Look for the items at NYC stores such as Target, Ted Gibson Salon and Sephora. Most popular in Shopping & Style B

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Best travel beauty products

Pack smart with the help of these travel-size beauty products. Most popular in Travel Weekend getaways from NYC: Quick, easy and affordable escapes Escape the city at the drop of a sun hat with these weekend getaways, including easy day trips to classic summer destinations like the Hamptons and Fire Island. Don’t spend your precious days off waiting around in airport lounges; easy day trips and overnights are just a car, train or bus ride away. Whether you’re looking for adventurous outdoor activities, sunbathing, beaches off the beaten track, culinary destinations (lobster-shack road trip!) or culture, we’ve found plenty of weekend getaways to satisfy your wanderlust. RECOMMENDED: Summer in New York guide Get away to Ireland The stunning oceanside cliffs and verdant valleys of Ireland are legendary, and reason alone to make a visit. But sharing the spotlight these days are the cities, where thriving music, arts and culinary scenes are drawing participants and visitors from all over the globe. Numerous music and arts festivals are held throughout the year in Dublin, Galway and Belfast, and County Cork has become the country's culinary hub. Derry-Londonderry is 2013's City of Culture, with a year-long calendar of events proving the designation—including the prestigious Turner Prize, being held for the first time outside of Britain. And the entire country is hosting The Gathering 2013, with thousands of events celebrating Irish culture being held in all counties,

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Detoxifying beauty products

These new detoxifying beauty products help rejuvenate your hair, nails and skin If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to hit the refresh button on your beauty routine, these new detoxifying beauty products will help kick-start the process. Look for rejuvenating hair-, skin- and nailcare from brands such as Bare Minerals and Sonia Kashuk. You’ll find the items at NYC stores, including Target, Sephora and Salon SCK. Most popular in Shopping & Style Romance Under the Stars Eschew the dinner date on Valentine's Day and snap up tickets to this swanky soiree at the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space. The night begins among the asteroids (have a "heavenly bodies" quip ready) with an open bar of cocktails and champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and chocolate, while a jazz quartet sets the mood with standards. An hour later, cozy up in the Hayden Plantarium while an astronomer tells lovey-dovey stories based on the mythology of the cosmos. Holiday gift guide 2013: The best gifts to give over the holidays Check off every name on your list with our holiday gift guide, which features unique gift ideas and the best gift shops in New York City New Yorkers are a busy bunch, so this year, Time Out New York has compiled the ultimate holiday gift guide. Surprise your favorite techies, beauty junkies, workout fiends and more with presents we handpicked just for them. Plus, enter our giveaway and you could win one of our recommended splurgeworthy holiday g

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Mascaras with unique applicators

The brush heads and packaging of these mascaras simplify the process of defining your lashes. Most popular in Shopping & Style Brooklyn Flea It’s that time of year when the Brooklyn Flea comes back outside in Fort Greene on Saturdays and Williamsburg on Sundays. Keep an eye out for Trees and Nails’ salvaged-wood kitchenwear ($30–$200) and wool cat sculptures by artist Mihaeko ($60–$200). Stop by Saraz Closet’s table to nab a ’90s Betsey Johnson swing skirt ($88) and an ’80s Pucci cropped silk jacket ($220). Foodies, take note: Both locations feature plenty of edibles, from Fine and Raw coconut chunky bonbons ($7) to Porchetta chicory salad with garlic dressing ($6). Chelsea Market The former home of the National Biscuit Company is a hot spot for foodies-in-training; favorite vendors include Jacques Torres, People's Pops and Ronnybrook Dairy. Pilgrim Part boutique, part art gallery, this elegant space showcases paintings, antiques, designer vintage apparel and accessories, and Pilgrim’s own ready-to-wear line. Designer and co-owner Richard Ives balances ’60s-inspired cocktail frocks ($110–$410) with flirty bustiers and menswear-style shirts. The selection of unusual jewelry, handbags and sunglasses includes rare finds from Chanel and YSL by way of top-secret Parisian vintage vendors. Lord & Taylor Oft-overlooked for its more glamorous department store counterparts, Lord & Taylor offers an ever reliable selection of classic brands like Ralph Lauren—minus surging crowds. Th

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The best brow bars in NYC

These NYC brow experts can tweeze, wax or thread your arches into the perfect shape

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Best couples-massage rooms

Treat your beloved to some TLC at one of these duo-focused havens. Most spacious: The Spa at Trump Soho 246 Spring St between Sixth Ave and Varick St, seventh floor (212-842-5507, trumpsohohotel.com) Measuring 324 square feet, this colossal couples room is the size of most studio apartments, allowing lovebirds who crave personal space to really spread out. In keeping with the spa's upscale Turkish theme, the space is adorned with cream and white mosaic tiles and boasts nine-foot-high ceilings, a marble infinity tub and an extra-large private shower with multiple jets that hit you at every angle. Get this: The Soul to Soul massage for two comes with lots of lavish touches, from ultraplush robes to ice-soaked towels for your foreheads during your 25-minute soak in the rose-petal-strewn Jacuzzi. Afterward, you'll be led to the heated side-by-side massage tables for hour-long Swedish rubdowns that incorporate aromatherapy oils. Top the treatment off with a steamy rinse in the shower together and a cup of mint tea in the relaxation room. $450 on weekdays; $485 on weekends.  Most romantic: VIP Treatment Room at Caudale Vinothrapie Spa Plaza Hotel, Fifth Ave at 59th St, fourth floor (212-265-3182, caudalie-usa.com) Most of us can't afford to jet off to Burgundy with our beau for a romantic getaway, but this luxe room in the Plaza Hotel's winecentric spa is the next best thing. The dark-wood-paneled enclave allows you to channel a French vineyard as you soak in the hot tub made fro

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Street fashion: Hair edition

We stopped New Yorkers with lustworthy locks to find out their styling secrets.

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Best cheap haircuts

The most affordable haircuts we found in the city–all under $40. 

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Barbershops where you can get a hot shave

Dudes? Yo! Oh, hey there. This winter, get all warm and whisker-free—and, occasionally, boozed-up—at these throwback barbershops. Tired of plastic razors? Not quite man enough to give yourself a Crocodile Dundee-style hunting-knife razing? Enjoy a refreshing, old-fashioned hot shave at one of these retro barbershops, including New York Shaving Company, Blind Barber and others. Barbiere Fear not, Seinfeld fans: There’s no danger of encountering a hack like Uncle Enzo at this super tiny Italian barbershop. After settling into a chair at the cozy East Village storefront, opt for the Barbiere ($50). The shave concludes with an application of Moroccan rhassoul clay, a refreshing treatment for the dry skin that plagues many a guy during harsh cold-weather months. In keeping with the joint’s old-school, masculine environs, each shave comes with a gratis shot of Jameson. 646-649-2640, barbierenyc.com Blind Barber Located just off Tompkins Square Park, this popular Prohibition-style drinkery proves that the NYC speakeasy is alive and well. The unassuming barbershop front is where you’ll get shorn ($30); Blind’s house-made shaving cream is infused with wild water mint and  juniper berry, a natural astringent. The real scene is in the back, though: A wooden door at the rear of the shop slides open to reveal a spacious old-fashioned barroom that heightens the 1920s vibe. Not to suggest you’ll leave shorthanded if you stopped by for a shave: Each one comes with a complimentary cock

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The top blowouts in NYC

Blowouts can take ho-hum looks to the next level. We visited four of NYC’s blowdry-centric salons to test their style skills. More New York spa and salon treatments The coolest New York spas for lounging Sometimes you just want to kick back and do nothing. Booking a treatment at one of these New York spas lets you do exactly that. Certain New York spas seem to beg you to spend a day there. Forge the rest of the world even exists at one of these tranquil spots, where you can find treatments for any purpose, from releasing tension to relieving a hangover. You might also like Best spas 2012 Spas for any situation Spa etiquette Water spas with day passes New York spas with the best international treatments New treatments from around the world are popping up at several New York spas. Travel sans passport with one of these globetrotting services. New York's best spas and salons are constantly launching new therapies from around the world. Whether your beauty obsessions include scrubs and body treatments or facials, you’ll find something new to try among these internationally inspired services. CHINA – Asia Tui-Na Wholeness: Tui na back, arm and neck massage The experience: Tui na is no casual massage: It’s a traditional Chinese medical rubdown designed to target tight muscles, using deep-tissue pushing and the tapping of acupuncture points. At Asia Tui-Na Wholeness, my therapist, May G., went to town on my tense shoulder and back knots, using her elbows, palms and fists to pop

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