Japanese hairstylist Akiko Sugiyama trained at Toni & Guy in London before moving to New York in 2008, working at Lower East Side salons such as Le Salon d’Art and Ringo. She ventures out on her own to open this four-chair balcony space, situated inside artisan bazaar the Market NYC. Despite its unorthodox location, the salon is capable of executing services beyond basic haircuts (women $75, men $55) and blowouts ($40–$55): An enclosed washing station down a flight of stairs allows for color ($85–$200), highlights ($100–$150) and keratin treatments ($220–$350). But the real draw is nail art, performed using Gelish and Gelaxy gel polish by two technicians from Tokyo. A single-color manicure ($35) serves as the ideal base for hand-painted designs such as flowers (add $20), camouflage (add $20), half-moons (add $10) and intricate Aztec prints (add $30). The sky’s the limit when it comes to custom work, but past themed creations include a Galaxy manicure ($50) and one depicting New York icons ($60). Regardless of what you get, you can expect it to last for up to two weeks.
Akiko Hair & Nail
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159 Bleecker St
|Cross street:||between Sullivan and Thompson Sts|
|Opening hours:||Wed, Thu, Sun noon–8pm; Fri noon–9pm; Sat 11am–9pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St|