Milanese hairstylist Federico Calce made a name for himself in the ’80s, when he served as the artistic director of Bergdorf Goodman Salon, and has since tended to the tresses of celebrities (Eva Longoria, Betsey Johnson and Alec Baldwin, to name a few), runway models and Saudi Arabian royalty. In addition to running his original namesake salon in Midtown East, Calce offers a mobile beauty service called Federico Salon Direct, which dispatches hair and makeup artists to NYC hotel rooms 24/7. The latter endeavor led him to open this smaller, 1,000-square-foot salon inside the Benjamin Hotel, taking over the old-world-style lodging’s former spa. A full battery of hair services, including cuts ($80–$200), blowouts ($55–$85), highlights (half head $180–$240, full head $250–$350), straightening ($250–$300) and deep-conditioning treatments ($75–$175), take place at six white-lacquered stations, while two private rooms are reserved for waxing ($20–$75), facials ($150–$175) and massages ($80–$350). There’s also a nail-care nook for manicures (regular $25, French $45) and pedicures (regular $45, French $65) using classic OPI and Essie polishes, although multitaskers can opt to have their mani and locks simultaneously done chairside. Since many of Calce’s clients hail from sunny locales, his house-line of products, Fa’Briq, features UV protection in items such as Volumizer Root Lifter spray ($24), Lustrous Hair serum ($18) and Moulding Mud pomade ($18).
Federico Hair & Spa at the Benjamin
|Venue name:||Federico Hair & Spa at the Benjamin|
125 E 50th St
|Cross street:||at Lexington Ave|
|Opening hours:||Daily 7am–7pm, by appointment only.|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 51st St; E, M to Lexington Ave–53rd St|