Recent salon and spa openings
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).
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.
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.
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.
If you’ve visited Spa Castle in Queens, then you know why we’re pumped about this Manhattan location, which opened in late 2014. Occupying floors seven, eight and nine in a midtown building, Spa Castle Premier 57 is the ultimate relaxation mecca. The shoe-free facility (you’ll still have to wear those odd T-shirt/shorts uniforms) features "Sauna Valley," an area boasting six types of rooms (including cold saunas, one paved with gold—seriously—and an infrared lounge), a swim-up full service bar and a year-round roof deck. Day passes (which include access to tubs and other communal areas) are $65. Food, drinks and treatments cost extra. No one under the age of 16 is admitted.
You no longer have to throw shade at Jared Leto for having prettier hair than you. That glorious ombré can be yours, as Leto’s colorist, Chase Kusero, along with stylists Franck Izquierdo and Aaron Grenia, opened shop in the Dream Downtown. Their hand-painted highlights (starting at $210) and rock & roll cuts ($120 and up) are already earning buzz: During their soft opening, the trio saw more than 100 clients in four days. Is it any wonder a product line is in the works for 2015?
As the creative director for L’Anza Healing Haircare, stylist Ammon Carver is used to seeing his work in the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair. His loftlike space is a salon-meets-studio hybrid, so you can sometimes watch an editorial photo shoot while getting your hair cut (starting at $100), colored ($115 and up) and otherwise coiffed. The salon’s app provides easy appointment booking and prepayment choices, along with the option to send stylists inspiration photos before you arrive.
The Brooklyn outpost of this high-end Manhattan salon certainly fits its Williamsburg setting: It’s small, stylish and intimate. And with only five chairs, it’s the opposite of cookie-cutter hair factories that turn out the same ’do over and over. Here, stylists translate their Fashion Week cred to cuts (starting at $90) and color ($90 and up) that are on trend without trying too hard. Head to the back for a strong drink at the salon bar, then lounge in the backyard garden when weather is warm.
How many stylists can say they were also political candidates? Fred Connors can. The Nova Scotia–based stylist ran for mayor of Halifax, and he just so happens to give one helluva makeover. At his Lower East Side salon, his first in the States, he and his team focus on reasonably priced hair and grooming services. Cuts start at $75; color applications are $100 and up. Connors’s Canadian outpost often hosts charity events, so you can expect opportunities to give back at this location, too.
This Brooklyn barbershop-apothecary hybrid isn’t going for that old-timey aesthetic that’s so popular at other male salons these days. Instead, the decor at this hip haircuttery honors Big Sur with a nod to 1970s Scandinavia. It’s the perfect setting for products such as Blackbird beard oil ($38) and Mainley Manly candles by Wary Meyers ($30). Haircuts are $42, buzzcuts go for $25, and facials—something you normally won’t find in a barbershop—are $25 too.