New stores (August 22–Sept 4, 2013)

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    Bristle + Crème

  • Fellow Barber

  • Filson travel kit, $90, at Fellow Barber

  • Malin + Goetz hair pomade, $20, at Fellow Barber

  • The Lash Loft

  • Little Axe Salon

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    Marc Jacobs Beauty

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.3 Plush Shadow palette, $42

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    Marc Jacobs cosmetic bags, $35 each

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty creamy long-wear lipstick, $30

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty nail polish, $18

Photograph: Charles Roussel

Bristle + Crème

Bristle + Crème

  • Price band: 2/4

Owner Kim Vu started her career as an investment-banking consultant, but along the way discovered her love of beauty, fashion and design—all of which are fused together at this two-story salon. Although you won’t find Vu wielding a blow dryer, she hired nine staffers to offer traditional hair and spa services. Women can enjoy a full range of treatments, including cuts ($45–$125), single-process color ($70–$170), partial highlights ($95–$250) and Oribe conditioning treatments ($55), while men can nab chops ($45–$65) and color ($70). Guinot and Valmont products are used for spa services, such as waxing ($8–$50), facials ($80–$245) and deep-pore cleansing ($125–$180). Drop by the salon on Thursday and Friday between 7 and 10pm for Champagne + Blow ($35), the perfect precursor to a night out, with blowouts, music and plenty of gratis champagne. 416 Third Ave between 29th and 30th Sts (212-685-9475, Tue, Wed 11am–8pm; Thu–Fri 11am–10pm; Sat 10am–7pm; Sun 11am–6pm.

  1. 416 Third Ave, (between 29th and 30th Sts)
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Fellow Barber

  • Price band: 2/4

Local beard guru and F.S.C. Barber founder Sam Buffa opens his third NYC barbershop, under a new moniker, putting a greater emphasis on men’s apothecary products. (The West Village spot will also be taking the new name, while the Williamsburg location will continue under the F.S.C. Barber label.) Buffa custom-crafted the 800-square-foot space, which includes eight vintage Koken barber chairs, mahogany sconces and salvaged maple flooring. After your haircut ($40), straight-razor shave ($40) or beard shaping ($15), a grooming guide can walk you through the curated collection of available products ($5–$150) and tools ($6–$310), including Geo F. Trumper Sandalwood shaving cream ($20), Hart straightedge steel razors ($310), Malin + Goetz peppermint shampoo ($20) and cilantro conditioner ($22), and Odin cologne ($120–$165). While you’re there, feel free to lounge on the outdoor deck and garden, open to clients and friendly neighbors. 33 Crosby St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-929-6014, Mon–Fri 11am–8pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6pm.

  1. 33 Crosby St, (between Broome and Grand Sts)
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The Lash Loft

  • Price band: 2/4

Former makeup artist Shellyann Bainlardi has been getting eyelash extensions for the past five years, but was dismayed at the disparity of options available in NYC: Either you’d pay a premium at a high-end spa or worry about hygiene at a more affordable hole-in-the-wall. To bridge the gap, the Gramercy resident opens this lash and wax salon, specializing in the application of individual faux- and real-mink strands. Once you arrive in the mini-chandelier–bedecked reception area, peruse the various eyelash styles featured on the illustrated menu created by fashion artist Alvaro ( Whether you opt for a natural ($150–$200) or glamorous ($175–$225) look, expect to spend about an hour lying on one of the seven beds having each strand glued to your natural lashes with medical-grade adhesive. A full set lasts up to eight weeks, but you can combat natural shedding with touch-ups after one ($55–$70), two ($70–$90) or three weeks ($110–$150). Two private rooms are dedicated to waxing services, which cover common spots such as Brazilian bikini (men $80, women $65) and upper lip ($15), as well as more surprising areas including nipples ($15) and cheeks (men $25, women $20). There’s also a reclining barber chair in the open space for eyebrow threading ($35), tweezing ($35) and waxing ($35), plus permanent makeup applications ($250–$600) that last upwards of three years. On your way out, pick up RapidLash eyelash enhancing serum ($50), iLashCare mascara for extensions ($20), Nest Fragrances scented candles ($14–$58) and accessories ($30–$120) from Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung-Chee. 34 E 20th St between Broadway and Park Ave South, second floor (212-353-2517, Mon–Sat 10am–8pm.

  1. 34 E 20th St, (between Broadway and Park Ave South, second floor)
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Little Axe Salon

  • Price band: 3/4

With an impressive résumé under her belt, including positions at Bumble and bumble and Whittemore House, longtime hairstylist Coby Alcantár opens her first salon. Call or utilize its convenient online-booking system to make an appointment with one of three stylists, who have their own specialty: Visit Alcantár for a trim ($175), colorist Haley Ozell for foils and hair painting ($225), and Ruby Jones for intricate braids ($115). Cuts range from $115 to $175, depending on the stylist (one of whom travels from Paris every six weeks to cater to her stateside clientele). If your color is in need of an update, the Oribe-exclusive salon offers tinted gloss treatments ($65), as well as traditional single-process color ($125) and highlights ($225). Complete your service with a blowout ($75–$100) or get your newly updated locks twisted into chic braids ($65). Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off any treatment through October 1. 124 Bedford Ave at North 10th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-4700, Tue, Wed, Fri 10am–6pm; Thu 11am–8pm; Sat 9am–5pm.

  1. 124 Bedford Ave, (at North 10th St)
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Marc Jacobs Beauty

  • Price band: 3/4

The popular womenswear designer debuts his cosmetics ($24–$59) and nail polish ($18) with a store in a 425-square-foot space that once housed the brand’s accessories shop. Local architecture firm Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects ( redesigned the boutique with polished stainless steel and glass vitrines, mirrored walls and a black granite beauty counter featuring built-in makeup stations. Two steel 1960s Guy Lefevre console tables are used for testing out products, such as creamy long-wear lipsticks ($30) in 16 different shades, as well as volumizing mascaras ($26) and seven-color eye-shadow palettes ($59). You’ll also find a handful of small accessories, including colorful cosmetics bags ($35) with signature Marc Jacobs prints. 385 Bleecker St between Perry and W 11th Sts (212-924-6126, Daily noon–8pm.

  1. 385 Bleecker St, (between Perry and W 11th Sts)
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