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When John Masters closed his clean-air salon in December 2010, he transformed the Soho space into a retail flagship for his organic-product line. Although scissors won’t be wielded there anytime soon, Masters’s former assistant, Gamilah Phillips, has returned to offer clients a tension-releasing scalp and neck massage in a curtained-off area toward the back of the store. The service begins with a wash using the house brand’s Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructing Shampoo. You’ll then sit in a chair as Phillips mixes the deep-conditioning Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor with a few drops each of Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil and Dry Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer Serum. Next, she’ll liberally apply the concoction to your scalp using a dye brush and then massage it in using shiatsu-like pressure to stimulate circulation at the roots. Ten minutes under an ionic infrared ceramic dryer allows the natural ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft, and while leaving the solution in overnight will do more of the same, we recommend having it washed out to avoid feeling (and looking) greasy. Either way, you’ll leave with shiny, frizz-free locks that stay nourished for more than a week. John Masters Organics shiatsu scalp and hair treatment, 25mins $25; Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor, $28; and Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructing Shampoo, $26; all at John Masters Organics, 77 Sullivan St between Broome and Spring Sts (212-343-9590,
There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to these handsome wood headphones. Not only are they eco-friendly (each pair is crafted using scrap lumber from furniture makers), but the timber casing helps produce a warm, natural sound. They’re charitable, to boot: LSTN works with nonprofits, including Sound Seekers (, to provide a hearing aid and preventative medical care to an underprivileged deaf child for every set sold. LSTN Headphones Beechwood on Ear, Cherry on Ear and Ebony on Ear headphones, $95 each, at
Convenience is the key reason we love this three-in-one Nail Pak, which comes with a formaldehyde-free nail lacquer, 40 presoaked polish-remover pads and a mini removable nail file crammed in one handy bottle. The new fall collection has six trendy shades, all named after Hollywood starlets. We’re particularly fond of the Keira, a deep sparkling plum, and the Zooey, a sheer teal with a metallic finish. Duality Cosmetics Nail Pak, $15, at
World travelers and city slickers alike will fall for this vegetable-dyed leather-and-canvas rucksack from Oregon accessories brand Will Leather Goods. Padded straps and a top handle make it easy to cart around, while a built-in travel pillow is ideal for on-the-go snoozes. Will Leather Goods Lennon backpack, $275, at
Every year, GQ nominates a handful of emerging talents for its Best New Menswear Designers in America competition. To inaugurate 2012’s crop—BLK DNM, Ian Velardi, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, Todd Snyder, Saturdays NYC, and Ovadia & Sons—the glossy has partnered with Gap to produce a limited-edition collection of men’s clothing and accessories ($20–$348) created by the six honorees. While all of the pieces allow dudes to affordably upgrade their wardrobes, we’re particularly smitten with the chunky knit sweaters, ampersand baseball caps and casually cool striped collared shirts. Ian Velardi x Gap long-sleeved polo, $45; Saturdays NYC x Gap ‘&’ hat, $25; and Ovadia & Sons x Gap wool cardigan, $78; all at Gap, locations throughout the city; visit

Our obsessions (September 27–October 3, 2012)

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