Bumble and bumble—Known for their bold, fashion-forward styling, you can get a spot-on trendy cut and pick up some of their in-house hair products at either of Bumble's two NYC locations. 146 East 56th Street (between Third and Lexington avenues). 415 West 13th Street (between 9th avenue and Washington street); 212-521-6500.
ION Studio—Named one of the top six salons in New York by Elle, Ion Studio is the coolest green salon in town. And when we say green, we mean it: Ion's products have a remarkable 0% carbon footprint and the salon uses wind-powered energy. 41 Wooster Street (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-343-9060.
The Drawing Room—As its name suggests, The Drawing Room is known for its ability to take a blank canvas (i.e. your hair) and turn it into a work of eye-catching color and sharp, architectural style. Each cut and color is meticulously customized to meet your needs and match your personality. 148 Spring Street (between West Broadway and Wooster street); 212-226-2600.
Woodley & Bunny—Unless you're a regular at Supercuts, you know that a salon's atmosphere is a valid indication of the quality and coolness of its services. Once you step into this Williamsburg salon, you'll rest assured that a cut or color from any of their highly trained stylists will surpass your expectations. And, don't forget to take some time to peruse their boutique that's stocked with indie beauty brands from around the world. 196 North 10th Street (between Driggs and Bedford avenues); 718-218-6588.
Blow—Pretty much every magazine that matters has named Blow the best place for a blowout. Whether you dream of larger-than-life locks or sleek, straight strands, this blow dry salon is the answer to your prayers. 342 West 14th Street (between 8th and 9th avenues); 212-989-6282.
Valley—There's something for everyone at Valley, whether you're looking for fair-trade vegan facials, painless waxing, or crazy nail art worthy of Betsey Johnson herself. Manicures and pedicures at Valley include a slew of rich, luxurious products like almond oil scrub. 198 Elizabeth Street (between Prince and Spring streets) (212) 274-8985.
Jin Soon—You're used to pampering yourself with massages, facials and fancy hairstyles--now its time to give your hands and feet some love. Jin Soon Hand and Foot Spa's manicures and pedicures are the ultimate indulgence, with rose petal baths, essential grapefruit oils, and massages included. 421 East 73rd Street (between First and York avenues); 212-249-9144. 23 Jones Street (between Bleecker and West 4th streets); 212-229-1070. 56 East 4th Street (between Bowery and 2nd avenue); 212-473-2047.
SpaceNK—From its first store in Covent Garden to its New York flagship, Space NK offers products and services inspired by and sourced from cultures around the world. The gorgeous 2,000-square-foot Soho boutique will have you wide-eyed over its house products and exclusives from luxury brands. 99 Greene Street (between Spring and Prince streets); 212-941-4200.
Ling Skincare—Ling Skincare combines high-tech ingredients with traditional Asian beauty practices for the best in facials and other skin treatments. Even one session will put you on a path to smoother, brighter skin that's well worth the price. 12 East 16th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue); 212-989-8833.
Amorepacific—Luxury Korean brand Amorepacific brings green tea-infused Eastern beauty traditions to New York with its line of results-oriented products. The focus of Amorepacific's gentle but effective facials is not only on beauty but also on the health and comfort of all skin types. 114 Spring Street (between Greene and Mercer streets); 212-925-3030.
Exhale Spa—Exhale Spa is all about chilling out. Book a therapeutic massage or facial, and make it a whole-body experience with their body-toning Core Fusion classes or an acupuncture session. 150 Central Park South (between 6th and 7th avenues); 212-249-415; 980 Madison Avenue (between 76th and 77th streets); 212-249-3000, 68-70 Spring Street(between Crosby and Lafayette streets); 212-249-3000.
Bliss—Stop by one of three locations for their famous triple-oxygen facial, sure to rejuvenate tired, stressed or damaged skin. Bliss also offers anti-aging treatments and specialty facials like the "hangover herbie." 568 Broadway (between Prince and Houston streets), 12 West 57th Street (between 5th and 6th avenues), 541 Lexington Avenue (between East 49th and 50th streets); 877-862-5477.
Waxing & Brows
Strip: Ministry of Waxing and Browhaus—As if the catchy names weren't enough, Strip and Browhaus are partners in perfection for every wax and brow service under the sun. At this self-proclaimed gateway for Brazilian wax virgins, you'll get VIP treatment and a chic vibe at a soothing price, and if you need a brow overhaul, consider their Brow Resurrection. 56 Spring Street (between Lafayette and Mulberry streets); 212-431-1121.
Shobha—If you've shied away from traditional salon hair removal in the past, Shobha is waiting to gently, warmly welcome you to the world of smooth-skinned satisfaction. This all-natural salon offers threading and sugaring treatments for face and body, as well an in-house line of specially formulated products. 3 Columbus Circle (between 57th and 58th streets); 212-977-7771. 41 E. 57th St (between Madison and Park avenues); 212-223-2872. 594 Broadway (between Prince and Houston); 212-931-8363.
Completely Bare—Not for the faint of heart and certainly not for the faint of wallet, uptown salon Completely Bare offers (eventually) permanent hair-removal for those too busy or too lazy to deal with the pains of regular waxing and shaving. If it helps (or maybe it doesn't), Completely Bare was founded by Cindy Barshop of Real Housewives fame, and the salon also offers a wide range of Swarovski "vajeweling". 25 Bond St (between Lafayette and Bowery); 103 5th Ave (between 17th and 18th streets); 330 East 61st St (between First and Second avenues); 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 754 Madison Avenue (between 65th and 66th streets); 855-366-6060.