Hair salons that serve up sanctuary and Negronis, nail bars that promote meditation and video art, and an ethereal acupuncture studio are among Wallpaper’s edit of standout New York salons – all offering the best beauty expertise in well-designed spaces.
Sought-after hair salons
If you can manage to snag an appointment with Takamichi Saeki himself, you’ll find yourself with a razor-sharp cut that lasts and lasts. Something of a hairdressing legend, Saeki has clients who fly from all over the world to sit beneath his scissors. A former gallery owner, his love of art shapes not just his chic haircuts but also the look of his second-floor Bowery salon. Designed in collaboration with architect Sandra van Rolleghem in 2012, the space features a wealth of contemporary artworks, including murals by Barcelona-born artist Santi Moix.
Takamichi hair products (which you’ll also find in the bathrooms of buzzy new hotel Nine Orchard, as well as Saeki’s own Gramercy Park retail store Takamichi Beauty Room) are displayed like a cabinet of objets d’art. Book in for the salon’s cutting-edge and deeply rejuvenating Infrared Therapy Deep Conditioning treatment, designed to infuse conditioners deeper into the hair’s cortex using infrared lights and vibrations.
Photography: David Mitchell
Bradley Scott Rosen has achieved what could have been impossible with his Gramercy Park salon, Minor Rose. Opening in fall 2020 was a brave move. The salon’s success is perhaps due in part to its intimacy: tucked quietly away on a neighborhood street with chairs for just two clients at a time, Minor Rose is without the chaotic chatter and commotion of your usual salon.
Its signature service? A really good haircut, trimmed in peace. This gem of a space was designed by Evan Erlebacher of Also Office. ‘I wanted the space to function as