Tue-Wed and Fri, 9am-7pm; Thu, 11am-8pm; Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun-Mon, closed
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
Vartan Vartali made his New York City debut (the original shop is in Lyon, France) during the hair-salon boom of the eighties. Since then, his cozy second-floor French-style boutique has maintained a steady base of clients who appreciate Vartali’s warm, low-key atmosphere amid the crisp Madison Avenue attitude often found at nearby salons. Celebrity customers like Kim Cattrall and Mary-Louise Parker may stop into Prada and other swank stores in the neighborhood before settling into a salon chair, but once they do, they’re treated just like the regulars—many three generations deep—who faithfully come in for scheduled cuts and color. Services are divvied up among six colorists in the back and 13 stylists in front, with prices based on which expert you see. One technician housed in a makeshift corner administers manicures and pedicures, and a tiny nook against a wall contains a bed that’s seen the likes of Fergie (the original Duchess) for waxing services. A large picture window brings light to the stylists’ craft and frames the hustle and bustle of the city below.Sales
College students receive twenty percent off when they schedule a haircut or color on a Monday or Tuesday.
This low-key French salon, a favorite in the neighborhood, covers nearly everything: hair, makeup, nails, tweezing, and waxing. Makeup application and hairstyling start at $200; an initial consultation is free. At-home hair and makeup for the bride prices and her party range from $500 to $2,000.
Indoor surfing, spinning lovefests, a luxurious pig-placenta facial, and more.