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Donsuki Townhouse Salon
Former Juilliard violinist Suki Duggan spent parts of her childhood in Asia, which may explain why most of her salon products and treatments come loaded with seaweed, an ingredient historically used in Japanese comestibles, tonics, and ointments. There's a seaweed wrap for dehydrated hair, an algae treatment to restore shine, seaweed shampoo for strength and silkiness, kelp cream for styling and nourishing—even plant-based styling gel used to keep Donsuki haircuts in place. One place the salon's favorite aquatic ingredient won't be found is in the decor: A converted townhouse redone in deep orange and shocking white, the salon revels in floor-to-ceiling windows, colorful ceramic sinks, and gleaming wall tiles—which reflect your shiny hair, expertly styled using techniques Duggan learned while abroad. There's also has an extensive nail-service area, where silk-overlay tips and paraffin wraps are offered alongside French manicures and simple polish changes. Donsuki does waxing and Swedish massage, as well, but the jam-packed salon—which gleans some clients from its Edgewater day spa—is mostly booked with people seeking sleeker, chicer hair. If you'd like an appointment with Duggan herself, book well in advance, and schedule an afternoon session; she commutes to the salon from New Jersey, and often isn't in the building until after 1 p.m.
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