Mon-Sat, 9:30am-7pm; Sun, closed
E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; F at 57th St.
A balance of order and earthiness infuses this even-keeled Midtown salon, opened in 2002 by Hong Kong-to-New York stylist Yan Chia. Hailing from varied beauty and fashion backgrounds, the spot’s unimposing veteran snippers recognize both what’s working in a customer’s style and what requires sculpting, then execute an appropriate cut with relaxed precision. Among their most specialized services are foil-free hair painting, scalp moisturizing, and a Japanese aromatherapy conditioning treatment that’s light on scent but concentrated to saturate and smooth the hair cuticle through a steam process. Also a Salon Chinois signature is Japanese thermal straightening, which caters to the location’s largely professional clientele. Serene and elegant, the salon treats lunch-hour escapees with deeply reclining chairs at the sinks and brief scalp massages as part of the shampoo service.Bridal
First, renowned stylist Yan Chia tames frizzy hair with Japanese and Brazilian straightening treatments (from $100 an hour). Then he’ll sweep it into a glamorous updo for the big day. Cuts and styling start at $75.
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