John Sahag Workshop
425 Madison Avenue, near 49th street, 2nd Floor (212-750-7772)
Secret Ingredient: Safflower oil.
Process: Treatment is applied with a paint brush; you’re under a steamer for 20 to 45 minutes.
Pleasure Factor: Beautiful smell of wild fields.
Results: The treatment added shine and softness, but could have been done at home; at $75, plus $75 for a blow-dry, it’s no bargain.
70 East 55th Street (212-888-4744)
Secret Ingredient: Mineral water from Okayama, Japan.
Process: Mineral water is applied with a foundation sponge, then a halolike air purifier is affixed to your head for eight minutes.
Pleasure Factor: Ice-cold sponge is refreshingly cooling.
Results: Incredibly silky, grease-free hair; $125 and up is arguably a deal, given that the water costs $100 a bottle.
860 Lexington Avenue, near 65th street (917-528-4531)
Secret Ingredient: Emmett Cooper mask contains avocado oil and milk protein.
Process: Mask is massaged onto hair, then you spend twenty minutes under a steam machine.
Pleasure Factor: Scalp massage is awe-inspiring.
Results: Brings fried hair back to life for just $35; with an excellent blowout for another $35, this is the best value.
Rita Hazan Salon
16 East 65th Street (212-734-4757)
Secret Ingredient: Egg yolk and nectar oils.
Process: After mixture is applied, you sit under a rotating heat coil that looks like a brain-washing machine.
Pleasure Factor: Sadly, no pampering.
Results: Hair felt great following conditioning, but after the lengthy blow-dry, the ends were full of static. And $75 is a bit steep.
184 Fifth Avenue, near 22nd street, 2nd Floor (212-633-6333)
Secret Ingredient: Combination of aloe, fruit, and floral essential oils.
Process: Your preferred mixture is painstakingly smeared in, followed by a scalp massage and a session with the rotating dryer.
Pleasure Factor: The neck and shoulder massages are too feeble, but the scalp massage is terrific.
Results: Hair feels healthy, looks shiny, and smells great; $45 ($90 with blowout) is good value.
115 East 57th Street (212-308-3838)
Secret Ingredient: A Redken hair “shot” combines natural and chemical elements.
Process: The shot is massaged into the scalp for ten minutes, then pH-balancing spray is massaged in and rinsed out before another deep treatment is applied.
Pleasure Factor: There’s no boring drying time.
Results: Hair feels softer immediately afterward, but that doesn’t last long; still, $50 is reasonable.