If you’re a beauty buff, makeup mogul, or slave to self-pampering, these are the county spots you need to know.
By Michelle Gillan Larkin, Dylan Rubinstein, and Gina Valentino
– Hair –
Numi Hair Salon 69 Harney Rd, Scarsdale www.numihair.com
If you’ve been pulling out your strands, trying to find a stylist who really listens when you talk about your hair goals, take a seat here where technicians go above and beyond to please the person beneath the tresses. Lengthy consults are graciously provided, if desired, and it’s not uncommon to even see heads turned away when more hair growth is necessary to achieve preferred results.
The Blond You’ve Always Wanted
Slate Hair Studio 2141 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor www.slatehairny.com
Every blonde knows the struggle of finding the right colorist, and when you do, you never let them go. Staci Barton’s Slate Hair Salon employs six star-studded professional colorists, who can all achieve the perfect blond — or any color for that matter. This Instagram-worthy salon opened less than a year ago but is already attracting clients from all over the Tristate area with their skill and style.
A NYC-Salon Experience
Igor M Salon 34 S Lexington Ave, White Plains www.igormsalon.com
Igor Musayev was a celebrity stylist at the famed Louis Licari salon in New York City and was known for transforming many on Today’s “Ambush Makeover” segment before opening his 2,500 sq. ft. eponymous salon in the heart of Downtown White Plains last year to offer his skillset to Westchester clientele. Here, you’ll have access to a talented NYC-trained team of colorists and stylists, without having to schlep to the city. The salon boasts a step-and-repeat for before-and-after photos and a COVID-friendly outdoor sitting area for long treatments.
A Confidence-Boosting Chic Salon
Salon La Bottega 263 S Ridge St, Rye Brook 520 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains www.salonlabottega.com
Owner Jon Verazza’s mantra is “It’s not only a hairstyle; it’s a lifestyle.” To that end, a chic hairstyle can boost your confidence for a big event or an ordinary workday. Enjoy a cappuccino as the expert teams at Salon La Bottega tame your tresses. John Jaiber in the Rye Brook location and Paola Soto in the White Plains location are our go-to stylists for a magnificent mane.
DryLuxe Beauty Bar. Photo courtesy of DryLuxe Beauty Bar
A Red-Carpet-Ready Blowout
DryLuxe Beauty Bar 37 Hamilton St, Dobbs Ferry 1511 Weaver St, Scarsdale www.dryluxe.com
There’s nothing quite like a fresh blowout to make you feel beautiful. DryLuxe Beauty Bar is the go-to spot. With two locations, Dobbs Ferry and Scarsdale, owner Amanda Rivera and her team of stylists offer beautiful bouncy blowouts for every hair type. With styling add-ons like braids, extensions, and updos, this isn’t your average blow-dry bar, and the results speak for themselves.
An Intimate, Friendly Salon
Reveal Hair Studio 269 Purchase St, Rye www.revealhairstudiorye.com
Ever wished you looked more coifed before entering a hoity-toity salon? Fret not: Reveal Hair Studio’s ultra-welcoming team will make you feel like a fast friend, ready to enjoy an afternoon or just an hour together. Owner Cynthia Petfield and her staff of stylists are community-oriented, often hosting collaborations with other businesses in and around Rye and are highly skilled at their craft: blowouts are fabulous, and balayage is Petfield’s specialty.
Hair Saloon & Cafe. Photo by Modern Angles (Acocella Photography)
Though we all love a good color and cut, the time professional styling can take can be tedious. Pass the hour(s) with a craft libation in hand — or a cappuccino — and a snack, at Hair Saloon & Cafe. Owner and White Plains resident Danielle Settembre, a former lead stylist at the now-defunct Elizabeth Arden, created the full-service salon and a café with a liquor bar in the heart of Scarsdale for a truly unique experience in the county.
Eyelash extensions are the holy grail of both makeup and no-makeup days. They make the most simple of looks pop, and no one knows that better than Nick and Sandra Guarriello of Iconic Lash Lounge in Yorktown Heights. The spacious studio includes individual rooms for each client and a team of lash techs that can offer the most natural or dramatic lash set of your liking.
Eyebrows frame the face — so it’s crucial you find an expert to work magic on fluffy brows to highlight your best features. Mehmet Koray, known as Koray, uses threading to create the perfect shape every time. Book in advance, as the internationally in-demand Koray is in Westchester only on weekends, at Meg-A-Lashes on Fridays (in White Plains) and Saturdays (in Rye).
– Nails –
Nail Spa Elmsford. Photo courtesy of Nail Spa Elmsford
Instagram-Worthy Nail Art
Nail Spa Elmsford E 327 E Main St, Elmsford www.nailspaelmsford.com
Nail art is an evolving trend that seemingly gets better and better. Nail Spa Elmsford takes nail art to new heights. The most intricate designs are no challenge for these skilled artists. From patterns to lettering, you name it, Nail Spa can do it.
GI GI NAILS 88 Lake Ave, Tuckahoe
When a top-notch pedicure is in order but you’re longing for some serious sole soothing, this is where you should put your foot down. The regular, standard-priced pedi resembles a luxurious spa treatment, with technicians rotating in very “extra” services, like indulgent paraffins on one visit, hot stones up and down the calves on the next, and scented-gel sole soaks every single time.
Eiluj a beauty lounge. Photo courtesy of Eiluj
– Local Products –
Eiluj a beauty lounge 189 Katonah Ave, Katonah www.eilujbeauty.com
A celebrated, go-to beauty boutique in the northern part of the county for nearly two decades, Eiluj’s not-to-miss draw is the stunning, color-intense line of paraben-and cruelty-free cosmetics created by owner Julie Cuomo. Every corner of the face is covered, from well-wearing concealer and foundation to luxe liners for lips and brows, and colorful, shimmering dusting powder for cheeks and lids. Just a little dab or two, and selfies are suddenly flawless.
JAS Cosmetics www.jascosmetics.com
Sure, you can buy a face wash from the drug store, but doesn’t it feel better to know yours is dermatologist-approved (or better yet, derm-created)? Larchmont-based Dr. Bruce Robinson created his own skincare line, JAS Cosmetics, and the Sensitive Skin Clarifying Cleanser is our favorite. It includes ingredients like tea tree oil and aloe, is super gentle, and leaves skin feeling squeaky clean without being drying.
Organic Bath Products
Sacred Seeds www.sacredseeds4u.com
For super-sensitive skin or anyone who prefers to cleanse, soak, and soothe with nothing but pure and natural, chemical-free, organic products, these soaps, salts, and scrubs are the bath bomb. Handmade, artisanal, and thoughtfully sourced from far-flung corners of the world (think: Ethiopian Tenadem oil and cocoa butter from Ghana), the result is a clean, fresh, bodyand-soul-nourishing experience.
Beauty writers know a thing or two about moisturizers, and while everyone’s skin is different, there is something about a cream packed with green tea and caffeine (extremely gentle on sensitive skin) that is worth sharing with all skin types. Euro Laser’s private-label Triple Antioxidant Cream, while pricey for a moisturizer, is extremely luxurious and super light (won’t make your skin feel greasy) and worth the hype.
At this luxury spa, you can take your facial to the next level with a HydraFacial, a revolutionary treatment that uses patented technology to cleanse, peel, extract, hydrate, and protect (celebrities swear by it). Dead skin cells and impurities are washed away, as nourishing serums create an instant and enviable glow.
A Couple’s Retreat
Angelface Day Spa 322 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights www.angelfacespa.com
Angelface Day Spa of Yorhtown Heights offers an array of treatments that will leave you feeling refreshed. The star of the show? Their couple’s massage. Start to finish, Angelface offers a luxurious escape with experienced massage therapists; a clean, spacious room; calming, quiet music; and even a small treat and drink to enjoy before departing.
Before jetting away to an island oasis, book a trip to GLOW. Services include organic air-brush tans that are hand-sprayed for precision; body-sculpting services, like EmSculpt; wood therapy; lymphatic drainage massages; and facials. The head-to-toe pampering is ideal in advance of a vacation, walking down the aisle, or for any old weekend. Founder Jen Materia seeks to leave all guests looking and feeling their best, with toned and glowing skin.
An Outdoor Spa Treatment
Oasis Day Spa 50 Hamilton St, Dobbs Ferry www.oasiswestchester.com
Fresh air and gentle breezes caress body and spirit when you book a rub in a private cabana on the rooftop (weather permitting) of this full-service day spa. An experience like no other in Westchester for some me-time, there’s also space enough for a side-by-side Swedish with a companion or S.O. Then, sit a bit, savoring a stolen moment of serenity in the sky-topped garden setting.
A Fresh Face Upgrade
re:fresh beauty bar 37 Elm Pl, Elmsford www.refreshbb.com
When it comes to Botox and fillers, finding the right injector is crucial. Danielle Repetti, co-owner of re:fresh Beauty Bar in Elmsford is that injector. Customizing treatments for every face and curating a look based on the client’s desires, re:fresh is a one-stop shop for nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.
Skin and Laser Lounge 300 Main St, Eastchester www.skinandlaserlounge.com
While for many of us, a go-to facial can be a signature facial, upgrade your standard service at this quaint Eastchester spa. Owner Dominique Fumarelli offers the ultra-trendy DiamondGlow dermal infuion facial (not available at many Westchester spas), which uses a skin-resurfacing device that exfoliates and infuses with serums specific to your skin’s needs. The DiamondGlow facial is similar to a HydraFacial, but it incorporates a machine that has a tip that is shaped like a diamond for a deeper exfoliation — it will transform dull skin to fabulous and flawless glowing skin.
Farida Skin Care Studio. Photo courtesy of Farida Skin Care Studio
The Ultimate Pampering Experience
Farida Skin Care Studio 445 Hamilton Ave, Ste 100, Studio 9, White Plains www.faridastudio.com
From time to time, splurging on the most luxurious of services is a must. White Plains’ Farida Skin Care Studio offers an “Ultimate Facial,” and ultimate is exactly what it is. Double exfoliation, micro-dermabrasion, and an extensive massage from the décolleté up kicks this treatment off, followed by a customized masking treatment. You’ll leave feeling rejuvenated with skin perfectly plump, hydrated, and, of course, glowing.