On Monday, June 22, Malin + Goetz’ second Manhattan location will open to the public, bringing Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz’s modernized version of the traditional apothecary to, wait for it, the Upper West Side. “Eighty percent of the people in this neighborhood haven’t heard of our brand,” Malin said jovially at the store’s 10 Cane Rum-sponsored opening party last night. “It’s not our core customer, but the residents here embrace us as the local little store on the corner—which is great because it really lets us remain the neighborhood apothecary.” Including its Chelsea flagship and a store in Osaka, Japan, the uptown location is the third freestanding venue for the brand’s collection of skin, hair, and fragrance products, which have come to represent a certain archetype of pared-down luxury. Another store is also apparently in the works, although Malin was mum as to its exact address. “It’s not in New York City, I’ll tell you that,” he hinted. (Sorry, Brooklynites.)
He styles Madonna, Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Nicole Richie, and Lindsay Lohan on the West Coast; she colors Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, and Jaime Pressly on the East Coast, and this month, they will join forces in L.A., creating the ultimate hair-hero duo. That’s right, Rita Hazan will be holding court at Andy LeCompte’s West Hollywood salon every six to eight weeks beginning June 28 so she can tend to all the California-based clients they have in common. And by all we mean those with cash to burn. (Highlights with Hazan cost $650, while a cut with LeCompte starts around $500.) If, however, you’re ever in the mood to indulge in the celebrity treatment, it’s now an easy one-stop shop. For more information or to book an appointment, call (310) 273-4100.
Contrary to what my professional inclinations might suggest, I typically shun any/all powder-puff alternatives to the “big game,” as I find them somewhat insulting to my god-given right to legitimately enjoy watching professional sports. Super Bowl Spa Days therefore receive little attention from me; I grew up with a father who should’ve had sons, so I know more about football than most men I’ve dated. But ROB/B’s initiative for the ongoing NBA finals is right up my alley. The first OPI concept salon in the country, based in Studio City, California, is offering purple and gold manicures for Lakers fans looking to show their team spirit and get their beauty fix while watching the remaining matchups against the Orlando Magic on flat-screen TVs mounted behind each station (tonight’s Game 4 action starts at 6 p.m. PST). Lakers-themed cupcakes will also be delivered from nearby Big Sugar Bake Shop throughout the day. And for LeBron fans still mourning Cleveland’s loss in the semis, a red and gold option will likely also be available. For more information or to make an appointment, call (818) 980-7622.
Picture, if you will, a salon without the relentless cacophony of dozens of hairdryers and high-pitched voices exchanging gossip. A place where the only trace of music is of the Deep Forest, not the DJ Sasha, variety and nary a creepy chemical to color or tame hair is in sight. Welcome to Phyto Universe, an oasis of tranquility on a bustling stretch of Lexington Avenue that seems worlds away from Manhattan, thanks to a massive, 3,000-square-foot lush vertical garden inside. More of a hair spa than a hair salon, the focus here is on the nourishment and regeneration of the scalp and hair using solely botanical ingredients—a singular concept that was enough to lure me in for a trial run of the new Summer Bliss Treatment they have on offer through Labor Day. The general goal with this seasonal special is to prep hair for the harsh effects of summer sun, saltwater, and chlorine, although seeing as how each treatment here is designed specifically to suit individual clients’ hair, my technician, Marina, began the service with a thorough scalp analysis using the PhytoScope machine—like a sonogram for your head—to determine my hair type. She then mixed up a personalized cocktail of botanical oils (cashew, pastel, and egg yolk oil, among others) and smoothed them into my scalp and then through the length of my hair. After a long, drool-inducing head massage, and many minutes under a steam hood, my hair was washed, conditioned, and deep-conditioned before being styled. While the immediate effect—silkier and softer strands—is impressive, when you wake up the next morning with what I like to call “hair commercial hair” (freakishly shiny, strong, and bouncy tresses) you will be utterly convinced of the power of nature. For more information or to book an appointment, call (212) 308-0270.
Fusing art and beauty in a salon setting is starting to become something of a trend among New York’s newest hair haunts. ION Studio, which opened last fall to rave reviews about its green design and expert styling, hosts rotating exhibitions at its Wooster Street digs (the Italian founders’ most recent curatorial jaunt featured the paintings and photographs of Mexico City-born artist Erika Harrsch). And last night, the Patrick Melville Salon and Spa opened its newly remodeled doors to celebrate a unique partnership with Soho’s William Bennett Gallery. Celebrity hairstylist Patrick Melville and his partner in crime, colorist Rick Wellman, hope to redefine the typical salon atmosphere by integrating the beauty of art into the art of beauty, they explain, lining the walls of their Rockefeller Plaza space with rare works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miró. The collection will rotate every six weeks, a timeframe that correlates with the average duration of a cut and color, and is intended to bring a more complete sensory experience to the clientele: You’ll come for their exclusive Bio-Lights organic highlighting technique and a little on-site acupuncture, and stay to ruminate on cubism.