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New York City: Beauty, Barbers, & Wellness City Guide

New York City: Beauty, Barbers, & Wellness City Guide

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New York City is the largest city in the United States and an epicenter of music, art, finance, theater, publishing, and more. From visiting Central Park to viewing world-class art at the Met to eating New York-style pizza, you can never run out of things to see and experience in the Big Apple. Nicknamed the “City that Never Sleeps” for its vibrant energy and nightlife, New York is an unforgettable destination for travelers. Whether you’ve moved to New York, lived here your whole life, or you’re just passing through, we compiled information on some of the top beauty, grooming, and wellness professionals in the city, so that you can look your best while you’re enjoying your time in New York!

Beauty

makeupbyangie

31-50 Buell St., New York, 11369

Makeup by Angie is a makeup and hair salon suite at the M Hair Studio in Flushing. Angie, who owns and operates Makeup by Angie, offers a variety of hair and beauty services, including coloring, hair conditioning treatments, haircuts, blowouts, and makeup application. Clients praise her professionalism, flexibility in booking clients last-minute, approachable personality, and ability to deliver the exact the results customers were looking for. One reviewer wrote, “The color came out awesome. I loved that she was gentle and didn’t pull my hair!” Another raved, “She was so incredible! I loved everything about the makeup and hair she did for me. Thank you, Angie! You guys should definitely visit her.”

Maame

2270 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 10457

Maame offers starter locs, loc maintenance, extensions, and twisting services at her studio in the West Bronx. Multiple customers described her as “nurturing” and praised her individual care and ability to make sure that every customer’s needs were met. One wrote, “Maame had been taking care of my locks for a year, and I would not go to anybody else. I moved, and still travel to get my locks blessed by her.” Customers should note that her business is cash-only.

Sculpted Beauty

Glenmore, Brooklyn, 11208

Sculpted Beauty is a home-based studio in Brooklyn owned and operated by Lasio, who specializes in braids and natural hair care. She offers a variety of braids to clients, from box braids to cornrows with a variety of thicknesses and styles. Customers praise her incredible stitching and braiding skills and the beautiful results of her work. They also note that she’s “fast, professional, and doesn’t braid super tight.” One reviewer wrote, “She is such a talented person. She was on time, quick and easy on my edges. I have gotten so many compliments. As a bonus she has a wonderful personality.” Because Sculpted Beauty is a home studio, the address will be provided upon booking.

VStyleZ

682 Grand St. Brooklyn, 11211

VStyleZ is owned and operated by Vicky, a hair and beauty professional who commutes from Philadelphia on the weekends to provide services in Brooklyn. She offers a variety of hair and beauty services. In addition to haircuts, coloring, and styling services, she also offers brow waxing, tinting, and microblading. Clients praise her as informative, professional, caring, and a “master of her craft.” One reviewer praised her by writing, “Such a wonderful experience! I dyed my hair with Vicky and my mom did microblading with her … Super nice and very professional!”

4555 3rd Ave. Store #3, The Bronx, 10458

Anita Renee works with all hair types at her salon in the West Bronx. While she provides braiding, haircuts, and coloring services, she specializes in treatments that help her clients address a variety of scalp disorders. She has treatments to relieve dandruff, hair thinning, hair loss, dry scalp, and psoriasis, to name a few. One client raved that the treatment she received was, “Hands down the best hair wash I have EVER had. She took time to make sure my scalp was clean, and that head massage was everything. She recommended hair care to take care of the style I had … She was lovely to talk to and so welcoming.” Other clients praised the relaxed atmosphere of her salon, as well as her sweet, understanding personality. One simply wrote, “She has demonstrated expertise for all ages and hair textures.”

Barbers

4608 5th Ave., Brooklyn, 11220

First Base Barbershop is owned and operated by Breidy in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, where he offers a variety of barbering services. Clients praise the “good vibes, nice fades,” and great service synonymous with First Base. They appreciate that Breidy is patient and meticulous with his work, and that the staff of First Base are attentive to their customers’ needs and make sure to give their clients exactly the look they asked for. One review summed up First Base by writing simply, “amazing barber, great personality, nice atmosphere.”

Wilck Da God

346 Rogers Ave., Brooklyn, 11225

Wilck Da God offers traditional barbering services at his shop in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, along with designs, women’s cuts, a black mask facial, and facial steams and moisturizers. Clients praise his skill and attentiveness, with one reviewer raving, “Wilck made sure that I left the barbershop looking fresh! I told him about my experience with my previous barber that pushed my hairline a little too far back. However, he did my hairline perfectly and the cut was exactly the way I wanted it to look.” Another wrote, “He makes sure you are happy! [He’s] friendly, and he GOT SKILLS! I always get compliments and immediately notice the attention I get when he does my cut!”

3859 10th Ave., New York, 10034

Located in Inwood, Raffy Downtown is a barbershop that provides traditional barbering services to kids and adults, as well as coloring services. Clients praise Raffy’s timeliness, skill, organization, attention to detail, and great service. One customer wrote, “There’s a precise reason why Raffy Downtown has an impeccable 5-star rating. And that’s precisely because he’s … Extremely professional, pays attention to detail, and provides an amazing cut!” Another appreciated his versatility, writing, “My hair is very complex, yet he was able to tailor my hair style to my liking. It was worth the drive.”

Ajani Adeyemi

Flatbush Ave., 1776, Brooklyn, 11210

Ajani Adeyemi provides grooming and barbering services at Brooklyn Barberz Lounge in the Flatlands neighborhood of Brooklyn. He provides a variety of cuts for kids and women, as well as traditional barbering services. One reviewer wrote, “Ajani has been my barber for two years. He is very professional, detail-oriented and skilled. The atmosphere at this barber lounge is very comfortable and friendly.” Another customer, who’s been visiting Ajani for a whopping twenty years, raved, “He’s been working magic [and] keeping me looking fresh even as I’ve gotten older and the hair isn’t what it used to be.”

7306 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, 11209

The 3rd Avenue Barber Shop in Bay Ridge provides haircuts, hot towel shaves, eyebrow threading and waxing, keratin treatments, and a black face mask, among a variety of other services. Clients praise the shop for the timeliness of its staff, the great atmosphere, attentive services, and clean environment. One wrote, “Irene has been cutting my hair for over 10 years. Irene and Albert are the best. I can always depend on them to give me an up-to-date cut.” Another praised the staff member he works with, writing, “an extremely talented barber. I have been a customer here over a year now. He cuts hair efficiently and recommends new styles that will look better.”

Nails

The Nail Deity

5321 Clarendon Rd., Brooklyn, 11203

The Nail Deity in East Flatbush is owned and operated by Gillian, a nail technician with over ten years of industry experience. Gillian’s focus is modern nail care, with an emphasis on keeping natural nails healthy and creating beautiful, striking designs. She offers classic manicures and acrylics in variety of patterns and styles, as well as add-ons like Swarovski crystals. One of her long-term clients wrote, “I’ve been going to Gill for years now, and I fall in love with her work every time. Talk about therapy and pampering!” Another customer praised her durable work and Gillian’s friendly personality, writing, “Always a great experience … I love our conversations while I’m being cared for. My nails are always beautiful and last for weeks.”

Amazona Nails By Rosa

325 Audubon Ave., New York, 10033

Located in Washington Heights in Manhattan, Amazona Nails by Rosa offers classic, gel, and acrylic nail services, as well as spa specials. Customers praise her customer service, friendliness, thorough work, and the “good vibe and energy going into [her] place.” One of her long-time customers raved, “The only place in New York I will go back to again and again for acrylics. Rosa does incredible work, the price is perfect, and they last! In my line of work, I’m very rough on my nails but it’s been hard to mess up Rosa’s work!”

Polishedbyphelisia

495 Flatbush Ave. (Brooklyn Commons), Suite 52, Brooklyn, 11225

Owned and operated by Phelisia, Polished by Phelisia is a salon suite located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. Phelisia is a nail technician who’s been providing her nail services to the Tri-State Area for the past five years. She’s meticulous about giving her clients her very best work, and she provides a variety of gel services, although she doesn’t work with acrylics. Customers praise Phelisia for her punctual, professional, neat service, with one writing, “She is so pleasant and professional and freaking great at her craft!” Another client wrote in a review, “Thank you Phelisia for your extreme attention to detail. My cuticles and hands felt loved after my service. No lie, I was ready to direct traffic so everyone else would be blessed to see your work.”

Nails by Nefry

126 Audobon Ave., New York, 10032

Nails by Nefry is a salon-suite at the Janet Unisex Salon in Washington Heights. Nefry provides gel and acrylic manicures in a variety of shapes and designs, with add-ons like gemstones or ombre coloring. Clients praise her welcoming personality, sense of humor, the durability of her work, and her skill. One customer described Nefry as “attentive, professional, and sweet.” One customer praised the atmosphere of her salon suite, writing, “They play music, talk to you, make you feel like you’re at home.” Another client raved, “Sis always got my nails on point. I’m a very handsy person and not one would break. My nails could be a month old, and not a strand of hair would get under.”

Refinne Nails

4435 Mundy Ln., Bronx, 10466

Refinne Nails in the Wakefield neighborhood of the Bronx offers classic, gel, and acrylic nail services, as well as facial waxing. Customers praise the calm, relaxing, friendly atmosphere of the salon, with one writing, “I love the energy here! Jennifer worked a miracle on my feet.” “Very professional, jovial and her work is exceptionally great.” Another praised Jenn, her technician, writing, “Hygienic and thorough. Jenn spends quality time on your nails, that is why I keep going back.”

Health & Wellness

211 E. 43rd St., 730, New York, 10017

Located steps away from Grand Central Station in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Queen Beauty Studio offers a variety of beauty services, from eyelash extensions to facial waxing, massage therapy, microblading, facial treatments, and more. One customer described the staff  as “friendly, professional, and sweet,” while another praised the results of her lash extensions, writing, “I’ve never had such a great experience. I asked for a dramatic look, and she delivered.”

548 Schenck Ave., Brooklyn, 11207

Located in the heart of East New York in Brooklyn, the Steam Lounge and Spa offers a variety of services, including waxing, body treatments, facials, and relaxation packages, in addition to access to their steam room and sauna. One customer wrote, “What a tranquil place in the heart of Brooklyn def a hidden gem…love her vibe, energy, and knowledge. I will definitely be returning.” Another praised the relaxing atmosphere and knowledgeable staff, writing, “The ambiance of this spa was everything and more. Paula educated me on so much. I will definitely be going back!” And another reviewer raved, “This spa is so welcoming and a great escape from what awaits outside. I absolutely love Paula’s amazing spirit and knowledge about the why behind each service – why is it important and how it helps your body.”

Get Fit. Stay Fit.

298 West 231st St., Bronx, NY, 10463

Roberto Arias has been a certified personal trainer since 2011, and he also works as a physical therapy assistant during the day in Connecticut. His company Get Fit. Stay Fit. offers strength training and conditioning services in the Kingsbridge neighborhood of the Bronx on weeknights and weekends. He works to help clients meet their fitness and rehabilitation goals. One customer praised his work, writing, “A great personal trainer. He is very knowledgeable about fitness, has a warm personality, and he’s extremely helpful. I am glad to be working with him as I get back into fitness.” Another customer praised his work with older clients, writing, “He was a long-time trainer for our 90-ish year old parents and has tailored a swimming routine for Dan and a more traditional workout for Dari.”

Brazilian Sugaring Studio

452 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, 07009

The Brazilian Sugaring Studio offers sugaring services, an ancient Middle Eastern hair removal practice that uses an all-natural paste of sugar, water, and lemon juice to remove the hair follicle from the root. The results can last up to six weeks. The Brazilian Sugaring Studio is located in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, where they offer sugaring services for the face, legs, arms, underarms, and bikini areas, as well as Brazillians, in addition to spray tans and facials. Clients praise the friendly staff and clean, comfortable salon. One customer wrote that the process was “so much less painful than real waxing. [The] Brazilian was so fast and went great. [I’m] going to tell my whole family to come here.”

77 Sullivan Pl. Brooklyn, 11225

Body By Wade is a personal training and semi-personal training studio that caters to clients interested in weight loss, muscle building, and increasing their fitness levels. “Coach Wade,” as he’s known to his clients, is based in a gym in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. One customer, who started visiting Coach Wade after suffering from a back injury, wrote of his experience: “Coach Wade was extremely knowledgeable about what areas of my lower body needed to be targeted and created a plan to activate these muscles to strengthen [them]. [They were] extremely tough and humbling sessions, but my body feels like it’s on its way to correction and full recovery.” Another wrote simply, “Training with Coach Wade is truly a transformative experience.”

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