Photo by Bèlathee PhotographyThe salon is located on 39 North Moore Street in a landmark building that was once a meatpacking refrigerator. Nexxus targets a sophisticated downtown girl, so the raw, non-commercial neighbourhood of Tribeca seemed like the perfect location. Architect Alan Franklin, of Franklin Design Associates, worked with the long, narrow shape of the space to create open rooms that link to one another and are all visible from the entrance. He left the whitewashed brick walls in place in many spots, but added a wavy wall along the cutting chairs to create the feeling of an alcove around each seat. Lighting became a huge part of the design, because a poorly lit salon often means unhappy clients that see one hair colour in the mirror and another when they step outside. The light pools around each chair from the ceiling to eliminate shadows and was designed to mimic daylight as closely as possible. Another awe-inspiring element of the space is the Takara Belmont treatment chairs. Rather than sitting at the sink and tilting your head at an uncomfortable angle, these chairs allow each client to fully recline. They're so comfy, don't be surprised if you fall asleep in the middle of a scalp massage.
Photo by Bèlathee PhotographyThe salon is headed up by Kevin Mancuso, Nexxus global hair creative director and hairstylist that has worked on numerous magazine covers and with a lengthy list of celebrities and supermodels. He created a special hair-cutting technique, the Nexxus Method, that will be used exclusively by the hand-picked hairstylists that work at the Tribeca salon. The Method takes into account the unique hair type of each individual, allowing the stylist to customize a haircut that will ensure even weight distribution and fluid movement that flatters at every angle. His hair philosophy also inspired an interactive mirror. Before each appointment, the Nexxus hairstylist uses an iPad to take photos of your hair from every angle, then transfers them to a full-length interactive screen (shown above). The stylist uses the images to diagnose your hair type in several categories: texture (silk, cotton, linen or wool), density (a little to a lot), thickness (fine to very thick) and configuration (straight, wavy, curly or kinky). The "mirror" records that information, along with notes about cutting technique, hair colour and recommended products. All of this information is then emailed to the client and saved for the next appointment. Pretty smart, right?
Photo by Bèlathee Photography
As of yet, the Nexxus NYC Salon has been open by invitation only, but will be welcoming the public through its doors at the end of February.Read more: Are you using the right hairbrush? 19 red carpet celebrity hairstyles we love