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Last Saturday morning it was a typical New York summer day--ninety degrees and a cloying 50% humidity. Yet my hair, naturally wavy and prone to frizz, remained perfectly coiffed as I walked down Bedford Avenue to have brunch with a friend. I tend to identify as low-maintenance when it comes to beauty, as a former athlete who is frequently practicing hot yoga or heading out on a run, my hair is a relatively low...
Brooklyn is the land of a thousand hairstyles. Everywhere you look, you’ll see people rocking cuts and colors of all shapes and sizes—’dos you’d be hard-pressed to find in many other parts of the country. But for all the ways this borough focuses on artists in other mediums, hairdressers are sometimes forgotten amidst the fray. So here’s a rundown of five of the very best salons snipping and shining your locks into luxurious and...
FOUNDED BY TWO HAIR STYLISTS AT SELF SALON, the launch of Alchemy Cosmetics marks a new matte lipstick line just for Bushwick girls, with names you’ll recognize from the neighborhood like Maria Hernandez Red, Knickerbocker Nightmare, Bushwick Barbie, and Myrtle Avenue Mermaid. www.alchemycosmeticsbk.com The Previous 20 Back Home The Next of the 20  
There was a time, not so long ago, when treating oneself with a blowout, sniffing around for the perfect perfume or stocking up on high-quality skincare products meant a trip over the East River, where the history of high-rise salons and big box beauty stores was an expensive and time-consuming, albeit dependable source for a weekend indulgence. But no longer. The wealth of locally made product lines and indie salons that have sprouted in Brooklyn...

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