The Mastery by Esani

Having walked in with roots and split ends, we expected a talking-to, but stylist Genevieve was nothing short of lovely. She asked about our hair’s texture and temperament, then suggested an awapuhi wild ginger hair repair treatment ($60). Gliding past crystal chandeliers and slate walls to a row of shampoo bowls, we settled in for the absolute best scalp massage to the soundtrack of a rolling thunderstorm. This new Paul Mitchell salon—owned by Lucie Doughty (a stylist to the likes of Charlize Theron and Rene Russo) and Arlene Lyons (Stanford MBA and former VP at Fidelity Investments)—doubles as an academy for aspiring stylists and entrepreneurs wanting to run their own salons.