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Where to Update Your Look for Spring in NYC

A fresh haircut at Vu Hair and products from Rituals Cosmetics are great ways to start the season.

New York City stays on the cutting edge of fashion, so it's tempting to try to keep up with the herd while you're there. Update your look and stay with the trends during your next foray into the Big Apple.

A Room with a Vu

One might think that Vu Hair is named for the skyline views afforded by its locale, a cozy aerie on the 21st floor of The Peninsula New York (700 Fifth Ave., at 55th St., 212.903.3081). But actually, the young salon bears the moniker of owner Vu Nguyen, an experienced runway stylist famed for his cuts: “makeovers that suit your personality, but also give you a more modern look,” he says. Adorned with marble counters and a large, dramatically grained monkeypod wood table (sporting magazine-app-loaded iPads instead of traditional paper magazines), it’s a space that invites clients to linger, as Vu and staff do everything from blowouts to highlights to one of those transformative cuts.

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Blossom Time

‘Tis the season of sakura, when cherry trees parade their delicate pink and white flowers. Celebrate with a recently launched line from Rituals Cosmetics that’s infused with rice milk, sugar and cherry fragrance—all organic substances, as is the Dutch-based brand’s wont. The Sakura Collection is in bloom, along with makeup and fragrances, at Rituals’ first American store (231 Lafayette St., at Spring St., 212.966.7100).