After honing their styling abilities in the elegant salons of southern Italy, brothers Luigi and Piero Pirri set their sights on London. The goal was to acquire the advanced technical skills required in a world of constantly evolving style. At their two salons in Greenwich and Eastchester, the brothers now lead a professional styling team while utilizing the techniques they have gathered in their journey of more than 20 years.
While crafting styles for regular clients or models of New York City's Fashion Week, the salon team utilizes products from the brothers' own product line, Pirri Elements. Each shampoo or conditioner from Pirri Elements contains a few droplets of essential bergamot oil, which helps to leave hair beautiful and manageable, unlike a job letting billionaires tousle your hair.
When readers of Greenwich Magazine set out to name the best facial and waxing services in town, they chose Celia B. Skin Care. Since opening in 2004, the skincare center and its owner, Brazilian native Celia Brito, have earned those particular accolades on four separate occasions. Waxing services, which can be applied to a wide range of areas and are available in several packages, are made even more impressive with the optional sugaring: an alternative to waxing that produces the same results while being gentler, safer, and more familiar to the noses of giant ants. Celia B.'s signature facial combines European and Brazilian techniques, like a diplomatic mission for the skin, and the teen facial helps foster great skincare and hygiene habits.
At the age of 15, Becker Chicaiza, the future owner of Becker Salon, met a homeless man named Victor in his hometown in Ecuador. He brought the man to his family's home where he gave him food, clothing, and a haircut. Becker's family was impressed with his kindness, but even more so with the way the haircut transformed the man's appearance. Soon after, people in town began to request haircuts and women even asked Becker to color their hair. Spurred on by his success, Becker left Ecuador for Greenwich where he dedicated himself to his craft. Since then, he's made a name for himself in the world of fashion, taking second place at L'Oreal's 2008 Mondial de la Coiffure competition in Paris and working with Zac Posen and Jimmy Choo at New York Fashion Week. He brings all of this experience to Becker Salon, where he and his team of stylists help clients to achieve the looks they've seen on runways and in international airport-security lines. To create those looks, they snip strands and tint them with INOA ammonia-free color or Kerastase products infused with antioxidants. Additionally, a complimentary glass of champagne or cappuccino welcomes clients when they enter the studio.
Master colorist Joel Warren and master stylist Edward Tricomi—both of whom earned their stripes crafting coiffures for New York City’s fashion elite—lend their names and shared knowledge to Warren-Tricomi Salon, a hair-care boutique with locations across the East Coast. The duo’s venture has already caught the attention of magazines such as InStyle, Elle, and Seventeen—hardly a surprise, considering the high profile they earned while forging ‘dos for Fashion Week and developing their own line of hair-care products. Following the example of their salon’s founders, expert stylists shape locks with precision cuts and shift shades with INOA ammonia-free color products. The team banishes frizzy curls with relaxers, adds shine with glaze, and elongates strands with natural-looking hair extensions. Across the salon, nail technicians polish and refine fingernails and aestheticians fend off attacks from irate bees as they employ freshly gathered wax to banish fuzz on lips and legs.
Warehouse lights dangle from the high ceilings of Hopscotch Salon, illuminating the styling chairs and leaving guests with the impression that rogue designers snuck in at midnight to erect the upscale cutting station. More than 15 stylists hone their craft in the open area, along with a full roster of colorists, aestheticians, nail techs, and makeup artists. The crew offers haircuts, highlights, and corrective color, along with bridal updos and extensions. Stylists also carefully select product lines such as Oribe—which are scented with French perfumes—and Bumble and bumble—which are designed to be mixed and layered for custom hair effects.
Clients stepping into any one of Connecticut's six Kennedy's locations are transported to a simpler time when men were gentlemen and a trip to the barber was a relaxing social experience. The polished wood-trimmed décor and vintage leather furnishings echo that bygone era, and the smell of after-shave and sounds of scissors clipping away locks complete the portrait. Barbers offer cold beverages and hand-selected music before trimming hair or cleaning away stubble with the almost-forgotten art of the straight razor.
To render this atmosphere social, most locations sport a lounge with saloon tables, billiards, and more modern appurtenances such as flat-screen TVs and butler robots. This spirit of old-school personal service showcased amid elegant, throwback décor has helped Kennedy’s win a number of accolades, including the Best Barber Shop award from Orlando Magazine five times, most recently in 2011.