Diane Da Costa, the owner of SimpleeBeautiful Westchester, teaches all her stylists the same philosophy: textured hair is gorgeous hair. The salon's treatments are designed to cultivate healthy hair through organic, restorative products, and Diane's stylists pair the styling sessions with chic haircuts, updos, and extensions. Eschewing harsh chemicals, the salon favors products with familiar ingredients such as chocolate, butter, and essential oils. Stylists work skillfully with hairstyles such as cornrows, loc retwists, and twist out, and they remove extensions with minimal pain or paperwork. Men can receive trimming services as well, as staff sculpt their hair into handsome arrangements or perform close, comfortable grooming services.
The stylists at The Glam Café spruce up heads of hair with services ranging between simple cuts to full weaves. To keep tresses nourished and healthy, they use products such as sulfate- and parabin-free Biomega products, as well as relaxers from Affirm and colors from Redkin and Clairol. A team of skincare professionals also stand by to wax eyebrows, lip, and chin, or contour cheekbones and highlight eyes with makeup applications.
Master coiffeur Vasken Demirjian, a L’Oréal Color Specialist, mans a fleet of European-trained stylists so adept at pampering tresses and faces that Westchester magazine anointed their work the Best of the Decade. After valets whisk away coaches free of charge, stylists froth a fresh cappuccino and lead guests to custom-made, ergonomically correct styling chairs from Germany for a personalized shampoo. Using Kérastase and L'Oréal products, the stylists paint on face-framing highlights, administer custom makeovers, and sculpt bold and classic cuts for men and women that have landed them a list of media praise longer than the index in Webster's Dictionary.
Aside from the superior work of Vasken and his stylists, the salon's decor dominates the news buzz, as it nabbed Salon Design of the Year in the 2010 North American Hairstyling Awards. "A simple sheet of clean, white paper inspired the overall look," writes Salon Today—and it's easy to see how Vasken's work in the art industry inspired the great white canvas, which he has accented with touches of crimson. A stark red countertop pops amid a sea of white furnishings, and a row of rouge lampshades frames the hundreds of white parts that make up the salon's "floating ceiling." Just as a piece of paper recedes to let words or sketches spring forth, the minimalist decor only serves to highlight the final glamorous styles that emerge within.
What is semi-permanent makeup?
Also known as micro-pigmentation, semi-permanent makeup is an exciting new procedure where carefully applied permanents of natural iron oxide are placed onto the dermal layer of the skin.
It’s hypo-allergenic and there are no fragrances, emollients or other ingredients added.
Stylist Renee Robinson and her team of multicultural hair consultants bring more than 60 years of combined experience to Renee & Co. Hair Couture—named one of the top hair salons in Westchester County by Westchester Magazine. Each stylist boasts a special skill set, from the artistic arrangements of master hair-braider Lauren to the sleek ‘dos brought out by Giselle’s keratin treatments. Rosalina, a licensed aesthetician, evens out skin tone with facials and applies eyelash extensions to dramatize coy glances or evenings spent slicing onions.
Products by Bumble and Bumble and Moroccanoil strapped to their utility belts, the stylists at Salon 33 South tint tresses, fight frizz, and create luscious body waves. They also suggest hair products and cement mixes that help clients preserve their new looks. On their way out, clients might grab complimentary coffee, tea, or cookies.