Master coiffeur Vasken Demirjian, a L?Or?al 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 K?rastase and L'Or?al 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.
Inside the monochromatic confines of Plush Salon, a team of hairstylists dotes on heads with shears and brushes laden with professional hair color. Voted the best salon by White Plains Patch readers in 2012, the beauty haven is helmed by founders; Anthony Fidanza and Kristy Fidanza and, who collaborated on the design of the savvy interior.
At 12 years old, Alfredo Boccasini walked the streets of Bari, Italy from his home to the local salon, where he worked as a shampoo boy. He thrived in the business, and his new skills took him to Rome, then New York. As a member of the Congress of Colorists, he helped created new hair-color products used by the world's top colorists. In 1998, Alfredo opened Salon Savoir, where he's showcased some of his finest work on models, celebrities, and actresses. Not content to rest on his laurels, Alfredo routinely travels to attend seminars on new techniques, which he employs at the salon.
The former artistic national director with Italy Hairfashion N.A. Inc., Salon Maffei owner Nick Trombetta teaches the latest in mop teasing and tinting to his stylish staff. Trust your tresses to one of Salon Maffei's seasoned scissor savants––many of whom have participated in national hair shows––as they cut and coif your harried head into the height of haute hair artistry. Whether seeking a trim or a total mane makeover, the expertly trained stylists are armed with latest tools and techniques, shaping scalps into pixies, shags, long layers, or the ever-elusive long-layered-pixie-shag, with equal flourish. If lopped locks are looking lackluster, apply a single-process color treatment to make follicles wake light-catching jazzhands from their winter ennui. New clients can even purchase one of each of today's Groupons for use in one visit, helping achieve the perfect cut-color combo, much like a salad of julienned rainbows.
Founded in 1978 by Vidal Sassoon–trailed stylists Peter DeCicco and Domenick Evangelista, Evangelista Hair Salon has continuously put itself at the forefront of cutting-edge follicular fashion and is now inhabiting its third and largest home to date in White Plains. New clients dropping by for a blowout experience a 30-minute hair revitalization that starts with a shampoo and conditioner along with a rich massaging of the scalp and accompanying head grass. Strands prone to slouching are then smoothed out by the gentle heat and tough love of a blow dryer, and especially stubborn hair is subjected to the warm squeeze of a flatiron and the occasional drivers' ed film to scare it straight once and for all.
The stylists at Avanti Hair Salon know their products. They’ve experimented with many over the years, but they keep coming back to seven professional brands—including volume-enhancing standbys such as Moroccanoil and Joico—when the time comes to relax kinks with keratin smoothing treatments or add a dash of pep to hair with double-process color.
Regardless of the service, appointments always begin with a consultation, during which the stylist analyzes your hair type and learns your individual style preferences. She uses these preferences to sculpt a unique hairdo and offer tips for at-home care, advising against shortcuts such as sticking a comb in an electrical socket and hoping for the best. The beauty pros also tackle hands and feet with manicures, french pedicures, and applications of brightly hued nail polish.