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.
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.
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.
When Federico Guglielmo came to America by way of Italy, he brought along his European sensibilities, which manifest themselves in trendy, carefully sculpted haircuts and styles at Federico Salon. Federico specializes in textured dry cutting and warm base coloring. Most of his staff members were trained at Toni&Guy Academy in London, but each one has a unique sense of style and a different method of winning Battleship. The result is a space where styling is considered an art form and stylists believe there's a look most befitting of every client. Federico helps each of his clients find their look, and his versatile range allows him not only the vision to see but the skills to implement them.
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.