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.
The stylists at The Glam Caf? spruce up heads of hair with services ranging from simple cuts to full weaves. To keep tresses nourished and healthy, they use products such as sulfate- and paraben-free Biomega products, as well as relaxers from Affirm and colors from Redken and Clairol. A team of skincare professionals also stand by to wax eyebrows, lips, and chins, or contour cheekbones and highlight eyes with makeup applications.
Nuriel Abramov and Gabriel Abrams founded Numi & Company because they "wanted to give Westchester women something that's fresh and new." So they took their upscale Manhattan training and experience?some of which included styling celebrities for Allure and contestants on America's Next Top Model?out of the city and built two sleek and acclaimed salon locations. Nominated Best of the Decade by Westchester Magazine, both Abramov and Abrams know that a refined yet friendly atmosphere isn't enough to lure style-savvy women to their door?their first concern is hair. Abrams? less-is-more approach shapes the line of attack for their team of stylists, who focus on finding what works best for the individual rather than recreating what hair looks great on a beach ball.