Anthony Vitale's study of color theory at The Art Institute, The Museum School, and other institutions comes in handy for his one-man art shows, but he's also brought that knowledge to the family business: hairstyling. As a sixth-generation stylist, Vitale opened his first salon at the age of 21 and began winning multiple awards for his coloring abilities. Since then, the ambitious stylist has gone on to develop his own coloring technique and sulfate-free hair-care line. As a fierce proponent of natural hair care, Vitale uses NaYo, a yogurt-based hair-coloring system, at his current salon: Anthony David Salon.
Here, Vitale takes brings an artist's eye to each appointment, assessing his clients' skin tone, eye color, hair texture, and the easel they?re tacked to before putting shears to strands. Vitale works alongside other like-minded hairdressers including Jackie, a Framesi-trained master stylist who uses Slide Light and Raking techniques to create natural-looking highlights, Krysten, who specializes in layering and foiling techniques, and Brianna, who is trained in Kemon color specializing in J Beverly Hills Cutting and Styling techniques. The team, armed with sulfate- and paraben-free products such as DevaCurl, style tresses with customized highlights, keratin-smoothing treatments, and hair tinsel.
Highlights can add dimension to an existing style or double the transformative effect of a new one. Read our guide of the process to prepare for your trip to the salon.
A skilled stylist doesn't need a pair of scissors to transform a hairdo. The precise application of highlights?which isolate select strands of hair and treat them with a color, lightener, or toner?can become the basis for a brand new look without a single snip or shear. Before entering the salon, however, a client has to decide how much of the hair to highlight. Applied evenly throughout the entire head, full highlights create a natural look that mimics the way hair changes color over time in the sun, adding a sense of dimension and texture to the existing hair. Partial highlights, which are typically cheaper and take less time to apply, serve an altogether different purpose: drawing attention to specific features, such as bangs or newly sharpened antlers, by accenting only the locks on the surface. As a result, partial highlights are somewhat less flexible?losing their effect, for example, when putting your hair up or teasing it out.