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A New Chapter for Celebrity Haircolorist Brad Johns

After 45 years of doing hair color and making women look and feel beautiful, Brad Johns is moving on to the next phase of his life and career. His final day at Riccardo Maggiore Salon Midtown on 57th Street will be July 27th.

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“I’m proud to end this chapter of my career at Riccardo Maggiore Salon. Both the owner Riccardo and his wife Eileen are such kind and creative people who allow artists to flourish,” says Brad.

Formerly the Color Director of the Oribe Salon and voted Best Colorist by Allure Magazine, Brad is the founding father of the “Chunking Method” and is famous for his buttery, “child at the beach” blondes, coppery redheads and caramel brunettes. He is renowned for his attention to seasonal hair color detail and has a celebrity following of every shade and hue.

Brad is currently working on launching "Dye," the story of his journey through hair color, into a memoir, feature film, or television series.

He's also excited to explore the West in his Conestoga wagon.

Brad’s clients are in expert hands with Ivy, who has worked with Brad for 25 years. Chris Cusano, Mei and Ivy will carry on the work of the Brad Johns team at the Riccardo Maggiore Midtown salon.

To book with Ivy or another member of the Brad Johns team, call our Midtown salon 212-586-6482 or request an appointment online today.

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Client Profile: Katherine and Kimberly Corp of Pilates on Fifth

Today is National Get To Know Your Customers Day and we’re profiling longtime clients, twins, Katherine and Kimberly Corp.

Katherine and Kimberly Corp

Katherine and Kimberly Corp

The twins began their Pilates journey while touring and working as professional dancers. They continued Pilates while performing as Radio City Rockettes (in nearly 250 performances) and finishing Masters Degrees from Columbia University. In 2000, they opened Pilates on Fifth in Manhattan creating a warm, welcoming and compassionate atmosphere in which they could deliver great Pilates workouts.

Katherine and Kimberly with owner Riccardo Maggiore

Katherine and Kimberly with owner Riccardo Maggiore

In November 2018 their book, Pilates for Beginners launched as a best-seller on Amazon.

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Stylist Tom Dellacorte at Midtown has given these natural redheads fabulous haircuts and styles since 2001. He’s also one of their Pilates clients!

Stylist Tom Dellacorte with twins Katherine and Kimberly Corp.

Stylist Tom Dellacorte with twins Katherine and Kimberly Corp.

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Best Summer Products

As we move into beach and barbecue season, it’s a good time to take a look at your haircare products. Here are a some brand new and tried-and-true we think you’ll love.

 
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Blonde Hair: Kérastase’s Blond Absolu Bain Ultra-Violet Purple Shampoo

Kérastase’s new Blond Absolu collection is a gift to Blondes everywhere.

Celebrity colorist and Blonde hair expert Brad Johns at Midtown recommends the Ultra-Violet Purple Shampoo because it deposits purple into the hair before the sun makes it brassy.  It will help maintain a cool blonde shade and give a gorgeous, healthy shine.

Other benefits:

  • Hyaluronic Acid-fills & strengthens fiber damage from within and resurfaces cuticle for uniform porosity

  • Edelweiss Flower-anti-oxidative power against daily damage and softens and calms sensitized fiber

  • Ultra-Violet Neutralizers-durably neutralizes brassy and yellow tones and tailor results through product pairing

Also try: Oribe’s Bright Blonde Shampoo for Beautiful Color

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Curly Hair: Curl Gelée for Shine & Definition by Oribe

Another new group of products we’re loving are the new additions to Oribe’s Moisture and Control collection, made for those with naturally curly hair.   These products add moisture to the hair and also devolumize, allowing you to control your curl.

Flatiron Master Stylist Gregg Tusler gives us some advice on how to use the Curl Gelée for Shine & Definition. Wash and condition hair as normal. Blot excess water and shake the curl loose or use a wide toothed comb. Put a small amount of product in each hand and apply to the exterior in a scrunching motion. Work remainder from root to end.

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Place and let dry completely before touching. When dry, gently lift hair away from scalp at the roots without running fingers through the hair. This will open up silhouette of the haircut without breaking up the cuticle.

Gregg adds this Pro tip: Get a small travel spray bottle and fill with ¾ water ¼ styling product. Throughout the day, mist to reactivate curl and give your hair softness and movement.

Also try:  Discipline Curl Idéal Mousse from Kérastase

 

Sun protection:  Riccardo Maggiore’s Rinnova

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We’ve mentioned the importance of using a leave-in product with sunscreen in past blogs but it’s worth repeating.  Owner Riccardo Maggiore formulated his leave-in texturizer, Rinnova with vitamins, botanicals and proteins to protect hair from the sun’s UV rays.  Rinnova means restore or renew and will leave hair “soft, tangle-free, and ready for styling, while protecting hair from breakage and promoting a healthy radiance.”

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Also try:  Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream

 

Beach Waves  Kérastase Eau de Vagues Beach Wave Spray

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An Elle 2019 International Beauty Award winner, this silicone-free beach wave spray for all hair types creates soft wavy textures and illuminates a healthy glow. Apply on damp hair and either airdry or blowdry to achieve the desired look.

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Also try: Oribe’s Run-Through Detangling Primer

 

These products and many others can be found at both our Midtown 212-586-6482 and Flatiron 212-448-0600 locations. As always, we’re here to help create beauty for your lifestyle!

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Your Best Vacation Hair

@shaunieandthecity   Haircut by Riccardo Maggiore

@shaunieandthecity

Haircut by Riccardo Maggiore

Spring is almost here and if your plans include a vacation or getaway, here are a few tips for styling and keeping your hair healthy.

Travel size - When you’re going away, don’t rely on the hair care products hotels give you for free. If you have color treated hair, be sure to pack your color shampoo and conditioner in travel bottles or buy travel sizes. From Oribe to Kerastase to Riccardo Maggiore’s signature line, we have TSA approved travel sizes of all your essentials.  And speaking of essentials, travel blogger Dana Berez recommends dry shampoo: “Dry Shampoo can work wonders, and let you keep a style for longer than a day. I even put dry shampoo in my roots on day one to add some texture.”

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Protect Proactively. Get a salon treatment before you go. Besides adding shine and restoring moisture, a deep conditioning treatment will help to strengthen your hair and seal your cuticles for protection from the elements. One of our favorites is the Milbon treatment because it includes a booster pack of 4 take-home treatments you can throw in your travel bag.

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If you aren’t able to get a salon treatment, use a leave-in conditioner which will act as a barrier from saltwater and chlorine. Riccardo Maggiore’s Rinnova Hair Texturizer is a fabulous leave-in with sunscreens to protect from UVA/UVB damage.

Be sure to wet your hair with clean water before you go in the pool. There’s actually a scientific reason for this. Your hair will absorb the water, so is much better for it to absorb tap water than chlorinated water which can damage your hair.

Let your hair have a vacation too - if you regularly heat style your hair, a vacation is a great time to give it a rest. Change it up and explore the natural texture of your hair or create texture with heatless styling. Travel and lifestyle Dana Berez, “I like to wash my hair at night and tie it up in two buns or a french braid and let it dry overnight. In the morning I have curls without any heat styling or time.” Berez also loves to add hair accessories: “Whenever I am in a bind and my hair is not cooperating, I like to put it in a high pony, and wrap a hair scarf around it. “

Whatever your plans, we hope you’re able to relax and enjoy them. Before you go or after you return, we’re here to help create beauty for your lifestyle.

Call to book at Midtown 212-586-6482 or Flatiron 212-448-0600 or request an appointment online today.

Find more travel and lifestyle tips from Dana Berez at www.danaberez.com




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Love Your Hair This Valentine's Day

Hair and makeup by Riccardo Maggiore Salons

Hair and makeup by Riccardo Maggiore Salons

Today is Valentines’ Day and it’s a good time to remember to show your hair some love.

ASSESS - Take a moment to think about how your hair and styling routine fits with your lifestyle. Is your color bringing out the best in your complexion? Does your cut complement your face shape? Are you using the right styling products and tools? We offer complimentary consultations where our expert assess all this and more.

TREAT - If your hair is chemically processed or heat styled, regular salon conditioning treatments are essential. But treatments can also strengthen hair, restore elasticity and shine, and help detangle and prevent split ends, making them an important part of any hair care routine. We offer a range of hair and scalp treatments including Kérastase, Milbon and Olaplex and will customize treatments based on your individual needs.

MAINTAIN - Make your hair a priority.  Schedule cuts every 4-6 weeks even if you’re growing out your hair. Trimming your ends will prevent damage from traveling up the hair shaft.  If your hair is color treated, be sure to use a shampoo that will protect the integrity of the color. Ask your stylists about the best products to use between salon visits.

Your hair is a lifelong relationship, so nurture it well.

Call to book at Midtown 212-586-6482 or Flatiron 212-448-0600 or request an appointment online today.



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Hannah Carlson at Riccardo Maggiore

Hannah Carlson, Entrepreneur and Founder of Fifthbull Creative Production Agency recently visited our Midtown salon and captured her appointment on video. Her hair was cut by owner Riccardo Maggiore with styling help from Mario and makeup by Jay. Ms. Carlson enjoyed the “amazing experience” created by the Riccardo Maggiore team and called Riccardo “The most creative hairstylist I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with!”


So how did Riccardo Maggiore achieve Hannah’s look? “Hannah’s hair was very long so I first cut it to a length that was better suited to her face,” Maggiore explained.  “Then I added layers to her hair to better emphasize the look of soft wavy curls.”

Riccardo used Kérastase L'incroyable Blowdry Hair Lotion after towel drying Hannah’s hair. After blow drying with a round brush, he set the hair with rollers. Once the hair was out of rollers, Riccardo worked a non-sticky styling paste through the hair to give it extra density.

Now all Hannah’s hair was missing was that extra shine. Riccardo used Luminoso Drops from his signature product line to smooth and seal the cuticles and add a beautiful luster. Riccardo recommends this product for all hair types, “especially those wishing to restore softness and shine to dull and lifeless hair.”

Finally, Riccardo used with a finishing spray to give hold without stiffness.

And the results? Simply gorgeous. But of course, Ms. Carlson reminds us that “Great hair doesn’t happen by chance. It happens by appointment.”

Call to book at Midtown 212-586-6482 or Flatiron 212-448-0600 or request an appointment online today.


@the.hannahcarlson - model

@fifthbull - advertising agency 

@josiahethnan - videographer 

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Holiday Beauty 2018

The holiday season is in full swing and our to-do lists are growing by the minute. Shopping, cooking, decorating, and of course, holiday parties.  Don’t let party season bring you stress - come into Riccardo Maggiore Salons and let us do the work. Sit back, relax and before you know it you’ll walk out with party-perfect hair, skin and nails.

Whether you’re going for an elegant twisted updo, glamorous waves or anything in between, our expert stylists have you covered.

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Hair by Riccardo Maggiore

While you’re at it, give your nails a little sparkle or shine. Our nail experts are here whether you want a classic manicure or more of a festive holiday look.


Nails by Nicole at Midtown

Nails by Nicole at Midtown

We’ve also got makeup artists to work with your skin’s complexion and enhance your natural beauty.   Also consider a brow shaping. A well-sculpted arch can really open up your eyes, framing them beautifully for those holiday photos.

Makeup by Jay at Midtown

Makeup by Jay at Midtown

May this holiday season bring you nothing but cheer, relaxation, and beauty for your lifestyle. Call to book your appointment at Midtown 212-586-6482 or Flatiron 212-448-0600 or request an appointment online to get holiday ready at Riccardo Maggiore Salons.



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Kyrsten Oriol for John Atchison at Riccardo Maggiore Salon in Harper’s Bazaar

Photo by Camilla Akrans


Photo by Camilla Akrans

Kyrsten Oriol for John Atchison’s work was featured in the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Kyrsten worked on Zoë Kravitz’s hair for the cover story

Photographs by Camilla Akrans


Photographs by Camilla Akrans

and also did Racquel Chevremont’s hair in the photos by artist Mickalene Thomas.


Photo by Mickalene Thomas

Photo by Mickalene Thomas

For an appointment with Kyrsten Oriol or John Atchison at our Midtown location, call 212-586-6482 or request an appointment online.


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Fall Hair 2018


Color by Christina Liberatore

Color by Christina Liberatore

Welcome back! As we head into cozy sweater, changing leaves, pumpkin spice season, let’s talk about what’s in store for your hair this autumn.

If you spent time at the beach or the pool this summer, your hair may be feeling the after-effects. Sun and chlorine can damage your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. Even air conditioning can deprive your locks of moisture. Early fall is the perfect time to rejuvenate and restore your hair with a salon treatment.

With the Kerastase Fusio-Dose Hair Lab, our expert stylists will diagnose your hair and create a customized treatment based on your needs. Each treatment starts with a base determined by your hair type and primary hair need and gets a booster on top determined by your secondary hair need.

Mention this article when booking and receive 15% off Fusio-Dose hair treatments (booked with blowout, haircut, or color service) between now and November 30th.

Photo Credit: Kerestase

Photo Credit: Kerestase

The glass hair trend has been on the rise lately and we’re loving this chic, sleek look. Glass hair is all about smooth, soft, ultra-shiny hair with a mirror-like reflection quality.

A geometric haircut is the foundation for glass hair as clean lines will reflect light in a different way than layers.  

If your hair is naturally straight, you may be able to achieve this look with by blow drying with a heat styling product (Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique), utilizing a flat iron and finishing with a serum (Riccardo Maggiore’s Luminoso drops) or a glossing spray like Oribe’s Shine Light Reflecting Spray.

Depending on your hair’s texture and condition, you may need some type of treatment process - a Milbon protein smoothing, Hair Botox, or Keratin straightening.  

Photo Credit: Instagram

Photo Credit: Instagram

The forecast for fall hair color is rich  - whether that means creamy, buttery blondes, earthy auburn tones for redheads or deep mahogany shades for brunettes.  And don’t rule out raven black. With the right skin tone this can be a gorgeous fall look to take you into winter.

Brunettes might be asking colorists for a shot of espresso in their hair this fall. That’s because the trend everyone’s buzzing about is Cold Brew Hair, inspired by the color blend of the swirl of milk in coffee in this popular drink.

Color by Christina Liberatore

Color by Christina Liberatore

 The look involves using rich highlights and lowlights to create dimension with dark browns and warm golden tones. Variations include mocha, hazelnut and caramel. Or this beautiful butterscotch done at our Midtown location.

Color by Christina Liberatore

Color by Christina Liberatore

As always our talented team of hair experts are here to create beauty for your lifestyle. Call to book your appointment at Midtown 212-586-6482 or Flatiron 212-448-0600 today!





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What to Expect When You're Waxing

Brows, bikini areas, underarms...  These are just a few places you might find more hair than you'd prefer.  You could pluck, tweeze or shave but waxing will look more polished and keep you smooth much longer.

For both routine waxers and first timers, waxing is rarely, if ever, an enjoyable experience.  Personally, we think the few seconds of discomfort are worth the satisfyingly smooth result, but to make things a little easier we’ve got a few pre- and post-waxing tips to relieve any worries and keep your skin in perfect condition. Before you come in for services, here’s what you should keep in mind regarding waxing.

Keep your appointments regular. Waxing on a schedule helps because waxing either too early or too late makes your hair more susceptible to breaking under service. Allow at least 3 weeks between waxing sessions to allow your hair to grow to the optimum length. If you’re tempted to tweeze those pesky ingrown hairs or trim between appointments – don’t! The best thing to do is exfoliate the area to-be-waxed.

On the day of your waxing appointment, do not use any oil or lotion on the skin. If you want, you can also take a mild painkiller before your appointment to relieve any potential irritation.

Waxing causes skin inflammation in most people, so once you’ve survived the ordeal, you’ll want to be diligent with your aftercare. Focus on treating your skin well to avoid unwanted bumps or ingrown hairs. Use an antibacterial wash to help clear the area of bacteria – tea tree oil is a great option. Keep your waxed bits exfoliated, smooth, and away from the sun! Your skin is sensitive after a wax so just take it easy and be kind – we love a post-wax Netflix binge.

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Book your waxing services with one of our skincare experts at Midtown 212-586-6482 or  Flatiron 212-448-0600 today!

 

 

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