Hollywood Reporter Recently Profiled NY and LA beauty professionals trusted by entertainment executives for red carpet looks and “boardroom worthy blowouts.” Featured on the list were colorist and stylist Christina Liberatore and stylist Ishi, both of Riccardo Maggiore Salon Midtown.
Client: Former HBO VP Janet Schwartz
Though layers are of-the-moment, in the wrong hands they can be disastrous says the stylist, who works out of one of NYC's Riccardo Maggiore salons. "Layers add a natural tousle and volume, but a lot of people layer toward the bottom, and that can make hair very stringy,'' she says. "I layer toward the top to give more height and fullness.'' Schwartz, who recently headed promotion, planning and scheduling for HBO, says Liberatore gives her hair a boost for big occasions: “She gave me a classic bob with highlights, and when I attended the Emmys I wanted to look special walking in, so she hit my classic bob with a glaze that reflected the light and made it extremely shiny."
Clients: Zoe Saldana, Carey Mulligan
“Hair is a bit shorter this year in general,’’ explains Eisaburo “Ishi" Ishikaya, who closed his own salon this summer and now works within Riccardo Maggiore in midtown. “I have given some executives a bob, where I give actresses more layers because they need to be versatile and able to wear their hair in different styles." Ishikaya is famed for artistic cuts and sleek blowouts done with a $500 Lumina drier that locks moisture in. Aside from his thespian clients, he also cares for the tresses of many Lincoln Center executives and performers, including Mick Jagger’s girlfriend Melanie Hamrick. “Ballerinas don’t let you cut their hair at all," he sighs.