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Midtown Stylists featured in Hollywood Reporter Article

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.

Christina Liberatore

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."

Ishi Ishikaya

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.

You can read the full article here and book appointments at our Midtown location by calling 212-586-6482 or request an appointment online.



Salon Ishi Team Joins Riccardo Maggiore Salon Midtown

Riccardo Maggiore Salon Midtown recently welcomed the team from Salon Ishi which closed after 27 years of providing top quality expertise and service to discerning clientele. Clients have included celebrities, athletes, musicians and numerous members of both American Ballet Theatre and City Ballet.

Ishi’s philosophy, while seemingly simple, represents a fundamental shift within the world of beauty: to create a haven where clients and staff can find happiness and joy.

Similar ideologies and the relaxed but luxurious environment have allowed the Salon Ishi team to fit in easily at Riccardo Maggiore Midtown Salon. They continue to offer expert hair styling for men and women, state-of-the-art hair treatments, as well as a wealth of pampering options to soothe and relax frazzled nerves.  


The Salon Ishi team includes hair stylists, colorists and manicurist: Ishi, Takako, Koji, Susan, Julieta, Ali, Idalia, and DeeDee. Ishi’s partner Takako incorporates Shiatsu shampoo and massage into her treatments and services. She starts with the scalp and works down through the neck and shoulders. Takako also uses sound machines and aromatherapy to create an environment of Zen, helping clients relax and relieve tension.


Ishi carefully chooses products and tools to preserve and improve the condition of the hair whether it is minus ion water or a special flatiron that redistributes the hair’s natural moisture.  He considers lifestyle, hair texture, and face shape as the parameters for what will make someone their most beautiful.

Of paramount importance for Ishi is to emphasize the most important beauty secret: ”enabling a person to feel good about themselves.”

For appointments, call our Midtown location at  212-586-6482 or request an appointment online.