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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.


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


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.


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


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.”


Also try:  Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream


Beach Waves  Kérastase Eau de Vagues Beach Wave Spray


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.


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!



Your Best Vacation Hair

@shaunieandthecity   Haircut by Riccardo Maggiore


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.”


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.

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Eat This For Healthy Hair

With the New Year well into week 2 how are you all doing with your resolutions?

Diet and taking better care is always being a top priority, but this year, why not tweak the goal a little bit? Instead of saying “I will eat better this year,” how about in 2017 take a nutritional approach not only for healthier you, but for healthier, stronger and more beautiful hair?

Make 2017 about Healthy Hair Goals by taking a look at your nutrient intake to ensure your hair follicles have all the vitamins and minerals they need.

Healthy Hair

Here are 6 of the best foods to eat for healthier, thicker hair:

1. Lean Red Meat

Loaded with protein, that juicy steak helps with overall cell growth, including your hair follicles. It also has in large amounts of iron, which is absolutely need for nail health. Hair loss and iron deficiency generally go hand in hand. When iron levels are healthy, blood is better at doing its job of carrying oxygen to your nails and hair follicles to help them grow.

We realize too much red meat can increase risks for other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes, so we don’t recommend eating it every day, but introducing a lean, healthy cut of beef once or twice a week will help you grow thicker, fuller hair.

2. Beans and Lentils

A great way to get essential healthy hair nutrients such as zinc and biotin is with plant protein such as beans and lentils. This is great for vegetarians and for those who do not eat meat vary often because they have some of the highest levels of protein and iron of all vegetables.

3. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

A diet of leafy greens have the essential nutrients, helps to regulate sebum production for natural hair conditioning and are extremely rich in zinc and vitamins A and C.  Spinach with its high levels folate, beta-carotene and vitamin C help circulate the natural oils on your scalp. Healthy hair is conditioned hair.

4. Green Tea

The exciting news is the antioxidant properties of green tea can help your hair grow. A little green tea will help you relax and improve the circulation of blood to your scalp. Try swapping your morning joe for green tea for a healthier boost of caffeine because not only does it naturally help detox your body, ridding you of impurities blocking your body from get nutrients where they need to be, but it creates a better growth environment for your hair follicles.

5. Fish (Salmon, Oysters)

Fatty fish like salmon are necessary for thicker, fuller hair because they are an amazing source of protein, vitamin D, and Omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3’s which are scalp rejuvenators.  They moisturize the scalp and encourage your follicles to grow.

Oysters, one of the best food sources of zinc help to combat zinc deficiencies, which have been linked to hair loss as well as dry, flaky scalp. Zinc also regulates androgen production and prevents slowing hair growth and dandruff.

6. Beer

Interesting, isn’t it? Who knew incorporating beer into your diet would aid in growing thicker, fuller, healthier.  Beer is one of the richest sources of silicon, a trace mineral that has been shown to increase scalp circulation.  To meet your daily need, all you need is a single serving of beer, which has more than 10 mg. of silicon.

Healthy hair starts from the inside out and a few simple dietary tweaks by adding these 6 foods into your diet will help you meet you 2017 healthy hair goals. You will notice the results overtime.

Also essential for healthy hair are regular trims and hair and scalp treatments.  Call us to book  your appointment or complementary consultation.    Midtown salon:  212-586-6482      Flatiron Salon:  212-448-0600