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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.



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




2017 Hair Color Trends

The other day we were talking to a few of our hair experts at Riccardo Maggiore Salons asking them what 2017 had in store for new color techniques.  2017 will be about experimenting and making tweaks to your existing style.

Balayage, a continuing obsession from 2016, which is perfect for those out there who are afraid of a major chop or color change.

Without further ado, here are a few trend terms to know for your New Year, New ‘Do color transformation:

Tiger Eye Color

Tiger Eye Color





Tiger Eye - Tiger Eye hair color, named for the ‘Tiger Eye’ stone of rich brown and gold tones, uses warm tones on dark hair to achieve the same effect we have come to expect from hand painted highlights.

Eclipting - Eclipting hair color technique is going to be the next big ‘IT’ Hair thing! It incorporates makeup techniques using strategic color placement as a way of framing the face using the contrasting colors that differ from person to person based on their undertones and features. Compared with balayage technique, eclipting is all about getting a visible contrast.

Ecaille - “Ecaille” means tortoise shell in French.  For this cool dye technique, is a freehand color, similar to balayage or freehand painting. The main difference is instead of using lightener your colorist creates a gorgeous blend effect on the hair and it is great for ladies who are looking for a low-maintenance color. Touchups every three to four months are more than enough.





The Bob: A Cut That Never Goes Out of Style

Beautiful Classic Bob by Riccardo Maggiore

Beautiful Classic Bob by Riccardo Maggiore

The Bob is a truly versatile style that works with woman of all ages.  It is a classic look that can be styled in many ways. The Bob has a long history as depicted with the hairstyles of Joan of Arc and Cleopatra and Egyptology, but it did not gain notoriety until the 1920’s when it became synonymous the Flapper look. 

To wear your hair short was a major statement, one of independence, defiance and act of rebellion against female expectations.

Hollywood Starlet, Louise Brooks

Hollywood Starlet, Louise Brooks

It was a major boost to the hair industry as Hollywood Starlets starting cutting their long locks. The style evolved as it entered the mainstream.

Because hairdressers in the beauty salons often refused to comply with the controversial request of chopping hair off at the ears.  Women found barber shop owners slightly more amenable to the idea, and so typically went there for the bob. The New York Times reported in 1924 that thousands of women of all ages were invading traditional men’s barber shops and demanding the new cuts!

Vidal Sassoon

The look took a dip in popularity in the 1930’s, but the haircut was once again revived by Vidal Sassoon and it took the 1960’s mod scene by storm with clean tight lines and surprising geometric shapes.

The bob, quite possibly the best known short haircut, has a rich history and has seen many transformations.  The hair style, classic and smooth, edgy, LOB, or shaggy, is forever ingrained in our culture.



Quick Holiday Hair Hack

For a Quick 'do sweep back hair in a low twist with ends out and add a decorative accessory as shown here (from holiday decorations...LOL) shiny berries or whatever decoration compliments your outfit .



Spring Hair Forecast From The Riccardo Maggiore Salon

by Lori MacGregor & Lauren Rodolitz/Behrman Communications


This Spring be Flat-out Voluptous.  More people are waving good-bye to pin-straight hairRiccardo Maggiore and experts from the Riccardo Maggiore Salon in Manhattan predict that this Spring/Summer, hair will be more textured and voluminous than seasons past with contrasting tones to add depth.  

“Femininity is back in a big way,” says Salon owner, stylist and colorist Riccardo Maggiore. “The look now is multidimensional, more voluptuous, and more styled.  Hairstyles will have longer and softer curls and color that is deeper and warmer with subtle highlights and lowlights.“

STYLE: "Hair is no longer just straight or flat.  Hair this season is more styled and shaped with more movement and texture.  Whether hair is long or short, it is no longer shaggy.  Layers are longer and softer and have curves that move away from the face.  Instead of using a flat iron or blowing hair towards the face, use the dryer and brush to move hair away from the face.  Women with natural curls should enjoy them."

COLOR:  "Color this season is earthy, richer, deeper and warmer.  The look we want is multidimensional.  We will see highlights or lowlights one or two different from the base color, just enough to create some contrast.  They are subtle, not drastic, defined but not chunky."  

Forecasted color combinations:

  • Brunette tones - chestnut, honey and caramel

  • Blond tones - more golden, no longer platinum

  • Red tones - more chestnut or strawberry blond highlights.