How Hair Oils & Serums Can Take Your Hair To The Next Level


How Hair Oils & Serums Can Take Your Hair To The Next Level

How Hair Oils & Serums Can Take Your Hair To The Next Level


Originally Posted by Her Campus

Written by Dajin Kim in BEAUTY

Posted Jul 06 2017 - 07:00pm



Hair is (most of the time) your most prized possession. Between washing, styling and using any product you can get your hands on, it seems like hours of your life are devoted to hair care. One of the worst problems is the dry and frizzy hair you're left with after excessive blowdrying and styling. And it feels like no matter what beauty products you use, your hair has a mind of its own. Lets be honest, no matter how cute your braid may be, nothing detracts from it more than the look of frizzy baby hairs sticking out all over the place.

We know how much you long for that beautiful, silky, Pocahontas-like hair. Even after the whole “Colors of the Wind” spiel, her hair looked flawless. The question is HOW? If you want keep your hair flawless after your musical number in the wind, here’s the secret: hair serums.

What are hair serums?

Hair serums, or oils, are products that create extra shine and gloss to your hair without the use of harmful heat techniques. They are mostly used as an extra addition to your normal hair routine to create that beautiful shine. Much like a setting spray for make up, it's often used as one of the “final touches” to tame any stray hairs. 

Salon owner and professional hair stylist, Angelo David, explains that “hair serums are based on silicone. They smooth your hair and give your hair a wonderful sheen—so in the end your hair looks healthier and shiny." In addition to a regularly healthy hair routine, hair serums add an extra boost that allows your hair to hold that shine you’ve always dreamed of! Hair serums protect the exterior of your your hair, coating them in moisture to prevent unwanted particles from harming it.

Why should you use them?

We know what you’re thinking, why should you go the extra mile and purchase yet another thing for your hair? Although hair serums are great for adding shine, they also add a significant amount of longevity to your hair. Most hair serums/oils contain an ingredient called Keratin. Keratin is the protein that our hair is made of and protects hair from damage. Because most hair serums contain this vital protein, it not only saves damaged hair but it also prevents it. 


How can you achieve the best results from your hair serum? 

Unfortunately, hair serums alone are not enough to transform your hair into that beautiful Pocahontas hair. As much as we wish it could be that easy, hair oils are not magical (even though it may seem like it sometimes). The use of hair serums is most effective when paired with healthy hair habits. 

The following are some tips and tricks from Angelo David if you want happy and healthy healthy:

  1. Hair Serums are not going to fix split ends. To get rid of them, cut them off and then keep your hair healthy. 
  2. Hair serums will give your hair a smooth finish. 
  3. When shampooing long hair, leave your hair down. Work up the lather at the scalp then carefully work through to ends of hair. 
  4. Don’t brush your hair when it's wet. 
  5. Pat shampooed hair dry to avoid friction.”

Many people seem to think that piling on a bunch of products will magically save their hair. Sorry folks, it’s not always that cut and dry (pun intended). Like most things in life, you'll have to work for it. But using hair serums will put you in the right direction.


Are all hair serums the same?

The answer is simple, no. Much like most products today, there is an endless range of products that are curated just for you and your hair type.


Riccardo Maggiore, an NYC hair stylist, stresses the importance of hair serums to battle specific types of hair. “There's not just one hair serum for everyone," says Maggiore. "The best serum for you depends what you hope to achieve with the serum."

In today’s society, hair serums are available in all shapes and sizes. While other serums target things such as heat protective qualities by containing ingredients such as Keratin that help protect the hair from the sun’s harmful rays. 


Products for different hair types: 

Okay so now that we’ve stressed the important of knowing what you’re looking for, let’s get to the real deal. The question lays, which one should YOU look out for? First, it’s important to recognize what kind of hair you haveand what kind of hair you want. 

With all these different types, it may seem hard to find the perfect one for you. If you’re anything like us, you’re no hair expert, but Maggiore gave us his top picks for hair serums based on five hair categories:


Damaged hair:   

Plarmia Hairserum Treament M ($5.79)



Kerastase Resistance Fibre Architecte Complexe Ciment-Cylane ($19.17)


Shine and anti-frizz

Riccardo Maggiore Luminosa ($20)

Heat protectant    

Goldwell Kerasilk ($13.49)


Scalp nourishment    

Kerastase Initialiste ($45)

Biosilk Silk Therapy ($27)


It’s important to remember that no two hair types are the same. Everyone has different goals when it comes to their hair care, but with the help of a hair serum you can be one step closer to the locks of your dreams!


Making History


Making History

Making History!

For the first time since 1995, The Riccardo Maggiore Salons closed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, due to the blizzard.  We might have gotten in, but we would not have gotten back home due to suspended modes of transportation.



Riccardo Maggiore Salons Welcomes Yuko Tatemoto and Catalina Penna, formerly of Hiro Haraguchi

Riccardo Maggiore Salons is proud to announce some talented new additions to our team.  We welcome Yuko Tatemoto and Catalina Penna to the Riccardo Maggiore 57th Street – Midtown salon.

Yuko Tatemoto is one of the best, most sought after colorist in NYC. Known for her custom colors and highlights, Yuko evaluates each client to determine their undertones in order to create a color and highlight combination that beautifully compliments and brings the best in their complexion. She is also specializes in hair restoration and designs customized treatments to restore, repair, add shine and help extend a hair color’s longevity.

Catalina Penna is one of the top colorists in NYC who specializes in color correction and making hair stronger, shinier, and softer.  Catalina is influenced by a client’s skin tone, complexion, and lifestyle when it comes to achieving the right color.  She believe the right color has perfect harmony and balance. She is passionate about incorporating the past and present to achieve a look that is custom to each client.

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Olaplex: The Hair “Reset” Treatment

What if you had the power to rebuild the strength, structure and integrity of your hair, a sort of “hair reset” that would take your hair back to days of stronger, shinier, softer feeling hair? I’m willing to bet you would use that power in a heartbeat.   

Olaplex is not just another conditioning hair treatment, it’s the answer.  It’s real science with real results and a huge game changer for winning the war on breakage and badly damaged hair.  

This hair perfector, is composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen chains. These molecular chains link broken disulfide bonds in the hair and restores the health of hair damaged during thermal, mechanical and chemical services. Especially beneficial for chemically colored hair this hair repair system transforms the texture of colored hair and allows colorist to do what they have only ever dreamed of before, i.e. such feats as going from black to blonde in one session. How do you think Kim Kardashian went platinum?

Kim Kardashian swears by Olaplex

Kim Kardashian swears by Olaplex

If you've over-bleached, over-colored, or even severely damaged your tresses over the years, Olaplex works from the inside the hair shaft out to strengthen, condition and literally reconnect the hair strand structure where broken.  It makes the hair stronger by rebuilding the damaged disulfide bonds in your hair that are broken during the chemical process. Our stylists love how Olaplex makes the hair look and feel. The results are truly phenomenal and because our stylist swear by this amazing hair repair system, we are pleased to offer Olaplex at our salons.

How Olaplex Works:

Olaplex works in three stages:

 1.     Stage 1 - Olaplex Number 1: Bond Multiplier is used - this can be put on the hair as a stand-alone treatment, or if you're getting your color done, it is mixed in with the color or bleach and put straight onto your hair in foils.

 2.     Olaplex Number 2, Bond Perfector is then put on the hair once the bleach is rinsed out. This is left on for a good 10 to 20 minutes to really get the most out of its chemical mending.  When the time is up it’s rinsed out followed by a shampoo and condition as normal.

 3.     Olaplex Number 3, Hair Perfector is the third step in the process and also is a take home treatment.  We recommend you use once a week. Apply to damp hair, comb through, and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes at home before washing as normal. If you want to maximize the effect you can leave it on overnight.

Because of the repairing power of Olaplex, we forecast more and more people will demanding beautiful, healthy hair without risk or sacrifice. For more information, ask your colorist about Olaplex or stop in for a complimentary hair consultation.

Taking Blonde to the max without sacrificing the health of your hair.   Ready to get your hair back into shape, Call for your appointment.  Midtown salon:   212-586-6482    Flatiron salon:  212-448-0600

Taking Blonde to the max without sacrificing the health of your hair.   Ready to get your hair back into shape, Call for your appointment.  Midtown salon:  212-586-6482   Flatiron salon: 212-448-0600

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Riccardo Maggiore Salons Welcome The Brad Johns Team

Riccardo Maggiore Salons is proud to announce some talented new additions to our team.  We welcome the Brad Johns team of Brad Johns, Chris Cusano, Ivy, July, Mei, Pena, and Rachael to the Riccardo Maggiore 57th Street – Midtown salon.

R to L: July, Rachael, Chris, brad johns, Mei, Ivy, Pena

R to L: July, Rachael, Chris, brad johns, Mei, Ivy, Pena

Brad Johns, formerly the Color Director of the Oribe Salon, is the founding father of the “Chunking Method” and is famous for his buttery, “Child at the Beach” blondes, coppery redheads and caramel brunettes.

“Hair color is the accessory you never take off”, says Brad. His hair color philosophy is hair color should highlight the eyes first, then skin color, followed by season of the year and finally a client’s profession.

Brad Johns was voted many times “Best Colorist in New York” by Allure Magazine.

Call our Midtown salon for your appointment:  212-586-6482.  You can follow brad johns on Instagram @bradjohns333 or visit for more information.



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




Healthy Hair Resolutions

It's that time of year again!  And this year to make it easy we give you some expert advice on how to take care of your hair! Here are 5 resolutions for healthy, beautiful hair.

1.  Protect your hair from heat

Straighteners, curling irons, or a hairdryer in one hand and a brush in the other... Protect your hair with a thermo-active serum. This treatment acts as an excellent shield against heat, as long as it is applied evenly to towel dried or dry hair. When in contact with a heated appliance, the product's active ingredients react and protect hair fibers.  We recommend NUTRITIVE Nectar Thermique by Kerastase

2.  Reduce how often you blow-dry

Again, we cannot stress how important it is to protect your hair from excessive heat abuse. Everyday blow drying and styling will cause damage to your locks. Excessive heat exposure can result in lackluster, weak brittle hair that will break easily. Opt for a natural or wavy effect instead by using a saltwater spray or by doing a braid in your hair the night before.

3.  See your stylist regularly for trims

Getting a trim every 4 months prevents split ends from forming, which weakens the hair and slow down growth.

4.  Massage your scalp

Treat yourself to one of our amazing custom-created Riccardo Maggiore Scalp Massage and Hair Treatment. Besides indulging in a relaxing treatment, massaging your head helps supply oxygen to the scalp. The result: fortified and shiny hair.

 5.  Protect your hair from the sun

You need to protect your hair and scalp during the winter months too! Many hair products on the market today not only nourish the hair, add shine, volume, control and texture, but they also provide UV protection. We recommend our Riccardo Maggiore Rinnova Texturizer.


Want some more tips on how to grow beautiful, healthy hair? Check out this article we found from One Pampered Life.

For an appointment or a complimentary hair consultation, call 212-586-6482 for our Midtown location, 212-448-0600, for our Flatiron location or book online.

We look forward to seeing you soon!



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.