A Cut Above
Meet the county's newest hairstylists.
Photography by John O’Donnell
What’s the Look:
So Cool They’re Hot: Plush, which opened in September 2005, has already outgrown its space. It’s planning to open another branch in 2007 where Rotonde, Fidanze and his brother, Vinnie Fidanze, a former educator for Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door salon, will take turns running the show.
Origins: Rotonde and Fidanza met in 1999 while working at
Extras: In addition to cut and color, Plush offers three types of hair extensions, ranging in price from $85 to $1,400, and three methods for relaxing hair, including the ever-popular Japanese approach (prices start at $350) and one just for taming frizzy hair ($120 and up). Consultations are required for extensions.
Prices: Haircuts start at $60 for women and $35 for men. Single-process hair color is $60 for women and $40 for men.
Why They’re on Our List: Gjoko Shkreli, owner of Gjoko’s Salon & Spa and
Hush-Hush: Tucked away on a quiet residential street near the border of
Prices: Haircuts start at $70 for women, $35 for men; single-process color costs $60 or more. Glazes, highlighting, and permanent waves are also available. Makeup applications are $65 and up, while conditioning and scalp treatments like Protein Power or Power Scalp treatment for dry scalp start at a very reasonable $25.
(914) 380-6716; www.shortkutz.com for salon and DJ information
Give Me a Scotch and a Chocolate Body Facial Chaser: This modern-day equivalent of the corner bar bills itself as a full-service salon for men, complete with sports on a big-screen HDTV, an aquarium, wine-tastings, mani-pedis, and an aesthetician. Shortkutz, owned by Joey Donato, who DJs in his spare time as DJ Shortkut, offers a haven for the man with a strong sense of personal style—and his buds who want to hang with him.
I Need a Hero: No metrosexual stereotypes here. Donato says his patrons include many firemen, police officers, and construction workers who prefer to remove the stress and mess of their daily grind via shaves and sharp-looking haircuts from barbers Donato or Michael McMahon; or hair color, facials, massages, and waxing from Maria Russo. The salon even offers a “Gentleman’s Facial” geared for the special needs of the outdoor working man, whose skin can have deeply embedded grime or construction dust, starting at $45 for a half hour; $80 per hour.
For the Man Who Wants It All: Shortkutz has two great gift ideas: a mix-and-match package ($80) for one hour’s worth of any two types of body work it offers, and a Designer Package ($140), which includes barber cut, hot-towel shave, massage, facial, and body work, even hand and foot paraffin treatments. The Designer Package is also available as a Bachelor Spa Package with a day of rugged beauty for the groom and his groomsmen.
Prices: At Shortkutz, an appointment with the barber is priced higher than a walk-in: $20 versus $15 for a haircut. A Caesar cut is $10. The classic combo “shave and a haircut, two bits” actually starts at $25 for walk-ins. Waxing is also available, with eyebrow waxing set at $10
Hair Life at Riverspa
Déjà Vu All Over Again: It’s a whole new world at
Why on Our List: No split personality here: both spa and salon are laid-back. Spa clients aren’t subjected to a hair salon’s revved-up rhythms and blown-dry heat while HairLife patrons benefit from the spa’s meditative atmosphere. It also has what no other hair salon provides: a serene waiting room, a large spa changing room with lockers, showers, steam room, and a broad vanity bar replete with skin and hair-care products.
Origins: Trained as a stylist at New York’s now-defunct Pippino Boucherie, Senior Stylist Peter Heimgartner worked at Bumble and Bumble, Arrojo-Cutler (now two salons: ArrojoStudio and Cutler), and Oscar Blandi in Manhattan before heading for the suburbs. He says he’s glad to come to
Prices: Women’s haircuts start at $100, men’s at $65, and all haircuts include a blow-dry styling. Single-process color is $75. Rejuvenating hair treatments are $40. Up-dos start at $100 and bridal up-dos are $150 and up. It also offers makeup-application lessons for $80; bridal makeup for bride, $150; for bridal party, $75 per person.
Salon 33 South
33 S Broadway,
Monday, Monday: Few hair salons open on Mondays, but Salon 33 South does. It’s a courtesy for the working professionals who flock to its convenient location on South Broadway, where
Origins: Co-owner Joseph Ciardullo spent eight years at the acclaimed Noelle’s in Stamford before joining his father’s place, Luigi’s of Italy (in Eastchester), while co-owners Alfonso Ciardullo and Dominic Cassano worked at Luigi’s Yonkers branch. Cassano also worked two years at Bumble and Bumble in
Prices: Men’s haircuts start at $30; women’s cuts are $65 and up and include a blow-dry. Single-process color begins at $65. Enriching hair and scalp treatments start at $35. Salon 33 South offers the Japanese straightening system for $300 to $600.
(914) 231-6212; www.salontopaz.com
Why on Our List: In 2004, when this magazine named a young Lisa DeMaria top stylist, it dubbed her “The Rookie.” She’s all grown up now. Originally trained by Frédéric Fekkai in Manhattan and Vidal Sassoon in London, in the past three years, DeMaria worked at both Riverspa and Static, as did her team of stylist Teresa Parretta and colorist Naomi Condeelis. Since July 2006, they’ve been on their own in a vintage-style storefront in the center of Dobbs Ferry’s
Extras: Salon Topaz recently added facial services by aesthetician Jolanta Maslany, formerly of Riverspa.
Prices: Haircuts are $100 for women and $60 for men. Single-process color is $75 and dimensional color $165, but blow-dries are not included. For that you’ll pay at least $50 more.
New Spaces, Familiar Places
Anthony Fiore, who, as owner of
Beautiful Hair Color Salon & Spa
(914) 741-1522/(914) 741-BHC8
Haven’t we met before: The owner of this light-flooded salon, Franco Marino, is a well-respected hairstylist and colorist with two senior stylists/colorists.
Don’t blink: Pleasantville’s Beautiful Hair Color Salon & Spa’s (a.k.a. BHC Salon) moved to its new 12-chair location on
Extras: Aesthetician Jessica Lauria offers waxing, facials, and makeup in one of the three new spa rooms.
Prices: Men’s haircuts cost from $25 to $60, while women’s haircuts range from $40 to $90. Single-process color also costs $40 to $90. Relaxers and permanents start at $80 each. An impressive list of color techniques that result in beautiful, rich color including dimensional highlights, tonal-splash highlights, and a technique known as geometric creations highlights start at $115 and go up to $250 and more.
Good things come to those who wait: Owner Billy Galasso waited years for a space to open on the same street before moving his salon to a spacious atelier on the corner of
What makes them special: A salon client’s loyalty is often earned by little gestures and maintained with consistent results. As one expression of Galasso’s loyalty to his patrons, the shop is open six days a week, including Monday, a day most salons are shuttered. An innovative hair-color station has eight chairs clustered around a mirror-free table where clients can read or work on their laptops. “You don’t have to look at yourself with foils and hair color on your eyebrows,” Galasso says
Extras: Billy’s also offers waxing, facials, eyelash extensions, Japanese straightening, and an FDA-approved Gentle Waves photo-modulation machine it shares with a local physician to reduce fine lines around the eyes.
Prices: Women’s haircuts start at $65; men’s haircuts at $40. Beard trims start at $10. Single-process color starts at $65 for women, $50 for men. Brazilian waxing is $50 and eyelash tinting is $35.
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