Think you need to go south for Manhattan-style cuts and color? Think again. The City doesn’t have diddly on these new salons and talented specialists.

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While spending on designer shoes (along with everything else) has dropped as low as a ballerina flat, women (and men, some at least) are still doling out dollars for a great head of hair, although not quite as frequently. And despite a dreadful economy, new salons keep opening, new talent keeps coming, and stylists and colorists keep mastering innovative techniques. It’s all about that old saying: “Darling, if you look good, you feel good.” Here are some great new or undiscovered options Westchester Magazine has found this year.

Local “Buzz”

2134 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont
(914) 630-4424

While not an official outpost of New York City’s famed Bumble and bumble salon, Bumble stylists Dawn Bruckner and Massimo DiCicco opened Firefly two years ago and continue to split their time between Bumble in Manhattan and their Larchmont salon. The two opened a salon in Westchester because they perceived a local demand for high-quality hair care here and client fatigue for making trips into the City. Many of Firefly’s clients are those from Westchester who used to see Bruckner and DiCicco in the East 56th Street headquarters of Bumble, a 31-year-old generalist hair salon known for being on the cutting edge while staying faithful to classic styling.

Over the past year, Firefly has added a full color team to complement the cutting skills of Bruckner and DiCicco. Courtney Lee is a full-time color staffer who hails from Cutler, a salon (with two Manhattan locations) known for its work in the fashion industry on runways and in magazines. Meanwhile, Carine Coco divides her time between Firefly and Cutler. Firefly is also one-stop shopping for the entire range of Bumble and bumble hair products and debuts new items before any other salon or shop in Westchester. A haircut with either costs $125, while a single-process color application goes for $90. A blow-dry is $50 to $85.

From Thin to Thick

Ashley Hackbarth, at Static Hair
180 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
(914) 997-2600

Hair, many of us are learning, can change over time, sometimes going from curly to straight, blonde to brown, and thick to thin. If yours has undergone the third change, you’re in luck. Static Hair colorist Ashley Hackbarth has made coloring fine and thinning hair her specialty. Her expertise is the result of a personal interest in the subject of thinning hair.

“My mother has very thin hair, and a couple of years ago, I had a period when I lost hair,” explains the young brunette, who now boasts a glorious mahogany mane. “My challenge was to find ways for my hair to look thicker without using extensions.”

Hackbarth’s trick, using the Goldwell color line, is to highlight with a palette of color, rather than just one color. This subtle multi-color approach leaves clients’ hair with the illusion of texture and volume, she says. She likes Goldwell because it has conditioning agents that are particularly gentle for fine hair and the glosses contain no peroxide. Hackbarth also has developed a small network of dermatologists to whom she can refer her clients for medical advice about their thin hair or hair loss. A single-process color costs $65, while highlights start at $100.



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