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Miranda Kerr for Red Magazine As spring is approaching, there are plenty of reasons to update your look. The shift in seasons pretty much always brings with it a new hair color trend and as one of the best hair salons in New York City, staying up to date with the latest trends, techniques and color is our top priority. So we decided to ask our colorists Giulia Farella and Patrick Prinzo the question we all want the answer to: Which is the best hair color for a trendy spring look?   “Spring is all about embracing the natural look and it should for sure be one that is easy to maintain. Therefore, face-framing highlights are a great option. They’re quick, they refresh the color and give it new life all in one session. Generally speaking, at springtime blondes wants to go blonder, while brunettes and redheads tend to stay the same as the sun will lighten up the strands anyways. I always recommend my clients to invest in a good hair treatment to keep the hair healthy and shiny through warmer seasons.”   – Patrick Prinzo, Colorist Soho “After a long winter, clients tend to go brighter and funkier with their hair color. In other words, people want a fresh and new look. If my client isn’t quite ready to part with his or her winter hues, I would suggest adding a few highlights to slightly brighten up the look and create more dimension. As a colorist, I always have the final result in mind and a color that may look great on one client, might not fit another one. Trends come and go, but a great style could last forever. My advice would be to consult with your colorist to find a color that fits your skin tone, haircut and style in general.” – Giulia Farella, Colorist Brooklyn Heights Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon in SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, New York. We offer services such as haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring and extensions. Schedule your appointment with us today in Soho Schedule your appointment with us today in Brooklyn Heights  

Kate Moss for ELLE Argentina It's not hard to fall into the trap. You see one picture of Jane Birkin or Selena Gomez and you immediately think: It's time — I'm getting bangs! Bangs aren’t just an accessory, they are also something that should go well with your facial features, style and personality. Therefore, we recommend all our clients to think one more time before they do the chop. How do you know if it’s time for a cut and most importantly; which type of bangs should you go for? Cutting bangs may seem like a huge commitment, but it doesn’t have to be like that. If you feel unsure, start off with longer ones to make the grow-out phase easier. You definitely want your bangs to be cutting-edge, and that’s why you need to take a few things into consideration. First of all, your facial features. The shape of your face, eyes, eyebrows, and hairline are just a few things that may affect the look of your bangs. A 60’s inspired fringe may be flattering for your face but not to someone else’s. Therefore we always recommend our clients to consult with a hairdresser before cutting it off. Another thing to keep in mind is the hair type. If you have shorter hair, the gap between the bangs and the hair won’t be as dramatic. So if you’re not happy with your style, it’s easier to blend it back in again. If you have hair on the finer or thinner side, bangs may require taking a lot of hair from the back of your head and that might affect the layering of your style. Last, but definitely not least, your bangs have to go well with your lifestyle. Having great bangs is like having a good purse. A classic Chanel looks good with every outfit, but a Bottega Veneta might not be for everyone. Cutting bangs takes a couple of minutes, but months to grow out. Even though this can be a drastic change in your looks, always remember that hair grows back. It’s not a tattoo. Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon in SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, New York. We offer haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring and extensions. Schedule your appointment with us today in Soho Schedule your appointment with us today in Brooklyn Heights

  You visit the hair salon for a haircut, but just weeks after your appointment you notice that your ends don’t look good – they are split in two again. Most likely this happened because the scissors your hairdresser used were of lower quality and not well maintained. As a result, your ends were broken instead of properly cut. As one of the best salons in New York City, we personalize sessions that focus on the hair’s integrity and long-term growth. So how can you know if your service is cutting-edge? Don’t worry – we have you covered! Fabio, why are scissors important for a great haircut? – Scissors are important because they allow me, as a hairdresser, to give my clients a haircut with precision. They have to be extremely sharp to achieve the results that we want. My passion for the craftsmanship is what drives me daily and my goal is to provide you with a service that leaves you loving the hair you were born with. Is it true that you don't use clippers for men's cut? – I really try not to unless it’s a skin fade style. With scissors, I can control the technique in a way that a clipper can’t. Do scissors affect the health of hair? – Yes, absolutely. If the hair splits sooner than usual, your hairdresser has probably used the wrong pair of scissors. If you cut your hair with cheap or poorly maintained scissors, you don’t cut the hair – you break the hair. Personally, they are my most important tools and I wouldn’t allow anybody to cut with my scissors. If someone does, I can feel it. It’s comparable to when someone drives your car and moves your seat – it’s not the same. Where do your scissors come from? – I only use Japanese scissors. They are made from the same metal and technique as a samurai sword. In other words, they’re pretty sharp. Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon in SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, New York. We offer haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring and extensions. Schedule your appointment with us today in Soho Schedule your appointment with us today in Brooklyn Heights

Sofia Vergara for Cosmopolitan Dry, frizzy and dull hair? Then you might need to boost your strands with an in-salon treatment. In previous blog posts, we’ve talked about the importance of using the right products for your specific hair type and the difference it can make on your scalp and hair. But fewer people know the benefits of investing in an in-salon treatment every now and then. Today, treatments are often confused with hair masks or conditioners. The difference is that hair masks and conditioners can be done at home, while treatments need to be applied by a professional in a salon. While conditioners and masks act on the surface of the hair and provide temporary protection and strength to it, treatments help to restore and maintain strength from within. Treatments use concentrated formulas that can target the hair, the scalp or both. They require a specific application, products and sometimes also tools. For instance, our Milbon treatment requires a specific technique where the hairdresser has to massage the strands with his or her hands in order for the product to penetrate the hair. It is common that a treatment comes in different steps that play off from each other, such as the Olaplex treatment that has 3 steps. Your hairdresser will know which type of treatment you need to step out of the salon looking and feeling like a celebrity. "People have come up to me on the street and literally asked to touch my hair!" – Vicky, Fabio Scalia Salon Client   For us, it’s important to always stay up to date with the latest trends, techniques and technologies. We are proud to offer top treatments in our salons from labels such as Milbon, Oribe, Label.m and Olaplex. Ideally, we recommend our customers to do a treatment every month and a hair mask once a week at home. An in-salon treatment can give you that boost you need to keep your color, cut and strands fresh for as long as possible. Schedule your treatment with us today here (Soho) or here (Brooklyn)

Gigi Hadid for H&M X Balmain In the world of fashion, style always seems to be changing. What is trending one season may be passé the next. In fact, some styles don’t seem to last longer than a couple of weeks, and navigating the world of hair is no different. It may seem impossible to keep up with all the latest hair news and stay in style. So how do you know if you’re keeping up with trends or not? “When choosing a hairstyle, you need to have the entire look in mind. The style has to go well with your facial features, coloring, skin tone and hair type, not to mention your personality and lifestyle. You can have a very Avant Garde hairstyle but that still wouldn’t look stylish if it doesn’t go well with the rest of your look. It all comes down to what fits you. We want to give you a style that is trendy but still timeless, without having to compromise with your hair’s integrity. Our vision is that you leave the salon with a style that looks today, tomorrow and all future days." Fabio Scalia Whether it's the return of the 60’s bangs, the wet look, or a short bob, springtime brings with it the perfect opportunity to test out the most coveted hairstyles and hair trends working their way down the runways and onto the streets. In a recent blog post, we talked about the importance of training and how continuing education allows us to stay up to date with the latest trends and techniques. At Fabio Scalia Salons, we are happy to help you find the hairstyle that fits you best. Schedule your consultation with us today here (Soho) or here (Brooklyn).

You wash your hair too often The natural oils from your scalp nourish your hair and keep it hydrated and protected. If you wash your hair too often, it can strip your scalp of its natural oils – so your scalp ends up producing more in a bid to replace them. Aim to wash your hair 2-3 times a week and not more. If your hair gets oily fast try adding a dry shampoo to your styling routine. You wash your hair in the wrong way In previous blog posts, we’ve talked about the hair washing mistakes you might be guilty of. Remember that hair tends to be dirtiest at the roots and drier towards the ends, so apply shampoo to the scalp and work your way down. And do not forget to be generous with the massage! You massage your scalp too aggressively Be gentle while massaging! Too much or too aggressive a scalp massage stimulates the sebaceous glands and as a result, more sebum is produced. Instead, aim for gentle movements clockwise and counterclockwise – and no nails! Your diet needs a change The remedy for greasy hair usually begins with changing the habits mentioned above. However, there may be something else you can do to stop your oily locks dilemma, and that is changing your diet. Avoid fatty foods and be sure to eat these 10 nutrients that are said to improve the condition of your hair. You use the wrong products The wrong products can leave your hair feeling dry, weighed down, and lifeless. Investing in a good shampoo is key for a healthy mane. Great options would be to use Gentle Cleanser from Label.m, Ultra Gentle from Oribe, or to do the Milbon Scalp Treatment every two months. Not sure what product that fits your hair? Ask your hairstylist the next time you visit the salon.   Photograph by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin; style by Alex White; W magazine December 2008. 

(Spoiler alert- It should!) I was 12 years old when I first began training in cosmetology, and I quickly realized that constant training and education is crucial for my career as a hairdresser. I am and have always been, eager to learn more to become the best stylist possible. Throughout my career, I have been trained at the best hair establishments in Europe, including Vidal Sassoon London, Jacques Dessange Paris, Autre Chose Monte Carlo, Aldo Coppola Milan and Toni & Guy London.   Today, I’m proud to run two very successful salons in New York City, but that success wouldn’t be possible without all the hours my team and I put into training on a weekly basis. In order to always be able to serve and educate our clients with the latest trends, techniques and ways of maintaining healthy hair, constant education is a top priority for the entire team. My stylists and colorists are not only personally trained by me, but also by top guest artists in our industry. And no matter how much hairdressing experience I have personally, there’s nothing as invigorating for my spirit as learning about something new that is going on in this amazing field. At Fabio Scalia Salons, we train on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I know, it’s a lot but it’s also what makes us stand out from the rest. Each client’s needs are individual and we want to customize services that fit your style, life and personality. In other words, we want you to love living with your hair. So, we take the time to educate ourselves on topics such as the scalp, new techniques, tools, products, facial features, skin complexions and the latest trends in fashion and beauty, to mention a few. We do this to be able to deliver personalized results that always live up to the expectations that our clients have of the Fabio Scalia brand. The hours of hard work are all worthwhile when my team and I deliver results that keep our clients looking their best day after day. Schedule your consultation with us today in one of our New York City locations:  here (Soho) or here (Brooklyn).

Lily Aldrige Contouring is a concept most people are familiar with today (we thank Kim K for that). The technique of sculpting something to look aesthetically pleasing has been making the rounds in beauty circles for years, but did you know you can do the same with your hair? We see this on the red carpet, in magazines and on celebrities – face framing highlights are here to stay and we will be seeing much more of this trend in 2018. Imagine you were going to the beach for weeks with your hair up in a ponytail. Only strands exposed to the sun will become lighter and as a result: brighter hair around the face. “If you want to achieve this natural look, I would suggest to not go brighter than two levels from your natural hair color”, says colorist Claudia Decicco. These type of highlights are great for clients who have never done color before, since it’s not as extreme as a full head of highlights. It’s also excellent for people who are dark brunettes and transitioning into becoming gray, as the changeover would become a bit softer. “From a colorist’s perspective, face framing highlights are probably the best way for me to get to know my client’s hair and condition as you only need to color a few locks for the result”, says Decicco. She goes on to say, “As a colorist, there are a lot of factors for me to take into consideration when I meet a new client; skin tone, natural pigments, eye color, and lifestyle to mention a few. You need to look at the whole picture to achieve the best results. Truth is, each client is individual but adding subtle highlights to lighten the hair around the face is an easy way to achieve a youthful and fresh look.” – Claudia Decicco, Colorist Soho Ready to try out this trend? Schedule your consultation with us today in one of our New York City locations:  here (Soho) or here (Brooklyn).

Bradley Cooper shot by David Slijper for GQ Australia Getting a men’s haircut right may seem like an easy task, but getting it just right might be easier said than done. We have listed five mistakes that men make when choosing a hair style. Good news – they’re an easy fix! You’re not taking your natural hairlines into consideration To achieve a hairstyle that goes well with your features, the proportions of the cut have to be just right. Your hairline in the back should stretch at least 2 inches below your earline. Meaning, you want to keep hair on your neck to avoid the risk of your head looking too small and your neck looking too big. When it comes to grooming, a good indicator would be to leave 1 1/2 - 2 inches on your neck for best results. A men’s haircut should be customized and varies for each individual. A good cut can minimize a receding or low hairline in the front. You’re forgetting the cowlicks Another classic mistake is to skip consultation on cowlicks, a lock of hair that grows in a different direction from the rest. A customized cut that controls cowlicks and benefits the hairstyle at the same time should allow you to win the battle.  You’re not thinking about the entire look It’s also important to keep the entire look in mind; eyebrows, beard etc. The proportions, shapes, and geometry is individual for each client and has to be just right to enhance the features. Sideburns are a way to sculpt your face and they can’t be too long or too short – they have to be just right. A good guideline would be to cut them in line with the tragus (mid-ear) as you want them to be long enough to create that natural feeling. Illustrations by Leon Bowers for FashionBeans You’re not using the right products Maintaining your style in between visits to the salon can be a tough challenge and when having short hair, the texture is key. Therefore, it’s important that you use the right type and amount of products. Is conditioner really necessary for men? What type of products should you use for short hair? How often should you wash your hair? Truth is, it depends. And that’s exactly why consultation is so important. You’re not investing in a style that lasts So you left the salon with a great haircut – now what? A hairstyle shouldn’t only last for one or two weeks, it should be maintained until your next visit to the salon. Meaning, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice the style as the hair grows in. Choosing the right place to get your hair cut is crucial. There’s a difference between going to a barber that relies on clippers and razors and going to a salon that uses mostly scissors to create a long lasting and personalized cut. At Fabio Scalia Salon, we’ve got you covered! Our dedicated staff specializes in using the appropriate tools and techniques to create a look that is easy to style at home and grows in properly. This means fewer salon visits to maintain your hairstyle. Step into the salon between cuts and we will even give you a complimentary side burn and neck touch-up. (There’s a reason they call us the best salon in New York City, wink wink). Are you ready for a makeover? Schedule a consultation with one of our stylists today here (Soho) or here (Brooklyn).

Meryl Streep for Vanity Fair You’re looking at yourself in the mirror and suddenly you see something that doesn’t quite fit into your colorful mane: a silver gray hair. Going gray is a process, but realizing it's happening can feel very sudden. You may know immediately that you want to cover your gray hairs with dye, or you may consider embracing your new look. Believe it or not, you can still achieve a glamorous and fashionable hairstyle without completely disguising your gray. Generally speaking, your hair turns gray when the production of pigment in your body stops. The lack of copper in our bodies speeds up the aging process and every hair has its own course, which is the reason behind why it's possible for one hair to become gray before the rest of it. [x_line] So what can you do about it? As one of the best hair salons in New York City, dealing with gray hair is a part of our everyday life. If your hair is already colored, a great alternative would be to start working with semi-permanent color so that when the hair grows out, the color would also wash out slightly and the outgrowth would be less remarkable. In previous posts, we’ve talked about the nutrients that can boost your mane and if you want to slow down the aging process of the hair, kale, walnuts and dark chocolate are three foods said to do that. But there are also a couple of other things you could do when the silver gray hair suddenly shows up. We asked our colorists Lucio Galano and Rocco Crisci for their best advice. “The changeover to gray hair color could be a tough challenge, especially if your hair is long. If a client has dark hair, adding lowlights would be a good option to consider for an easier transition. You would add your base color into the gray hair, so to break the line of demarcation between regrowth and colored hair. A client who is naturally light could stop doing a base color and just do highlights to transition. The process of becoming gray is individual and cannot be the same for all. Therefore, I highly recommend all clients to come in for a consultation. As hair turns gray when we get older, the texture also changes. Embracing not only your grays, but also the new texture, will require looking for a new hairstyle and changing your choice of products”. – Lucio Galano, Color Director, Soho [x_line] “When a client is deciding upon becoming naturally gray or not, it’s important to remember that each person’s process is individual. To find out what tone works for you, you would have to play around with different shades of gray. A good alternative would be to lift your hair with a double process and then add a smoky ash tone. However, it's important to remember that you would have to go through the process little by little if you want to maintain a healthy mane. Keep in mind that you might have to lift your natural color a lot to achieve the look you want. Hair looks gray because it still has some dark pigment in it and adding a smoky ash tone creates a more natural look. I also highly recommend my clients to use a purple shampoo and conditioner in between visits to the salon to maintain the cool tone they wished for.” – Rocco Crisci, Color Director, Brooklyn                                                                                        Going gray is a process, and you may have to make some changes to your hair routine, but we’ve got you covered. Schedule your consultation with us today HERE (Brooklyn) and HERE (Soho).