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For those of you have have known me for a long time, you know I have never been the hugest fan of Keratin treatments in the past. I don’t like my staff, or my clients, to have to breath in the foul odor of the formaldehyde (found in most treatments) and I don’t like to use chemicals that can damage a clients hair. In fact, we have never offered the most “potent” treatments at the salon, even when clients have requested them, because of these reasons. Healthy hair has always been our number one priority. This is why I am thrilled with the product we recently discovered, Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment. Cezanne is 100% formaldehyde free and, over time, it actually improves the health of the hair. It leaves hair shiny, manageable and easy to style. How it Works Cezanne uses siricin, which is a natural protein produced by the Bombyx Mori silkworm. Combined with botanical extracts, vitamins and amino acids CPF protects and fortifies the hair while cementing in the keratin, which creates the smoothness. CPF uses a low ph system, which allows the keratin, vitamins and botanicals to enter into the cortex of the hair. After the formula is applied to the hair, a flat iron is used to seal the cuticle and lock in the keratin blend. Depending on the length of your hair, the application process takes between 2 1/2 and 3 hours and the smoothing effects last for approximately three months. Results After treatment hair will be sleek, healthy and frizz free! CPF was given the thumbs up by staffers of Allure Magazine who said, “the treatment delivers serious shine and a dramatic reduction in frizz”. If your hair is naturally wavy Cezanne allows you to maintain your curls, but they will be slightly looser and much easier to smooth out (if you are going for a straighter look). Results are seen instantly and on every hair type. I am excited to be able to offer this new treatment at Fabio Scalia Salon and, so far, our clients have been thrilled with the results! Click here for the before and after photo gallery on the Cezanne website.  

I was recently interviewed by Marie Claire for an article about when it’s time to replace your flat iron. I want to share the article with all of you, but first, I want to offer a few additional tips on flat ironing. Flat irons may help you get the look want but it's very important, for the health of your hair, that they are used correctly. When to use a flat iron Only flat iron your hair when it’s being a little rebellious and you can’t get it as straight as you want. I don’t recommend using a flat iron every day because it’s a lot of heat and eventually your hair will become damaged if you do it too often. Only use a flat iron after hair has been blown out. As you're smoothing out your hair during your blow dry (preferably with a boar bristle brush) the cuticle becomes sealed. This will make the flat ironing less damaging to your locks. So, don't even think of flat ironing hair that is still a little damp because the cuticle is still open! Which products to use Always use a heat protectant spray before flat ironing. Use the spray on dry hair after it’s been blown out. I recommend Royal Blowout or Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray, both by Oribe. These sprays are heat activated and will protect your hair from the heat as well as keep it straight for a longer period of time. Don’t over flat iron your hair Never use a flat iron because you don’t have time to blow out your hair properly. Get your hair as straight as possible with the blow dryer and just flat iron lightly. Flat iron small 1/2 inch sections if you want a really sleek and shiny look. But remember, if you are only flat ironing small sections of hair then the heat will be more intense and the hair will damage more easily, so use judgement. If you are just looking to straighten out a few kinks and prevent frizz, you can flat iron larger sections of anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of hair. Which flat iron to use and when to replace it Not all flat irons are created equal. Want to know which one is best for your hair and your budget? Check out the article in Marie Claire! ~Fabio

Hair by Evelia Godinez Make-up by Michael J'ann Robinson. More and more clients are coming into the salon these days and asking about hair extensions. This excites me as a hairdresser because the possibilities, with extensions, are endless, and clients are usually thrilled with the results. You don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy the fun of going from short hair to long, fine hair to thick, or just adding a little va-va-voom to an up-do or a blow out. Glamorous side swept waves have been all over the red carpet lately and stylist, Evelia Godinez, created a how-to video to show everyone how to get this look using extensions. Evelia used clip-in extensions because they don’t damage the hair and they are super easy to work with. Clip-in extensions can be used over and over again and they won’t break the bank, as they are the least expensive type of extensions. Simply have your hairdresser order the extensions to match your hair color and have them trimmed to blend in with your hairstyle. If you request extensions made from human hair, they can even be dyed to match your own color precisely. (At the salon we also use tape-in extensions and fusion extensions, which can remain in your hair for several months, if you are looking for something longer lasting). Thanks Evelia for this great how-to video. And also a special thanks to our in-house colorist/ make-up artist, Michael J’ann Robinson, for doing the makeup of our model, Katherine Cooksey. Enjoy the video! Ciao, Fabio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmh1SAQXe0s

This week, stylist (and up-do aficionado) Theresa Belloni is going to show us how to create a funky and edgy up-do. It’s a fun look that can be dressed up for a formal event or worn out on a Saturday night when you are feeling like you want to be noticed. Theresa has a few tips for us on creating this look. 1) Prepping the hair is an important step when creating an up-do. Start with clean and dry hair. Use a little texturizing spray, such as Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, to give the hair some texture. 2) Both traditional bobby pins as well as hair pins (open bobby pins) are necessary for this up-do. 3) Finish this look with a flexible hold hairspray, such as Oribe Superfine Hairspray. This will keep the up-do in place without dulling the style. Thank you Theresa for sharing your creativity and expertise in this video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYdSM8bzjPE

Have you ever wondered why it seems so effortless for your hairstylist to give you a gorgeous and sleek blowout, yet when you try it at home you are left with a shapeless pile of frizz? Is it the years of beauty school? Here at Fabio Scalia Salon we believe you can learn how to blow out your own hair like a pro! Our stylist, Mary Kazak, is going to show everyone how to achieve a “fresh-out-of-the-salon” look from the comfort of your own home. Before watching this tutorial video, Mary has some useful tips to keep in mind: 1) Make sure you use a strong blow dryer that gets really hot. We mentioned this before in “Five Tips to Make Your Blow-out Last Longer”. Both the T3 and the Parlux line of dryers work really well and are fast drying (which prevents hair damage). Always use a nozzle attached to your dryer. 2) Before drying your hair use a product to lock in moisture and protect your hair from the heat. You can try Oribe Supershine Cream, which prevents frizziness and leaves hair shiny and soft. Add a dime sized amount to the ends of your hair while it is damp. 3) If you are looking for volume, try Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray. This spray is heat activated and should be applied to the roots of the hair for fullness and bounce that lasts throughout the day. 4) When selecting a round brush, make sure you choose the right size for the look you are trying to achieve. A small brush is great if you want to add some waves to your blow out while a larger brush should be used if you want a really straight look. NEVER use a metal brush because when it gets hot it will burn your hair! Wooden brushes with boar bristles work best. Enjoy the video and remember that practice makes perfect! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ghi39J0qgU  

This week our in-house makeup artist, Michael J’ann Robinson, is going to give us some tips on common tricks that makeup artists have been using for ages, highlighting and contouring. Highlighting and contouring allow you to balance your features and to create the facial shape that you wish you were born with. These two steps go hand in hand because the contoured areas make the highlighted areas stand out. It takes practice but with a few tricks you will be able to change the shape of your face! Let’s start with the basics of which products you will need. According to Michael, before you begin you will need your concealer, foundation (which matches your skin tone) and two additional colors of face makeup. One should be 2 to 3 shades lighter than your skin tone and the other should be two to three shades darker (depending on how dramatic a look you want to create). Fortunately, today their are many companies that sell contouring/highlighting palette’s as a set, such as Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate. You can find them in the form of creams or powders. Creams may seem daunting but they are great for people with dry skin, who need some added moisture AND they allow you to achieve a beautiful blended look. If you prefer powder, Nars makes a fabulous contouring blush set that is very easy to use (You can watch the video here). The first step in the process is to conceal and color correct. Cover any dark circles, blemishes or reddish spots with concealer. Next apply your foundation as you normally do. Now you can apply your highlighter. Michael says that highlighting can give your face an instant lift! (Who doesn’t want that?) Highlight areas you want to bring attention to. These will be the areas that catch light. Michael recommends applying highlighter to the tops of cheekbones (to enhance them), under the eye area, down the center of the nose and above the brow area. Have fun with it! Apply a dab above the center of the lip in the cupid bow and another dab to the chin to enhance the mouth area. Add a dab to the center of your lip to create a pout. Finally, you can create the facial shape you want by contouring, also called shading. When contouring, apply a darker shade to any areas of the face that you want to appear smaller. Add a line of the darker hue to the side of the nose to create the illusion of a more slender shape. Also add around the hairline (to minimize a large forehead) and to the hollow of the cheeks (to accentuate your cheekbones). You can minimize a double chin by adding contouring under the jawline and chin. Blend highlighted and contoured areas well, as you do not want to be left with that dreaded makeup “line”. When finished, apply your blush and some translucent powder and you are good to go! The final look! A big THANK YOU to Michael J'ann Robinson for these useful makeup tips!

As a hairdresser, it’s fun to be inspired by what other hairdressers are doing, and by which hairstyles celebrities choose to wear on the red carpet. Of course, with that comes a healthy amount of competition, with other hairdressers, but it’s all in good fun! For me the Academy Awards are more about the hair and fashion than the movies themselves, so I definitely have a strong opinion about all of the Oscar night looks. This year we saw a little bit of everything on the red carpet, from soft updo’s to sleek ponytails to edgy rocker chic. There were hits and misses but here are the looks that deserved an award for best hair in my book….. Zoe Saldana- Her low tousled bun is flirty and romantic. I love how the loose curls frame her face. By far, this was my favorite look of the night! Lady Gaga- Her ponytail is completely in style right now (would we really expect anything different from Lady Gaga?). The first time I saw this look was when I was working in Milan and replicating a look that was created for a Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign that featured models with low wrapped ponytails accessorized by a hairpiece or flower. Lady Gaga nailed the look! Rita Ora- Her look is sleek, versatile and chic. What I like most about it is her hair color. It compliments her skin tone perfectly. I also love the way she left her eyebrows a darker color. With the platinum blond hair and deep side swept part it looks like she has a halo surrounding her exotic features. Chrissy Teigen- Her look is glamorous and timeless. The streaks of blond add movement  to her waves. Her hair is blonder at the ends and a little darker on top, which creates a lot of dimension. Her make-up is flawless!  Emma Stone- She has a fun asymmetrical updo. The waves are beautifully done and the look is clean and polished. I would have done exactly the same thing with her hair, as the waves bring out the shine of her warm red locks. Keira Knightly- The center part adds a bit of romance to her look. The waves are soft and relaxed and the Chanel headband is a perfect finishing touch. It looks retro yet Victorian. Hope you enjoyed my 2015 Academy Awards hair commentary. All these actresses look beautiful and I can’t wait to recreate these looks on my clients! Ciao-- Fabio Individual photo credits: Harpersbazaar.com, thegloss.com,totalbeauty.com  

Here at Fabio Scalia Salon we are committed to our partnership with local artists. We love having the opportunity to connect artists with members of the community and we are privileged to have a revolving display of amazing art adorning our walls. Recently, and just in time for Valentine's Day, we have re-partnered with Michael Mut- local artist and founder of the Love Yourself Project. The Love Yourself Project is presenting a collection of origami hearts from their core public program, 10,000 Hearts Campaign, that began in 2010. Each mixed media hand made heart contains a personal inscription of self-love, from New Yorkers who were asked “What do you love about yourself?” In this collection at Fabio Scalia Salon,  Mut donated several of his own personal origami hearts to be for sale to help support the project. In the back part of the salon are hand painted Hearts also by Michael Mut and local artist Shelley Flanders. All Hearts are for sale and 100% of the profit will go to the Love Yourself Project to support their programs. We are very inspired by the message of self-love, and we think all of you will appreciate this lovely exhibit. Stay tuned to learn the date of an upcoming workshop where you can learn to make your own origami heart with a message that is personal to you. Also check out the Love Yourself Project's exhibit of 5,000 hearts, honoring the program's 5th anniversary, on display at BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY). The exhibit is taking place between February 24th - March 8th. For more information visit: loveyourselfproject.org.

Many of my client’s ask me if there is any difference between taking care of their child’s hair and taking care of their own hair. The answer is quite simply, yes, as your child’s hair has different needs than your own. The diameter, texture and color of your child’s hair is still forming until age 10 to 12 (and sometimes even into the teen years). Basically, your child’s hair is much more delicate than your own. Here are some tips you should consider when taking care of your child's hair: Do not wash your child’s hair every day- Of course I tell ALL of my client’s not to wash their hair every day but I know many of you do not apply this rule to your children. Here’s why you should. Shampooing every day is too aggressive for your child’s delicate hair and scalp. Children’s hair is dryer and less greasy than adult hair because sebaceous glands do not start producing significant amounts of oil until puberty. So your child’s hair really isn’t as “dirty” as you think it is and simple water will often do the trick. Even sweat can be dissolved with water alone. Shampooing two to three times a week should be sufficient. (Tip- if you are only washing hair twice a week, do two shampoos each time you wash). Of course, use judgment. If your child regularly goes to the beach, swim class or has a habit of getting ice cream in their hair, you should wash more frequently. Use a gentle shampoo- Once your child is old enough to keep shampoo out of their eyes you can use an “adult” shampoo. Look for a shampoo with a pH of 5.0 to 5.5, no higher than 6. A higher pH will create drier hair. When choosing a shampoo, look for one that is ultra-gentle. You can try Oribe Ultra Gentle Shampoo, which is a sulfate-free shampoo that produces less lather and is less drying than other shampoos. Use a de-tangling conditioner and daily detangling spray for long hair- The only reason to use conditioner on a child’s hair is for detangling, therefor I do not recommend it for short cuts. Since long hair tangles easily, use a detangling conditioner whenever you wash your child’s hair. Make sure you comb the conditioner through before rinsing so that it gets evenly distributed throughout the hair. NEVER put any type of conditioner directly on the scalp. On days you do not wash your child’s hair, use a detangling spray or leave-in conditioner. Detangle curly hair when it is wet. (You can wet hair easily using a spray bottle). Start from the bottom and work your way up when detangling, using a wide toothed comb along with your fingers. Detangle straight or wavy hair when it is dry or damp. I recommend using a detangling brush, such as the CP Creative Wet/Dry Detangling Brush. Make sure you are detangling the knots and not breaking the hair. Gently brush straight hair once or twice a day to prevent tangles from forming and to distribute sebum (the natural oil your hair produces) throughout the hair. Make sure to get your child’s hair cut often- Since children’s hair is more prone to breakage, tangles, chlorine damage and dryness, it can be more difficult to style. This is why you shouldn’t wait more than eight weeks to get your child’s hair cut. Short styles will require cuts even more frequently. The frequent cuts will keep the hair healthier. Don’t forget about style- Just because they’re young does not mean they don’t want to look fashionable! For short styles, styling products are fine. A paste or pomade will keep your child’s hairstyle in place throughout their daily activities. You don’t have to break the bank, just choose a styling product that fits your budget. For longer hair, ponytails, buns, braids and twists can help the hair from becoming tangled throughout the day. Use a ribbon hair tie (also mentioned in my post about maintaining your blow-out) to put your child’s hair up without leaving a dent or damaging the hair. I hope you enjoyed this week’s hair tips! Post any questions you have or feel free to ask me in person at the salon. Also, please check out our updated menu of services to view our new rates for children's cuts (available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Ciao, Fabio  

Fabio Scalia Salon is offering a full makeover to the winning bidder. Here’s what it’s all about. One of our clients, Jessica Greer, is the co-founder of an amazing organization called “Girl Be Heard”. It is a non-profit theater and educational program in NYC that allows young inner city women, ages 12 through 21, to have their voices heard through the arts. Girls write, direct and perform in theater productions with support from professional actors and directors. Their productions often focus on important issues that affect young women in today's society. The group started in 2008 with only eight members. Today they have over 100 members and they have performed at The White House and The United Nations! To show our support for this inspirational organization, Fabio Scalia Salon is offering up a full makeover to be auctioned off online NOW, and over the next 14 hours, leading up to their “Gotta Love Girls Gala”. The makeover will include make-up application by Michael J’ann Robinson, full color service with colorist Hector Osorio, and a cut/style with myself, Fabio (total value approx. $600). We know this is a last minute post so if you are interested in bidding on this offer don’t waste time! Click here to submit your online bid. Even if you don’t want a make-over take a second to read about these talented women and their stories. We totally support Jessica and "Girl Be Heard" and we're so happy to offer our support! Ciao, Fabio   http://girlbeheard.org/psa/