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Zodiac-wise, Aquarius season is a hairdresser's fan favorite due to Aquarians’ [sometimes eccentric] individualistic nature, and their penchant for creative self-expression. Further, an Aquarian hairstylist or colorist also has a perfect balance of traits that lend themselves to success in their craft: Intuition, an open mind, and a talent for creating new and innovative ways for clients to express themselves. “If you are an Aquarius you are a unique individual who is unafraid to let that show in your look and appearance,” comments Artistic Director Fabio Scalia. “You can pull off almost any style. If you feel bold, go for a bright creative hair color. It will look and feel authentic on you.” Tapping Into our Aquarian Expertise Fortunately for our clients, four fabulous Aquarians (Eddy Scudo in Brooklyn, and Mirko Vergani & Teresa Steed in SoHo),work  in our salons – and we spoke to two of them for insight:  Mirko Vergani, Master Colorist and a bona fide Aquarian, says that creativity and innovation in his work set him apart. “Being open minded to what my clients want, and the ability to insert my own creative input, is a beautiful relationship that I am able to build with them,” says Mirko.  For cut/style, rising star Teresa Steed says that “being comfortable with thinking outside the box is an Aquarian trait that works in my favor.” What's more, when behind the chair, Teresa's creative nature allows her to envision the look and bring it to life paying close attention to details big and small. In celebration of you gloriously unique Aquarians, here are four cuts, styles and color to inspire your wildest dreams.  Flow-y, Voluminous Long Hair As an air sign, stick with fluffy and flow-y styles, advises Fabio. And it doesn’t get any better than this stunning supermodel-style cut created to be both soft and boldly confident.  Category-Defying Color    Naturally, we look to Mirko to guide our creative color journey. Leave it to him to create this show-stopping coral color, styled two ways to showcase Aquarian style that defies categorization.  A Rebellious, Unpredictable Bob Don’t tell an Aquarian what to do, or that any hairstyle has to be worn this way or that. To support their non-conformity, Fabio’s latest short bob makes an artistic statement and can be styled three ways.  Airy See-Through Bangs  Are they there, or not? For ethereal Aquarius, barely-there bangs allow you to shape-shift as you please. If you aren’t in the mood to style them, just push aside and they’ll blend in with the rest of your hair.  Finally, whether you’re born under the sign of Aquarius or looking for a new style to support how you’re feeling during this season, our stylists can create a stand-out, free-flowing look this winter. Book now to channel the Age of Aquarius through a new cut and color! 

Bangs are back and more versatile than ever! And that means there is a style that suits everyone, no matter your hair’s  length or texture. But, we know it can get confusing quickly when looking at all the different styles to choose from. We’re here to make it easier – simply check out these inspiration photos to show to your stylist at your next haircut appointment. Blunt This is the traditional and classic hairstyle that birthed the bang trend! Blunt bangs are an exciting way to spruce up a classic hairstyle, such as a short bob. You can even cut these bangs with some face framing layers if you have longer hair to give a doll appearance.  Wispy Wispy bangs are pretty much the straight-up opposite of traditional blunt bangs – and because they are less of an in-your-face statement, they are a great option if you’ve never had bangs before and are just looking to try them out. They’re on the longer and thinner side, so if you decide you don’t want to style the bangs one day, you can push them to the side and they will blend effortlessly with the rest of your hair because not as much of your hair is cut to form the bangs.  Curtain The show must go on, and the Curtain Bangs hairstyle, which made its debut in late 2021 is far from being washed up! This relaxed hairstyle is parted in the middle and then drapes your face as a way to naturally compliment it. The hair is shortest on the inner part towards your forehead, and waterfalls longer to blend into your natural hair length.  Baby Baby bangs originated in the alternative scene, but have made their way into mainstream culture because they are  flattering and easy to style. Not to mention, baby bangs are practical, because, hence the name, their short length prevents any blocking of  your eyesight like longer bangs may do. If you like edgier hairstyles and want to accentuate your eyes, baby bangs should definitely be on your agenda! Side Another classic bang style, that has been around for ages, is a side-swept bang. These bangs are longer pieces–created where you part your hair deep on the side that areparted to go across your forehead to the other side. The good news is that this haircut suits almost all hair lengths and textures, so you don’t have to worry about the logistics of it all (leave that to your hairstylist!).  Curly Curly hair is beautiful; why not accentuate it with having some curls in the front to frame your face? Chopping some wavy or curly bangs can often give the appearance of a shag, which is perfect because that ’80s laid-back look is all the rage!  Hopefully these inspirational images, along with a description of what each style of bangs looks like, will help you make an easier bangs choice the next time you’re in the salon. Our professional hairstylists at Fabio Scalia Salon will always take your face shape and personal style into consideration when cutting your bangs, so even though you have a point of reference from these images, it’s always a great idea to be open to having your own version of bangs to suit you the best. You can book your next hair transformation online by clicking here or call one of our salons: Brooklyn Heights 718-855-5777 or Soho 212-343-0523. We can’t wait to see all of you with your new rockin’ bangs!

The secret is out: Having a professional hair color service doesn’t always mean spending all of your free time in the salon. Here, we’re going to discuss five different hair color ideas that look high maintenance, but are actually easy to maintain. Changing your hair is the best way to keep your look interesting and fresh; but while all hair changes require a little bit of upkeep, some colors and techniques require more frequent salon visits than others. As much as we love seeing our clients often, we know that your hair is not the only thing on your busy agenda, so we’ve compiled the most low-maintenance hair colors so that you can change your look without filling up your schedule with hair appointments.  Balayage Balayage, a hand-painted technique, is all about natural grow-out and it allows a seamless blend of the highlights to your natural hair. The highlights start really thin towards the roots, so that most of your root color remains natural, and gets thicker and heavier towards the ends so that you will still have the transformation you want. This allows you to have a bold or subtle change with more forgiving growth. And Fabio Scalia salons have a wealth of colorists known for the best balayage in NYC, such as Lucio Galano in our Soho salon. Call us to schedule a consultation!   Face-Framing Highlights Adding face-framing highlights stays away from the top of the head and adds dimension and brightness to the face. This is an easy way to add something fresh to your locks that only involves a small section of hair. Since the highlights will only be added around the front perimeter, the bold change literally “frames” your face. Low-maintenance bonus: This does not need to be retouched more than a couple of times a year. Pastel Ombre Looking for a fantasy color, but don’t want to have to come to the salon to get your roots done every couple of weeks? Pastel Ombre is a great application method to add a fun color to your hair without having to dye your whole head. This technique includes a balayage to hand-paint the bottom to a light blonde followed by the application of a direct dye in the color of your choice. As the fantasy color washes out, it will reveal the blonde balayage underneath, so you’d only have to come to the salon to touch up the pastel bits whenever you’re feeling the vibe!     Rich Brunette Don’t let the name fool you; you don’t have to spend all your money on maintenance for this one! Going darker always means easier upkeep. To bring more fullness to your locks, look no further than a glossy, warm brown. Caramel Highlights If you already have brunette hair but want to add some dimension and brightness, caramel highlights are the best option. When adding highlights to brown hair, the general rule is to stay within 2-3 shades of the base color so the caramels will blend seamlessly with your natural color. Hair tends to be naturally warm, so keeping the added highlights towards the warm, caramel side will help lessen harsh lines during your hair growth cycle. At our hair salon in Brooklyn, Rocco Crisci is your go-to for stunning caramel highlights!   To book your next appointment click here

The secret to many of the most stunning celebrity hair looks? Extensions. And we're not just referring to the luxurious, long locks that are typically associated with them: Today, extensions are even used on bobs and – lately – for gray hair as well. If you’re looking to get extensions done at a hair salon, Fabio Scalia has several stylists, at both the Soho and Brooklyn Heights locations, who are trained in Great-Lengths Hair Extensions. Great Lengths is a brand that originated in Rome, but quickly gained popularity in the USA due to their craftsmanship and application. They choose only the finest Indian human hair, which makes for the most natural looking extensions once applied. And, the hair is double drawn, which means that there is the same thickness from root to tip, which gives the hair a thicker appearance.      How do hair extensions work? There are two different application methods for these extensions: pre-bonded keratin and tapes.    Pre-bonded Keratin Pre-bonded keratin has a tip of keratin, which we produce naturally in our hair follicles, and is bonded to the root of your hair. Keratin acts the way that our natural hair does. For example, when hair is wet it expands and then contracts as it dries. Pre-bonded keratin extensions will maintain the integrity of your hair since the application allows the root to move freely. It is seamless and undetectable with your hair up because of the allowance of natural movement. To apply, your Great Lengths specialist will take a small bundle of extension hair and attach it to the same amount of your own natural hair through the root. This makes the application completely customizable. Thickening, lengthening, and adding highlights/lowlights (without dyeing your own hair) is what these extensions can be used for.  These extensions last for 3-5 months.     Tapes The hair used for the tape extensions is the same as in the pre-bonded keratin application, but the main difference is going to be application. Ultra-thin adhesive holds together the hair extension. The extensions are then applied to your root. This type of extension application can be used for length and thickness. Tapes will last for 4-7 weeks before needing to get them re-applied to ensure a natural appearance, but the tapes and hair themselves can be used up to three times.    Which should you choose? Both options are customizable to your specific hair, but there are key notes when choosing an application for your needs. Keratin bonds are better for someone who does not want to be in the salon as often; they last longer than the tapes before needing a re-application. They are also great for someone who wants more freedom in the styling of their hair. This is because updos and ponytails are more concealed with keratin bonds. Because of this, keratin bonds are a bit less maintenance because they act as human hair does. This allows you to not worry as much about the products you place on your hair, like conditioners and oil. In contrast to that, tapes typically do not have as strong of a hold; you should be more mindful with adding conditioners/oils because the tape may become loosened and slip off.  Don’t let that scare you, though! Tapes are ideal for clients who have thinner hair and who are looking for thickness. Because the tape is ultra thin and lays flat on the head, it provides a seamless look. This means no accidental peeking if the hair on top moves around and is fine/see-through.    If you need help choosing which extension fit is right for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to either the Soho or Brooklyn location of Fabio Scalia Salons. We can book you a complimentary consultation with one of our Great-Lengths extension specialists and you’ll be walking out with the hair of your dreams in no time!   

Everybody can agree that there is nothing more stunning than a beautiful head of shiny, healthy, and voluminous curly hair. With all the different curl patterns, which are essentially the texture and size of your curl–and which  range from a wave (2A) to a tight coil (4C)–everyone’s curls are unique. And that many curly guys and girls have is maintaining the health and shine of their curls. If not taken care of correctly, curls can get frizzy, dull, flat, and/or dry and we are often asked: “How do I transform my curls?!” Our top three tips, here: Get Haircuts More Often It is important for all curly hair types to get a haircut every 8 to 12 weeks. The reason is because the dead ends that produce on the bottom of your hair will pull your curls down, making your curls flat. When it comes to a curly haircut, less is more. Even an eighth of an inch can help your curls spring back to life and be bouncy once again–check out this video to see how these curls snapped back after a cut by Senior Stylist Samantha Gradilone. This goes for men’s haircuts, too–and we love this men’s haircut and style using Kerastase’s Curl Manifesto. Use Styling Products for Shine and Bounce Having the right mix of products to help you achieve the look you’re going for is almost like a cheat sheet; a good product can go a long way in your hair journey. We use and recommend Kerastase’s line of products dedicated to curly hair. Take their Gelee Curly Contour Gel-Cream: This curl enhancing and defining cream reduces frizz and softens the hair. It can be applied to damp or dry hair before being styled or after for a refresher.  Wash Your Hair at Least Once a Week Using the Right Shampoo Styling products are deemed as a necessity for curly hair, but this can also lead to product build up on the hair. This will add weight to your curls, which will provide a lack of volume. To combat this, use a shampoo that breaks down all the build up without causing any dryness. For more personalized product recommendations, speak to your stylist about your hair goals at your next cut. These easy tips that can be implemented into your routine to help maintain your curls with little effort. Everyone’s hair is different and it may take couple of trials before obtaining the exact routine best suited for you, but talking with your professional stylist makes the process easier and faster–so you can be on your way to healthy and hydrated hair.  To book your next appointment click here

With A-list celebrities such as Kendall Jenner and Zendaya adding red tones and tints to their hair, “going red” is shaping up to be one of the biggest hair crazes of 2022. And a big reason why this trend is booming right now is that so many different shades, hues, and intensities are possible, which makes it almost impossible to not find a shade that will suit you it ranges from a subtle strawberry blonde, to a bright cherry red, to a brown with warm undertones. If you’re inspired and are thinking about adding shades of red to your hair, or embracing and highlighting natural warm tones. Mirko Vergani, a colorist at Fabio Scalia Salons’ Soho location, sees red hair as “the ultimate luxury accessory.” He notes that clients with natural dark hair look great with dark shades of red — burgundy, dark burgundy, wine red, dark cherry, or reddish brown colors such as auburn. With all these options to choose from after deciding to hop on the trend, what’s the catch? Color Maintenance  According to Giulia Farella, master colorist at the Brooklyn Heights location, the hardest color to maintain is, without a doubt, red or copper since these colors tend to fade very quickly. This is great for a client that wants a temporary change, but if you fall in love with being a redhead and are going copper, you may have to make more trips to the salon for touch-ups. For example, if a brunette client is used to coming into the salon every 4-5 weeks for a single process root touch-up, a client who has red or copper hair—in order to maintain a vibrant shade of red—needs to come every 2-3 weeks to do a tint refresher. This would be a gloss treatment that adds pigment and shine to the hair without any breakage or damage. Next Steps! Don’t let this stop you from living your redhead dream, though! We have the tools and tips to prevent your hair from fading too quickly. Products formulated for colored hair help slow down the fading process when washing your hair in the shower, such as Kerastase’s Bain Absolu Respect shampoo and Fondant Cica Chroma conditioner. These are both great additions to your hair cleansing routine, and will keep your hair color fresh and clean. Click Here to book your next visit!

Does your dad, or any of the men in your life, need a cut or new hair style? When it comes to men and haircuts, guys need to decide whether to go to a hair stylist in a salon or a barber shop. Both provide similar services, but with key differences. Knowing what these differences are can help you choose the right services for your next men’s haircut! The Barber Shop Most men have been to a barber shop at some point in their life. These are typically a no-frills experience, where the haircare professional specializes in shorter hair that is usually cut with clippers, rather than scissors. This means: if you are looking for a standard cookie-cutter haircut, such as a buzzcut or military-style cut, in which you are essentially just chopping off some length, you would be well-suited at a barber shop. Hair Stylists in a Hair Salon The main difference in a hair salon with a stylist, rather than a barber, is variety and versatility. Stylists use scissors instead of clippers, which means a wider range of styles (which include the length, fade, texture, and more). If you are opting to maintain a longer length, a stylist would be recommended. A more personalized approach When it comes to getting a haircut in a traditional hair salon, you will get a more personalized experience. You start off with a consultation when arriving at your appointment where your stylist will ask you what your desired look is, how much time you’re willing to spend styling your hair everyday, and also take into account your profession and lifestyle -- and, at the same time, analyzing your hair texture and facial structure. All of this matters because it will help your stylist give you a haircut that is tailored to not only your looks, but your maintenance needs as well. Aside from greater versatility in your cut when opting for a stylist, salons offer hair color as well. If you’ve ever wanted to partially cover gray hair or get some highlights for a natural-looking change in your style, a professional colorist in a hair salon is the best choice. Furthemore, a professional hairdresser can also help you address other areas of concern such as hair thinning, scalp issues, dandruff, or sensitivity. During consultation, your hairdresser will prescribe specific in-salon hair treatments and the best hair care regimen for at-home care. The End Goal Choosing a salon or barber for your hair needs ultimately comes down to the goals that you have for your cut. If you’re looking for a personalized haircut that will match your look and lifestyle, a professional stylist will work with you for a new look that will boost your mood, and your confidence. Book your appointment by visiting our website here, or click here to purchase a gift card today and gift to your dad or any special man in your life.

Protecting the integrity of our client’s hair has always been at the core of our philosophy. Choosing the correct hair brush for your hair is imperative to maintaining your hair looking beautiful and feeling healthy. SoHo salon hair stylist Rene Villalta shares some hair brush magic. He demonstrates how to properly use a round brush to get a beautiful smooth finish without using a flat iron on model Samara. Click here to check out the video of Samara’s visit. What hair stylists recommend Rene shares, “round hair brushes help to tame frizz and deliver bounce and shine to your hair. I always recommend using natural boar bristle for the optimal blow dry results!” How about for fine hair? Brooklyn Heights hair stylist Antonio Juarez agrees, “natural boar bristle brush is a great option for all hair types." "For fine hair, I would stick with boar bristle as well, my only recommendation is to make sure that the bristle patterns are not too aligned and compacted too close to each other, a more scattered bristle is best for fine hair because it doesn't create too much tension or pull on the hair.” Also, when choosing the right brush remember that a wooden brush is always preferred not only is the quality of the brush better, but metal-based brushes can easily cause heat damage to already weaken hair. Nobody wants more breakage! One last tip Brooklyn Heights, lead stylist assistant Irina Barskaya shares an important tip when blow drying hair. “Work on your grip! A good blow dry starts with a good strong grip on the brush. Make sure you start close the root, and always work on your technique, make sure that the hair rolls into the brush as oppose to just pulling the hair down with the brush. It can be difficult to master at first but keep working on it and you’ll get that hang of it.” Now you know, if you want to protect the integrity and long-term health of your hair, a good hair brush is definitely well worth the investment! Check with your hairdresser in your next visit what he/she recommends for you. Click here to schedule your next visit

If you follow beauty trends and pop culture, we’re guessing you’ve seen “liquid hair” flowing through your social media feeds. It’s been featured on major online beauty publications, blogs and most notably seen on celebrities and social media influencers such as Kim Kardashian, Dua Lipa, Zendaya, Megan Fox and Cardi B. So, what is liquid hair? Just like it sounds, this style refers to hair that looks so soft and shiny that it reflects light like water. It visually “flows” and “ripples” like a water stream, or fountain of hair! The end result? Extra sleek, and extra glossy locks. How can I achieve this cool new style? The best way to wear this trend is with sleek pin-straight hair: think smooth blowout with a flat iron finish. An online deep dive would have you believe that the only way to achieve this look is by already having extremely straight hair, or by getting a keratin treatment. However, that is not the case. Anyone can rock this style—all types of hair, all types of texture. We asked our stylists at Fabio Scalia salons and this is what they recommend. “Take advantage of in-salon treatments! Many clients don’t even realize the arsenal of treatments available at their salons,” says Fabio. “Luxury hair care brands, such as L’Oreal’s Kerastase, invest huge amounts of resources on technology and science to come up with the latest haircare products that are truly miraculous.” Which treatment is best? For liquid hair, the K Water treatment by Kerastase is the perfect in-salon treatment to achieve the look. The best part is, unlike a keratin treatment (which can cost upward of $500), K Water is a $25 quick add-on treatment applied directly at the sink. Its breakthrough lamellar technology allows the liquid to act as a resurfacing solution. It instantly coats the hair upon contact, giving it an instant glossy, silky and smooth appearance. It is incredibly lightweight and leaves the hair feeling super fluid. See for yourself in this awesome video (on our Instagram) demonstrating impeccable liquid hair results created by Fabio himself with a K Water treatment.                So, the secret is out! Next time you visit the salon and want to give this trend a try, ask your hairstylist about this add-on treatment for the perfect blowout. Click here to book your next appointment.

Many consider February the “real” start of the New Year, because January always has a little lingering December energy (and, February is the start of the Lunar New Year, after all). Now that the February new year energy is in the air, nothing says change more than a new hairstyle. Today, we’re diving into one trending hair style that celebrities, trendsetters and influencers have been buzzing about been on: the Octopus Haircut. What is the Octopus Haircut? Just to give you a quick break down of what the Octopus Haircut is exactly, think about the shag but much less heavy at the bottom. The main volume of the style lies on the crown of the head and becomes stringy (like tentacles) as it travels down to the ends. Some are calling it a modern revamp of the iconic “Rachel” haircut popularized by “Friends” in the ’90s. “When doing a shag haircut, the layers are directed more towards the front, and the length is maintained in the back,” says Artistic Director Fabio Scalia. “The octopus haircut is more about creating a strong top layer that gives a round shape on the top and the length becomes visibly thinner as you travel down to the ends. There is a clear purposeful disconnection. That is what gives it the octopus appearance.” Who it's best for and why Next, we asked Fabio another key question—who can rock this hairstyle? Well, he says, anyone with the right attitude! Remember that owning a hairstyle is more than just blindly following trends, you must feel confident and empowered in it. If you feel you have that edgy side within you, give it a shot! Of course, It’s always a good idea to consult with your hairdresser, who can give you pointers or, better yet customize, the hairstyle to your facial features. According to Fabio, the octopus haircut can work on square, round and heart shape faces—with your face shape determining how short you go around the cheekbones. The good thing is the face framing can always be customized, so it is important to go to an experienced hairdresser who knows how to make it work for you. Who it's not recommended for and why Aside from facial structure and features, texture and maintenance also play a role. For instance, says Fabio, “if you hair is prone to natural frizz because of texture (curly/wavy) then I wouldn’t recommend the style because it’s going to look very unkempt. If that is that case, then you could consider getting a keratin hair treatment to smooth out your natural texture.” Furthermore, as Fabio points out there are certain types of hair that can take a lot of texture and layering without getting puffy, but that is not the case for everyone, so knowing how your specific texture will behave with this style is important. If your natural texture doesn’t cooperate with this style, then you have to take into consideration the amount of time it will take daily to blow dry and style your hair. If you tend to be very low maintenance with hair styling, then it might not be a match. Again—talk to your hairstylist! They can provide you with a myriad of options. If you decide to get this cut, here is what to talk to your stylist about In conclusion, the octopus haircut is all the rage and is likely to be one of the top cuts for this year. Curious if you can rock this edgy style? Book a trim with your hairstylist, and during the consultation have a chat about changing your look. Hairdressers are there to guide and help you make informed decisions. Some things you can ask them are: How would they customize the face framing layers; whether they think a center part, off center or blunt bangs is the best way to wear it; and also how to style it at home.  Now, are you ready to change your look? Click Here to book your next appointment  Click Here to check out our Instagram post about the Octopus Hair