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After scouting potential salon spaces for nearly two years, I am elated to announce that we finally found our dream second location, on West Broadway in Soho (between Canal and Grand). This location has sentimental value to me, because I started the American stretch of my career sixteen years ago at a top Manhattan salon, which was formerly located directly across the street. It feels great to be going back to the same block where it all began. (Thankfully, my English is much better than it was back then!) We will be breaking ground this week and I will be posting regular updates on the build out. We are hoping to create a chic and ultra-luxurious new space that our clients will love. Stay tuned! ~Fabio

Looking for a low-maintenance way to brighten up your look? Balayage highlights may be the perfect solution. We're here to provide you with some insight as to why Balayage has become the go-to method for highlighting hair. What is Balayage? The term “Balayage” means “sweeping” in French, which refers to the sweeping motion used to apply highlights. It is not a new technique, but it is one that has soared in popularity over the past couple of years, thanks to celebrities like J.Lo and Jennifer Aniston. Balayage refers to the process of painting the hair (freestyle) as opposed to using foils. This process is less harsh on your hair because the color is not closed in by heat and is only applied to the top layer of the hair. Foils Vs. Balayage Balayage requires less maintenance and fewer touch-ups than other types of highlights. The hair grows out in a very natural looking way compared to hair highlighted with foils, which can show lines of demarcation. You can wait a few extra weeks before you need to rush back to the salon for a touch-up. Why should you get it? Another benefit of Balayage, is the control that it gives the colorist. With Balayage, highlights can be scattered in a way that suits your skin tone, your haircut and the shape of your face. Think, natural looking, but strategically placed sun-kissed highlights. And the good news is that Balayage can be used with all hair colors, dark or light!

Make-up/ Michael J'ann Robinson, Hair/Theresa Belloni A great haircut allows you to style your hair many different ways, to suit your mood or the occasion! To give an example our stylist, Theresa Belloni, took a medium length haircut, with lots of layers, and styled it three different ways. By changing the products she used, and using different styling techniques, she was able to create three distinctly different looks. Make-up artist, Michael J'ann Robinson, completed each transformation by choosing a shade of lipstick that complimented each style. Here is how Theresa created each hairstyle: Look #1- Straight and Sleek To achieve this look, Theresa added a moisturizing product, Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream, to the ends of the hair before blowing it out straight, using a large round brush. (She did not rough dry the hair first since she was not trying to achieve volume.) She flat ironed the hair lightly on the ends. Tip: NEVER flat iron hair that is not completely dry because the cuticle will be open and hair will get damaged by the direct heat. Look #2- Beach Waves Theresa applied Oribe Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse to the hair when it was still damp. She rough dried the hair while scrunching it with her hands (without a nozzle on the dryer). Afterwards, she took big diagonal sections of hair and then twisted them around a curling wand. She applied  Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray before tousling the hair with her fingers. Look #3- Romantic Waves Theresa again applied some volumizing mousse before drying, and smoothing out the hair the hair, with a medium sized brush. She paid special attention to the crown of the head for volume. She then took small sections of hair and used a 1 1/4 inch curling iron to create the curls. (According to Theresa, "By using small sections of hair it is easier to create tighter waves. Curling bigger sections of hair creates a looser wave"). Once she was done curling the hair, she let it cool for one to two minutes before running her fingers through it to loosen up the curls. She then sprayed some Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray for the final touch in creating that bombshell look! Thank you Theresa for these great hair styling tips!    

Get ready for summer with a free class at SoulCycle! Fabio Scalia Salon is happy to offer our clients a Free Class at the new Brooklyn Heights SoulCycle with the purchase of a blow dry series, during the month of June. Here are the details: We offer two types of blow dry series packages. You can purchase 5 blow outs for $220, which equals a savings of $70 off of individually purchased blow outs. For an even greater value, we also offer a series package of 10 blowouts for $400, a savings of $180. If you buy either series during the month of June, you will receive a free class pass at the new Brooklyn Heights SoulCycle, located at 55 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY. The SoulCycle method is a full-body cardio workout that incorporates upper body and core exercises with weights all set to inspiring music. Click here to read about how to prepare for your first class at SoulCycle. So go ahead, check out our friends at SoulCycle while saving money on your blow outs!  

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!