The often-muggy summer months in New York present a challenge familiar to many people: hair frizz. Not unique to the wavy or curly-haired, even straight-haired men and women battle the frizzly fluff that the humid East Coast air brings. It’s enough to make you wonder if you could or should just permanently straighten your hair. After all, who wouldn’t want to just shampoo & condition their hair, waltz out of the shower and let it air dry to smooth, pencil-straight perfection? This is where Japanese hair straightening comes in. An intensive procedure that requires several hours of your time, the Japanese hair straightening process will permanently straighten your hair so that it’s as straight as a rail and requires touch-ups only about once a year to ward off frizz. You may be asking yourself, “Is this a new trend? When did this become a ‘thing’?”. The answer may surprise you: Japanese hair straightening is currently undergoing a resurgence in popularity; it originally became popular years ago in (surprise, surprise!) Japan. How is Japanese Hair Straightening Done? Originating in the 1990s, Japanese hair straightening – also known as “thermal reconditioning” - initially caught on stateside right here in New York in the early 2000s. Soon after, the treatment spread to the West Coast and other major cities across America. The process begins with the application of a chemical solution to the hair, which is similar to a flat or straight perm. The solution is left to break down the bonds in the hair that cause waves and curls to occur. Once the bonds have been fully broken, the solution is rinsed out, the hair is blow-dried, and then given a flat-iron treatment – which helps to lock in smoothness and shine. Once this round is finished, neutralizer is applied to restore the hair’s pH levels to normal – because the chemical solution used works by breaking down bonds with acidity. After that, it’s a repeat of the first routine, post-chemical solution application – rinse, blow-dry and flat iron to completion. Is Japanese hair straightening a permanent treatment? Thermal reconditioning will permanently alter the bonds in your hair, which means that it is, in a sense, permanent. However, as your hair grows, it will come in with its natural frizz and curl, meaning that you’ll need to get it touched up every few months. It’s generally known to have better results and last longer than keratin straightening, without the frizz returning. The flipside is that the only way to restore your former curls is to cut the treated sections of your hair off entirely and allow them to grow back in. How should I care for my hair after Japanese hair straightening? As with certain other hair treatments, your hair should be kept perfectly dry for at least 48 hours afterward. All forms of headbands, bobby pins, hair clips and other hair accessories should be avoided, because these can permanently leave indentations in your hair if used before the “waiting period” is over. Washing your hair or a sweaty gym session are also “no-go”-s during that time. Where can I get Japanese hair straightening done in New York? Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon with locations in SoHo and Brooklyn that offers a full complement of luxury salon services including haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring and extensions, in addition to Japanese hair straightening. They offer intimate consultations and can custom tailor your look to incorporate your newly-straightened hair into your style. The SoHo location is at 311 West Broadway and can be reached at (212) 343-0523, or book at the Brooklyn Heights location at 148 Montague Street at (718) 855-5777 for your new, frizz-free, perfectly straight hair today!
Have you ever wondered what designates a successful salon visit? For starters, a good hair stylist will always ask, 'how does the haircut make you feel?' A good hairdo should never feel overpowering or overwhelming. On the contrary, a good haircut makes you feel bold and empowered. In times of COVID, wherein mask wearing has become a prerequisite for stepping outside, the importance of the hairdo as an identifier has soared. We find many clients asking for a haircut that makes them recognizable, even while wearing a face mask. A great example is Anna Wintour and her iconic bob. The hair style has become not only a staple of her unique style but an instant identifier in a social context. "After months of lockdown, I find many of my clients are feeling much more daring and willing to try out new things when they visit the salon"Giuseppe Bicceri, Fabio Scalia SoHo A good hairdresser recognizes the subtle and unique traits in a client. They use these observations as the starting point to create a hairdo that not only looks good but most importantly that feels authentic to the person. Think about this next time you visit the salon! Drop a comment below, and book your next appointment by clicking right here.
Style by Luis Miller The idea of mastering perfectly loose curls can be more than intimidating. As summer is approaching, the beachy and wavy style feels just right in time. In this week’s blog post, we’ve asked our celebrity stylist, Luis Miller, how to get the perfect messy waves – no beach trip required. I would start with completely dry and clean hair so you could rock the finished look for 3-4 days. I usually go over the strands with heat protectant spray and a paddle brush to give it more shine and smoothness. Thereafter, I start sectioning the hair from the neck up, approximately 1 inch wide sections. The most important thing is not how you section the hair, it’s how much you wrap around the wand. The bigger the section you wrap around, the looser the curls will be. For this particular style, one inch of hair should be just right. When it comes to choosing the wand of the curling iron, I’d choose the size 1- 1¼ for short hair and 1 ¼ - 1 ½ for longer manes. If your hairstyles don’t tend to hold, you can spray the strands with a light hairspray before wrapping it around the curling iron. You want to alternate directions, meaning if you wrap one section back, you want to wrap the next one forward. Once you get to the front of your hair, those sections are extra important since they frame the face, and you want those to be wrapped away from it. When hair is completely curled, I spray light hairspray all over and then comb it with a wide tooth comb. I finish with a styling product like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray or Sea Salt Spray and shake it with my fingers. To maintain the look as long as possible, I would sleep with a high bun. Also, use a soft bristle brush and dry texturizing spray when needed. – Luis Miller Schedule your appointment with us today in Soho Schedule your appointment with us today in 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.
It’s time to get real. We put our hair through a lot: color, sun, heat styling… the list can go on and on. We might be guilty of prematurely thinning our hair without even knowing it. At Fabio Scalia Salons, we focus on the hair’s integrity and long-term growth and we want your hair to live up to its full potential. Therefore, we’ve broken down 4 easy steps to follow for thick, healthy, breathtaking hair. TAKE SUPPLEMENTS It's not just genetics that have it out for your hair. Stress, diet and environmental toxins are all factors proven to compromise the health of your hair. Caring for your strands from the inside out is just as important as what products you’re using. At Fabio Scalia Salons, we offer our clients Nutrafol, a 100% drug-free supplement to prevent hair thinning. It’s perfect for those who find it hard to cover all vitamins needed for optimal nutrition in their daily diet. CUT DOWN ON TENSION HEAT STYLING Want beautiful hair? Of course, you do! However, before your hair can be beautiful, it has to be healthy, so try to only use hot tools occasionally. You’ll thank yourself later! Not giving your hair a break from heat can speed up the thinning process and will leave your strands fine and flat in the long run. Also, hairstyles that are too tight will pull your hair at the roots and eventually cause breakage. INVEST IN A SCALP TREATMENT Give your hair some extra TLC, and treat yourself to a scalp treatment every now and then. At our Soho and Brooklyn Heights locations, we offer our clients top treatments from brands such as Oribe, Milbon and Phyto. These treatments penetrate the strands deeply, enhance your color and leave you with not only gorgeous, but also healthy hair. HAVE A HEALTHY AND BALANCED DIET In previous blog posts, we’ve talked of the importance of having a healthy and balanced diet for your hair. Make sure to fill up your kitchen with these nutrients to grow your healthiest hair ever. Schedule your appointment with us today in Soho Schedule your appointment with us today in 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.
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).