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By Kimberly McDonald

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The Yves Durif Salon has long been one of my personal favorites when it comes to Manhattan hair salons. Located in a townhouse on East 65th, the salon has upper east side stature and SoHo flair. As you’re sitting under the Achille Castiflioni chandelier getting coifed by Manhattan’s finest, you’ll notice two things that this chic salon does not have. Egos and Attitudes.

Recently, I recommended to a friend that she try the salon. She called me the moment she left, in a state of euphoria.

“Not only did Maria give me the most natural looking, subtle yet bold hilights, the kind you get when you’re a kid – the kind people think came from the sun…but I felt so relaxed, so at ease. I have never been to any salon in the city where the staff didn’t come equipped with sneers and stares and attitude. When I stepped out of there I looked AND felt absolutely beautiful,” she was virtually breathless trying to get it all out. Now she’s an Yves Durif devotee. She later added that “I always feel that when I go to a salon, they listen to what I say I want and then they do whatever it is they feel like doing. When Patty styled my hair, she was clearly ‘getting’ me, my lifestyle. She understood what was important to me and she gave me the style I really wanted.”

Yves has a policy at his salon. You must LOVE what you are doing. It’s simple, but clearly effective. The talent he recruits is worthy of the attitudes they eschew. You get the feeling that they even have a (gasp!) sense of humor about their business. They make it enjoyable, they thrive off of the considerable expertise within the staff and they have some major, very well known names amongst their longtime clients, which says all there is to say, in the Manhattan salon scene.

Stop by the salon at 130 East 65th Street, or call for an appointment at (212) 452-0954. Looking and feeling beautiful is just that simple.

Originally published July 2005

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