By Erin Williams
You’ve spent months pouring over dresses, flowers, colors, cake flavors, plates – you name it, you’ve thought about it for at least a week. And now at last, all of that planning gets to go to you. Your hair is just as important as your dress and makeup are and getting the right color and cut are key to having a good hair day. Let’s face it, what other day will you pay someone thousands of dollars to take your picture? So of course, you want to look good. The team at the Stephen Knoll Salon is up for the challenge and deserving of your attention as they name some of the biggest celebrities of film and New York society as their clients. I spent an afternoon with Nicolay Loor and Hiraku Kuroki to get an idea of what I should do to get my hair bridal-ready.
For color: Nicolay does amazing highlights and single-process color. He really focuses on bringing out the shade of hair you crave. He’s also helpful at picking out a color process that fits your lifestyle. For example, if you make it the salon four times a year as a brunette, but you really want red hair (which would therefore need to be touched up every few weeks), Nicolay would steer you towards strawberry or auburn highlights. His warmth and sense of humor keep his clients very loyal to him and I can understand why. I can’t tell you how many compliments I haven gotten on the buttery highlights he gave me, which haven’t gotten brassy or orange with time. They’re still the honey-gold hue that they were when I walked out of the salon a few weeks ago, looking as if I’d spent a summer out by the beach. (To learn more about this mane man of color, log on to http://www.nicolayloor.com)
For cut: Hiraku and I bonded over pictures of his young daughter dressed in traditional geisha attire in his native Japan. He has a fun attitude about hair and will really listen to you, which I haven’t found is a consistent trait among all stylists unfortunately. He started cutting my hair when it was wet with scissors, though he’s famous for his razor cuts. Once he blew it dry, I thought we were done. It looked nice, but I was a little sad that I hadn’t experienced more of his artistry since I had heard so much about his abilities. Oh me of little faith! Because he then went back over my hair for another 20 minutes, shaping and layering until I had one of the best cuts I’ve ever experienced. It looks amazing blown-out straight, air-dried into waves, or kept in a bun overnight to show off lots of curls in the morning. Hiraku is also wonderful at wedding updos and has recently created several styles for layouts in a number of magazines.
Want to go meet these lovely gentlemen? Well we’re going to make it really hard to resist. Because the Stephen Knoll Salon is giving our readers an amazing opportunity for new clients. Every Wednesday and Friday in May and June first-time customers receive 15% off the following services (just be sure to mention BeautyNewsNYC):
Nicolay Loor – color
Hikaru Kuroki – cuts/styling, Japanese straightening
Ramona Azcona – extensions
Liliana Chorney – cuts/styling
Linda Sherman – cuts/styling
The Stephen Knoll Salon is located at 625 Madison Avenue, 2nd floor. For more information, call 212.421.0100, or log on to www.stephenknoll.com.