By Madeline Fisk
You know how some people have a fear of going to the dentist? Well, I have that same fear but about going to the salon. I have had my fair share of bad cuts and awkward lengths to last me a lifetime. However, I, just like most people, am always drawn to the hottest new cuts and styles and hoping just hoping that maybe I too could pull them off. For the past year the bobs’ close relative the lob has dominated the hair industry. Everyone from Demi Lovato to Taylor Swift have sported this tousled look, it’s the epitome of the California “cool girl” style. What’s so amazing about it is it’s versatility; it can go from grocery store chic to red carpet ready with just a few spritzes of a dry texture spray and a wide barrel curling iron. I was determined that this was it, finally the hair trend that my thick, wavy and sometimes unruly hair could partake in and look great without (what feels like) 6 hours of styling time.
With that said, I did my research on salons and celebrities with similar face shapes for some cut inspo. After two weeks of intense online searching and enough screenshots of desired looks that I had to free up phone space twice, I decided that Lucy Hale’s take on the lob was something I could rock. I also decided on the Upper East Side salon, Nunzio Saviano; their Instagram account, clientele (Something Navy’s Arielle Charnas is a frequent client), online reviews and ratings assured me that I could trust them to take about 10 inches off of my hair.
After I was greeted at the salon, which is located in a stunning brownstone in between Park & Lexington Avenues, I was taken upstairs to my stylist Maria. I showed her a picture of what I wanted, she said that she had done so many similar cuts and knew exactly how to cut it so it would work with my face structure and hair type. After a wash she led me to the front room, which was lined with floor to ceiling mirrors and probably the best lighting ever, and had me face the mirror so I was able to watch her throughout the cut so I could learn how she was styling it.
Twenty minutes later, 10 inch bundles of my hair were laying on the floor and I was left with a still wet but much shorter ‘do. Maria sprayed some heat protectant spray throughout my hair, turned on her Sedu Revolution 4000i hair dryer and dried my hair in the shortest time ever, I didn’t know if it was the dryer or my new length that cut the drying time but I was left speechless. After drying, she used a 1.25” curling iron to give my hair soft waves. To finish, she sprayed Kerastase V.I.P. Volume In Powder Dry Volumizing and Texturizing Spray all over my hair and shook out the curls with her fingers. Finally, staring back at me in the mirror was still me but with some serious #HairGoals. I never thought I would be able to pull of the “it” style but Maria proved me wrong, never have I ever left a salon truly smiling and happy with the results.
Two days later…I finally had to wash and style it on my own, to say I was nervous is an understatement. After I got out of the shower I did a quick towel dry, then spritzed on my heat protectant spray, PhytoKeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray, and blew it dry with my hot tools dryer (her dryer was definitely much quicker…I hope to invest in one in the near future). Since my hair has a mind of its own it decided to stay curly after drying, so I just touched up the curls with my Beachwaver S1.25″ and spritzed the same Kerastase V.I.P. Volume In Powder Dry Volumizing and Texturizing Spray all over my hair before shaking out the curls with my fingers leaving behind the same tousled lob that I left the salon with.
Since the cut, I have experimented with a few different products to achieve the tousled look. So far BHAVE Pomade, Phyto PhytoKeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray and PhytoVolume Actif Spray Volume Spray, Amika Un.Done Texture Spray, Tresemme TRES TWO Freeze Hold Hair Spray and my trusty Kerastase V.I.P. Volume In Powder Dry Volumizing and Texturizing Spray have been my everyday go to products. I switch out the Kerastase and Amika every few days mainly because the Kerastase has a much higher price tag and I want it to last me as long as possible.
Will I ever go back to my super long curly hair? Probably not…anytime soon at least. Thanks to Maria and Nunzio Saviano Salon I am 100% loving my new style and can honestly say I’m now a short hair convert.
Nunzio Saviano Salon
130 East 65th Street (btwn Park & Lexington)
New York, NY 10065
Call 212-988-0880 to book an appointment