Hair Care

By Kim Taylor

Hot summer weather necessitates special hair care, and the Riccardo Maggiore Salon on the Upper East Side offers great cuts, color, and hair care tips to keep your tresses in season. This sun-filled salon, with floor-to-ceiling windows, is stocked with amenities and a full range of services including hair care, makeup application, waxing, facials and nail care services. Clients receive tailored care based upon their individual style, unique needs, features and hair type, which means you leave with a cut or color most suitable for you. Riccardo Maggiore, a hair stylist originally from Italy, delivers professional precision cuts, color, and texturizing treatments. His salon is modern and stylish without being stuffy, and his personnel exude warmth.

Riccardo and his staff can help you find the proper conditioner for your hair type, and he offer tips as to how to best care for your hair in the heat. Summer is a time when hair is at optimal frizz level, threatening to fly out of control, and the alternating whammy of humidity, beach hair, chlorine and dry heat always threatens to sap moisture from your strands. It’s also a season when cuts and styles are looser and more free-flowing: up-dos, cascading locks that are easily pinned up, and short, crop cuts can all help relive the heat. A face-framing fringe trend brings bangs back for summer and options range from short and angled or long and wispy. Don’t forget that hair products with sunscreen are a must as well.

As for color trends, honey is the keyword this season. The Oscars ushered in the trend: It didn’t matter whether hair was blond, red, or brunette strands were infused with golden honey hues. Gone are the frosty, chunky, painted-in color looks, and in their place is softer, more toned-down warmth. Healthy, hydrated, well-kept hair with elasticity (that is partially true to its original color) is absolutely chic and in style.

The Riccardo Salon is a place where you can truly relax as you’re pampered. The celebrity clientele includes Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Campbell, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Katie Couric, Iman, and Meredith Viera. It’s located at 136 East 57th Street (at Lexington Avenue), 3rd Floor. The phone number is (212) 586-6482. They accept Visa and Mastercard, not American Express.

Originally published July 2006
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