Hair Care

By Lisa Penza

In between wavy, curly and frizzy, I classify my hair as “impossible.” On any given day, doing my hair is difficult, but in the summer it’s just depressing! It’s aiming a hot hair dryer at your head on a hot summer day, only to walk out the door and have everything poof up like I never touched it. Inevitably, the hair ends up in a disappointing ponytail and I go on my way. 

This summer, Privé Salon has swooped in to the rescue, with a $35 summer blow dry special. Just north of Canal Street in Soho, Privé epitomizes both class and comfort. The salon is owned and operated by Laurent DuFourg, known to his celebrity clients simply as Laurent D. His client list includes celebrities like Salma Hayek, Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Teri Hatcher and Paulina Rubio. Privé stylists are handpicked by Laurent himself, so going in, you know you will receive top of the line care from some of the most talented stylists New York has to offer!

I was greeted warmly and set up immediately with a cool iced tea and shampoo (what better way to beat the summer heat?). My stylist, the lovely Brittany, was charming and fun, and incredibly talented. I had no problem relaxing into the luxurious experience and serene setting, knowing that the affordable rate would have me coming back.

Go for a blow dry, but be sure to leave with some of Privé’s products. I have found these to be incredibly helpful on the days I decide to go it alone with my hair – I still have professional support! The products use natural ingredients to protect and rejuvenate. The summer months can wreak havoc on hair color, with UV rays and chlorinated pools, so reach for Privé’s Concept Vert Shampoo and Conditioner.

This shampoo and conditioner set is sulfate free and PH balanced to protect color treated hair. The first “Environmentally Preferred” shampoo and conditioner, according to the company, it helps you feel like you’re doing your part for the environment while you pamper yourself. A word of caution: both of these products go a very long way, so I’d recommend using a bit less than you’d expect to. The shampoo lathers up quickly and abundantly!


Privé’s Flash de Brillance, helps you can get a handle on frizz (a summer inevitability) while applying shine. With a mix of chamomile, balm mint, lemongrass, jojoba and sunflower seed extract, not only will this product tame flyaways, it will also provide necessary UV protection. Because your skin isn’t the only thing that needs to be screened from the sun, Flash de Brillance provides sun protection while enhancing a healthy appearance for hair. You can spritz on and let air dry, or use hot tools to magnify the shine.

Pamper yourself with a high-end salon experience this summer, and save a little extra for a night out with Privé’s $35 blow dry special. On either coast, New York or Los Angeles, call ahead to book your appointment and don’t let the humidity get to your hair!

Privé Salon
310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212)274-8888

Or in Los Angeles:
7373 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323)931-5559
http://www.privesalon.com/

Originally published July 2011
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