By Rebecca Goldberg
When Leonard Golino tells you he actually has fun with every client he works on, you believe him. He has a down-to-earth quality so rare among people nowadays, and not of trace of unapproachable snootiness.
Being a new salon owner in New York is a tough business, but when your hands are as skilled as Leonard’s, the calls come a little more frequently. This can be attributed to his reputation as a hair color maven. He can talk streaks, highlights, lowlights and full color in a language perfectly understandable even to someone like me, someone who ohhhs and ahhhs over the color samples as though they’re a new pack of Crayola crayons.
Leonard has colored Manhattan’s brightest for the last decade. He finally went out on his own with the Leonard Golino Salon about three years ago. Since that time, he has settled into his digs, and fits comfortably into the overt fabulousness of the Manhattan scene. In the end, though, what sets him apart is personality. Not only his own, but his ability to read the client’s. He recognizes that it is not just what he can do with the color, it’s also about the client’s lifestyle and how they want their hair to live.
When I first walked in, Leonard immediately put me at ease by promising that we weren’t going to do anything drastic, and that his expertise would make my hair work again, a prospect long forgotten.
Though I had originally wanted lowlights, he decided to go with a high lift product from Framisi called “US Plus” to achieve a highlight effect; he showed me that my strawberry blond hair clashed with most of the colors in the book. He applied the process like highlights before cutting my hair. As my hair dried during the cut, I was able to see the tiny blonde pieces that came through. It looked completely natural, yet lightened up my face. All around fabulous!
To check out this little gem in Chelsea, head down to 90 Seventh Avenue. I recommend asking for Leonard himself.