By Marni James
As soon as the weather turns cold, I immediately find myself dreaming of a new hair style. Cut, color…sure there are endless possibilities and places to go in NYC, but where can you go for a unique experience and a real transformation? Somewhere that not everyone knows about, but with enough people who do that can attest to it being worth a try. I recently found the answer at James Corbett Studio, where I had the pleasure of meeting the friendly, charismatic James at his studio and recently opened spa in Union Square.
Immediately, James and his entire staff felt like my long lost friends. They are welcoming, inviting and truly so much fun to talk to, I couldn’t wait to begin. James’ studio looks like a Zen oasis with Asian-inspired knick-knacks and the finest organic and natural products on display. There are two chairs for cutting and styling and then two chairs in a side room for color and washing. This quaint space really makes you feel relaxed – like that friend’s apartment you wish you had. Feeling this comfortable only enhanced my experience.
James began by examining my color (a flat, mousy, brown) and asking what I wanted out of the coloring process. I was ready to let James work his magic as I learned he has a real knack for helping clients, including me, determine the best hair color based on skin tone, eye color and facial features. Another important factor in choosing James for color is that he insists on helping clients minimize the damage that can come as a result of the dying process, so he uses a hair color instead of bleach for highlights. James began mixing and applying foils to lighten up the front pieces that frame my face. After that, he applied a uniform mixture to the rest of my hair to give my color a darker, yet warm boost. I waited a bit and then James shampooed and conditioned my hair (with a luxurious little head massage) with a delicious Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing and Clarifying shampoo. My scalp tingled and felt refreshed and clean. The result? My hair looks natural, yet the deep brown color with hints of red makes it rich and glossy – definite perfection! I then got a blow out and style and was sent on my way – to begin my Saturday night.
James Corbett is known among the beauty industry (especially in NYC), for his breadth of knowledge on color, and for his dedication to helping every client embark on a personal beauty revolution, as he surely did with me. James has trained with some of the best names in the business, from Coppola to Fekkai to Licari to Tricomi, combining these techniques and experiences to create his own unique identity in the world of color. James and his salon are true gems in the world of beauty, and undoubtedly, one visit to the master and you will really think of him as your secret weapon.
James Corbett Studio (and recently opened Spa)
32 Union Square East
New York, NY