American Salon July 2013 : Page-44
FROM TOP: Reminiscent of a French apartment, the main styling room of L’Appartement Hair Boudoir features herringbone wood floors and original works of art by pop artist Hayo Sol; a crystal-accented sofa. Just off New York City’s famed Fifth Avenue, amongst iconic shops like Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany & Co., sits L’Appartement Hair Boudoir, a luxurious salon and an ode to Paris. > PhotograPhy: alex Safdari Paris, Je T’aime floor plan
American Salon staff
Paris, Je T’aime
Just off New York City’s famed Fifth Avenue, amongst iconic shops like Bergdorf Goodman
and Tiffany & Co., sits L’Appartement Hair Boudoir, a luxurious salon and an ode to Paris. >
Hairdresser Tiffany Kaljic had one goal in mind for the design of her New York City salon: To create a space evocative of a gorgeous and intimate Parisian apartment. One look at L’Appartement Hair Boudoir and it’s immediately apparent she succeeded. Opened in late 2012 in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood, the salon took up residence on the seventh floor of a vintage building, the same floor that housed the first Chanel No. 5 Atelier in America. Hailing from Cannes in the French Riviera, Kaljic, the master stylist at L’Appartement Hair Boudoir, owns the salon with her husband Neno, and the two run the shop with Director and Master Colorist Alex Safdari. Together, they all ensure luxury by offering impeccable beauty services, Oribe Hair Care’s full line of products and superior comfort through the space’s rich design aesthetic. “We truly want this to be a place where one can retreat to relax, rejuvenate and renew one’s self,” Kaljic says.
Incorporating the French design movement Haussmannian, the salon features lavish details such as crystal chandeliers, a marble fireplace, elevators painted for a patina effect, a rhinestone-studded European sofa, high ceilings and French windows. The walls are adorned with one-of-a-kind paintings by Dutch pop artist Hayo Sol, while the custom-made vitrine cases display the works of eight jewelry designers—all items are for purchase. Keeping in sync with the apartment theme, clients are encouraged to order-in lunch and dine at the custom-designed table that’s centrally located in the color department. In the evenings, Kaljic opens the space to parties and fashion week events, extending the Parisian spirit well into the night. ✂ —Jolene Turner
One of America’s oldest cities but with a youthful community, Boston shows that when put to the test, its determination and strong sense of unity will always prevail. The same can be said for these three salons. —Jolene Turner
Camille Albane Paris This spring, renowned French beauty establishment Camille Albane Paris debuted its U.S. flagship salon in Boston. Headed by the company’s U.S. Artistic Director Nicolas Tisler, the shop’s six stylists create European hairstyles in the two-level 1,800-square-foot space on Newbury Street. Tisler notes they chose to open the flagship location in Boston because it’s one of the oldest cities in America and is quite fashion-forward. “We want to bring chic urban Rive Gauche sophistication to Boston’s stylish Newbury Street,” Tisler says, referencing the French verbage for a lifestyle of bohemianism and artistic creativity. Specialties include numerous moisturizing treatments and balayage options including the brand’s most popular service that utilizes traditional painting techniques for highlights. Camille Albane Paris is also fully stocked with its exclusive line of products made with ingredients such as shea butter, açaí berry and henna.In Stock: Camille Albane Paris
Salon Eva Michelle On the second floor of a historic building along Boston’s famed Newbury Street sits Salon Eva Michelle, a beauty hot-spot with a funky aesthetic and an interior with an open floor plan so the staff’s full focus goes straight to the customer. “Our mission is to create unique and innovative hairstyles inspired by our clients,” says Michelle Lee who co-owns the business with Eva Mustafai. After years of working side-by-side at New York Fashion Week and educational events throughout the country, Lee and Mustafai teamed up to open the salon in 2011. Since then, Salon Eva Michelle has received numerous accolades, including making Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston list in 2012. Beyond daily styling at the salon, the business’ 13 designers, including Lee and Mustafai, coif models for Boston Fashion Week and use their talents for philanthropic purposes like Celeste-A-Thon, a benefit held for Celeste Corcoran, a stylist who lost both legs during the marathon bombing. “As Bostonians, this is what we do,” Lee says.In Stock: DermOrganic, Nioxin, Oribe Hair Care, Soma
Trephin In business for three years in downtown Boston, Trephin owners Brian Rand and Moe Smith are more concerned about keeping the shop’s intimate spirit intact than increasing the 1,200-square-foot space. “A while back we had the opportunity to expand into the empty shop next door, but decided it didn’t fit in with our initial goal of being ‘neighborhoody’ and simply offering good services,” Rand says. The two—along with three other stylists educated within the Trephin brand by Rand, Smith and outside instructors—put their focus on strong communications with the clientele. One way they ensure this is by booking 60- to 90-minute appointments so clients never feel rushed. In turn, customers treat the salon as an extension of their home; it’s equipped with bowls of fresh fruit in the summer and cozy blankets at the wash station during the winter. Rand notes that the guests’ needs always come first so they leave the salon looking and feeling good. “We want to be known for our craft and for being honest with our clients,” he says.In Stock: Evo, Kevin.Murphy, Redken, Use Me
BIG FISH, SMALL POND
In every small town across America, there’s at least one
salon that raises the bar for everyone else. Morgantown, WV (population 30,293) has Nico Spalon.
Along the shores of the Monongahela River, close to the Pennsylvania border in the north-central part of West Virginia, sits Morgantown, a bustling small city known for its solid quality of life and strong economy. Mainly a mecca for college students—Morgantown is home to West Virginia University (WVU), the largest higher-education institution in the state—its friendly spirit and vitality extend well into the summer months, when school is out. Local businesses are booming, including the most popular beauty spot, Nico Spalon. Making The Morgantown Magazine’s 2013 Best of Morgantown list, Nico Spalon has an expansive menu of beauty services and experiences a high demand for Keratin Complex Express Blowouts and Natural Smoothing Treatments. “Given the climate of wild and wonderful West Virginia, our clients use these treatments as their first line of defense from frizz and humidity,” says Nicholas Romanoli, owner of Nico Spalon and artistic director of its product line, Nico Hair and Skin Care.
Romanoli opened the salon in 2004 in an old house located in Morgantown’s Cheat Lake neighborhood. The three-story space, totaling 3,000-square-feet, transformed into a full-service beauty establishment. What was once a dining area now serves as the salon’s reception station, and three bedrooms and the garage have been converted into styling chambers. The only room that remains intact is the kitchen, and guests will often treat it as their own, helping themselves to beverages and snacks. This fits perfectly with Romanoli’s goal to create a place without pretention where people feel completely relaxed and comfortable, and leave looking beautiful.
Staying true to beauty are Nico Spalon’s 13 stylists, including Romanoli, and at the heart of their job lie teamwork, education and the community. While all stylists do their part to stay current in their craft by attending classes and trade events, Nico Spalon’s staff participates in the salon’s ongoing charity cut-a-thon benefitting WVU Children’s Hospital; in four years, they’ve raised more than $14,000. Romanoli notes that beyond providing beautiful services in cuts, colors and more, giving back is important for keeping in-tune with the community. “Regardless of the salon’s success, we’ve never forgotten the town that got us to where we are today,” he says. ✂ —Jolene Turner
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