There are LOTS of hair salons in New York City. I looked up “hair salon” on YellowPages.com and found more than 3,000 entries. According to the site, there are 2,633 listings for “Beauty Salon” and 463 for “Barber Shop” just on the island of Manhattan.
No wonder I was overwhelmed when looking for a salon for a new hair do. I’ve tried to stay true one stylist but there is just too much temptation out there. A few weeks ago, I found OC61 Salon and Spa. The salon is located in Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side. I might have found my hair’s soul mate and her name is Louise O’Connor, Artistic Director and owner.
Unlike the cavernous hair emporiums downtown, OC61 is located on a quiet street in a charming townhouse. It’s hard to believe that the conservative building façade holds years of high-end styling experience. O’Connor, a connoisseur of hair since 1989, has spent years beautifying the manes of celebrities and models for runway and editorial shoots. If Louise’s expertise could satisfy personalities like Naomi Campbell, I was sure I’d be in good hands.
The petite O’Connor was open, friendly and immediately put me at ease. I don’t know if it was the Irish accent or her chill demeanor that got me to admit that I had recently received the worst hair cut of my life. (When I was in Asia over the holidays, I popped into a random hair salon for a trim. I came out with head of hair that was literally hacked to shreds with thinning shears.) I’d been wearing my hair clipped back for over two months to hide the mess.
When O’Connor examined my hair and didn’t sugarcoat the current state of my disastrous hair, I knew she would be able to fix it.
Before the trim, the shampoo girl washed my hair with Barex Hydro-therapy shampoo and followed it with Gloss conditioner. When I realized that OC61 was one of the few exclusive salons in New York to carry the Italian beauty brand, I had to get O’Connor’s favorites from the hair care line.
And as a responsible beauty blogger, I asked for product recommendations for hair types other than my own. Here are Louise’s picks from the alcohol-free, fruit-based Barex Italiana line:
For thin and unprocessed hair
Start with Delicato Shampoo and follow it with Delicato Conditioner. While the hair is still damp, apply Re-Define crème for light styling and then a little Tricolife serum to smooth frizz and help treat split ends.
For color-processed hair
Begin with Colourlife shampoo and conditioner. Follow by recharging chemically treated hair with the Colourlife Masque. The masque will help to bring back strength, elasticity and moisture. Finish with Colour Confidante leave-in moisture mist to give body and shine to over-worked hair.
For thick, coarse hair
Try the Hydro-therapy shampoo and follow with the Gloss conditioner. Then apply a little Re-Define crème to give hair some definition and shape. Finish off the routine with some Gloss spray to lighten-up dense, dull hair.
As I was peppering O’Connor with questions about the Barex Italiana line, she worked her magic on my hair and was able to reshape it without compromising too much length. After a second round with the scissors on dried hair (stylist that do not dry cut scare me), I found myself with defined ends and face flattering layers again.
Somehow O’Connor even trimmed away the outer layer of shagginess that usually accompanies thinned out hair. After a meticulous blow out (by Louise herself) and some Re-Define crème, my hair looked like it was back to its old self.
As you can see from the picture, I am not hiding it with clips anymore. In fact, on my way back to the office, a guy followed me from the subway and stopped me to tell me that I looked beautiful. No one was stopping me before I met Louise! Louise says I am just one trim away from fabulous hair. I can’t wait to grow out my hair so I can go back and see if she can deliver my best hair ever.
I wonder if I’ll meet my dream boyfriend with my dream hair after my next OC61 visit?
Do you have your dream head of hair already? What makes it perfect?
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