You should never have to sacrifice your hairstyle for the gym or studio! by Hadar Leibovitz

Do you have short layers or angles that may not fit into a ponytail?

Don’t fret! We’ve created a few layer friendly, versatile looks that survive even the sweatiest workouts.

  1. Switch it up!                                                                                                           Two strand rope twists emulate a braid but are much easier to achieve on yourself. They will save your blowout and hide shorter angles while you’re sweating it out in the gym. Best part? Take it out once the sweat has dried off your hair and you will have soft waves.
  2. Elevate the tried and true ponytail by doing a Mohawk braid down the middle. Braiding the hair in between the arches of your brows to the crown of your head hides those shorter pieces and adds some fun and personality to the pony.
  3. The most popular gym ‘do’? A messy bun! The secret ingredient here is to add a mask to the ends of the hair before your workout. As your scalp generates heat from perspiring, the hair cuticle opens up and really absorbs all those great conditioning properties. Avoid getting the mask on the roots so you can keep the messy texture and not look greasy!

So next time you have to ask yourself “Is this gym/studio appropriate?” keep an open mind along with these hairstyles in your back pocket.

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Stacy Brardo

“Treat people the way you want to be treated while making

them look awesome!”

At a young age Blowdry Specialist Stacy Brardo loved watching her mom get dressed up, doing her hair and makeup. This (and slew of bad haircuts as a teen!) is what truly inspired Stacy to pursue a career as a hair stylist. “No one should ever have to have a bad hair experience!”  Stacy studied cosmetology at Aveda Institute in NYC and picked up  tricks of the trade at Salon AKS. Some career highlights include assisting during New York Fashion Weeks and on television segments for NBC Live and The Today Show.

Her love of fashion and strong sense of style come to life in her work with hair. She can take you from edgy to classical and everything in between; finding the best look for your event or lifestyle.

Brardo finds pride in being a good listener. Her personal and professional belief is to “Treat people the way you want to be treated while making them look awesome!” Stacy is always ahead of trends and is ready to bring you there too. You should probably get her on speed dial!

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Anya Nadezhdina

“When your confident….. you can experiment and be brave with ideas about hair”.

It took Anya two years to develop her dream, come to the US and see it unfold. Her dream was to come to New York to do hair. Always experimenting with her own mane and her friend’s hairstyles, Anya developed a strong love for the art of hair.

She started her journey at the Carsten Institute of Beauty; AKS was her first interview! They recognized her passion and the rest is history.

Working closely with the AKS team, Anya has built upon her repertoire of skills and developed her own signature style. Her inspiration derives from the ways people do hair in different cultures and counties. She combines the best elements and invents new styles and updos!

Anya specializes in wigs.  She wears them herself and so knows firsthand the needs of her wig clientele. She gets that there are various reasons wigs are worn and thereby customizes each accordingly.  Go to the Salon AKS services page for more information on wigs.

Watch Anya teach you to create your own Mohawk Buns (shown above):

Watch Anya create the Side Swept Braid using extensions (shown above):

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AKS Must Haves….. and Why! by Mika

Ever wish you had all the inside information to every hair product and every hair service ever available?! Well, WE do! Want in? Read on…..

Gloss –  The bang trim of haircolor. Glosses are great for the midway point in between your highlight appointments. They will refresh the tone of your hair and revitalize the shine! For my fine haired friends, glosses are a great way to build volume in your hair without committing to color.

Bang/Neck Trims – A great haircut will grow out so well that a person could go months without a fresh cut. But our hairline always tells a different story.Whether your male or female, the hair around your hairline is a telling tale of how recently you’ve had your haircut. The solution? Stop in to your stylist at the midway point in between your haircut appointments for a ‘bang’ trim (you don’t have to have bangs! this could be your face framing angles) or a neck and side burn trim. These drop ins are wallet friendly (they’re complimentary!), they help your hairsytlist get to know you and your hair better, and best of all, you’ll always have a fresh looking cut!

Brazilian Blowout Treatment – Little known fact…..this treatment does not have to be done over the entire head! It can be targeted to areas of your hair that have the most frizz, tightest curls and/or most stubborn cowlicks. In this way, your curl pattern becomes more consistent throughout your hair, frizz is gone and your hair goes in the direction you want it to now that those cowlicks are tamed!. Essentially, your problem areas go away! A BB Treatment around your hairline can even make a ponytail a breeze – no more frizz to worry about around the temples and behind the ears!

Nigelle Treatment – This is a quick 3-step salon treatment that includes four ampoules to be used at home once a week for 4 weeks, extending the life of the treatment. So for $70, you get 4 weeks worth of treatment care – what a bargain! It’s 3 formulas allow for customization for your haircare needs. The fine hair formula improves the quality of hair without weighing hair down. The normal and coarse formulas lock in moisture to tame and soften unruly, frizzy hair and restore shine.

Alpha Beta Medi Spa Peel by Aida – This 3 step professional peel is different than the 2 step at home peels from Dr Dennis Gross. Aida trained specifically with the Dr Gross team to be able to perform this specialized treatment. The results are immediate. Your skin is luminous, your texture and tone are improved and as long as you’ve applied high SPF sunscreen, you don’t need to avoid the sun! Repeated treatments have the added benefits of stimulating collagen production – improving skin density and firmness and diminishing lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of sun damage.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads – Ever use a self tanner and get streaks? Weird pigmentation? Yeah, we’ve had that experience too. But not with these pads! They are in the form of a towelette which makes them easy to use, easy to obtain an even distribution and, best of all,  your hands won’t be all gooey and orange after using them! They exfoliate, self-tan and have anti-aging benefits too!  The icing on the cake…..your glow looks completely natural!

Style Edit Root Touch Up – This cleverly packaged product has 2 main functions. 1 is a practical one – it camouflouges your grey hair until you get in to see your colorist. The 2nd is to make hair look fuller and create a mattifying effect on the scalp so that a flash bulb won’t shine on it and make you look bald – you fine haired ladies know what I mean! It lays on the surface of your scalp so that you can’t see the scalp as much – this gives the appearance of denser hair. Now that your scalp has a matte finish, when your picture is taken and a flash bulb is used, the flash won’t bounce off your scalp! This is a popular hollywod trick!

Loreal Artec Next Day Hair – This texturizing spray is a marriage of a dry shampoo and hairspray. It gives the hair some grit, adds density and provides a light hold. You can use it on ‘dirty’ hair to prolong the life of your blow-dry or  you can use it on clean hair to give it a lived in feel.  For Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray lovers, this is cheaper and just as good!

Secret De Nuit – Many are afraid of this overnight treatment by Phyto. A common thought process is that it will stain your pillowcase; or be uncomfortable to sleep in; or cause a breakout on your skin. None of which are true. It absorbs directly into your hair and is not greasy in the least. It’s ingredients are active at night, when the hair’s ability to repair itself peaks.Secret De Nuit replenishes dry or damaged hair. It is amazing to use after getting a full head of highlights to restore the nutrients in your hair.  You do not have to rinse it out.

Salon AKS Baby-Toddler Hair and Body Wash – The best part of this is that it is ALL NATURAL. Coconut derived detergent creates a very gentle lather that enables it to double as a shampoo as well as a body wash and smells so good even moms and dads will want to lather it on! Take it with you anywhere!

AKS Color Care Shampoo – This is unlike other color shampoos you’ve used before. The coconut water and macadamia extract both hydrate the hair – essential after a color service! The rosemary leaf and sea kelp extract help to close the cuticle of the hair and truly seal in color for long lasting color protection! Plus, it’s sodium chloride and sulfate free!

AKS Anti Frizz Shampoo – If you think shampoo does not matter to the final results of your hair, your mistaken. The ingredients in your shampoo are essential to providing the base for the look your hoping to achieve later on in styling. The Anti-Frizz shampoo contains keratin & sunflower extract.  These work to bond hair and keep frizz to a minimum. Add to that the protective and moisturizing qualities of coconut water, cocobetaine and coco seed butter. After shampooing, your already halfway to achieving fabulous curls or a long lasting blowout! Best for coarse or frizzy hair.


Stay tuned! We are always trying and discovering new things!


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Parisian Finds, As Seen by Hairstylist Susanna Romano

1. Chic department store and fabulous restaurant downstairs. A favorite in the Marais! Lunch and shopping here after...
Merci, a chic department store with fabulous restaurant downstairs. A favorite in the Marais! Have lunch and shop here after…

2 newly reno Picasso Museum must

The newly renovated Picasso Museum is a must see!

3Next stop: Biologique Research. After lunch and shopping and a long day of walking …   I entered Biologique Research at 4 pm to receive a
1.5 hour facial!! I did not want it to end! Unbelievable !
Marlena is amazing!

Next stop David Mallet Hair Salon!

4Always a great experience , take a moment to meet David and tell him youare a friend from Salon AKS in NYC!
He will soon be taking on the salon at the Ritz, as well as his own salon, not too far from there!

Susanna paris restaurant Le Comptoir du Relais


Le Comptoir du Relais… A favorite amongst locals and my good friend Eric Ripert. An exceptional meal in a Casual bistro setting.

Always inspired by Paris!

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SUMMER, SUN, and FUN!!!! By Ryan Slowey

Okay so it’s that time again SUMMER, SUN, and FUN!!!!
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As a hair colorist I have many clients that over expose their hair to the sun. Your hair and scalp are just like the skin on the rest of your body and need to be protected. Hair color is always oxidizing-due to air, heat, light, and styling. That said, there are a few things that can help slow down the process and keep your hair looking heathy and shiny for the summer season.  Here are a few of our favorite Phyto Products…
What it is/ why I love it: A luxurious oil that imparts shine while protecting hair against sun damage and other elements.  Anti-salt, Anti-chlorine with olive wax.
How to use it: Spray on dry or damp hair before and during sun/chlorine exposure. Reapply after swimming.
What it is/ why I love it: Hair and body regain suppleness and shine, leaving strands silky after use. A must to have if your hitting up the Hamptons for the weekend!!! Anti-salt, Anti-chlorine with bamboo marrow.
How to use it:  Apply to wet hair and body, work into later. Rinse thoroughly.
What it is/ why I love it:  A lightweight spray that leaves a natural transparent finish to protect the hair against dehydration and damage from the sun, salt, and chlorine. It also preserve hair color radiance with a natural UV filter. Anti-salt and anti-chlorine using sunflower extract.
How to use it: Spray onto dry or damp hair before and during sun exposure. Reapply after swimming.
The most important thing is to live life and enjoy the summer season.  A good colorist can fix almost anything!!!!
Want to Win this Basket of Phyto Summer Essentials Worth $250?
Enter By:
1. Subscribing to the Salon AKS Blog
2. Liking the Contest Post on Facebook
*Winner Will be Chosen on 6/27
Phyto giveaway worth $250 up close

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Hair Myths…..How True Are They?

Lighten-your-hair-with-lemon We asked AKS Colorist and health and wellness guru about a few hair myths. We wanted to know, are they true?

Q. Will squeezing lemon in hair actually give you highlights?

A. If you want chemical free all-natural highlights go head and squeeze some fresh lemon directly in your hair for some sun-kissed highlights. It’s also a great way to add some shine and strength as lemon has high content of vitamin C and some minerals.


Q. Will chlorine turn hair green?

A. It’s the presence of copper in the pool that causes hair to turn green, not chlorine. I usually advise my clients to rinse there hair with cold water before dunking their locks into chlorinated water. It helps to coat and seal the cuticle layer of the hair, making it hard for any chemical that’s in the pool to penetrate the hair. Always rinse and condition your hair after swimming to protect your haircolor.

Q. Should you be changing up your shampoo and conditioner every couple months?

A. Changing your shampoo and conditioner with seasons is required to have healthy hair as our hair is constantly changing with climate change. Switch it up to have healthy, bouncy, vibrant and smoother looking hair.


For more health and wellness advice, visit Feven’s Eshi Wellness web page

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Getting Shorty; Guidelines by Alain Pinon

Anne Hathaway is the perfect example of what we have to watch out for when changing one’s style. This short bob gives her the appearance of a very boxy and full face. It does not enhance her cheek bones or jaw line. Also, it squares off her already broad shoulders, throwing the proportion off balance.

Now, the shorter hair below exemplifies how the right proportions can accentuate the natural angles of her bone structure while achieving soft femininity. Cutting layers that go away from the face opens the sides and back and creates a harmonious balance with her neck and shoulders. This look gives her elegance and an undeniable presence.

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Caring for Short vs. Long Hair

Short Hair vs. Long Hair….Which is easier to care for?
There is no simple or right answer for any one individual.
Generally speaking, short hair requires more frequent haircuts to maintain. With the right haircut, it is super simple to maintain on a day to day basis.
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Longer hair usually only requires 4 haircuts a year (every 3 months), making it super cheap and low maintenance, right? Not really. It requires more effort in your day to day styling and because the density and length exceeds that of short hair, you spend more money on styling products, masks, shampoo & conditioners than your short hair counterparts.
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The real questions to ask yourself are:
  • Is my hair coarse?
  • If I don’t use a brush on it, is it disastrous?
  • Does it shrink in humidity?
  • Am I willing to use products in my hair?
  • Am I willing to get at least a partial keratin treatment in order to control hard to manage areas (cowlick; frizzy temples, etc)
  • Which hairstyle makes me feel sexy?
  • Is my hair always in a ponytail?
  • Do I hide behind my hair?
  • Do I only get it cut 1x a year?
  • Am I willing to spend money on quality ingredients?
Answer these questions with your hairstylist to discover if you are a long or short haired girl.

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Best blowdry in NYC!

new bd priceNew blowdry prices have sprung up at AKS! Book with a blowdry specialist for $55. Or come in from 8:30-10 or 12-1 M-F and pay only $45.

Don’t want to wait for a complimentary color blowdry? You can now book an appointment following your color service for just $40!

Call 212-888-0707 or email to schedule your appointment

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