August 20 2014

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Cuts and Colors, Now A Cultural Experience


Fusing art and beauty in a salon setting is starting to become something of a trend among New York’s newest hair haunts. ION Studio, which opened last fall to rave reviews about its green design and expert styling, hosts rotating exhibitions at its Wooster Street digs (the Italian founders’ most recent curatorial jaunt featured the paintings and photographs of Mexico City-born artist Erika Harrsch). And last night, the Patrick Melville Salon and Spa opened its newly remodeled doors to celebrate a unique partnership with Soho’s William Bennett Gallery. Celebrity hairstylist Patrick Melville and his partner in crime, colorist Rick Wellman, hope to redefine the typical salon atmosphere by integrating the beauty of art into the art of beauty, they explain, lining the walls of their Rockefeller Plaza space with rare works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miró. The collection will rotate every six weeks, a timeframe that correlates with the average duration of a cut and color, and is intended to bring a more complete sensory experience to the clientele: You’ll come for their exclusive Bio-Lights organic highlighting technique and a little on-site acupuncture, and stay to ruminate on cubism.

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