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Beauty Etiquetter: When It Comes to Color Perks, “A True Professional Does Not Play Favorites”


Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in-the-know. To submit a question, e-mail

The Quandary: My friend and I see the same colorist for highlights. My friend gets much better service—she even gets a mini bottle of touch-up color to use in between appointments—while I get nothing. How can I ask for the same perks politely?

The Expert in Residence: Marie Robinson, hair colorist and founder of Marie Robinson salon

The Advice: “Before you make assumptions, find out exactly what type of perks your friend is getting, as you might just not need them. The mini bottle of touch-up dye might help extend her color in between visits whereas you might not need that. Maybe your friend is prone to getting brassier than you, and you don’t require those tonal tweaks between visits. I actually have two clients that are sisters and had a similar experience where one needed more help with her haircare than the other. The lower-maintenance sister felt that she wasn’t getting the same level of special treatment, but I was happy to explain the situation. Once she realized the differences in her needs versus her sister’s, she completely understood. So don’t be afraid to ask your colorist about the issue—a true professional does not play favorites, and if they do, find a new colorist! In the end, if he or she is making your hair beautiful and you’re happy with the results, then don’t worry so much about the extra perks. After all, it’s the results you’re paying for.”—As told to Kari Molvar

Photo: Courtesy of Marie Robinson Salon

Beauty Etiquetter: The Roaming Colorist Complaint


Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in-the-know. To submit a question, e-mail celia

The Quandary: My hair colorist works on a few clients simultaneously during my appointment, which means I end up spending two hours in the chair. Is there a nice way to tell him to speed up the process?

The Expert in Residence: Marie Robinson, hair colorist and founder of Marie Robinson Salon in New York

The Advice: “If your colorist has only done this a couple of times, he might just be running late. He might need to get another client done quickly so he can hand her off to a hairstylist for a cut, or a color correction might have thrown him off schedule. But if this is how he regularly handles your time, then yes, say something. Ask if you should book on different days or come in at other times when his schedule might be slower so you can get his undivided attention. It’s worth it to have the conversation so he knows how you feel—perhaps other clients feel the same way and didn’t want to say anything. If he’s a true professional, he’ll understand and not want to lose your loyalty. That said, I know two hours in the chair is a long time. But if the end results are exactly what you want, it might be worth the wait.”

Photo: Courtesy of Marie Robinson Salon

Drugstore Discovery Of The Week: Poetry In Motions


I first learned about Motions when I made an appointment with one of Marie Robinson’s star stylists, Allison Woodruff, shortly after the celebrity colorist first opened the doors to her Flatiron salon in 2010. While tending to my blow-out, Woodruff dropped a beauty bomb: Rather than reach for a pricey salon-only styling aid to smooth away any lingering frizz and add an impressive luster to my hair, she picked up a can of the African-American haircare brand’s Hold & Shine Styling Spray and spritzed away. I naturally inquired about the product line, which Woodruff happily told me was a drugstore find that has been a part of her product arsenal for ages. After meeting Rihanna’s trusted stylist Ursula Stephen, who has preached the gospel of Motions for years (and ultimately joined team Motions as its celebrity stylist), I was sold. Its latest releases for natural hair textures are particularly of interest to me now that I’ve started brutalizing my thick brunette tresses with long days at the beach and frequent dips into the ocean (and any pool I’m fortunate enough to get invited to). After two straight days of sand and surf in Rockaway, I tested out the new Moisturizing Cleanser and Smoothing Conditioner, hoping that the shea butter, coconut, and avocado oil in both formulas would help diminish any lingering dryness left over from the holiday weekend. Much to my delight, they sure did—so much so that I really didn’t need to use my normal, heavy styling cream and managed to get by just with a little dollop of the line’s new Radiating Gloss. Do they work as well as the $34-to-$44-a-piece, all-natural shampoo and conditioner I painstakingly ration out on a regular basis? No. But with a $6-per-product price tag, Motions is a great second bet.

Photo: Courtesy of Motions

The 411: Marie Robinson


Marie Robinson has pretty much cemented her position as one of the city’s top colorists. She got her start as an apprentice at Pierre Michel at the age of 19 and put in stints at Danilo, John Frieda (where she became famously adept at balayage highlighting), and Bumble and Bumble, before spending seven years as the head colorist at Sally Hershberger Downtown. Last spring, Robinson sent shockwaves through the beauty community when she abandoned the queen of the $800 cut to open her own eponymous salon with a chunk of the staff following suit. Besides having her own fancy new Fifth Avenue flagship, Robinson also has an impressive celebrity client roster (Liv Tyler, Natalie Portman, Rachel McAdams, and Anne Hathaway all trust their tresses to Robinson, and Kristen Stewart went strawberry blond at her suggestion this summer). She also recently added an enviable title to her CV: color director for Clairol (that’s her in the brand’s latest round of TV ads). Despite these achievements, Robinson remains refreshingly (make that shockingly) down-to-earth, which, along with those legendary highlighting abilities, makes her very easy to love. Here, she divulges who cuts and colors her own platinum blond crop, along with her favorite beauty destinations and must-haves.

The Pilates Instructor: Benjamin Degenhard at Equinox

“In three years, he has completely transformed my body. I love that he’s not extremely chatty and just wants to focus on working with me.”

Benjamin Degenhard at Equinox, 97 Greenwich Ave., NYC, (212) 620-0103,

The Makeup and Eyebrow Artist: Landy Dean

“Landy works fast! He can do my makeup in only 20 minutes, and in just that short amount of time, my face is complete perfection for a shoot. And his eyebrow shaping can transform and refresh my face even when I’m not wearing any makeup at all.”

Landy Dean at Marie Robinson, 155 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC, (212) 358-7780,

The Derm: Pat Wexler

“Pat has the most delicate touch, and she is seriously able to make my skin look rejuvenated and years younger like nobody else.”

Dr. Patricia Wexler, 145 E. 32nd St., 7th floor, NYC, (212) 684-2626.

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“Balenciaga Blond”: Spring’s Must-Have Hair Color


Carmen Kass’ new crop at Balmain is only part of the big hair story developing in Paris this week. A hue we’re calling “Balenciaga Blond” is the other. The night before Nicholas Ghesquière sent his houndstooth coats and runway-ready brothel creepers down the catwalk, Redken’s Guido Palau was busy at work bleaching more than one head of hair. Dutch model Milou van Groesen (who was apparently “street cast” by Ghesquière but already has a huge following in the Netherlands) had her blond locks chopped, spiked, and turned platinum, as did Alexander Wang’s opener for Spring, Britt Maren, and Czech stunner Jana Knauerova, who went blond this May and platinum for Balenciaga. Our most favorite Palau transformation was Kasia Struss, who killed it at Balmain later in the day with her new, cornsilk-white hair.


The icy color is becoming something of a trend at the Spring shows. Iris Strubegger got in on the action at Hakaan, letting Christophe Robin lighten her locks for the show. And who can forget coif master Orlando Pita’s blond ambition for Abbey Lee Kershaw, who wowed at the New York shows with platinum strands, which she debuted at the Chanel Soho store opening?  According to sources, Lee’s hair hasn’t been taking too well to all the lightening—presumably because to keep the color that saturated, it needs to be re-dyed every three weeks, according to celebrity stylist Marie Robinson. “You shouldn’t wash it more than a few times a week, and it also needs protein,” Robinson—a platinum blonde herself—added, mentioning that Joico’s K Pak line is a good option for at-home treatment. As to why the color is having a moment for Spring, Robinson’s bet is that it has something to do with Hollywood. “There are all those Marilyn Monroe movies coming out,” she said. “And Michelle Williams did it [at Cannes]. Unless you’re super naturally blonde, though, it’s not a good idea to do it yourself,” the colorist advises for those of you hoping to get the look. “You’re asking for trouble.” Brunettes, consider yourselves warned.

Photo: Clockwise from top left, Luca Cannonieri / at Balmain; Monica Feudi / at Balenciaga; Gianni Pucci / at Fendi; Yannis Vlamos / at Dries Van Noten