12 posts tagged "Sally Hershberger"
For those who reside far outside the greater New York or Los Angeles areas, landing an appointment with Sally Hershberger is an almost impossible feat; it can be a challenge to score a coveted time slot with the queen of the $800 cut for those of us lucky enough to live in a neighboring zip code. Two years ago, Hershberger began to spread her gospel of great hair to the flyover states with the launch of Salon, a line of professional-grade styling products. At 5 p.m. EST today, two new additions to the range will be revealed by the hair heavyweight herself on HSN. Body Fix is a flexible volumizing spray that dries at lightning speed, leaves little residue, and creates a barrier against humidity, while Mineral Complex is a lightweight cream formulated with shea butter, natural palm oil extract, and a trio of minerals (hematite, smithsonite, and malachite) to defrizz and smooth. The latter is also particularly noteworthy for its natural wave-defining capabilities, and at only $24 a pop, it costs a whole lot less than an hour in Hershberger’s chair.
If you were to scan your favorite red-carpet photos from the past few years, a great number of them would likely bear the handiwork of Pati Dubroff. The widely respected makeup artist has counted leading ladies like Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Eva Mendes, and Hilary Swank as clients. She’s collaborated with photographers like Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, and Annie Leibovitz, and is responsible for a number of our favorite recent cover beauty looks, too, including Emma Watson on December’s Marie Claire, Julianne Moore on November’s Allure, and Lindsay Lohan’s Grace Kelly-inspired turn on October’s Vanity Fair. When she’s not tending to a bevy of boldfacers, Dubroff is busy in her new role as official makeup artist for Clarins USA (she previously spent a number of years as an international spokesperson for Dior). Besides having a ridiculously impressive résumé, Dubroff also happens to be one of the coolest, most positive-minded ladies we have ever had the pleasure of knowing—with a freakishly radiant complexion to boot. Eager to find out more about her own routine, we asked Dubroff—who splits her time between New York and L.A.—for a few of her favorite bicoastal beauty destinations.
The At-Home Spa products: Clarins Relax
“My bathroom is my sanctuary. This is where I go daily to decompress, refresh, and restore my body, mind, and spirit. My favorite products are from the Clarins Relax body line. I especially love the jar of body scrub followed by a self-massage with the body oil. This oil is the very first product developed by Clarins and it hasn’t changed in over 50 years. Don’t mess with perfection!”
Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil, $52, www.clarins.com.
The Hair Team: Chris McMillan and Negin Zand
“I’ve been very fortunate to be able to work with the best hairdressers in the world. I’m very low-maintenance but I know that a great haircut and color make a huge difference. Chris McMillan is the only person who I trust to cut my hair. He recently gave me ‘the Freja’ and he was right; it’s perfect for me. And for many years I have entrusted my color to Negin Zand at Sally Hershberger. She gets it right every time, whether it’s rich chocolate or beachy highlights.”
Chris McMillan Salon, 8944 Burton Way, L.A., (310) 285-0088, www.chrismcmillansalon.com; Negin Zand at Sally Hershberger Salon, 760 North La Cienega Blvd., L.A., (310) 854-4922, www.sallyhershberger.com.
While we’re on the topic of repeat runway appearances, please allow us to direct your attention to the Joan Jett shag, the iconic late-seventies/early-eighties style that has enjoyed not one but two moments of homage at the Spring shows thus far. Marios Schwab enlisted the wig-shearing services of hair stylist Luke Hersheson for his show in London, and Jean Paul Gaultier brought out the big guns in Paris this weekend, asking Guido Palau to re-create the rocker’s spiky-on-top, long-in-the-back style. “We’ve changed the way we look at wigs,” said Palau, who took to trimming mohawk tips into a bevy of colored hair pieces backstage on Saturday. “There was a time when wearing a wig was very taboo, and now it’s a fun way to mix up your look. The key to wearing a wig is bringing it into a salon and having your stylist cut/trim the wig to fit your face—it’s not one size fits all.”
How best to direct your stylist in the way of Jett tributes, should you want to trim a wig or your own hair in a similar style? Why not ask Sally Hershberger, who created the cut in the first place? “Anyone can do a shag,” Hershberger says. “If you want to take the look in a more severe direction, you should ask your stylist for a shorter style that has lots of layers of all lengths to achieve a choppy, more rock star look. A more subtle version would be something a little less drastic—longer, softer layers.” The right no-residue products are also key. “Until my SHAGG line, there was never a range of products designed to enhance and define layers,” Hershberger says, extolling the virtues of her SHAGG Spray for prepping tresses and her SHAGG Rocks Liquid Gel to create separation after rough-drying. As to which backstage coiffeur came closest to reappropriating her original creation, Hershberger’s vote goes to Hersheson. “Joan has worn her hair both ways. But the second look [from Marios Schwab] is closer to the classic, more traditional shag, which is more wearable. It still has a lot of texture but it doesn’t have as much rock ‘n’ roll.”
The newly opened Marie Robinson Salon in the Flatiron District just might be the biggest thing to happen to the New York beauty community in recent memory. First, there’s its made-for-Hollywood back story, in which Robinson, Sally Hershberger’s star colorist for the past seven years, quit to start her own, eponymous atelier and much of Hershberger’s staff followed, causing a mass exodus. Then there’s the salon itself, an extraordinarily large 5,000-square-foot space on Fifth Avenue laid out by Manhattan based-designer James Huniford—the construction and opening of which seems perhaps more daunting even than the idea of defecting from the queen of the $800 haircut.
But the vibe at MRS doesn’t reflect any of this tension; quite the contrary. “It’s kind of like a clubhouse,” senior stylist Allison Woodruff explained as she tended to my lob and we chatted about our favorite Beach House tracks. Woodruff, like most of Robinson’s personnel, has come up through Manhattan’s salon system. The highly experienced and sought-after team includes alumni from Pierre Michel, Bumble & Bumble, Oscar Bondi, and Sally Hershberger, all of whom have been coiffing together for years, making them not only peers but friends. “I just tried to surround myself with the most talented staff out there—people I’ve known since I was 18, in some cases,” says Robinson, who has had Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Liv Tyler, and Uma Thurman in her chair. “And it’s like, ‘I love your work…and I love you. Does it get any better?’ ” Yes, in fact; turns out it does. Celebrity stylists Danilo and Mark Townsend will also work from MRS when in New York.
The petite, platinum blonde Robinson, who says she’d never really had ambitions to go out on her own, had an epiphany a few years back and just realized that things could be “different.” She re-evaluated what she liked and disliked about the salon-going experience for both stylists and their guests and the “universe” made her new project a reality. Personal touches include two lounge/waiting areas, instead of one, so things stay calm “even if it gets crazy,” and a general sense of happy contentment that’s palpable when the elevator doors open. Full disclosure: I’ve never had a chatty relationship with my stylist before—it’s just not my thing—but Woodruff was so comfortable in her element that before I knew it, I had done the unthinkable and delved into boyfriend territory. Oh, and did I mention my hair looks amazing?
The Marie Robinson Salon, 155 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor, NYC, (212) 358-7780.
Last week, I made a trip to Sally Hershberger’s Meatpacking District salon, a.k.a. the home of the $800 haircut, at the behest of the stylist herself. As appropriate prep for two days of face time on HSN, Hershberger invited a group of beauty editors to be her practice audience before she went in front of the cameras. And so I witnessed a preview of her new Luxe Layers Protective Blow Out Gel, which is meant to provide Hershberger’s patented “sexy, cool” factor at home. Useful on wet or dry hair, the gel is designed as a thermal protector to prevent heat damage and preserve color and uses an amino acid blend, completely devoid of alcohol and silicone, to leave hair strong without that brittle feeling that is typical of an at-home attempt at a salon-caliber blowout. When she was finished drying her volunteer’s hair, Hershberger made the would-be model walk around the room so the rest of us could touch her smooth locks. Awkwardness aside, her strands were super-soft, and not in a languid, motionless way, either. The product left some guts in the hair to allow for better styling and it definitely seemed to achieve the “hairdresser in the bottle” effect that Hershberger was going for. And at $18, a fraction of what it costs to actually sit in her chair, it’s the kind of stylist you can make frequent appointments with.