4 posts tagged "Thomas Heinz"
One-stop beauty shops that offer a range of services—everything from haircuts and skin-rejuvenating facials to brow shaping and bikini waxes—aren’t exactly hard to find in major metropolitan areas such as Manhattan or L.A. But once you leave the city limits? It’s a whole different story. But those headed out East this summer won’t have to bounce around in search of such beauty essentials now that Salon Bar has officially opened in East Hampton. The 2,000-square-foot space—which is the brainchild of Christina Savescu, a cosmetologist whose career includes positions at Estée Lauder, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel—is open from May to September. The menu leaves almost no body zone untreated. For the perfect beachy bob, book a session with resident hairstylist Lois Broderick (whose clients include members of U2) or New York pro Thomas Heinz, who will be on hand Saturdays through August. For glowing skin, consider the 24-karat-gold and collagen face treatments designed to repair cellular damage (and leave a subtle shimmer), an energizing lemongrass face mist, a moisture-infusing oxygen blast, or a detoxifying seaweed body wrap. You can even skip a trip to the doctor’s office, as Savescu’s physician husband, Dr. Napoleon Savescu, offers all manner of injections (Botox, Juvéderm, Restylane) and body-contouring fixes from Europe, such as SlimVest, a cooling suit that’s worn on the body to boost your metabolism, and Endermologie, which targets cellulite. All that and a salty breeze on your way out.
The Salon Bar, 66 Newtown Lane, Suite 10, East Hampton, New York, (631) 604-5500.
Five years ago, at the beginning of my illustrious tenure here at Style.com, I took the plunge and lopped off my mid-back-grazing locks in favor of an asymmetrical, angled bob. It was a complete and total transformation—the likes of which I had not experienced since, as a young child, my mother gave me a boy crop with requisite rattail (it was the early eighties, and the height of fashion, I assure you). I enlisted Thomas Heinz for the cut, and I’ve been an extremely loyal client ever since—so loyal, in fact, I recently conceded to travel to the depths of the Financial District for a trim where Heinz, a German import, moved his intimate atelier (formerly in the Meatpacking District) earlier this year.
“I happened to love Gotham City when I grew up, and this neighborhood always reminded me of what I liked from cartoons,” Heinz explains of his new digs at 80 Nassau Street, a fashion and art hub that houses studios for designers and photographers such as Wes Gordon and Morgan Tyler. In addition to being walking distance from his own apartment, the new location also happens to be a veritable beauty Shangri-la, “a clubhouse for girls,” Heinz jokes, as well as a burgeoning creative collective where his team of eight hairstylists and colorists “are able to work and to have a better life quality. Each artist gets to be his or her own boss. It’s the future of hairdressing,” he elaborates of the airy Mihai Badulescu-designed work-in-progress where the alkalized water will overfloweth, as will a selection of choice Intelligent Nutrients products when the salon becomes one of only a handful of IN-exclusive locations in the country later this year.
Heinz currently carries a selection of Davines and Aestelance products—as well as Magic Move, the cult-favorite hair pomade that will remain a fixture at the salon going forward—but will be transitioning into the organic, food-grade lifestyle brand entirely, stocking its styling aids, as well as its popular Aromatics, which will be offered as oxygen treatments. “They are infused into an oxygenator and you breath them in while you’re getting an express service—like a vaporizer hair steam or a hand treatment,” Heinz explains, adding that an on-site acupuncturist will also soon be a part of his offerings. And lest you forget why you came as you sip an IN Intellimune Oil-spiked mango juice and take in a little sun on the studio’s adjacent deck, it’s worth reiterating that Heinz’s scissor skills would be worth the trip without any of the bells and whistles. I’d even brave the L.I.E. on a Saturday for an appointment with him, which I’ll have to do this summer, as he sets up a weekend residency at East Hampton’s Salon Bar.
Thomas Heinz, 80 Nassau Street, NYC, (212) 414-1500. Weekends through August 2013, Thomas Heinz will be a guest artist at Salon Bar, 66 Newtown Lane, Suite 10, East Hampton, NY, (631) 604-5500.
I recently suffered a major hair trauma that, thankfully, few people ever got the chance to see. Against my better judgment, I let a hairstylist I had never met before trim my hair at a beauty event, my underlying thought process being, “This man has his own salon; surely he can reshape my hair ever so slightly by cutting an inch off all around.” Not so, it turned out. There were at least two tearful nights following this episode, which left me with shockingly short and misplaced layers mixed with longer, choppy sections on one side only. After the crying stopped, I got pro-active and made two phone calls, one to my trusted stylist, Thomas Heinz, and one to Tosler Davis, home of Jermina James, a master in the art of hair extensions. If Thomas couldn’t fix me, I was prepared to take desperate measures. In fact, I never made it in to see Jermina, as Thomas did work some scissor magic (I am now the proud owner of an adorable chin-sweeping bob), but I did get a chance to chat up the salon’s co-owner, Sean Davis, who broke down the world of extensions for me should I ever get butchered again—or married. It’s wedding season, which, according to Davis, means it’s all extensions all the time at his atelier.
The first thing Davis mentions to me is the importance of picking the right kind of hair. “Natural hair grows in the same direction,” he explains, pointing out that a lot of extensions are “all over the place.” Davis is a fan of Great Lengths, a company that takes the extra step to align the cuticle so it seamlessly blends into natural strands. “And no matter what kind of color chemical processes they do, the hair is always smooth and shiny,” he adds—a huge plus, obviously.
As readers of this blog know, I am a long-haired girl—the kind of girl who asks for just a trim at the salon and feels out of sorts when a mere inch and a half of length goes missing. Due to some unfortunate traumas in the past, including a childhood spent with a short bowl cut equipped with rattail (my mother insists it was “sooo cute,” but photos suggest otherwise) my raven locks, which have dangled around my mid-back since I was a teenager, have always been a power source and a defining characteristic of who I am as a person. Or so I thought. Recently, I had something of a hair identity crisis. I went to get a routine cut from a self-important stylist who shall remain nameless and he refused my “just a trim” request. “People with long hair are either misinformed about what their hair should look like or simply don’t know themselves as well as they think they do,” he said to me, explaining that in his not-so-humble opinion, hair should “drip” past the collarbone. Somewhat taken aback, I listened to more of his unsolicited suggestions before leaving, with not so much as a hair out of place. It’s unclear whether his words—which lingered in my head for weeks to come—or inspiration images of Ashley Olsen at the CFDA ultimately got to me, but two days ago I took the plunge and cut all my hair off. And strangely, I feel no less powerful, no less myself—in fact, I feel liberated. That is due in large part to the loving and exceedingly talented hands of Thomas Heinz, who has become the “transformative haircut” king in my small circle of editor and publicist friends, all of whom have had equal success at his Meatpacking salon. A small, unassuming space lined with Moroccan Oil and Davines products, Heinz listened to me go on about my sordid past, my current fears, and my future ambitions and somehow managed to make complete sense out of the emotional ramblings. I had way more than an inch and a half cut off—probably about ten inches total—and haven’t for a second mourned the loss. And for the record, I know exactly who I am: a long-haired girl who needed a little time to figure out that her hair looks better short.
Thomas Heinz NY, 308 W. 13th St., NYC, (212) 414-1500.