New York City has a new salon, and its future looks bright and colorful. Owner Stuart Hirsch is famous for the sun-kissed hair color on models such as Noemie Leonor, Julie Orden, Riley Keough and May Andersen. He's decided to venture out on his own after more than 25 years in the biz, opening the the Stuart Hirsch Salon on the outskirts of Soho.
The minimalistic and industrial looking space has 16 stations at which you can get haircuts, color, mani's, pedi's and massages. The vibe of the salon is young, hip, and edgy—yet upscale—and many of the stylists hail from Warren-Tricomi (an ex employer of Hirsch's).
I was fortunate enough to sit down and speak with Stuart about the salon, his proudest career moments, and the latest color craze. To find out all of this and more,
Tell me a little bit about your background.
More than 25 years ago, I trained and worked at Vidal Sasoon. I started off cutting hair, but I always has a passion and a natural talent to color hair. In fact, years later, I had my own private room at the Pierre Michele Salon and eventually got recruited as color specialist at Warren-Tricomi.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
I've found it particularly challenging to manage the salon and concentrate on doing hair at the same time. At first I had to concentrate on the business and building the team, but now I think I strike a smooth balance between management and finding more time for my clients.
What are some of the biggest mistakes you see people make with hair color?
Not being realistic and going too far away from what their hair should be. You should always stay within a few shades of your natural hair color or else it's not going to look natural. Plus if you go too light, you risk frying and drying out your hair — there's only just so far you can go.
But Madonna is a dark brunette, and she has blond hair.
She looks good now, but when her hair was platinum, did that look natural and healthy?
What is your proudest career moment?
I have two. The first is doing Lisa Marie Presley's hair for the 30th anniversary of her grandfather's death, and the second is opening my salon.
Tell me about color trends. Do you have any predictions for 2008?
I think that hair is going to go back to being lighter by spring. Everybody loves being a blond and it will never go of style. Being blond is just like short skirts — it's hot.
- The Stuart Hirsch Salon is located at 542 LaGuardia Place in New York City (212)-375-8580. Prices range from $80-$300 for cuts and $90 - $200 for color. A color with Stuart begins at $300.