I actually find it hard to believe that I have been doing hair professionally for over three decades.
I grew up in a small town in upstate New York and it seems I have spent my whole life in beauty parlors. I have always loved them. When I was a kid, I helped shampoo, sweep the floor, run errands for the stylists, all the while soaking up all that was going on around me. I was always fascinated by fashion and beautiful women—what they wore, how they acted, how they spoke. As soon as I could, I studied hairstyling—at Sassoon, Jingles, and Trevor Sorbi in London as well as Sassoon and Jingles in the States.
At the same time, I have always been a natural entrepreneur. I owned my first salon when I was 19 years old and derive great satisfaction from running a successful business. I have worked hard to master my craft and technique and to stay current on beauty and style. I think of what I do as an art, and I believe that to be really good at it—to be the artist I strive to be—I have to be stimulated spiritually, visually, emotionally, creatively—even musically. So, when I’m not working with my clients, I travel, entertain, enjoy culture, design beautiful spaces, and experience life in New York and all over the world to the fullest.
When it comes to working with clients, I have always believed that you can be technically the best haircutter in the world but if you don’t really connect with the person you are working on—really look into her face and get to know who she is— your technique is worthless. Putting the right cut with that face, that person—it’s magic. I look at the person sitting in my chair, her face, hair type, what she’s wearing and how she presents herself to me—and then we work together to choose exactly the right look. There is nothing I love more than making a client see her own beauty in a new light. Running a close second to that is watching the stylists on my staff engage with and satisfy their clients in the same way.
I do my best to keep everything simple at Salon Above, and I find that my clients stick with me for years, appreciative of the perfectionism that I put into everything I do—from the fresh flowers and antiques that adorn my shop to the highly professional stylists at my chairs, to the subtlety of my cutting and coloring technique.
I am aware that people patronize a beauty salon for the overall experience, not just the haircut, so I have worked hard to make Salon Above a beautiful, open, comforting, light-filled space where a lot of creativity happens. I am extremely proud of my diverse, internationally trained staff, each one gifted and a pleasure to work with. We are all here to welcome and be of service to our clients, and send them out into the world radiant and confident.
Humbly, gratefully, and with high aspirations, I look forward to seeing you at Salon Above.