Having friends that work in the fashion/beauty industry is always a treat because I get to hear all about the inside works of the business and of course, get first hand advice about things like maintaining a happy, healthy head of hair. I caught up with my good friend Antonio Gonzales, author of the hair blog Comesse and stylist at one of the most exclusive salons in New York, Orlo.
I sat down with Antonio and chatted about hair, the price of a good cut and what we all should have at home to keep our hair looking salon chic.
1) I’ve been a hairdresser for 15 years. I started on this path because as a child I never liked the way I looked after my haircuts so I guess it kind of evolved from that.
2) I have a blog, Comesse, that I write in almost everyday because I wanted to create a platform where women and men could get insight into this industry without having to spend money. It’s a great mesh of quality and luxury while offering help and guidance.
3) I work at Orlo Salon in New York (located in the meatpacking district) where haircuts cost between $200-$800 and yes, the price is justifiable. What you pay for when you come to us is our knowledge, our education level, and the guidance from a team that is setting the trends not following them. For me personally, I know it’s a lot of money but that is why when you come to me, I take my time, I listen and really give you my honest opinion of what I feel could be best for you.
4) New York Fashion Week is a great time for me because we have the honor of working with some of the best names in the business. This past September we were in charge of hair for Oscar de la Renta, J.Mendel, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Lam and Micheal Kors.
5) I think every woman should have a T3 blowdryer. These blowdryers are very gentle on the hair, light weight and fast drying. I have seen the results for the past 3 years and will never use another hair dryer.
6) Something women (and men) can do at home to maintain healthy hair is invest in a great hair mask and please for the sake of your hair, step away from heavy oils. Moisture is water not oil. I like to recommend the Kerastase Age Recharge masque.
7) Lastly, what I really think will be the next big trend in hair is having the right haircut that’s just on the collar bone or shorter. It has an edge to it, razored a little. It’s still chic and not old fashioned. Long waves are over!
Big thanks to Antonio for sharing his insight and expertise with us…and I don’t know about you all but I’m ordering that hair dryer ASAP ;)