Six FIRST readers visited New York City’s Nunzio Saviano Salon to refresh their tired tresses and transform their looks. Here, how to achieve their star-inspired hair makeovers for a gorgeous you!
“I want Rose’s buttered toffee lob!”
- How it flatters: The dimension caused by the contrast of a rich brunette base and caramel highlights adds oomph to fall-flat tresses. Plus, the streaks catch the light, leaving dull hair looking lustrous. Marc Daniels, who revitalized Ariel’s cut and color, adds that trimming hair into a long bob (“lob”) that hits above the collarbone beautifully frames the neck, while sideswept bangs and textured layers help hair look especially fuller at the roots.
- Get the cut: Ask your stylist for a long bob with blended layers and sideswept bangs.
- Get the color: Apply the base color from a coloring kit (like L’Oréal Paris Couleur Experte in 6.1 French Eclair) all over and let process for 30 minutes, then rinse. Next, use a clean spoolie brush (it allows for precise highlight placement) to paint the bleach from the kit onto various 1 ⁄4″ sections of hair throughout the head. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.
“I want Glenn’s champagne crop!”
- How it flatters: A platinum hue not only brightens up the complexion, but for those looking to embrace their grays, it strategically blends in with them as they grow in, says Donna Izzo, who polished Jill’s changing color. And cutting hair into a modern, wispy pixie counteracts the aging effects of graying strands while “lifting” features for a youthful look, says Nunzio Saviano, who gave Jill her age-defying crop.
- Get the cut: Ask your stylist for an earlength pixie infused with wispy, graduating layers and soft side fringe.
- Get the color: Grab a kit that comes with both lightener and blue-tinted conditioner, (like Clairol Born Blonde), then brush the lightener onto 1″ sections of hair, starting 1″ away from roots down to the ends. Let sit for 45 minutes; rinse. Then use the blue-tinted conditioner on damp hair to thwart any leftover brassy yellow tones.
“I want Diane’s golden honey waves!”
- How it flatters: “Deepening hair’s base color with a neutral medium-brown hue creates a uniform ‘canvas’ that covers and evens out old, faded dye,” says Donna Izzo, who did just that for Kimberly. It also allows for fresh, face-framing highlights to pop, instantly restoring shine to dried-out locks. “Plus, the best way to rejuvenate long hair without sacrificing length is by adding in some layers,” says Andrew DeMio, who snipped lovely layers into Kimberly’s hair. “They create hair volume and soften facial features, shedding years from your look.”
- Get the cut: Ask your stylist for a cut that rests just above the bust with long layers.
- Get the color: Start by darkening the base by two shades with a permanent dye (like Better Natured Hair Color in 4N Medium Natural Brown). Apply evenly from roots to ends; let sit for 35 minutes, then rinse. Next, for more natural-looking golden highlights, use a hair-painting kit for dark hair (like Clairol Balayage for Brunettes). Paint the bleach onto various 1 ⁄2″ sections around the face. Let sit 30 minutes; rinse.
“I want Kelly’s brilliant blond midi!”
- How it flatters: Blended, paper-thin highlights create the illusion of thicker tresses, while an icy color brings out the pink undertones in fair skin for a youthful flush, says Felicia Dosso, who brightened Deborah’s brassy-blond hue. Even better? The bounce of hair that floats above shoulders gives finer locks extra body while directing the eye up for a face-lift effect.
- Get the cut: Ask your stylist for an above-the-shoulder cut with choppy, blunt ends.
- Get the color: Paint the bleach from a highlighting kit (like Revlon Color Effects Frost & Glow in Blonde) onto 1 ⁄2″ sections of hair with a clean toothbrush. Let sit 30 minutes; rinse. Then apply a cool-based neutralizing toner (like AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toner in Pearl Blonde) all over damp hair to cancel out any leftover golden tones. Let sit 10 minutes; rinse.
“I want Katie’s chocolate truffle bob!”
- How it flatters: Adding highlights isn’t the only coloring strategy to lend depth to one-dimensional dark color! Semi-permanent dye about 2 shades lighter than your natural hair deposits a sheer wash of rich yet lustrous color that breathes new life into locks. Even more flattering? A full-banged bob. “It slims a rounder face and draws attention to pretty eyes,” says Andrew DeMio, who gave Ginger her chic crop.
- Get the cut: Ask your stylist for a blunt, above-theshoulder bob that’s slightly shorter in the back and longer in the front with full, brow-skimming bangs.
- Get the color: First, “strip” old, inky color with a color-removing kit (like Color Oops Hair Color Remover). Apply all over dry hair and let process for 20 minutes, then rinse. Next, apply a semi-permanent dye (like Clairol Natural Instincts in 5C Brass Free Medium Brown). Let sit for about 30 minutes, then rinse.
“I want Emmylou’s polished silver shag!”
- How it flatters: Striking silver puts a cool and modern spin on gray so it’s no longer a matronly color, says Bruno Lepine, who rejuvenated Marguerite’s salt-and-pepper locks. And the luminosity of an almost-white hue reflects light onto the face, “masking” any dark shadows. What’s more, infusing silver hair with layers and side bangs gives the color even more youthful edge, says Nunzio Saviano, who cut and styled Marguerite’s stunning strands.
- Get the cut: Ask your stylist for a modern shag with face-framing layers and side fringe that sweeps across the brow.
- Get the color: Using the bleach from a kit (like Manic Panic Flash Lightening 30 Volume Bleach Kit), apply gray-brightening highlights onto various 1⁄2″ sections throughout the head. Let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse. While hair is still wet, use a purple-tinted in-shower gloss (like L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss in Silver) to neutralize discoloration. Apply from the roots to ends, then brush through with a wide-tooth comb to distribute evenly. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse.
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.