HAIRCUTS

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Whether you have curly, wavy, or straight hair, there’s flattering cut that will work for you. Check out our Pintrest boards for inspiration.

What flatters you? Before you decide on a new hairstyle, take a look at the shape of your face. Some ‘dos are better than others for you. Our designers are trained to customize a cut to flatter your best features.

We love to use all the tools of our trade to create beautiful cuts on all of our clients. Razor cuts are perfect to create lots of texture and deconstructed lines. We use a razor to remove bulk in clients with thick hair and “rough up” the hair for thinner hair types. the effect can be anything from subtle to dramatic. We also use razoring to take out weight and texturize, for those fashionable, perfectly imperfect looks. 

 

HAIR COLOR

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Thomas Taft Salon specializes in a variety of coloring techniques to suit the needs of all our clients.  What are Your haircolor goals? Go lighter, Go darker, Enhance your color, add highlights, or cover gray?  Add highlights: We add highlights using traditional foiling techniques, Balayage and Ombre. 

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Balayage:  

If you thought the word balayage was French for some fancy dance move, you're not alone. Laurie, the educator at Thomas Taft Salon answers some common questions about it. The highlights (no pun intended):

  1. It doesn't mean painting. Balayage literally translates to "sweeping." When done correctly, the colorist takes a small section of hair and sweeps the color onto the top. Then, he or she may use a paddle to apply more color toward the bottom. This method of lightening the ends gives the colorist more control—and creates the effortless sun-kissed highlights everyone wants this time of year.
  2. It's not just for blondes. Balayage can be used on brunette and redhead clients for multidimensional color.  
  3. It works on gray hair. Balayage is a smart solution for gray hair because it allows the colorist to specifically target gray strands without touching the scalp. And, because you don't need to do a single process to cancel out a few grays, it's easier and more natural on your hair overall.
  4. You should cut, then color. In most salons, women get their hair colored, cut, and blow-dried by a stylist. But by booking a  trim beforehand, your colorist can work specifically to the cut, which minimizes the risk of chopping off the pretty, lighter ends (and ruining the effect).
  5. You don’t need to wash your hair beforehand. If you're adding highlights with balayage, clients can come with oily hair to protect the scalp. If you're getting a single process, there is no need to shampoo before, just make sure your hair isn’t loaded up with products which could interfere with the color coverage.

Ombre Hair Lightening:

This is a technique wherein selected strands of hair are lightened from the tips up through the middle sections hair. The word Ombre specifically refers to the undetectable gradation of color from light to darker. Both the shades of blondes and browns as well as the amount of hair lightened with Ombre is customized to each clients liking. 

Aside from being super fun to wear, sexy and totally versatile, Ombre lightening can be kept up as frequently as you desire. You can have your Ombre re-done every six weeks or never again and it will always be on point!

Mermaid Hair Care

The mermaid, unicorn, galaxy, and oil slick trends are so hot and here to stay! Our stylist Tess is here to help you get the most out of your new fashion mane!

 
  1. Pick the brand that works best for you. I like to use a variety of fashion color brands: manic panic, pravana, pulp riot, aveda, wella, lime crime… different brands have different results and work better for different styles and hair types. Talk with your stylist about what you have used in the past and what you liked/disliked, or if this is your first time, talk to them about what you're looking for and they will assess your hair’s porosity and condition and choose the proper brand for you. 
  2. Bleach is not a villain. Know that your first time you will have to strip the pigment from the areas of your hair you wish to unicorn up! The hair must be almost completely white, yes, this requires a lightener(bleach). Think about markers on paper, if you colored with a blue marker on brown paper, would you see blue? How about on white paper? Same goes for your fashion colors: if your natural color is dark and you want to go silver, you may have to be another color like blue or darker blonde for a couple sessions until you can get the desired result, discuss your options with your stylist and know they are going to do what's best for your hair’s health! Also, when you decide you want to switch up your fashion colors from say, red to blue… keep in mind this is a color correction situation and there may be a few sessions where you have to be purple in between until you can get to blue safely (and with your hair in tact!) and plan accordingly. 
  3. Pastels are tricky and temporary! Silver, seafoam, peach, opal… all take a LOT of lightening, toning and upkeep. Once your stylist gets you to the desired hue, it is recommended that you take care to wash your hair less, and when you do use a violet shampoo to keep the yellow/green tones away, and come in for a refresh gloss every 2-3 weeks. If your stylist can, she will give you a little of your pigment to mix in with your conditioner and help your pastel last a little longer between glosses. 
  4. Dry shampoo is your friend! All fashion colors are semi or demi permanent, not permanent. This means they will wash almost completely out eventually. I recommend washing your hair as little as possible. Stretch it to 1x per week ideally. This will get you the most vibrant color as long as possible and get you the most bang for your buck since good mermaid hair is not cheap or a quick process. 

Follow these tips and listen to your stylist for recommendations and you too can be a magical unicorn and keep your hair looking fresh, vibrant and fun until you're ready for your next appointment!

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Hair Extensions

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At Thomas Taft Salon, we offer more than 90 natural colors, including very popular Ombre shades and bright, fun colors to fit everyone’s needs and style. Our extension hair comes in three different textures: straight, wavy and curly and three different lengths. We use the best hand-selected, 100 percent European-type human remy hair for all our extension services. Fusion extensions use hair that is pre-bonded with keratin tips to ensure a healthy, strong and long-lasting extension bond. We can use these extensions on hair that has been highlighted, colored, or virgin hair. 

Love the look of having super long hair like a celebrity? Well, it doesn’t have to take years to grow out your hair. Almost every celeb has a secret — extensions!

Extensions can be styled just like human hair, so if the extensions are straight, to create loose waves, curl them with a curling iron or use hot rolls for big bouncy curls. You could also mix straight & wavy extensions to create some nice movement in the hair.

Before applying the extensions, which is done in the same direction as the cuticle of the hair to avoid damage to the hair strand, there is a simple process to prep and clean the hair of all impurities. The extensions are then applied with a special, gentle instrument, and once you’re done, the 100% human hair extensions can be washed, blow dried, flat ironed, and curled as usual. Available in over 90 colors and three different textures (straight, wavy, and curly), your look can easily be changed by removing the extensions with Sol Gel remover, which breaks down the bond. Using the solution and special removal tool, the bond easily slides off the hair, damage free.

Natural hair extensions are a secret tool in the arsenal of leading celebrity ladies. Jennifer Anniston noted that she utilized extensions several times throughout her career for big events in the recent issue of InStyle and Selena Gomez’s new colored locks have spread like wildfire over the internet. Beyonce and Rihanna have also inspired us with their dedication to extensions. Extensions bump up the volume to add luxurious body for ultra movement. Celeb fans of SHE by SO.CAP.US extensions carried by Thomas Taft Salon include Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and more. This may be one hair trend you don't want to miss the bandwagon on!

Commonly Asked Questions Answered By Our Stylists

Cost: As for the cost, it varies from person to person. “Some people will put them in for volume and length, which would be more costly than someone who might want just a few highlights,” Daniel, one of our experts says. “Most people wear them 3-6 months before any upkeep is needed.  At that time you may need to add a few to areas that may have grown too long and need to be removed and replaced.” Keep in mind that you have to care for these extensions similar to how you would care for your own hair. This keeps them looking better for longer and minimizes damage.

The Condition of Your Hair: A main concern with getting bonded extensions is that there are complaints online of girls having their hair fall out from them. “There are a lot of reports about how hair extensions damage hair or people complaining of hair falling out,” Daniel says. “These complaints are the results of stylists that are not trained and certified to provide the service.” At Thomas Taft Salon, the Extensions are only applied licensed professionals who have taken the certification course and have been trained by SHE by SO.CAP. USA educators, he explains.

What Results Can You Expect: Laurie, another extension expert at Thomas Taft Salon explains, ”It's hardly a secret that most models, pop stars and reality divas rely on some sort of "weave" to give their hairdos more oomph. It's been so exciting to finally let clients experience just why (falsely) full-haired goddesses love to add volume, length and color with temporary, fusion and tape-in extensions. We can match your hair color to add virtually undetectable length and volume or use a contrasting shade to create highlights and/or lowlights without bleach-induced wreckage. Clients are always super surprised at just how easy extensions are to maintain and care for. Clients thought they were going to need major assistance, but these are so user-friendly, even the hair-impaired can do it!"

Are Extensions Right For You: In this day and age, starlets are turning toward a long hair look to pair with their red-carpet dresses. SHE by SO.CAP.USA offers every day women a way to get in on the latest styles with Bondable Extensions for longer lasting style or Clip-In extensions for a more temporary alternative. Plus these extensions are 100 percent real human hair (which means they can be treated as such — curled, straightened, styled, etc.), available in over 90 colors, three style varieties (straight, curly and wavy) and suitable for any age, ethnicity or even look (professional to trend driven). The extensions are a applied miracle that instantly transforms an entire appearance in just under a hour, in many cases, and requires very little maintenance. Laurie asks, “Seriously, what more could you want?”

Tape Extensions

Thomas Taft Salon is excited to announce our brand new Tape-In Hair Extensions! This revolutionary system uses a newly-patented type of tape to bond the hair extension to the hair.

Tape-In extensions are 100% human hair, which means they look and feel just like your own. Adhering them will not cause any damage to your hair, and they are easily applied without the use of tools, beads, clips, or chemicals. The extensions are gently removed using a bond remover. With the proper care, tape-in extensions can last as long as other types of extensions, about 3-6 months.

This brand-new method is a showstopper. Installation is astonishingly fast and the look is shamelessly seamless. Clients are raving about how Tape-Ins provide length and volume and blend easily into hair. 

This revolutionary method installs in as little as 45 minutes, so you’ll be looking fabulous in no time. And because it’s so speedy, it will save you precious time and money. The medical grade adhesive is designed for hair, so with proper care, tape won’t weaken until you’re ready to remove it with the help of our trusty Tape-In Bond Remover. 

  • Application time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • May be reused up to 3 times
  • Lasts 3 to 6 months with proper care

Thomas Taft Salon is offering a wide range of extensions with different colors and different texture in NYC. For getting the right kind of styling, the right extensions into the natural hair is very important, so that it looks completely natural and the extensions don’t fall off in between.

As artists, we at Thomas Taft Salon believe in making tape-in and fusion Extensions’ fashion available to one and all in NYC. In our salon we use the finest quality of tape-in Extensions to ensure that wearer gets a complete natural look.

KERATIN

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Cezanne Classic (formerly Perfect Finish) Keratin Smoothing Treatment reduces frizz and delivers smoother, stronger, healthier, more manageable and exquisitely beautiful hair that lasts for months.

My client has been using formaldehyde-based keratin smoothing treatments. Will they see similar results with Cezanne?

Yes. Clients get very similar results to their previous formaldehyde treatments without the health risks. In some cases, frizz and curl reduction will be less than results achieved by the formaldehyde-based systems.

However, your client will enjoy several distinct advantages over other systems. Their hair can be colored on the same day, whether it’s before or after the treatment. Hair will still hold a curl, if the client desires. They can go right from the salon to the gym or the pool and can also wash hair, use pins or put hair up in a ponytail directly after the treatment. Your client leaves the salon with beautiful, healthy, manageable hair—no strings attached.

What are the active ingredients?

Cezanne’s proprietary formulation is a combination of ingredients including Sericin, a component of silk. In silk, Sericin acts as cement between fibrous filaments. It acts in a similar way when Cezanne is applied to the hair, bonding to natural keratin and cementing itself between strands of keratin proteins. It also contains keratin and gyoxyloylcarbocysteine. Unlike Carbocysteine systems you may be familiar with, Cezanne doesn’t have the unpleasant smell. Cezanne contains Glycolic Acid, which is a well-known exfoliant and moisturizer for the skin.

The treatment uses a revolutionary low pH system with a similar acidity to lemon juice to open the cuticle and infuse the cortex with a proprietary blend of Sericin, keratin, botanical extracts and vitamins, replacing lost and damaged protein mass. When heat is applied during the flat iron process, the cuticle is closed and the proprietary blend of healthy ingredients is locked into the hair, protecting and smoothing the hair from the inside out.

How long will Cezanne Classic (formerly Perfect Finish) Keratin Treatment last?

The Classic Treatment will last 3-5 months on average. Similar to formaldehyde-based keratin smoothing treatments, the amount of time varies by client hair type, texture and maintenance routine.

Cezanne is non-toxic, naturally safe and effective. There is no vapor or fumes, so no need for masks, gloves or ventilation during the treatment—it's nature’s way of smoothing.

Our smoothing treatment is 100% formaldehyde-free. It’s also free from any other kinds of aldehydes and harmful toxins, for that matter, and it’s as long-lasting as the current top products.

It’s hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested, won’t irritate the scalp and won’t release any noxious gases. Cezanne actually strengthens the hair, using a revolutionary low pH technology that restores bonds that are broken or damaged during thermal, mechanical or high pH services.

What are the active ingredients?

Our proprietary and unique smoothing treatment formulation is composed of Aloe Vera, Sericin (a component of silk), keratin, Glycolic Acid, vitamins and botanical extracts. 

What vitamins and botanical extracts does Cezanne contain?

Cezanne contains Vitamins C, E, B3, B5, B6 and Sugar Cane, Lemon, Apple and Green Tea Extracts.

What is Sericin?

Sericin is a natural protein produced by the silk worm, Bombyx mori. In silk, Sericin acts as cement between filaments of fibroin.

Why Sericin?

Sericin possesses a high affinity for the keratin in hair. In hair, Sericin acts as cement between reticulated proteins, sealing in moisture, adding luster, protecting bonds and locking hair into a smoother, straighter form. There is no other smoothing product in the world that uses Sericin in the way it’s used in Cezanne.

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic Acid is a popular anti-aging ingredient that has been recognized for many years.

Why Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic acid is safe for the stylist and for the client. It fully penetrates the hair shaft, enhancing softness, improving manageability, preventing breakage and protecting from heat.

Wedding

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Your wedding will always be one of the most special days of your life, and we feel so honored to able to be a part of it.  Making women feel beautiful has always been a passion at Thomas Taft Salon.  We take care of you and your loved ones with the hopes that every bride feels their absolute best when they walk down the aisle. 

Please inquire with your exact wedding day details and we will go over options and pricing details for you and your wedding party based on your needs.

F.A.Q's

Q. How should I have my hair prepped for the trial?

A. Please wash hair (shampoo/condition) the day before or morning of our trial. Please make sure hair is blown dry and NOT flat ironed. This will prevent flyaways, allow curls to hold well and help in creating the perfect wedding hair! Hair typically cooperates best when it's not squeaky clean, but this rule doesn't hold true with everyone, we can go over these details when we set up the appointment.

 

Q. Do you work with extensions?

A. Yes! We love working with extensions for both down styles and up styles.  Extensions are great to give length and volume to all styles.  We can even help you select the right extensions if you don’t know where to start!

 

Q. Can I bring my whole wedding party to the trial to get opinions?

A. Too many opinions can be overwhelming so we advise selecting one or two people to attend the appointment. Choose people whose opinions you trust.

 

Q. I just can't decide if I want to wear my hair up or down, can't I do both?

A.  Yes you can! This is becoming a popular trend for weddings. A lot of women just feel best with their hair down but struggle with the thought that wearing it up may be more classic. There is no right answer, but there is a compromise. You can wear your hair down for the ceremony and then go into an up do for the party, or vice versa. There will be an additional cost with this option.

 

Q. Will my hair stay all night?

A.  We have never heard a complaint from a past bride that their hair didn't last all night. We have lots of tricks to make sure your hair stays the best it possibly can with all the dancing, hugs, etc. We can't guarantee you won't get some flyaways or some dropped curls, but if you are really concerned, you can book your stylist for additional hours to ensure you have touchups throughout the evening.