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Life S tyle
By Janet Flora
Let There Be HIGHLIGHT! The days may still be darker, and while you long for spring and signs of color you can give yourself a lift by making your hair a bit lighter and brighter. Jim Clinton, colorist at the Vartali Salon, on East 57 Street in Manhattan, highlights in a way to give you a burst of color without busting your wallet. “I see a lot of woman with highlights just on the top layers of the hair.” According to Clinton this is a mistake, and it tends to look like you just paid for the top layer. Since so many woman have modern, layered cuts, Clinton said, “It’s critical to highlight the underneath layers so that when the hair moves. highlights are still visible.” Since I have medium, length-layered hair I was an ideal candidate. I had been holding off getting my usual half-head of highlights, or a full head of highlights until closer to the spring. But my hair color was starting to look increasingly solid and dull. When I talked to Clinton, he assured me I could have a burst of color, or what he calls “modified highlights” for just $100. This seemed not only reasonable and affordable, but his philosophy of where the highlights should be placed made sense. Jim Clinton has been working as a colorist in highend salons along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan for 21 years, and at Vartali for the past two. “This is the happiest I’ve been at any salon,” he said. As a client
I could certainly see why. my hair: 3 on each side, 5 on The salon is a charming top and 8 in the back. The foilrefuge on the second floor ing took approximately 10 between Park and Madison minutes and they stayed on Avenues. There is no blarfor about 20 minutes. ing music, no factory or In half an hour I was frenzied activity, I felt like I lighter, but most importantly would be cared for and not my hair color was more lost in the crowd. The day I dimensional. This technique was there, Brooke Shields works best when you are was having her hair colgoing just a shade or two ored. She was without an lighter than the base color of entourage, and I probably your hair. And it’s not just for wouldn’t have noticed, but I blondes. You can give any hair came inches away from her color more dimension by using After the highlights. as I was entering the changing this method. room. Vartali has a celebrity client list that includes I was treated to a blow-dry by Antonio Carollo, a the soprano Renee Fleming and many others. But the senior stylist, and my hair looked shiny and healthy; atmosphere, like all the stylists and management is the difference was noticeable, but subtle and I couldlaid back and even a bit humble – so refreshing anyn’t resist the urge to shake my head as if I were in a where on 57 Street. hair commercial. The best part is that I would not One of the secrets to doing modified highlights, need to return for three months. according to Clinton, is to take more generous secJanet Flora writes lifestyle and beauty features, tions of hair spaced farther apart. In addition to creand is a former contributor to Make-up Artist and ating this technique for clients with layered hair, it’s Health magazines. A creative writing teacher and fictime efficient for clients who do not have hours to tion writer, she spends her time in New York and Sag spend in the salon. In total, Clinton used 19 foils in Harbor.
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Published on Feb 27, 2009
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