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AE Salon’s energized, inviting atmosphere is a reflection of the team Aaron Emanuel has assembled. Our highly-trained staff looks to create a fun and memorable experience at every visit. We’re passionate about fostering a long-lasting friendship and providing you a successful, beautiful look each time.



AE Salon’s thorough consultation will help you target the services ideal for your look and lifestyle. From color and texturizing treatments to extensions and highlights, our stylists will direct your session to provide the look you seek.



At Aaron Emanuel, we provide service in a friendly & comfortable environment. Click below to view a gallery of our various services from hair coloring, to straightening to extensions. See why we’re considered the top hair salon in NYC.

Read This Before You Decide on Full or Partial Highlights

top-nyc-salon-for-partial-highlights-01Getting highlights are the perfect way to add dimension and color to your hair without having to commit to the damaging effects that a full color will take on your hair. There are many benefits to choosing highlights over other coloring options, but the drawback is that it takes a little bit more effort and time to get exactly what you want. With highlights, you want to make sure your colorist is framing your face and using a color that isn’t too light for your current hair (do we not remember the awful early 2000’s trend that was getting blonde highlights in dark hair?). Additionally, you’ll want to decide whether or not you want to get full or partial highlights, as the two have a couple of notable differences that we’ve discussed below.

Partial Highlights vs Full Highlights

ues-salon-for-dirty-blonde-with-partial-highlights-02When you get full highlights, your stylist will highlight different pieces of hair throughout your entire head, as opposed to focusing on a few areas with partial highlights—whether that be the top or front of your hair in areas that will frame your face nicely. If you’re looking to make smaller changes to your hair or just want to frame your face a bit over dramatically changing your look, partial highlights may be the best option for you.

Full highlights, on the other hand, will be your best option if you’re looking to lighten your overall color and add depth and texture to the look of your hair as a whole. Full highlights will dramatically change the color of your hair, so if you’re seeking to go a few shades lighter but don’t want to commit to a full-dye this is a fantastic option.

Benefits of Highlights

partial-highlights-or-full-color-info-top-nyc-salon-03One of the biggest benefits to being able to choose between full or partial highlights as opposed to having to color all of your hair is that you have the freedom to set a wider budget. If you’re not looking to spend too much on your hair color you can opt for partial highlights. This will give your hair enough change to see a difference but won’t cost you a small fortune, since we all know that coloring sessions can get pricey fast. That being said, the average of cost is also a good indicator for time. If you don’t have the time to spend a day at the salon getting full highlights done you can opt for partial highlights. This will make upkeep much easier and affordable, as you won’t have to sink as much time and money into your color.

The colorists at Aaron Emanuel salons in New York City can help you with any full or partial highlight needs, so make an appointment today! 

For more information, please visit our main website at: www.aaronemanuel.com

The Secret Tool That Will Give You Perfect Ombre Hair

best-ombre-colorist-salon-nyc-01If there’s one hairstyle that doesn’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon, since it’s been in style for years already, its ombre hair. The coloring technique has been a celebrity choice for years now, as it leaves hair looking naturally textured with the perfect amount of depth and color. The style can be used to add different tones to hair or make colored hair more exciting, whether you’re lightening the ends of a deep brown or fading from pink to purple.

The Ombre secret


Instead of waiting for your hair color to naturally fade, you can achieve a beautiful ombre either on your own or by consulting a stylist. Stylists and colorists have debated for years on how to get the perfect ombre look we all secretly fawn over on Instagram, but until now there hasn’t been a technique so simple; your hair brush.

That’s right. Your hair brush. Stylists have tried every technique possible to achieve the perfect ombre look, but it turns out we’ve all been making it harder than it needs to be. The technique involves using a regular paddle brush to brush the color into your ends and slowly make your way up your hair, ending at the desired length of ombre color. To achieve a more in-depth look, try going further up your hair in some areas and not in others. Make sure to brush the color in so that it naturally fades, but only brush from the neck down in order to achieve an ombre look instead of simply brushing hair-color into your hair.

ombre-colorist-nyc-03Though this idea is perfect for those looking to achieve a simple, DIY-friendly way to ombre their hair, some stylists caution against the strategy as it may end up worse than if you did it by hand. This technique is perfect for softer ombre looks, such as a deep brown into a caramel fade, but may not be the best idea for drastic changes in color or multi-tone ombre looks, such as this one that Kylie Jenner rocked at Coachella in 2016.

Ombre is Beautiful

Because the perfect ombre look can be a little bit difficult to attain, you’re probably going to want to book an appointment with a good colorist in order to make sure you’ll achieve the perfect fade.

Make sure you’re going to get the perfect fall ombre by booking an appointment with one of the many colorists available at any Aaron Emanuel locations throughout New York City.

Aaron Emanuel Salon
307 East 77th St
New York, NY 10075

Aaron Emanuel on Second
1467 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10075


Choosing a Men’s Haircut Based on Your Face Shape

best-mens-haircut-for-face-shape-ues-nyc01So often, choosing a men’s haircut seems more complicated than it needs to be. While there isn’t as much variety as with women’s haircuts, there’s enough to make it a tough decision to find a look that will compliment your natural features and face shape. Choosing the right men’s haircut is simple once you figure out exactly which features you want to bring out in your own face, and we’ve listed some things to consider below to make it easier:


When determining the perfect men’s haircut for you it’s important to first determine your face shape. To find your face shape, look in the mirror and take note of your features. If your face is the same length wide as it is long, you probably have a round face shape. If your face is significantly longer than it is wide, you have an oval or oblong face shape. If your face is as wide as it is long but your jaw is significantly wider than the rest of your face, you have a square face shape. Similarly, if your cheeks are your widest feature than your face shape is diamond, while your face may be triangle if you have a pointed chin and a wide jaw.

Once you’ve figured out what shape your face is you can begin considering the perfect men’s haircut to suit you. Oval and oblong face shapes will find that they’re very versatile in what men’s haircuts they can pull off, but longer faces will pair best with styles that focus less on shorter, tighter sides and more on fuller looks.


Similarly, those with square face shapes will find that any men’s haircut compliments their features, as these tend to be the most masculine face shapes of all. Meanwhile, diamond or triangle face shapes will find that their ideal men’s haircut is opposite to those with an oval or oblong face. Diamond or triangle face shapes will look best with shorter sides and longer hair on the top.

Finally, the perfect men’s haircut should also compliment a person’s natural type and texture. Thinner hair is easier to style in slick back looks, while thicker hair is harder to slick back at all. Those with wavy or thick hair will find that shorter men’s haircuts with lower maintenance are easier to keep up. Naturally curly hair will look the best with fades or shorter men’s haircuts.

The stylists at Aaron Emanuel salons in New York are prepared to create a wide variety of high-quality men’s haircuts for any hair type or texture, and can offer advice on choosing the perfect cut. Book your appointment today!

Magic Sleek is the Perfect Alternative to Toxic Straightening Treatments

Magic Sleek is the Perfect Alternative to Toxic Straightening Treatments

magic-sleek-hair-straightening-non-toxic-best-ues-hair-salon-01Products that promise to straighten and strengthen hair are all over the beauty market. Keratin treatments, Brazilian Blowouts, and Japanese straightening treatments all promise just about the same thing, but come with a couple of very toxic drawbacks. The chemicals found in these products have long been a topic of controversy in the beauty world, and experts strongly advise using the products with a professional stylist in a well-ventilated area to lower the risks associated with inhaling toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde. Now, however, there’s a formaldehyde-free (gasp) alternative that’s rocking the celebrity beauty world—Magic Sleek.

Celebrity Hair Straightening!

Many people, celebrities included, love Magic Sleek because it’s a safe and highly effective alternative to other hair relaxing treatments on the market but leaves your hair feeling just as soft, silky and healthy as if you did indulge on something like a Keratin treatment. The main drawback with these treatments in the past were mainly the concerns around the negative health effects associated with inhaling the toxic ingredients in the treatment. Magic Sleek is a safer alternative, boasting that the process is even less strenuous on the hair than how other treatments are applied. The first step in the process is to shampoo the hair, cleaning it of any other chemicals before the solution is applied. After that your stylist will apply a relaxer to straighten the hair, followed by a finisher to leave the hair feeling healthy and soft. Hair that’s been damaged beyond repair will receive additional treatments, but the whole process should have you in and out of the door within a few hours.

Safe, non-Toxic Hair Straightening

magic-sleek-hair-treatment-professional-nyc-02The product is even safe to use on children, and many parents who grow frustrated of dealing with their child’s naturally frizzy, curly hair are turning to Magic Sleek to make things easier. Since the product is free from hazardous chemicals, being exposed to it for longer periods of time won’t be as harmful as if you were exposed to formaldehyde treatments. Even those with processed or color-treated hair will find that Magic Sleek is the perfect way to tame curly hair, and it will have you ditching your flat iron for months on end.

Healthy Hair Straightening

The biggest positive with Magic Sleek, aside from being healthier, is that it promises not to flatten your hair too much or remove precious volume as many other straightening treatments end up doing. Magic Sleek won’t weigh the hair down or flatten it, only straighten it. Naturally, if you’re going from extremely curly to straight you’re going to lose a little bit of body, but the volume will be perfect for what you want out of a sleeker look.

Book your Magic Sleek treatment at Aaron Emanuel Salon in New York City today!

Some Things to Consider Before Getting a Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy

Some Things to Consider Before Getting a Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy

top-nyc-salon-for-keratin-complex-upper-east-side-01Throughout the year there are a variety of seasonal influences that will change how our hair acts on a day to day basis. Right now, for example, the summer heat and humidity is probably creating a lot of unwanted frizz that’s nearly impossible to tame even on a good day. In the winter, however, dry cold creates a lot of unwanted breakage to our ends that can seem impossible to avoid. All of these variables can leave us wanting a more permanent solution to our hair care troubles. For this, there’s a Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy.

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy adds a layer of Keratin—a naturally occurring protein found in our hair already—to your frizzy, impossible to manage strands. The strands are individually treated using a flat-iron treatment process at your salon and can leave your hair looking smoother, straighter and sleeker for weeks or months. The benefits of these treatments go on, as a Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy is a bit healthier for your hair than daily exposure to heat tools such as flat-irons.

There are a variety of things to consider before you commit to a Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy treatment, such as health risks to avoid and necessary maintenance in order to get the most out of your treatment. When done correctly, a Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy treatment should keep your hair looking healthier, stronger and sleeker for up to six months.

Best UES hair salon for Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy

keratin-complex-smoothing-therapy-expert-ues-nyc-02First and most importantly, make sure the salon you’ll be getting your treatment in is well-ventilated, as Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy treatments often contain chemicals such as formaldehyde that can be harmful if inhaled. A well-ventilated or spacious salon should limit your exposure enough to make the treatments much safer, but it’s always good to be cautious. Most salons that care about their clients and their stylists will take this into account for you, as they’re well-aware of the health risks involved in the treatment.

It’s also important to understand what it is you want out of your treatment and what it is you’ll be getting from your treatment. Not all Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy treatments are created equally, and many will offer different results based on what clients are looking to get out of them. Communicate with your stylist whether or not you’re looking to straighten your hair, as this is often the biggest variable when choosing treatments.

Beware of cheaper treatments that offer the same results as their pricier counterparts. As is true with most beauty treatments, you get what you pay for. A cheaper Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment may have potential damaging effects that higher-quality products won’t have at all. That being said, if you’re not experienced in these types of treatments, it’s also probably a good idea not to try them at home.

The stylists at Aaron Emanuel are trained in Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy and can help you achieve the sleek, healthy hair you’ve dreamed about all summer, so book your appointment today!


The Benefits of Using Inoa Ammonia Free Hair Dye

The Benefits of Using Inoa Ammonia Free Hair Dye

nyc-top-ues-salon-ammonia-free-hair-dye-01These day’s it’s probably very rare to see someone that doesn’t or hasn’t ever dyed their hair. For most, hair color is a regular step in their beauty maintenance, as is the upkeep involved in keeping the hair healthy after its been exposed to the harsh chemicals in hair dye such as ammonia or bleach. The chemicals associated with strong dyes are one of the many drawbacks associated with products that are the most effective in changing the color of our hair, and there hasn’t been a really safe alternative to those products pop up on the market—until now. L’Oreal recently released its first permanent (yes, permanent) Ammonia free hair dye called Inoa. Inoa, which is short for Innovation No Ammonia, promises to deliver all of the benefits of other permanent hair color without the harmful chemicals like Ammonia, all while leaving the hair soft and beautiful.



While Inoa certainly isn’t the first ammonia-free hair dye to hit the market, it may be the first to actually make a huge impact on the hair color industry. Salons around the world are beginning to offer the product as an alternative to ammonia hair color, and the results have been positive so far. What also sets Inoa apart from other ammonia free hair color is that its possibly the first truly permanent solution.

Previously, safer hair dyes usually meant a lot of upkeep or that they would only last a couple of weeks at maximum. Hair dyes like Manic Panic’s line of colorful and vegan products are certainly popular with anyone looking to add a fun, temporary pop of color to their hair but don’t last more than a few days. Inoa is truly permanent, and many are switching to the product as a source of permanent color during their regular salon visits.

Ammonia Hair Dyes

over-dyed-hair-ammonia-03Ammonia dyes are still much more powerful than any other hair color available in a salon, since the chemical allows a deeper bonding process for how the color soaks into each individual hair strand. Inoa, is the perfect solution for those looking to steer clear from chemicals, try a drastic new hair color or even color their hair for the first time. The product is safer to use with children or teens, so if your child wants to color their hair for the first time this is a wonderful product choice that won’t do much damage.

Inoa hair color will leave hair feeling softer and healthier than ammonia hair color because it has less harmful chemicals in the formula. The stylists at Aaron Emanuel can use Inoa in your next hair color appointment upon request, but many salons offer the product for just a little bit more than their more damaging alternatives.

Book your appointment at Aaron Emanuel today to use Inoa hair color in your next coloring session!

Salon for Brazilian Blowout NYC

Here’s Why Everyone Is Getting a Brazilian Blowout

top-nyc-salon-brazilian-blowout-before-after-pics-01If you’ve stepped into a salon or researched how to better your hair at all in the last few years you’ve probably heard about a product called Brazilian Blowout at least once. The haircare movement is has become very popular in the last few years as a way to tame frizz, hydrate and even repair damaged strands on just about any hair color, texture or thickness. How a traveling pants-style solution is possible in the world of haircare seems surprising, since the industry usually boasts very specific haircare products for each individual need, but stylists and their clients around the world are swearing by the treatment as it shows immediate, positive results every time.

Salon for Brazilian Blowout vs. DIY

There’s a bunch of products on the market that boast to have the same outcome as the original Brazilian Blowout product, but we suggest making sure you’re using the original for best results. Those looking to see the best results will find that the product works wonders on their hair in the summer months, when humidity and heat can cause unwanted frizz and dryness. The treatment will add a protective layer to prevent damage, all while hydrating and repairing existing issues. The results? Bouncier, healthier, hydrated hair that looks fresh from the salon.

brazilian-blowout-hair-straightening-salon-ues-nyc-02While there are other liquid Keratin formulas on the market that intend to result in similar benefits, Brazilian Blowout has perfected its formula in a way that works for anyone. Unlike other Keratin treatments, Brazilian Blowout contains a much milder formula that will allow clients to style their hair themselves in the days following their treatment. No more having to leave your hair alone for three days after a treatment in order to reap the benefits.

Unlike regular salon blowouts, the product isn’t something you need to get done each time you wash your hair. Brazilian Blowout is a hair treatment, not a salon add-on. A regular blowout can make the hair look fresh, well-styled and healthy, but a Brazilian Blowout is a treatment that experts recommend getting done once every three to four months. The results are long-lasting, leaving your hair looking healthier for longer.

Custom Brazilian Blowout:

top-salon-upper-east-side-nyc-hair-straightening-03Brazilian Blowout is also a completely customizable treatment, allowing clients to specify exactly what they want to get out of it. While the product is meant to leave hair healthier, sleeker and less-frizzy, it can also be used to relax and straighten or even add extra bounce to natural curls. The product, and its benefits, are virtually limitless. It’s even safe to use on color-treated hair!

Aaron Emanuel offers Brazilian Blowout services at its locations in New York City. Contact us today to book your appointment for healthier, sleeker locks! 


Here’s How to Choose the Best Hair Color

Here’s How to Choose the Best Hair Color

hair-slon-ues-choose-best-hair-color-faq-info-01Imagine this: you’ve found your dream hair color, you color-match it with your hair stylist and get going, only to find out that it looks terrible with your skin tone or hair texture. Unfortunately, we’ve all been there. Finding the perfect hair color takes quite a bit of trial and error that can be a costly problem to work through. Fortunately, there are a few ways to find the perfect shade and color for your unique skin tones and hair texture, it just takes a bit of research to get there. Below we’ve highlighted some simple ways to find the perfect hair color and shade that will highlight your best features, not drown them out.

Determine Your Skin Tone

 Most people think that it’s pretty easy to define what your skin tone is just by looking at it, but in order to correctly identify the exact hair color that will fit you best you’ll need to take a deeper look. Take some time to figure out what colors look best next to your skin. Deeper skin tones will pop with bright, rich colors such as purple or a deep red. They’ll also look great next to both silver and gold, while cooler or lighter skin tones will only look good with one or the other.

best-hair-color-skin-tone-top-nyc-salon-02The warmth of your skin tone is usually defined by four different types: deep, warm and cool.  To figure out your skins undertones look at your eyes and consider which colors of clothing and makeup look best on you. Those with blue, almost black, gray or greenish blue eyes are known to have a cooler complexion. Meanwhile, those with warm eye colors such as warm brown, auburn, hazel or green have a warmer complexion.

Cooler tones look best with cooler shades of hair color, while warm tones look best with the opposite. Think about it this way, your skin tone needs to be brought out by your hair color, so pick a color tone that will complement the undertones of your complexion. This applies for all color shades from blonde to black, so talk with your colorist about which tones would look best on your skin.

Determine Your Skin Shade

best-hair-color-for-skin-shade-03Once you’ve determine whether your skin leans on the warmer or cooler end, you’ll be able to determine your skin’s shade to finalize the perfect hair color choice. Skin shade can be described in a variety of colors from deep dark to porcelain. In the same way that you want to pick a hair color that will match your skin tone, you’ll want to pick one that matches its shade.

Darker shades generally look the best with darker, deeper colors, but any color can look good with any skin shade if chosen correctly. Those with paler skin will find that lighter hair color often looks the best, and a good rule of thumb to remember is that the lighter your skin is, the lighter you can go. Those with dark, deep skin tones will want to choose a hair color that is both warm and dark. Deep browns or even blacks work best for these types of complexions. Meanwhile, very fair, cool skin looks best with ashy shades of blonde or light brown, while those with warmer undertones and pale skin will find that lighter reds and strawberry blondes will work to bring out a glowing complexion.

Finding the perfect hair color doesn’t have to be a stressful task, and the colorists at Aaron Emanuel salons in New York can help you choose the perfect shade and tone that will keep you glowing year-round.

Why You Should Consider a Full Highlight if You Just Want to Go Lighter

Full Highlights

best-nyc-ues-salon-for-highlights-upper-east-side-01There are quite a few reasons to choose a full highlight over a partial highlight or even a full color, including the fact that the procedure is much less damaging and adds tone and dimension to a full head of hair.

When most people step into a salon thinking they want a full color it’s because they want to go a few shades lighter than the color they have now—especially for blonde’s. What they don’t know is that they don’t have to commit to the damaging effects of a full color if they don’t have to, and that a full highlight will usually do the trick for just a little bit more time but less damage. There are quite a few reasons to choose a full highlight over a partial highlight or even a full color, including the fact that the procedure is much less damaging and adds tone and dimension to a full head of hair.

A full head of color, which is sometimes called single-process hair color, involves coloring the entire head of hair at one time from root to tip. This process is best used for darker, more intense colors or for those looking to get a really intense pigment out of their hair color such as with a deep red or black. If your goal is to get a really intense color, single-process may be a better idea than a full highlight. However, the drawback to single-process over full highlights are that the process is much more damaging to the hair, so be weary of any upkeep or additional maintenance you’re going to have to do to achieve healthy-looking hair on top of your desired color.

top-nyc-salon-for-color-highlights-02Have you ever heard of the little poolside trick that putting lemon juice in your hair will lighten it up when you go out in the sun? That’s essentially what full highlights do for you without having to douse your hair in citrus juice. Full highlights are meant to bring out natural sun exposure to the hair in one sitting. The hair coloring process can lighten your hair significantly and add desired dimension, giving your hair a really beautiful tone and sun-kissed look. Full highlights can lighten the hair significantly, so if you’re looking to go one or two shades lighter you should consider this procedure over a single-process because it’s much less damaging to the hair and may even last longer. Highlights don’t have to look unnatural either if you don’t want them. The chunky looking highlights that were popular in the early 2000’s isn’t the only way to get them done. Ask your stylist to create really small highlights for a more natural look, and specify the style you’re going for before you begin the procedure.

The stylists at Aaron Emanuel Salons in New York City are trained to do great highlights and single-process color procedures, so book your appointment today!


Hair Straightening NYC Salon

Hair Straightening NYC Salon

top-nyc-salon-for-hair-straightening-curly-treatments-ues-02Sleek, straight hair is a style that’s come and gone for decades, ever since women were using clothing irons for hair straightening. Fortunately, the super simple style is back in again (and we have professional tools this time), as we’ve seen it on celebrities such as Kim Kardashian or supermodels like Bella Hadid in recent months. This look is perfect for those days in between shampoos when you want something a little nicer but low-effort, since dealing with hair on day two or even three of not being washed can be a little bit difficult. That being said, this look is so versatile it can also be created with root lifting shampoos that are meant to make the hair sleek and straight, despite being freshly cleaned.

Start straightening at home

Begin the look in your shower, where you’ll accommodate depending on your shampoo schedule. For freshly shampooed hair aim for a root-lifting product that will build necessary volume to avoid looking too flat. Condition the ends and pat your hair dry with a towel. Next, you’ll want to add a hair oil or heat protectant since you’ll be working with a hair straightener here. To add volume, use a round brush while you blow dry to lift the hair up and away from the root in small patches, giving your hair the opportunity to lift in targeted areas.

Straight hair irons


Once you’ve dried your hair, continue to section it off into small sections. Make each section just big enough to fit in your hair straightening tools but not too thick to get the most benefit out of your iron. All at the same time, run your round brush and then hair straightening tool through the section you’re working with a few times until the hair looks sleek and straight as desired. Iron as if you’re lifting the hair up and away from your head in order to not flatten the volume you just created with your hair dryer. Make sure to pull the iron completely through, ending at the ends of your hair to assure that it’s all been straightened correctly.

Straight hair with hair spray

Once you’ve finished going through each segment of hair with your hair straightening tool, finish the look off by using hairspray all around the head to hold the look together, and complete it with a finishing crème on the ends to assure they stay as sleek as your roots throughout the day.

Our stylists at Aaron Emanuel are experts at hair straightening and can give you the perfect sleek look you’re looking for with a styling appointment.