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.
Keratin hair straightening treatments are quickly becoming one of the most popular treatments offered at salons today because they give clients smooth, shiny, sexy hair for several months and cut back on styling time. However, before deciding to have a keratin straightening treatment, it’s important to understand what keratin is and how the keratin treatment works.
Keratin is a basic protein building block found in the hair, nails, and skin of all mammals. When the outer layer of keratin is damaged, as in the case of over processed/overworked hair, it affects the unprotected new cells beneath it resulting in dry hair, brittle nails, or cracked skin.
Since keratin is used to straighten the hair in keratin treatments, the common misconception is that keratin is related to straight hair, however, this is not true. During a keratin straightening treatment, a liquid solution is applied to strands of your hair to repair the damage done to the hair’s cuticle by infusing it with fortifying keratin. The keratin hair straightening treatment, in turn, creates a barrier from heat, humidity, and environmental pollutants resulting in less frizziness & dryness and more shininess and softness!
Unlike perms or chemical relaxers, keratin hair straightening treatments are called “semi-permanent” relaxers because they don’t alter the disulphide bonds, which are bonds that give the hair elasticity and strength. Therefore, depending on your hair’s texture, a keratin straightening treatment can last anywhere up to 3 to 4 months.
During the keratin hair straightening treatment process, that takes roughly 2 hours depending on the length of your hair, your hair stylist will start by shampooing your hair 3-4 times to remove any product build up to ensure your hair is able to absorb as much of the treatment solution as possible. Then, they will apply a liquid keratin treatment product to your hair making sure each strand is saturated with the solution from root to tip. After processing the treatment for about 20 minutes, your stylist will blow dry your hair on a low heat setting until completely dry. Finally, they will section out your hair and flat iron it with a 450-degree flat iron to seal the hair cuticle with the keratin treatment product.
After your keratin hair straightening treatment, it’s important to note that the treatment should not be washed out from your hair immediately because the treatment takes time to work. In fact, your hair must remain dry (meaning no sweaty Zumba classes, sitting in the sauna, or hair washing) for at least 48-72 hours after your treatment. In addition, hair should not be tied up in a pony tail or pinned up to avoid creasing the hair.
When it is finally time to wash your hair, it is important that you use a high-quality, sodium sulfate-free shampoo, as recommended by your stylist, to maintain the smooth texture of your keratin straightened hair. Also, it’s advised that you avoid chlorine at all cost. Meaning no more swimming in chlorinated swimming pools!
If you suffer from skin disorders such as psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, we advise that you check in with your dermatologist before getting a keratin hair straightening treatment.
The history of hair salons in New York City (NYC) is a fascinating! Interestingly, the first hair salons to open in NYC were not “salons” at all but barbershops. In the early 1800s working class men in NYC would frequent barbershops to treat themselves to a haircut, shave, shoe shine, smoke a cigar, have a drink, and socialize.
In fact, it wasn’t until the late 1800s that we saw the transition of barbershops to salons in NYC. Despite aggressive advertising campaigns to market to women and encourage them to get out of the house to get their hair done, many salons, in NYC and around the country, had a difficult time getting women into their establishments. Although it’s widely accepted today for women to go and get their hair done, during the 1800s, it was quite scandalous for women to have their hair done in public. Back then, affluent women would have their hairdressers make home visits and working-class women would do their hair themselves.
That all changed in 1888, however, when a self-made Canadian entrepreneur, Martha Matilda Harper, decided to open the first public hair salon called “The Harper Hair Parlor” in Rochester, NY. The hair parlor was conveniently located next to a music school, where women would drop their children off and often wait for them out in the cold to complete their music lessons. Seeing this as an opportunity, Martha started inviting the ladies into her salon to get warm, serve them coffee and cookies, chat them up and, eventually, convince them to get their hair washed and styled in public! Once word of Martha’s salon got out, it quickly became a safe and comfortable space for women to gather and share their thoughts, outside the company of men, setting the precedent of the hair salon being the community hub for gossip and fellowship.
Eventually, “The Harper Hair Parlor” grew to five beauty training schools located in several states including NY, WI, and GA (to name a few). It was at these schools that the “Harper Method” business model was perfected. The Harper Method provided brand name hair salon products, hair salon training, and hair salon advertising materials to salon business owners and became the framework for the franchise business model as we know it today! At its peak, The Harper Hair Parlor grew to over 500 franchises around the country (including NYC). The salons were owned and operated by working-class women, like Martha Harper, who wanted to own their own businesses and control their own destinies!
From around the 1900s to the 1920s the popularity of salon services such as perms, hair color, up-dos and blow outs among women, gave way to a huge spike in the popularity of hair salons. In fact, it’s estimated that over 25,000 hair salons sprung up in the United States during the roaring 20’s, many of which were in highly populated areas like NYC.
Today, there are thousands of hair salons across the country, and several hundred in just NYC alone. With so many choices in hair salons, you are sure to find a hair salon and hair stylist in NYC to suit you.
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Today’s hair style trends are modern takes on yesterday’s classic looks. Whether it’s rounded bobs, curtain bangs, hair extensions, braids, or the wet look; if you’re stuck in a rut and want to change it up, give these hot hair style trends a try at your next salon visit!
This hair style trend is a modern take on the classic A-line bob or blunt bob hair style. The rounded bob is achieved by your stylist point cutting the ends of your bob to create a softer, more feminine look, and then finishing it off by blowing your hair out and applying a good hair serum. [i]
Looking to change it up but not wanting to do anything too drastic? Then, the curtain bang hair style trend could be just the look for you! This center parted fringe is a classic look popularized by model/actress, Bridget Bardot. It is the perfect way to elongate rounder or heart shaped faces as well as highlight your best features![ii]
Get long, flowing, locks almost instantly with the hair extension trend. Whether it’s tape in hair extensions, fusion hair extension, sew in…. there’s a hair extension style that’s perfect for your hair type, texture, and color. Hair extensions are a great way to add volume, length, and color to any hair style. Plus, it’s a lot faster than waiting to grow your own hair out![iii]
Rapunzel, Rapunzel…let down your braid! This hair style trend is the perfect protective hair style for those with textured hair or really long hair that’s difficult to style. If you decided to try the rounded bob or have hair that isn’t long enough, and are wanting to try this look, have no fear! This look can easily be achieved by your stylist with the help of hair extensions (see hair style trend #4 above). To get this look, your hair will need to be parted and pulled into a low, tight, ponytail. Then your ponytail will need to be braided and secured with an elastic or other accessory of your choice.[iv]
This hair style trend’s popularity is attributed to its versatility: wear it down for a casual, carefree look, or throw it up in a sky-high ponytail for a more polished, but fun, look. Although this hair style looks wet, it’s not wet at all! This style trend is achieved with the use of lightweight oils that give it that wet appearance.[v]
Thinking of trying one of these hair style trends? Make sure to talk it over with a skilled stylist before taking the plunge. Stylists are trained to know what styles work best with your face shapes, what styles work with your hair texture, and what trends will work with your lifestyle. They can also give you tips on how to style your new look!
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Looking for a quick beauty pick-me-up? Nothing can liven up your complexion and give you a fresh look quicker than hair color. Whether you opt for a permanent change or something more temporary, here are some hair coloring do’s and don’ts to get the most out of your make-over:
Before taking the plunge to color your hair, it’s always wise to seek the expertise of a stylist. They are trained to know what hair colors will work with your complexion, how hair color will take with your hair texture, and if your hair will be able to handle a color change.[i]
Sure, you can save yourself some money by not seeing a professional. However, if you value your hair, you realize that saving money is far less important than running the risk of damaging your hair. A lot of permanent hair colors, if applied incorrectly can cause permanent damage to your hair.[ii]
In addition, if you decide not to use the expertise of a train stylist, you may not get the desired results. The color you see on a box of color from the drug store isn’t necessarily the color you’ll end up with. In fact, hair color can come out 1-3 shades darker depending on the condition and texture of your hair![iii]
Before you decide to color your hair decide what color you want and how long you want to keep it. If you don’t want your hair colored for more than 3 months, go with a semi-permanent hair color or demi-permanent hair color product that easily washes out of the hair over time. [iv]
If you still can’t decide on what color to try, go to a wig store and try on several different colored wigs until you find a few that suit you. Then, take a picture with each of them on to show your stylist before making a final decision.[v]
If you’ve recently permed or relaxed your hair, it’s best to wait at least 2 weeks (preferably longer) before coloring your hair. Also, it’s wise to wait 10-12 weeks after coloring your hair before perming or relaxing it.[vi]
Keep in mind that you are more likely to get the results you want from your new hair color if your hair is healthy. So, it’s advised that you start upping your hair moisturizing and deep conditioning game before hair coloring to ensure it doesn’t get damaged during the hair coloring process. Deep Conditioning and moisturizing are also very important to maintaining the health and vibrancy of your hair after the coloring process.[vii]
While there are a lot of do’s and don’ts when it comes to coloring, it’s also important to enjoy the process. Change is good but be smart about it!
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If you live in NYC or the surrounding area, you may be asking yourself, where is the best hair salon for bayalage? Imagine that you just came back from a warm tropical vacation and your hair looks like it’s been kissed by the rays of sun, with the perfect hint of highlights to warm your complexion. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what bayalage, or balliage as it’s sometimes called, does for your hair without the tropical vacation. Bayalage is the latest trend in hair coloring that creates customized, natural-looking highlights that can be grown out without developing a noticeable or obvious root.
The term bayalage meaning “to sweep,” in French, refers to the way the color is applied. With the bayalage technique, color is free-hand painted in a sweeping motion. The technique plays with the effects of light and shade to create multiple dimensions to the hair color. With bayalage. color is applied on the surface of the hair strand and not saturated in color until applied at the tips, ensuring a blended stroke of color. The result is a chunky highlight that gradually and naturally grows out.
Many people prefer bayalage over the traditional, old-school highlighting technique that adds uniform highlights to the hair using foil or caps. This is because bayalage looks more like the sun naturally kissed your hair and will look more natural as it grows out.
The beauty of bayalage is that it can be used on all hair colors (i.e. blondes, brunettes, and red heads). If you have light colored hair, a technique called “reverse bayalage” is used. With the reverse bayalage technique, instead of taking dark colored hair and painting it with highlights, light colored hair is painted with darker strands, creating hair with depth and dimension. The key to this look is selecting hair color a shade darker than your current hair color and then painting the dark strands above and below the lighter colored hair.
In addition to being able to use bayalage on all colors of hair, bayalage can also be used on all hair textures (i.e. curly, straight, or wavy), and on any length of hair (except for pixie cuts)! What’s more, bayalage can be a great way to change your color without doing a massive color overhaul and it can be used to draw attention to or draw attention away from features on your face.
So, who isn’t a good candidate for bayalage? Possibly, someone looking to completely cover grey. The bayalage technique can be used to blend grey but isn’t the best choice for someone wanting full coverage.
The time it takes to do bayalage depends on the depth desired. A few small highlights (aka “babylights”) can take a few minutes. Whereas a multi-tonal, triple layer bayalage process can take up to 3 hours! Although bayalage can take more time to apply than traditional color, some say it’s well worth it because of the time you save on touch-ups and the money you save on salon visits, in the long run. For the longest lasting bayalage, it’s recommended that you go for a “babylight,” because it is the most subtle.
If you are interested in getting the bayalage look for yourself, it’s advised that you ask to see a portfolio of your stylist’s experience with this technique because bad bayalage is difficult to fix.
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Spring is in the air and everything is fresh and alive with color! Along with this time of new beginnings comes new hair ideas for spring that will give you a fresh new look for the spring season! Here are some hair ideas for spring that are sure to freshen up your look:
This is the spring hair idea that fairytales are made of! Unicorn pastel hair is a new take on rainbow hair. With an array of pastel colors like pastel pink, pastel blue, and pastel green, you might find it hard to choose, so our advice it use them all! Achieving this colorful spring look requires your stylist to bleach your hair light before depositing the color. Color can be applied on strands or with an ombre technique where more color is deposited at the ends and less towards the roots.
Baby bangs or micro bangs are basically wispy or blunt bangs cut a few inches above your eyebrows. This spring hair idea is a “fringe” on the retro side and can open the entire face while still giving it a soft look. Perfect for spring time fun in the sun!
If the soft, pastel look of Unicorn Pastel Hair isn’t your thing, this spring hair idea takes it up a notch with bright, bold, neon colors. The neon look can be achieved by dye or with hair extensions (if you want to try the look out without fully committing). Spring forward with this vibrant hair color!
This spring hair idea is a stylish way to keep hair out of your face and is great for curly or unruly hair. Is your hair straight and well behaved? No worries, your stylist can make this look work for just about any hair texture including straight hair.
With temperatures warming up, the pixie cut is a great spring hair idea to keep things cool. It’s a fun spring look that blends femininity and masculinity and is a real time saver!
If you think big hair is so 80’s, think again! This spring hair idea is all about curls, bouffant and teased hair with a touch of pastel to really make it pop! One way this look is achieved is by curling the hair with a curling iron and piling it on top of the head.
Turns out, chocolate isn’t just for chocolate covered Easter eggs this spring. This deep, timeless hair color makes its way back to be a popular spring hair idea. Looking rich, delicious, and healthy this brunette shade hides split ends and damaged hair effortlessly!
If chocolate isn’t your thing then, maybe, this spring hair idea is! Honey hair is the warmer and darker side of blonde hair color and can easily be achieved by rinsing a warm hair toner through naturally blonde hair.
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For those men out there, that think that hair salons are for “sissies,” we’re here to tell you that it’s perfectly okay, and even acceptable, for men to go to a hair salon! In fact, more and more men are visiting salons today, versus the barber of discount hair provider, for several reasons:
Men have hair needs that can’t be met by the current discount hair providers or barbers. They have cowlicks and scalp issues that require time and technique to correct. Because salons use scissors, and less clippers, they can work around cowlicks and address varying hair patterns that are difficult to address with clippers at a barber shop. In addition, salons are more likely to carry the types of products to address their specific hair and scalp concerns.
Men want and deserve the same tender loving care (TLC) as their female counterparts. Current discount hair providers rarely have a time to prime and pamper their clients. In fact, most of them don’t even have time to shampoo the hair. All there is time for is a quick clipper haircut before moving on to the next client. Whereas, at a salon you’ll get the full “red-carpet” experience including a consultation where you can discuss your specific hair concerns, a relaxing shampoo, an expert haircut, and a thorough rinse and hair style!
Most barbers or discount hair providers specialize in short, classic men’s haircuts which typically involve fades and tapers achieved using clippers. This typically results in a neater and more uniform look.
On the other hand, hair salons are known to specialize in longer, textured, layered hairstyles that require the use of scissors. This typically creates a trendier and more organic look as opposed to the neat and uniform look clippers give.
Walk into a barber shop and ask for some highlights in your hair and most barbers will look at you like you’re from another planet! Walk into a salon and ask for some highlights and they’ll ask you if you’d like to add some low lights as well? Simply put, if you’re looking to color your grey or update your look with a pop of color, the hair salon is the place to be!
The decision to have a man or woman cut your hair is really all a matter of preference. There is no scientific evidence that points to men or women stylist being better at styling or cutting hair. Some men are cool with a man cutting their hair because who best to understand what a man wants than a man. However, there are some men that would prefer a woman’s touch (bonus points if she’s cute)! Whatever your preference, you’ll typically have your choice of a male or female stylist at a hair salon, versus a barber shop which tends to have mostly male stylists.
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Each one of us has a hair type that’s uniquely our own. Whether is straight, curly, or a combination of the two, knowing your hair type will help simplify your hair care routine. You’ll be able to choose styling products, hair styles, and styling methods that will keep your hair type healthy and looking fabulous!
Although there are several classification systems for hair types, one of the most popular was developed by former Oprah Winfrey hairstylist, Andre Walker, which breaks types down in to four categories followed by sub-types based on hair consistency or volume.
Straight hair comes in 3 sub-types: 1a (thin), 1b (medium), and 1c (coarse). Although the types vary in consistency, they tend to have some similarities including being soft, oily, lacking volume, and being difficult to curl.
How do you care for straight hair types? Avoid the temptation to wash hair every day as it causes over production of oil by the oil glands. We advise washing the hair every other day with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner that won’t weigh the hair down. Additionally, you can use a dry shampoo on the roots and throughout the day to soak up excess oil and provide lift or use a texturizing spray at the roots.
Wavy Hair comes in 3 sub-types: 2a (thin), 2b (medium), and 3c (coarse). Hair type 2a has a very loose, flat, “S” pattern while 2b and 2c has a tight “S” pattern that’s frizzy, has more volume, and can be difficult to style.
Since wavy hair isn’t typically as oily as straight hair, we advise washing it every couple of days with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to help with frizz. It’s also advised that you deep condition it once a week, comb it only when it’s wet, and let it air dry to keep your hair healthy. Hair types 2b or 2c may also want to use a light-weight hair cream or hair oil mid-shaft to the ends to keep hair smooth and prevent it from becoming dry and brittle.
Curly hair has 3 sub-types: 3a (loose) and 3b (tight). The loose hair type tends to be full and frizzy with a “S” pattern and the tighter hair type is similar but looks more like a spiral.
Since oil is unable to travel down the hair shaft, curly hair tends to be super dry. Therefore, it’s important to only wash it every few days with moisturizing hair products. To avoid frizz, do not dry brush curly hair! Only comb with a detangling comb or finger-comb the hair when it’s wet, scrunch hair creams and oils into the hair, and let it air dry to maintain the curl pattern. It’s also advised to deep condition curly hair once a week and use a leave in conditioner.
The final hair type is kinky hair and it has two textures: 4a (“s” curl) and 4b (“z” curl). The difference between the two is that 4a has a tight “s” pattern while 4b has a “z” pattern (or sometimes, no curl pattern at all).
Kinky hair is the driest of the hair types so it’s important to use a lot of moisturizing hair products to battle breakage. Use a moisturizing hair mask, hair oils, and avoid heat appliances which can dry the hair out further.
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If you’re looking to change up your hairstyle, hair color, or try out a new hairstyle trend; celebrities can be a great source of inspiration! The latest hairstyles, haircuts, and color trends can be found on the red carpet and can be just the inspiration you need to try something that may be out of your comfort-zone. Here is a round-up of popular celebrity hairstyles that may challenge you to step out of your comfort zone!
Stylish and low-maintenance is how we describe this look. Following in the foot-steps of other celebrity hairstyle trend-setters, like Charlez Theron and Rumor Willis, celebrity Kristen Bell traded her medium length hair for a sleek bob that lands right above the shoulders. The beauty of this classic look is it can be easily changed up by moving the placement of the part, adding some waves or curls, or by wearing it messy.
Celebrity Katherine Langford has been known for her fearless color transformations from blonde, to dip died cranberry, to most recently, rich auburn. In fact, a lot of celebrities have been trading their blonde hairstyles in for a darker hue. “Brunette is back!” Langford posted on Instagram and, if that is true, we’re loving this celebrity hairstyle!
This year, the fringe, as seen on celebrity Tiffany Haddish, has been a very popular hairstyle. This celebrity hairstyle quickly transforms your look by adding fringe bangs. The full-on-fringe hairstyle requires wearing your bangs long and straight, so that they slightly cover your eyebrows, and reach a bit longer on the sides of the face.
When you have grey hair, you try to cover it and when you don’t have grey hair, like 28-year-old model and activist, Iskra Lawrence, you dye your hair grey to get it! The grey hairstyle trend is apparently a thing and maybe this celebrity hairstyle will inspire those of you with naturally grey locks to just go au naturale!
Faded pastels are all the rage right now and celebrity Lady Gaga rocked it at the Golden Globe Awards this year. Going multi-tonal, she dyed her platinum blonde tresses sky blue and highlighted it with intense splashes of color throughout.
Celebrity Kate Hudson either knows the secret to growing hair overnight or she’s sporting the latest trend: hair extensions, which is the quickest way to change up your look with no long-term commitment! Hudson transformed her cute, above the shoulders, bob to long, past the shoulders, locks with pastel pink highlights. A celebrity hairstyle that’s so chic!
Celebrity Julia Roberts just got a hairstyle update that everyone is raving about! The 51-year-old actress recently cut off about 4 inches of her signature tresses and is now sporting a trendy, textured, shoulder-length “lob” (a combination of long hair and a bob). The lob is the perfect celebrity hairstyle for the gal that wants the stylish look of a bob but doesn’t want to cut off too much of her luscious locks.
It’s a fact of life: we always want what we don’t have, and for those of us with curly hair, this rule is no exception!
If having a mane of straight hair is your dream, then there are a variety of options available to achieve sleek straight hair. Here are some available options:
As the name suggests, The Brazilian Blowout, originated in Brazil and is a permanent straightening process that utilizes a protein rich solution to coat hair strands to straighten your hair out. The Brazilian Blowout works on every type and texture of hair and can even be used to prolong the vibrancy of color treated hair. The result of the Brazilian Blowout treatment is hair that is hydrated, less frizzy, shiny and more resilient to heat styling.
As straight as you like! Just be sure to tell your stylist so they can customize the treatment to either make your hair smoother by passing the flat iron through it to preserve the texture of your hair. It’s important to note that the overall goal of The Brazilian Blowout is to make your hair easier to manage. If, for instance, you have naturally curly hair, The Brazilian Blowout will NOT make your hair pin straight if you let it air dry. However, it WILL cut the time you typically take to blow dry your hair straight in half!
The amount of time will depend on the amount of hair you have and its thickness. Overall, the process can take anywhere from an hour to two hours and will start by your stylist washing your hair 3-4 times to remove any styling build-up. Afterwards, your stylist will apply the Brazilian Blowout solution to your hair in sections from root to tip and blow dry your hair smooth. Once that is done, your stylist will pass a 450-degree flat iron through your hair to seal the cuticle and then your hair will be washed, deep conditioned and blow dried smooth again.
Unlike other Keratin Treatments that require that you not get your hair wet or tie it back for 48-72 hours, The Brazilian Blowout can be washed and styled immediately after your treatment, allowing you to get back to business as usual faster!
Provided that you keep your hair away from sulfates and chlorine (commonly found in shampoos), your Brazilian Blowout should last anywhere from 3-4 months. When it begins to wear off, your hair will begin to return to its natural texture. However, unlike other straightening or relaxing methods, you won’t see a clear line of demarcation between new and treated growth.
Brazilian Blowout can be used on just about any and all hair types except for thin or fine hair because the chemicals may cause more damage to the hair. If you have thin or fine hair and are interested in the Brazilian Blowout, it’s best to consult a professional stylist.
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