Hair Miracles at Ion Studio

Dear Friends and Followers,

I have been asked by some of you to put together a list of places I love in New York. Besides the restaurants, covered in the Restoreview, and the products, covered in Serena’s Favorites, it is about time that I share also my other secrets… Let’s start with some seriously talented miracle workers, the people who take (excellent) care of my hair: ION Studio in Soho.

I have been spoiled for a LONG time… while living in Italy I had some great hairstylists,  Marco Lamberti in Salerno and Roberto D’Antonio.  Marco has won more international awards than I can count (recently in London – he really is a raising star in European creativity) and Roberto is the ultimate celebrity hair stylist (as in: if you live in Rome and you don’t go there you are missing out).  So finding a Hair Stylist in NY was not easy… I went through several levels of conflicting fashion sense (i.e. hair disasters) before I found Ion Studio, 3 years ago.  Needless to say the founding members are Italian: Pasquale Ferrante (more on him later), Leonardo Manetti and Marco Santini . They have created Ion Studio with the vision of a green sustainable salon that caters to celebrities as well as commoners like me.

The first time I set foot in there was for a blowdry and I had begged the pirate to come with me. He thought he would get bored so he declined… At the salon I found myself face to face with one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, Doutzen Kroez! Everyone at Ion Studio is uber talented and charming and you get the feeling that you are being pampered by the best in the business.  My hairstylist isPasquale Ferrante, and my colorist is Lena Ott. Pasquale is a veteran of catwalks, photo shoots, red carpet events and his hands have andles the lock of the likes of Kylie Minogue, Colbie Callait, Katie Perry, Kate Winslet and Christy Turlington. Lena Ott is a young and uber talented colorist that takes highlights to the level of design and art. She usually does not spill the beans on the locks she paints (… she does not paint & tell :-) ) but I hear Rachel Weisz visits her frequently along with several Victoria’s Secrets models and of course Lady Gaga.

I love Lena and Pasquale but I have to say that everyone at ION Studio crafts great haircuts and color, so my preference is really only due to personal connection.  No matter who takes care of your hair at Ion Studio, you will have a great experience and it is quite refreshing to see such a talented cheerful bunch working together.  When I come out of Ion Studio, they make me look good and lift my spirits in the process :-)