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Long Hair Care Group
Nearby Subway Stops
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
This venue is closed.
In many salons, stylists abuse long hair; yearning to do what they were trained for, they’d rather chop it than try to understand it. The aptly named Long Hair Care Group is a different kind of animal. An ebullient and talkative man, Robert Gallagher—the stylist who helped Nicole Kidman morph from frizzy-haired ingenue to sleek, A-list siren—is the group’s “hair doctor.” A typical visit begins with his analysis and a standing dry trim (a technique he picked up from Vidal Sassoon), followed by a custom-blended hair masque that Gallagher himself whips up from a virtual apothecary of bottled oils and creams. Only then are customers washed, styled, and old-school set by his colleagues, resident colorist Agnes Kowalczuk or stylist Serena DeJesus. As clients snack on green tea and cookies, sessions finish with the doctor’s written hair “prescription” and, if you’re lucky, free samples of the in-house hair care line developed especially for the long-locked. The feel of the salon is of a 1950s beauty parlor: Women in curlers and hairnets nestle under space age-looking hair dryers (blow drying is a no-no here). It all harkens back to a time when hairdressers were more than stylists—they were confidantes.
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