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Yves Durif in The New York Times!

February 2nd, 2019

“‘Switching to a bob is a little bit like giving the finger,’ said Yves Durif.”

This is one of many fabulous quotes from our very own Yves Durif in the recent article in the New York Times Style section: “Bye to ‘Real Housewife’ Hair,” written by Linda Dyett.

Read more about the history of the bob, how it’s trending right now, and more of Yves’ thoughts on this “ear-grazing crop cut” by clicking here!

As Yves says, “there’s a bob for everyone.”

Fall 2018 Beauty with The Yves Durif Salon!

November 9th, 2018

Our talented Stylist, Amélie Lemoine talks about Fall Beauty and gives us her advice on making a big change to your beauty look, as well as tips on keeping your look fresh from Day to Night!

Whenever I feel that chill in the air, it makes me want to refresh my beauty look for the new season. What is your advice for women who want to perhaps change their look?

I find that some people want to change their look but don’t really want to cut their hair. My advice in this situation is to make sure that you get your hair cut regularly, at least every three months. You don’t need much; a new shape will bring fullness and new dimension to your look. For finer hair, the more often it is reshaped, the more body you will keep, and your hair will also be healthier.

Another way to change your look, but not drastically, is to add a long bang. It can soften the look and also add volume because by creating a bang (or a shorter side) it will add dimension to the rest of the haircut and your hair will appear to look fuller, even if it’s not.

Are there any hair trends that you recommend for women to consider trying out this season?

Fall always makes me think of the beauty of nature, because everyone has different textures and hair colors. How I see Fall this year is by adapting the haircut to suit a person’s features and hair type, to bring out the beauty of each client. I recommend an individual consultation, so that I can observe the person, see his or her gestures, I can see a lot of what my client desires and most importantly, what they really don’t want.

A haircut doesn’t mean a “makeover,” a haircut means giving my clients the easiest style for them to manage at home. They need to be able to feel like they can have “a sexy hairstyle” without needing my professional touch to achieve it.

Do you have any tips on different ways for women to style their looks for the Fall season?

My favorite tip – and I do it for myself – is that even if I don’t wash my hair everyday, I air dry my roots with a blowdryer. Why? Overnight our scalp sweats. This is a natural thing that happens to everyone. Humidity can also deflate any volume, like after a shower. Drying your roots every time your hair feels deflated or flat, will boost it’s natural volume! For clients who love and insist on lots of volume, I recommend that they add a dry shampoo before drying for big volume!

Any accessories that could help them take the look from Day to Night?

For me, a hair band is a great accessory. Big ones, finer ones, elastic or jeweled ones can all give you totally different looks. You can achieve a sporty look (like how soccer players wear them), a casual look or the chicest and most elegant style! A hair band can be used for all types of hairstyles, be it a feminine look or something more masculine. I also love adding them to my updos, personalizing a look or creating dimension and volume.

Another accessory that will help you feel more confident taking your look from Day to Night is the Yves Durif Comb or the Petite Brush. You can easily carry them with you to help you style your hair en route to your evening’s festivities!

Tips For Healthy Summer Hair!

July 17th, 2018

When the summer heat is on, don’t forget to care for your hair while soaking up the sun! Our Senior Stylist, Patti Vaccaro shares her tips on keeping your hair healthy throughout the season!

Senior Stylist Patti VaccaroThis season, we want to have fun but still care for our hair. In your opinion, what is the best way to take care of your hair in the summertime, in order to combat the damaging effects of the harsh sun, salty beach, and chlorinated pool residues?

Patti: For me, the Sisley Hair Rituel, which is a treatment that we provide right here in the Salon, will best combat the ill effects of summer sun, salt and chemicals. You can also use the Hair Rituel products weekly at home, and your hair will see better results within four weeks.
When we do the Hair Rituel Treatment, our specialist will look at your hair and scalp, and decide which shampoo and conditioner is best for your hair. There’s a Volumizing shampoo that adds density and a Revitalizing shampoo that’s more gentle and smoothing. The conditioner is good for all hair types, and it restructures and strengthens. The mask is applied next and is made up of four botanical oils which help to regenerate the hair. And the final step is the application of the Hair Oil which smoothes and nourishes the hair follicle and preps it for the blow dry.
This treatment is great at the start of the summer to help shield your hair from the damaging effects of the sun, and then again at the end of the season to revitalize. It really helps to take home the products that work best for your hair type to use daily or weekly to combat the drying effects of sun, chlorine and salt, and promote healthy hair all summer long.

Are there any tools or products that you can recommend to tame humidity’s ill effects on hair? Or just to keep your style lasting all day?

Patti: It’s best not to fight your natural texture during the summer. You can use Shu Uemura’s Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner and style with L’Oreal’s Dual Stylers Sleek and Swing to help calm the hair cuticle. On high humid days, try products that support your natural texture; Shu Uemura Cotton Uzu or L’Oreal Dual Stylers Bouncy and Tender will define and add shine to your natural waves and curl.  Almost everyone has hair challenges in the summer months, so depending on your hair length, texture, and style it’s important to consult your Stylist for best results. And for those unforgiving humid days, have your Stylist teach you quick and easy updos that you can do at home. It’s a good idea to change hairstyles and your haircare regimen to support the changing seasons.

Do you have any tips on the best way to keep hair looking good from day to evening in the summer months? 

Patti: It’s all about how you start out your day.  The perfect kit to take your look from day to nightIf you start your day wearing a ponytail you can braid and then pancake it (widening the braid), and depending on what you’re wearing a braid can look edgy or soft. If you can’t braid, try teasing the ponytail for volume and with a few bobby pins you can roll it into a messy bun. Wavy and curly hair are on trend for this summer, so if you have those textures you’re in luck! You can refresh your curls for evening by matching your curl or wave size with a curling wand. Simply go over your already curled hair with the wand to revive its curl and add bounce.  For someone with straight hair using a wand or curling iron will not only add lift and movement it will help tame any frizz you have to your hair.Another way to make something look a little more dramatic for evening is changing your parting. You can give yourself a very low part and bring more hair over to one side, or you can also drape the hair over the forehead to give it a little more of a dramatic look. Changing up your earrings to add some sparkle, and changing your lip color will also set the whole tone from day to evening.

I keep hearing about a summer cut but I love the “effortless beach hair” look. Do I have to cut my hair short in order to stay cool in the summer?

A Beautiful Layered Lob by Patti VaccaroPatti: A very textured, layered lob is really in for this summer. Of course, by cutting your hair this way, you can leave it down very easily without having all that additional length which makes styling more time consuming – you know, drying time, curling irons and hot tools take a bigger effort with long hair. A layered lob will make styling your hair a lot quicker, and give you many options. With an edgy, shag look, it automatically enhances your natural wave and curl. Having the ends of your layers contoured and defined, and a bit roughed up instead of smoothed and brushed will give you that beachy look that’s sexy when styled in waves, or dried straight. Hair cut this length always looks stylish, and will give many styling options other than just throwing your long hair into a ponytail because you don’t know what else to do with it to battle the heat.

Yves Durif Shares His Tips On The Best Way To Shampoo

June 4th, 2018

How Do You Shampoo?

If I were to ask you to pantomime your shampoo routine, I believe it would go something like this: you squeeze your imaginary shampoo bottle into the palm of your hand for a count of five, distribute the invisible pool between your hands, and slap it into the top of your head. You might rub the fake foam around to the back of your skull before you pile all of your hair on top and work the imaginary lather into the lengths of your hair. Then you rinse.

Chances are you’ve shampooed your hair this way for as long as you can remember. Why would you consider doing it differently? But did you know you are wasting your expensive products on the lengths of your hair that don’t require much lather, and neglecting the parts of your scalp that need proper cleansing?

Every client who tells me she shampooed in the morning — and would only like a rinse before her cut — gets a close inspection. And every time I find that her hairline behind her ears and the nape of her neck — where the lymphatic chain and sebaceous glands produce the most toxins and oils — are not clean. I send her right to the shampoo bowl every time.

Here’s The Best Way To Shampoo

I would like to advocate a new method of lathering up, one that I have implemented in my salon for many years. I recommend filling a small applicator bottle — one that holds about 4 ounces of liquid and has a tip like a honey bottle — half with the Sisley’s Hair Rituel Sisley Hair RituelRevitalizing & Volumizing (or the Smoothing) Shampoo and the other half with water. Apply the suds onto your scalp — not your hair! — starting at the nape and working forward. Massage the lather into your roots. This ensures that your shampoo is concentrated where oils are produced, rather than being wasted on your drier ends that don’t require much cleansing. Then comb the lather through the ends with the Yves Durif Comb, continuing to distribute the suds as you rinse. Follow up with Sisley’s Restructuring Conditioner on the lengths and ends — but keep it away from your squeaky clean roots.

And voilà! You’ve achieved perfectly clean, shiny and healthy hair — especially when you apply this technique as your very own hair ritual!

The Yves Durif CombI know telling you there is a new way to shampoo is like telling you there is a new way to breathe. But I guarantee your hair will feel cleaner and stay clean longer. You will also extend the life of your products by using less and shampooing less often. In addition, you’ll get the luxury of a salon shampoo service right at home!

Yves Durif Essentials Now At Saks Fifth Avenue!

June 2nd, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that the Yves Durif Comb and Brush can now be found at the Sisley Paris Counter in the newly revamped Beauty Department of Saks Fifth Avenue‘s flagship location in New York City!

The Yves Durif Comb and Brush are essential elements of Yves’ famous Shampoo Technique, and when used in conjunction with Sisley’s innovative new Hair Rituel Products, your hair will the cleanest, shiniest and most importantly, healthiest, it has ever been!

Have you tried Yves’ Shampoo Technique? Yves recommends filling a small applicator bottle — one that holds about 4 ounces of liquid and has a tip like a honey bottle — half with the Sisley’s Hair Rituel Revitalizing & Volumizing (or the Smoothing) Shampoo and the other half with water. Apply the suds onto your scalp — not your hair! — starting at the nape and working forward. Massage the lather into your roots. This ensures that your shampoo is concentrated where oils are produced, rather than being wasted on your drier ends that don’t require much cleansing. Then comb the lather through the ends with the Yves Durif Comb, continuing to distribute the suds as you rinse. Follow up with Sisley’s Restructuring Conditioner on the lengths and ends — but keep it away from your squeaky clean roots. And voilà! You will have achieved perfectly clean, shiny and healthy hair — especially when you apply this technique as your very own hair ritual!

Wedding Day Beauty with Yves Durif!

June 2nd, 2018


Just in time for the summer wedding season – and in celebration of the recent Royal Wedding – Yves Durif was asked to speak about Bridal Beauty on a Panel at The Bridal Council’s #WeddingWeekend at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street. Also joining him on the Panel was our resident Sisley Makeup Artist, Julio Albelo.

For the event, Yves and his team of updo experts, Luis Mora and Aurora Kucuku, crafted five looks for the models who were donning gorgeous gowns by bridal designers Angel Sanchez, Ines di Santo, Amsale, Justin Alexander and Anne Barge.

Yves created a sleek hairstyle that pulled the model’s hair off the face and modestly covered the ears. He achieved this with a tiny ponytail at the nape of the neck. The ponytail was hidden by pin-straight hair that was left loose from the top of the crown, so that the overall effect looked like the hair naturally pulled away from the face.

The look paired perfectly with the modern, strapless Justin Alexander gown that the model sported during the event.

Master Stylist Luis Mora created two looks: one, a feminine, wavy, knotted bun and the second, a glorious, towering, couture-like braided bouffant with jeweled beads strategically placed throughout.

Our updo styling expert, Aurora Kucuku also created two looks for the event. One a beautiful classic bun, that kept the focus on the bride’s face. And the second a lovely chignon that coiled the hair closer to the nape of the neck.

Yves with Angel Sanchez and model


But of all the examples and tips relayed to the audience, Yves’ advice for Brides-To-Be will truly help a bride calm pre-wedding jitters: “Even before heading to a Salon for your bridal Hair Trial, see your Stylist for a Consultation. It will help you narrow down what you really want on your big day.”

RED COMETS by Laura Vaccari on view at The Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle

December 27th, 2017
Textile Art is one of the oldest forms of art, originally developed by ancient civilizations for practical uses – namely as clothing, shelter and blankets to keep warm – but has grown over the centuries to also have been elevated into high art.
If you have been to the Yves Durif Salon this month, you will have noticed the vibrant red “dreadlocks” that are displayed in place of the usual floral arrangements. This installation is the work of Fiber Artist, Laura Vaccari, who has been working with wool, silk and other natural fibers for over a decade.  Her work is also exhibited in an exhibition entitled RED by the Textile Study Group of New York, that opened on December 19 at the NOHO M55 Gallery. We recently spoke with Vaccari about her approach to her art, her techniques and what she hopes people will feel about her work.
How did you become a fiber artist, and what is it about working with wool and silk that is appealing to you?
The first encounter with felt took place in the woods of New Hampshire about ten years ago. Then in Bath, Maine a whole new world of textures and colors unveiled itself and that was IT. I love working with wool: the creative process engages the whole being and several senses, from the conceptual to the visual to the actual realization of a project.  The latter mainly involves the sense of touch as the wool is massaged, moved, beaten up in order to felt. Felting is also a lot of fun as the final outcome is often surprising or totally unexpected. Mastering felting techniques requires patience, precision and concentration even when the result may look wild.
How did this collaboration with the Yves Durif Salon come about? 
Oh – this happened by total chance. In October, my hair was desperate for a good cut and I went to see Yves – whom we had been following since last century. Talking about this and that, he liked some pictures of my work and suggested I do something for the Salon. The picture he liked is one of two works showing at the NOHO M55 Gallery for the Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY) exhibit that opened on December 19.
Tell us a little bit about the “Red Comets” pieces that are exhibited at the Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle right now.
I did not think about a ‘title’ for the installation until it was actually installed. Then different possibilities emerged. One of them was Red Comets as they do have tails like shooting stars. They could also be some sort of marine creatures with magical names like Alaria or Kelp or wild grasses moving in the wind. And of course locks – as Yves said – Rasta Locks. Human hair has the same keratin composition as sheep’s hair. Difficult to think about a more appropriate setting for a wool installation — we are all related indeed.
The wool for this project mostly comes from merino rovings naturally dyed by a small company in Western Australia resulting in especially vibrant colors. I imagined a cascade of color flowing in several directions – up, down and out the transparent vases on the wall – as opposed to the stem of a real flower shooting upwards.
Each glass vase contains about ten cords of different length and color – for a total of about 100 cords. About three hours are required to make 10 cords, a process involving felting with soap and water and then several subsequent rinsings – the last one with a vinegar-water combination to ensure the pH of the fibers are re-balanced for softness and durability.
The brilliant red ropelike strands that appear to look like “dreadlocks” hanging against the stark white of the walls of the Salon seem like they might become quite a conversation starter. What do you hope that clients who visit the Yves Durif Salon feel when they see your work?
Personally, I do not harbor expectations about people’s feelings, but as Banksy said ‘Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.’ If this work is capable of surprising and provoking curiosity about a very ancient art which only uses sustainable, natural and organic materials, it would already be an important step away from the unsustainable exploitation of the earth. If this creation is able to generate joy, awe and new sensations, its playful purpose will have been achieved.
After all, Red is the color of blood, of the tribe, of the first chakra, of love, of passion and of the most ancient stars and planets – and also of Mars, the energetic planet and god of war. It is also the color of warmth and celebration at this time of the year in the essential bareness of winter landscapes.
How does it feel to have your work exhibited at the Salon?  
Well – this feels truly wonderful especially because Yves’ artistic appreciation of the work speaks tons about his sensitivity and sensibility. His understanding of the several layers of meaning of this type of creation is a rare quality in times of commercial uniformity.
I am deeply grateful to him for offering an incredible and exquisite setting for exposing my work, one among many that aims on the one hand at linking us to our roots and ancestors and, on the other, at offering necessary and powerful answers to the needs of the Third Millennium.
Last but not least, I am very grateful to Yves for not dismissing me as a client. Yet.
Laura Vaccari’s work will be on display at the Yves Durif Salon at the Carlyle through mid-January 2018, and at the TSGNY RED Exhibition at the NOHO M55 Gallery, open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 11am-6pm through January 6, 2018.


Brow Business: Eyebrow Shaping Expands at the Yves Durif Salon

August 14th, 2017

Jessica Johnson & Elizabeth Maloy

At the Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle, beauty is highly individualized. Clients do not get a “hair cut” but rather, a “hair style” that is crafted to highlight their very best features. This is why the arrival of Brow Expert, Jessica Johnson at the Yves Durif Salon in 2014 was such a success. Johnson believes that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to eyebrows and carefully crafts a look that defines her clients’ facial features and completes their beauty look. Jessica Johnson has recently decided to focus on her brand but she has mentored and trained Yves Durif Salon Stylist and Colorist, Elizabeth Maloy, in her Eyebrow Technique, and the two share a similar view of beauty. We sat down with Jessica and Elizabeth to talk about brows, beauty and the “passing of the baton”.
Jessica, tell us about your experience working with the Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle.
Jessica Johnson:  First and foremost, the biggest honor has been to be able to work with and be around someone like Yves, who is incredibly gifted and incredibly passionate about his craft. He concentrates on cutting hair and I on shaping brows. Being around his type of energy and talent, really helps continue to inspire you and feed the level of work that you want to do. So that’s probably the biggest takeaway and honor that I can say about the experience – just being surrounded by that level of skill. I could offer my talents to his clients as well; that we could give that client our cumulative experience. Yves creates his beautiful style, and combined with great brows –   the two make a complete picture.
For those who may not know, what is your approach to Brows?
Jessica: The biggest thing is there really is no “one size fits all.” You have to look at the facial structure and the personality of the person. Consultation is key – getting to know what the client’s comfort zone is – how they want to look  – and customizing that look. I think that a lot of the brow bars, that are big now and that have popped up everywhere, are forced to have a one size fits all system, so the clients are really getting – I believe – an inferior result from that. This is an art. Having a great eye for makeup or what Yves does with hair  — I think the brow bars have sort of corrupted the art, and the customer doesn’t realize it. They think, ‘oh it’s just eyebrows’ but it’s not just eyebrows. It’s the anchor; eyebrows are the first thing people notice when they look at your face.
Elizabeth, what appealed to you about working with eyebrows?
Elizabeth Maloy: As a hairdresser – I’ve been in this industry a long time, ever since I was a little girl – and my approach has always been to achieve a comprehensive look. So its vital to find that perfect fit; what works best specifically for them. Jessica kind of nailed it when she said taking into consideration a person’s personality. I do a lot of styling and makeup – all the while taking a person’s face shape into account. Face shape, head shape, things like that. I was really drawn to Jessica and her style because she does customize everything the way that I always have, when working with a client. Her technique is very comprehensive and her method unique; something that I hadn’t seen before. I have been really fascinated by her steps and the order of the steps.  It’s  a different approach, and it’s something that she’s been developing for the over 20 years. that she has been in the industry and she’s found that  her own style works best. Brows frame the face. A good set of brows are going to draw attention to somebody’s eyes.
Jessica: I think what was important to me, is that I trained hundreds of Estheticians in waxing and eyebrow shaping –  with brows however, you can teach the technical side, but the person has to have a gifted eye, and so not everybody can do the work.
And it goes without saying that Elizabeth can. 
Jessica: Yes!
Fill us in, Jessica, in how you envision going forward with the Yves Durif Salon?
Jessica: For special accounts, very select accounts, I will make a quarterly VIP appearance and I will maintain this contact  – always, I would like to work closely with Elizabeth and then also for special events, I will be here maintaining the standard, so to speak.
Jessica, you have several kinds of products, but the one that best fits into what The Yves Durif  Salon does with brows, is your Brow & Lash Serum  – which very soon will be available for sale on their website.
Jessica: Regarding the Brow and Lash Serum, initially what I thought – the typical playbook in the brow world – is that I would come out with a line of pencils and powders and tweezers, a la Anastasia. But as I started to build and poll clients they wanted less maintenance in their day-to-day routine. They didn’t want another brow pencil, there are plenty of them out there. They really wanted their eyebrows back…more than anything. That’s why I shifted and put all the emphasis in this one “hero” product to launch.  That  really seemed to target what they were trying to accomplish more that anything. The basic substance in the Brow and Lash Serum is naturally derived, and that is a differentiating point from most of the other products out there. It was formulated in Europe, so it is a one of a kind formula; we’re it. And the other part is it’s great to use during or after lash extensions because those deteriorate and compromise your natural lashes. So it will keep your lashes healthy while you’re wearing them and then after you take them off it will help speed up the re-growth process.
Jessica’s process, it is a dual process of tweezing and waxing, but additionally tinting. This is something practically all of your, and soon to be Elizabeth’s clients, do.  They don’t just trim the brows but they tint them as well. Why is tinting so important?
Jessica: One of the number one reasons that people shy away from tinting is that they think, again, it will be a one size fits all, it will be too dark, and many have had that experience. We can, however customize the level of color to the individual. And it’s long lasting – it lasts a month.
Elizabeth: One of the things that I enjoyed hearing throughout the course of my training with Jessica were clients comments about how Jessica saved their brows, or changed their brows for the better. It was something that I heard over and over again. I think that her method, in combination with the products that she has developed is a big win for people. It fulfills a need that they have been looking for, for a long, long time.
To book an appointment with Elizabeth Maloy, please call: 212.452.0954 or click here.

Yves Durif Featured on TravelBeauty.com

May 2nd, 2017


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Merci Travel Beauty!


Happy Holidays from The Yves Durif Salon

December 14th, 2016


Thank You for Your dedication and participation
in making this year a great success!
Wishing You All find Beauty this Holiday Season.

Happy Holidays!

– Yves Durif & The Yves Durif Salon

Illustration by: Rebecca Moses