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Hair stylist Alain Pinon is the “A” in Salon AKS, a shishi salon just off of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The Parisian-born Pinon began his career at Jean Louis DeJorges and moved on to Paris’ Bruno Dessange Salon, eventually working at their Washington, D.C. and New York City salons as well. From there, he moved to the Bergdorf Goodman Salon, and then 20 years ago, he teamed up with the K, Kao Hui, and the S, Susanna Romano, to open Salon AKS. The rest, as they say, is history.
“It’s been such an amazing ride,” he says. Pinon spoke to Beauty in the Bag about his vision, his clientele and the celebs with the best hair.
Here’s what he had to say:
1. What keeps Salon AKS client coming back?
“I believe our clients love the design style created by the three of us, and then shared with our amazing and talented team, all of who we trained in-house. It’s elegant, timeless and not old-fashioned. Our style is elegant, timeless yet modern and of-the-time. We don’t have a signature look per se, since we work with so many different hair types, lifestyles and textures. It’s a custom design for each client, which they love. It’s the same with hair color. That’s why our clients keep coming back. We go above and beyond with our costumer service, as this was our main goal 20 years ago and it still rings true today!”
2. What are some of the hottest trends for hair for 2017 and what fads should we steer clear of?
“Hot trends for 2017 include less texture, less of the messy look and more of a shinier, finished look. We’re seeing a lot more long hair extension requests. Our senior stylists are amazing at hair extensions. We’re not seeing too many bang requests, however we’re getting clip-in bangs in the salon soon so clients can play with that look a bit more, and it’s not permanent. As far as hair color, we’re seeing rose golds, French browns, ‘brune’ which is a brunette/blonde! We typically steer clear of primary colors (bright blues, pinks, etc) however whatever the client wants.”
3. Which celebs are rocking hot new dos?
“Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki from the show “The Night Manager” is the new Robin Wright. When it comes to clothing and hair, Kerry Washington stands out for me. She has incredible style. “