SALON O2

Call: 212.675.7274

Hiroshi Kawanishi

Owner
Dates Available:  Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat
Bio:
I opened SALON O2 after having worked in New York City for 13 years.  Prior to working in New York, I owned two salons in Japan.  At that time, I loved to create unique and avant-garde hair-styles, and I often entered beauty competitions at which I won numerous awards.
My philosophy for hairstyles is a combination of contemporary and classic ideas, a mixing of activity and calm.  This comes, I think, from my life experience which includes Western and Eastern culture.  To discover something exciting in something nobody noticed is my greatest pleasure.  The fact that I can experience this every day as I go about my work is why I truly love this profession.
I will never follow other stylists way.  I now find that the most important thing is communication with customers.  By listening to customers stories, I can better create a hair style that fits their lifestyle but that also is natural, elegant and sophisticated.
As a technical matter I use an original styling technique that I call a "Sculptured Cut" I create dimensioned volume with hair that separates each portion, but creates a single overall contour.  Customers can recognize the difference between this technique and most other upon waking up, or having the wind blow, because it is so easy to stylize with using correct styling products after shampoo.  I create each persons hair-style as an original expression of their unique life and personality.
 

Lee Bennet

Colorist
Dates Available:  Wed, Thu & Sat
Bio:
Over the past 35 years, Lee Benette worked in a variety of places giving clients the quality they deserve.  From London to New York City, Vidal Sassoon provided her with the education she needed to become a great colorist. She accepts every challenge put in front of her and always succeeds 110%.
 

Albert Melendez

Stylist
Dates Available:  Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat
Bio:
Albert Melendez who has worked in New York after 30 years, Vidal Sassoon trained and educated.  Albert is well known for his attention to detail and ability to enhance clients natural texture at SALON O2. 
 

Maria Felix

Colorist
Dates Available:  Thu & Sat
Bio:
coming soon.
 

Stephen Stoll

Colorist
Dates Available: Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat
Bio:
Former clothing designer-artist.  Stephen's highly trained eye migrated a natural affinity to the nuances of hair color and texture.  A true professional who is continually refreshing his skills in the use of ever-improving techniques and products.  Stephen is a brilliant communicator who inspires well-deserved trust.  The outcome is silky, healthy, radiant and deceptively natural looking hair.
Stephen says his great pleasure is "the smile I get when the work is done"--adding color to the world" one strand at a time."
 

Shifa Yusuf

Stylist
Dates Available: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat
Bio:
A former senior stylist at Vidal Sassoon, Shifa has extensive industry experience, including styling for New York Fashion Week, films and magazine shoots.  Whether creating a look that's windswept or tamed, her understanding of hair and versatility means that she can cut a melange of hair textures into an eclectic range of graphic, precise and free-form styles - from classic Sassoon bobs to romantic cascades of random curls to daring catwalk designs.  Shifa's styles maintain form as they grow out -- long after you have left the artistry of the salon.  They can be 'wash-and-go' managed or fashioned with the slightest effort.
  

Hanako Katsuki

Stylist
Dates Available: Sat
Bio: 
Hanako has been working at top salons in NYC for over 20 years.  Her creativity and expertise enable her to execute architecturally precise and immaculate cutting for results that are as head-turning as they are natural, individual and easy to wear.

 

Jamie Swiggart

Stylist
Dates Available: Wed & Thu
Bio:
Jamie Swiggart has joined the creative team at SALON O2.  Jamie is a seasoned stylist, working in the industry in New York for 24 years.  She started her career at Vidal Sassoon.  She had the privilege of working with her mentor, Roger Thompson at Barneys in NYC and credits her success to him.  Jamie continued her career with a talented staff at Aerea Salon, Rumor Salon and now has come full circle working with many of the same fabulous haircutters and colorists at SALON O2.  Jamie believes a haircut must "speak for itself" and each and every person should enjoy the pleasure of a signature style.  Jamie takes special pride in her ability to listen to what the client wants and her willingness to compromise to make sure that they leave satisfied and thrilled with the results.  She works with the natural texture of the hair and prefers soft and free lines.
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Robert Brush

Stylist
Dates Available: Thu & Sat
Bio:
Robert Brush has been cutting hair in New York City for over 30 years.  Most recently, he was a co-owner of b salon on Madison Avenue for 10 years.  At SALON O2, Robert has been reunited with several friends and peers whom he has worked with at salons such as Roger Thompson at Barney's New York, as well as Vidal Sassoon in New York City and London.  Robert deeply cares about service and places the highest priority on quality work.  "It's hard to find salons that just feel good to be in.  At SALON O2, it immediately becomes apparent that you're surrounded by the highest professionalism."  Robert looks forward to meeting you:  "Hair is what I do, and I'm here to ensure you have a great experience."

Steven Soberg

Stylist
Dates Available: Wed
Bio:
Inspiration in and motivation for me come from seeing so many diverse cultures and lifestyles in the city.  There are so many unique residents, and colorful transients who influence my work.  I like to call it, "multi-cultural movements."
Personalizing is essential to my work.  The choice of style is made taking into consideration my clients requirements, lifestyle and suitability.  Analyzing hair texture, density, porosity are important in creation of a style.  Image awareness and consciousness are also important in the formulation and creation of a style.  Internal and external foundation, various texturizing techniques, and multi-dimensional coloring, are all important parts of the creation process.  My education has been, and continues to be from major hair training facilities, hair stylists and colorists from around the world, art photography, and life experiences.
 

 

Zoe Goldenberg

Stylist
Dates Available: Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat
Bio:
Zoe has been involved in the beauty industry for over half a decade.
She is experienced in precision hair cutting and expert in hair coloring.
Zoe is skilled in creating custom tailored cuts for both men, and women.  Her extensive knowledge of fashion and current trends puts her in position to help clients achieve their perfect look.
Her priority is listening to her clients, and working with them, so they can look and feel their best.  Zoe was educated and trained at the Carsten Aveda Institute in Union Square, New York,

 

Rosemary Allouche

Colorist
Date Available:  Sat
Bio:
Rosemarie Allouche trained at Vidal Sassoon, eventually working her way to top colorist. During her eight years with the company, Rosemarie traveled to teach and work at various international Sassoon locations.She also worked at Aerea salon and was top colorist and co owner of Rumor salon before coming to O2.Rosemarie has also been featured in Jane magazine for her interpretation of new trends in HairColor.