Photographs by Dyana Van Campen
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Today’s woman tends to be a no-fuss, get-up-and-go kind of gal. Time is of the essence, so keeping it simple is key. “You want looks that are versatile, that you can dress up or dress down,” says Bob Press, owner of Changing Heads Couture Salon in Tappan. “This summer, bold, bright styles and colors are in, so you won’t need many accessories to make a statement.”
This concept sure works for us; even leading fashionistas are looking to save a buck these days, and making the most from less is all the rage. At Changing Heads, Press — a Vidal Sassoon Academy alum whose work has been featured in Vogue and Elle — is committed to raising the bar. “It’s really a five-star experience,” he says. ”You won’t get the typical ‘scrub scrub, water-in-my-eye, soap-in-my-ear’ wash and cut. Our team is listening, coaching, communicating. We want to know what design will work best for your lifestyle.”
Press describes the salon — a quaint, 600-square-foot space that he opened in December 2008 in a historic artisan building — as an intimate, welcoming home. “Once you walk though the double doors, we offer you everything from soup to nuts” — and he means that literally. The salon provides complimentary coffee, tea, wine, and hors d’oeuvres provided by neighboring businesses. At the sink, your shampoo session involves a deep, therapeutic scalp massage, snuggly robe, makeup-friendly eye pads soaked in seaweed and tea extracts, and a discussion focused solely on your hair’s specific needs.
Press rubs elbows with the likes of Nick Arrojo (from TLC’s What Not To Wear) and avant-garde stylists in order to experiment with the newest trends. “Your hair is a significant part of your wardrobe,” he says, “so why not change it as often as you change your clothes?” The following looks capture some of the easy, breezy styles that sashayed down the runway for summer 2009: All are simple to create, with a “wow” factor that’s sure to warrant a double-take. Read on to view our collection.