Beauty in the City: A Stylist Who Can Tailor Your Cut

City Travel, Lost Girls, New York City, Spa & Beauty — By on June 15, 2010 at 6:00 am

When I have a big event coming up, getting a haircut always makes me feel more confident. There is just something to be said for how feeling good on the outside can help you feel better on the inside, too. So when USA Today asked to do a story and photograph The Lost Girls, I made an appointment at The Pierre Michel Salon. It’s located on the 3rd floor of 135 East 57th street above the hustle and bustle. With 35 windows letting in light, sound-proof tile floors, and 10,000 feet of space, getting styled here is about more than a haircut–it’s also about the experience.

After checking in at the front, I met my stylist, Thierry Brunet, who introduced himself with a French accent before kissing me on both cheeks. Then put his hand on the small of my back, as if we’d known each other for years, to give me a tour of the salon since I hadn’t seen the new  location (it opened last year). Despite running in right after a hectic work day, I immediately felt relaxed and instinctively knew that I was in good hands. It wasn’t until later that I learned just how true that feeling was.

Thierry’s resume is impressive: he worked for the famous Jean Louis David salon in Paris, cut hair for stars ranging from Jane Fonda to Eric Clapton, and styled cover models for glossies such as Mademoiselle and Vogue. He was the man who styled Christie Brinkley for her first Glamour cover in 1978. Clearly, I was in the midst of a legend.

But what impressed me more than the celebs he’s beautified was Thierry’s technique–I’ve never, ever seen anybody’s hands wield a pair of scissors so fast. His fingers were blurry reflections in the mirror as he snipped and razored my strands. When he was finished, he proudly spun me around as he gave me a hand mirror so I could examine his work. I let out a deep breath that I hadn’t even realized I’d been holding (I think I was a little scared he was going to miss my hair and slice the back of my neck with those scissors he maneuvered so fast). And then I saw it: a style that looked as though he had considered every single hair on my head. He managed to create body at the crown while the rest of the style tapered in at my neck. He crafted side-swept bangs for a perfectly flattering cut that fit my face and looked edgy but classic. An artist indeed. (Here’s a shot of my haircut from the side while I’m helping hold the reflector as the USA Today photographer snapped shots of Amanda.)

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