Pilo Arts Day Spa and Salon is not only one of Bay Ridge
finest salons, it's among the top five salons that do color in
New York State for five years in a row. Pilo is also a member of
Intercoiffure Mondial, an exclusive organization of
international hairdressers, and is the largest salon in Brooklyn
and Staten Island.
And now you can experience it without breaking the bank. Pilo is
bringing back its recession special - $15 blowouts.
"Women can come in as many times as they wish and be in a salon
atmosphere that is more affordable," explained Elena Solitario,
one of Pilo's owners and founders. "We use only top shelf
organic products and tools and believe hair should be shiny and
healthy. It's great for those going on job interviews or who
just want to look nice."
Unlike most upscale salons, the blowout includes the cost of
shampoo and conditioner. "We are concerned with the integrity of
the hair," Solitario noted.
On Tuesday, this reporter got a special treat - a color
application, cut and blowout, courtesy of Paul Pastore, the
salon's co-founder. With one look at my hair, Pastore knew
exactly what to do.
Since I had just gotten my usual color touch-up and haircut two
weeks ago, he decided to give me some fresh blonde highlights
around my crown to blend in with year-old ones that had grown
out to the bottom of my hair.
Instead of plastering my head with strips of tin foil to apply
the highlights, Pastore used a different method called balayage.
He applied the dye with a comb using sweeping motions from the
top of my head to the bottom while I sipped on some ice water. I
sat under a steam heater for about 15 minutes until my locks
lifted to the proper color.
I was then shampooed and given a deep conditioner. Trish
massaged my scalp as she washed and combed out my tangles while
the conditioner was still in, which is very important to prevent
breakage. Between the massaging and the intoxicating smell of
the products, I was ready for a nap by the time Trish was
Pastore then gave me a sensational shape-up - trimming my bangs
and fixing the angles. When Jackie DePeppo proceeded to give me
an awesome blowout, I could not believe the rich color I saw
from the balayage. It's amazing what a little bit of dye can do.
Kim Vo smoothing lacquer straightening balm and perfect polish
dry serum got all of my last tangles out and made my hair look
ridiculously shiny. DePeppo used a round brush to straighten my
frizz and give my hair plenty of bounce.
By the time I was finished, I felt like a million bucks and
wished I could go out on the town - but instead, I wrote this