Celeb Stylist Arrives in Nolita
A celebrity hair stylist and colorist in Tokyo, Ritsu offers uniquely fashionable mesh coloring and cuts to her downtown clientele.
Beauty Interview: Ritsu of DRESS Hair Salon
What inspired you to come here from Tokyo where you had a successful career in top salons and fashion magazines?
The owner of DRESS Hair Salon by Miwa invited me to join his salon in trendy Nolita. I was drawn to the exciting idea of bringing my Japanese techniques and style to the international women of New York who seemed to consider hair as a form of self-expression.
What are Japan-trained stylists especially great at?
Japanese women have thicker, non-wavy hair that falls straight down so the cut has to be very calculated, intricate and precise to avoid a blunt “chopped off” look. Veteran stylists are very meticulous and have a thorough understanding of how hair will act once dry. Leading stylists typically do both cut and color on their clients so the coordination between the two compliment and enhance each other perfectly.
Do you have a signature style?
I try to bring a subtle, fashionable “edge” to each client’s look that enhances their natural hair texture, color, face and personal style. Many come for my mesh coloring, a high design form of highlighting that strategically places accent colors to add dimension to the hair style and compliment the cut.
How do you stay current and creative?
I work with designers and artists for fashion events and look books. They allow me to get imaginative and actualize my grander visions. The constant exposure to fashion, design and cultures in New York continuously fire my creativity.
DRESS HAIR SALON is currently offering 20% off all menu. The promotion is valid until the end of September.
DRESS Hair Salon
166 Elizabeth St. (bet. Kenmare & Spring Sts.)
New York, NY 10012