John Del Guidice
Part chemist, part artist and part magician, Michael Stinchcomb has an innate ability for choosing the perfect color to complement a client’s skin tone and the technical expertise to deliver the desired result. His clients say he consistently improves upon what Mother Nature gave them by finding the exact blend of shades that enhance their appearance and reflect their personalities.
An industry veteran, Michael started his career alongside the legendary Rosemary at Saks and then moved to the tony Yves Claude Salon on Madison Avenue. Michael possesses years of technical experience culled from working in the laboratories of the top manufacturers testing and developing a wide range of products used for chemical services. He has been instrumental in helping companies reformulate products and create the application techniques that are used by colorists across the country.
“I work in a very precise and technical manner. Ninety-nine percent of my clients are professional women who don’t have time to waste and would shudder at the thought of returning to the salon for a color correction. Michael’s clients are quick to concur. Here’s what three of them said about him recently: “He makes me feel safe.” “I’m relaxed when I come here.” “I can sit back, close my eyes and enjoy the experience without worrying about the outcome.”
Developing a loyal clientele is not something Michael takes lightly. Getting to know my clients, building relationships and having clients collaborate with me to arrive at the right color and the desired effect is probably the most satisfying part of my job. Michael is proud, but protective of the high-profile clients he has worked with over the years – grand dames of the Broadway theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, noted broadcasters and well-known fashion icons. However, he is quick to point out the daughters of long-time clients who occupy chairs beside their mothers. He admits that he takes great pleasure in being able to give each generation a look that’s fashion-forward and age appropriate.
With so many fabulous shades of blonde to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? Just ask Anna!
Anna Page is the consummate blonde colorist at Vartali. For over 18 years, she has specialized in creating the prettiest palette of blonde looks on the planet. From icy platinums to sandy beiges or rich butterscotch golds - Anna does all that and more.
She's adept at sun-kissed highlights, subtle lowlights, shadow rooting or the trendiest dimensional hues on the runway.
She says: "l have a number of clients who prefer a natural look and simply want me to enliven or enhance their particular shade of brown. I love adding lowlights in deep smoky mocha or burnished cinnamon to give brown hair more depth. In other cases, a lighter shade like caramel or honey blonde can make brown hair gleam."
Anna believes that a client's complexion, personality and lifestyle should dictate color choice. "Some people like bold looks; others prefer a more natural or understated effect l'm happy to go either way, as long as the result is right for the client.
"lt's up to the client to tell me what kin of look they're going for - but, it's up to me to make it happen. And, for that I need to factor in the texture of their hair the line of their cut, their eye color, skin tone and their appetite for maintenance."
Anna sees haircolor as a fashion accessory and gets inspiration from art, film and popular culture. She loves the outdoors and always finds nature to be a fresh source of ideas for hair color.
The self-anointed Queen of Conditioning says there’s never a reason or a season to refrain from treating your hair to a restorative conditioning treatment. Whether you’re a regular color client or a newbie to Japanese straightening or smoothing, Louise recommends a deep conditioning treatment immediately following your chemical procedure. Even if you just wash and blow dry your hair several times a week, conditioning is critical to restore natural oil and moisture and add shine.
“I recommend conditioning treatments for men and women, alike, regardless of the length or thickness of their hair.” Louise says.” “A little touch of gloss or polish just makes every head look healthier.”
John Del Guidice
Fresh from a star turn at Gerard Bollei, multi-talented stylist, colorist, make-up artist and hair extension specialist, John Del Giudice joins Vartali. An industry veteran who ran a world-class salon in Englewood Cliffs and mentored a “Who’s Who of Top Stylists and Makeup Artists” over the course of his career, John brings a practiced eye and an artistic approach to his work.
His expertise in the area of hair extensions expands the Vartali repertoire, giving our clientele even more options to choose from. As for John, he’s as enthusiastic about joining our team as we are to have him. He says: “I love people, I love to create; I
I love the magic of coming to work everyday.”