VU NGUYEN - OWNER AT VU HAIR
Vu's talent has been carefully cultivated over the course of the last eighteen years - centered in New York City on the legendary Fifth Avenue. His formal training began under the care of Mr. Frederic Fekkai, as his assistant, lasting nearly six years before he felt he was ready to branch out on his own - and make a name for himself. During his tenure as a hair stylist, Vu was able to garner valuable experience as he contributed to numerous runway shows for top fashion designers such as: Diane Von Furstenberg, John Varatos, Valentino and Chanel. In addition to being behind the scenes of the top fashion houses, Vu worked as a personal hair stylist to Julie Chan and Les Moonves from CBS, as well as Glen Ballie and Graydon Carter - editors of Vanity Fair.
For years, Vu often found himself on the road, traveling to numerous destinations in the US as a representative for various products, but also refining his vision and compiling an internal view of the way his industry was composed. Vu's values and creative views are based on the philosophy that a hair style can be the foundation for greatness in any individual. It was these experiences and education as well as his personal maturation as a stylist that allowed him to formulate and devise the plan for his newest venture, his own salon - high atop the same Fifth Avenue where he first got his start.
BOBBY S.C. - STYLIST
After intensive study at The Graham Webb Academy, Bobby became a well known critically acclaimed hair fashion stylist within the Washington D.C. area.
Bobby is highly skilled in layered hair cutting with exclusive one on one training from Vu Nguyen. Bobby evaluates client lifestyle, personality, face shape and hair texture before reccomending the right style.
Bobby has extended his skill set by attending TIGI Advanced Hairdressing Academy.
MIA SHANELLE - STYLIST
Mia-Shanelle is a NYC trained Stylist. After studying at the Aveda Institute in Soho she went on to train at the renowned 5th Ave. Ted Gibson Salon and then honed her cut and style techniques at Vu Hair New York. She has also decided to take her show on the road as well, living out her beauty school dream of being a mobile stylist. Her skill set includes but is not limited to gorgeous blow outs, updos, extensions, braids and smoothing treatment. You can book her in salon or at your home. Contact Vu Hair New York to book your appointment with Mia.
SONY hy - STYLIST
The initiation of Sony Hy began at the Aveda Institute where she was picked up by the Mark Garrison Salon after impressing management with her work.
Under Mark Garrison’s apprenticeship, Sony worked closely with Garrison to master her cutting techniques by making them unique.
Sony has styled models in numerous Couture Week fashion shows; 2010, 2008, Vigor magazine fashion editorials, andNew York City hair shows. As a cultivated stylist at the pinnacle of her craft, Sony has obtained a loyal client base.
ASTRID COHEN - MASTER COLORIST
Astrid apprenticed and began to develop her unique hair coloring methodology with Stephen Knoll in New York City, and then took extensive practical color training with the prestigious Fredric Fekkai, Pierre Michel Studios and Pasha Salon.
With over twenty years of schooling and practical experience, Astrid has developed unique specialties in the area of Balayage and Ombre a creative free hand painting technique. Using this specialized technique in combination with foil highlighting, she established a reputation for developing a contoured natural look and feel. Astrid incorporates a new level of coloring with tone on tone, shadow detail and highlights, to totally complement every client’s personal coloring needs. Now located at Vu Hair in The Peninsula Hotel, Astrid can provide her coloring skill in a salon setting that promotes a relaxed, calming creative environment.
GARY WAGNER - Master COLORIST
Gary specializes in the Baliage Technique of highlighting, which reveals a very natural look, requiring relatively low maintenance. Gary began his career at Frederic Fekkai, where he was trained by the renowned color director Constance Hartnet, over a decade of expertise garnered him notoriety. He was named L’oreal top colorist of NYC in 2009.
His work also has been featured in Glamour, Red Door, and Warren Tricomi. Gary has worked on celebrities such as: Sting, Sigourney Weaver, Lorraine Bracco, Patricia, Heaton, Cynthia Harris, Elizabeth Gillies, George Hamilton, Harvey Kaitel, Daphne Merkin, Susan Plagemann and Rula Jerbreal.
SOFIA BOGDANI - COLORIST
With more than 10 years in the beauty industry, Sofia has been perfecting her craft as a master colorist. Sofia started her career at Mark Garrison Salon where she worked for eight years. The Chicago native specializes in beautiful natural color tones, color corrections and bombshell redheads.
“I care about the integrity of the hair, always keeping it healthy. My goal is to give my clients color that will bring out their eyes and compliment their skin tone. I want my clients to feel beautiful when they leave my chair”
Mara Wagner’s color magic is a fine mixture of skill and intuition. Mara always seems to know exactly what her client wants and what will make each client look best. Mara’s mastery in mixing and applying shades works wonders on clients of all ages and lifestyles, with all types of hair, and in every shade including natural blondes, deep brunettes, and striking redheads.
Mara developed her color genius as an apprentice for some of the industry’s leading specialists. Mara stepped onto the floor at Julien Farel, now a senior colorist at Vu Hair, she’s sought out for her customized looks, each created to enhance a client’s natural beauty while blending perfectly with skin tone and haircut. Mara makes sure that each formulation maintains the hair’s integrity and its natural movement.