Luciana Adornetto is the owner of LA Beauty Bar in Katonah. The salon, which has been located there since August 2019, has been featured on Instagram and celebrated for its balayage and custom color and highlights on the Best of Balayage and Masters of Balayage accounts.
Tell me a little bit about your background as a hair stylist.
“I started working 10 years ago. I started as a salon assistant in Yorktown. Got my hair license when I graduated high school at 17. I’ve been doing hair for 10 years now. I decided in 2018 to try and go out on my own and I did hair in my parents’ basement, and then I created a more private-style salon after I married. We are looking to expand even further in the upcoming year. Right now I have one assistant.”
Tell me about LA Beauty Bar. When did you start your hair salon business and what makes it special?
“LA Beauty Bar — LA are my initials — it’s really just a one-woman show here so I kept my name in it. I’m proud of that. I did it on my own. I grew my clientele from Instagram and word-of-mouth, and clients reposting their pictures. I got pretty established in town on social media. I’m usually booked out two months in advance. I specialize in custom colors. I offer everything, but I’m known for my balayage techniques and lived-in-color. People come from the city and the Bronx and all over the tristate area to have their hair done by me. It’s one-on-one private, versus a salon atmosphere. It feels more like a boutique hair salon and not a general salon with a lot of workers. I give 100% attention to each client. You get the salon experience and a personal experience all in one. That is why it is pretty unique.”
Tell me about your balayage. How is this different/better for your hair?
“As you get older, the lighter you are, the better it is. It keeps it youthful. Balayage (bah lee aghe) is a French technique that is extremely popular and more so than highlights because of the blended, sun-kissed feel — very natural but you can also be very dramatic. The highlights are blended when I put them in, then I tease the hair so it has a blurred effect. I have clients who let their hair go three to four months between visits. It’s less maintenance. You can go longer stretches, because it’s lived-in color. It grows out with no stark lines. But having rooted, lived-in color is the most requested color right now by far, seen by myself and others in the industry, a lived-in, blended color. It’s subtle and natural. I never do the same color on everyone. It’s not “one size fits all,” as I do different sectioning and techniques customized to each client.
Tell me about your color treatments.
“The other treatments are your typical gray coverage, glazes, fashion colors — teal, pink, red, purple — all fashion colors. We use Olaplex and its bond rebuilder treatments and do scalp massages and treatments. We do everything. We specialize in blowouts as well and styling.”
What brand of products do you use?
“Olaplex is added to the bleach, great for highlighted hair. I use Redken glazes for all our clients. We recently started using Unite Haircare and IGK and AMIKA. Those are my top brands for styling.”
What is the hot new hair trend for women in 2022?
“I don’t think balayage is going anywhere but the hot trend will be voluminous hair — a lot of layering and angles — to get bouncy blowouts.”
What is the hot new trend for men in 2022?
“For men? Hmmm. I only do women, but I think that the trend is more towards a clean cut and a clean shave — a clean scruff.
I’m a level-10 blonde — and I get my roots done every five weeks.
“I love it. The blonder, the better. When you start ,you get addicted and get more and more blond. We’ve all been there.” (Laughs.)
For appointments and more, text 914-420-5312. And follow Luciana Adornetto on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lucianabeauty.