Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How well do you know Dino Laudati?

Dino Laudati is an artist, educator and master of his trade.

As a salon owner in the Palm Beaches for over 30 years, Dino continues to bring the highest quality service in the area to his clientele. He is not your typical salon owner nor is he your typical haircolorist. Dino stands out. What makes Dino Laudati continue to forge ahead in his field with resilient passion in these hard economic times? When speaking with Dino you will immediately know the answer, his passion for hair. He received the "Master of the Craft" award from the Art & Fashion Group and is also consistently expanding his portfolio of certifications and memberships.

Dino Laudati has continued his self-directed path as an entrepreneur to grow not only his business, but to give his clientele the very best. “Continuing education and staying connected in your field is essential to being at the cutting edge,” said Dino Laudati. With insight beyond the typical haircolorist his repertoire of certifications and memberships come at no surprise. A member of the international organization, Intercoiffure and a Board Certified Master Hair colorist, ( one of only 420 in the United States) Dino continues to build upon his repertoire of established memberships and certifications. He is currently a member of the American Board of Certified Haircolorists, International Association of Certified Haircolorists, International Hair Color Exchange and the Professional Beauty Association.

His work has appeared on the covers of Palm Beach Illustrated, Palm Beach Life and Vive magazines, as well as in numerous hairstyling books and magazines. His clients have included Jane Seymour, William Devane, Valerie Harper, Judd Nelson, Ann Meara, Anne Jackson, Bea Arthur, Beverly Sills, and Soprano stars Dominic Chianese and Steve Schirripa.

Dino’s drive for perfection on behalf of his clients, his personal pursuit for continued growth, and inherent business sense have all impelled him for success.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Elegance

The Holiday season has arrived with all of the glitz. If you are like most of us you are likely finding yourself busy attending holiday parties, social events, and catching up with friends and family you have not seen for a while. For a hairstyle that will hold up after hours of celebrating and make-up application that is made-up to look beautiful and natural up-close, as well as in photographs and video, not just any salon will do.

Our team of specialists at D. Laudati will provide the highest quality personal service to create an elegant look for your holiday plans, or if you just want get away from the hustle bustle and indulge -- our team will be ready for you! From hair coloring and reconstructing to revealing healthy, beautiful skin and perfectly groomed nails, our staff will bring out your inner beauty and even help relieve your holiday stress.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

D. Laudati first affiliate center of the Hair Loss Control Clinic

We are excited to announce that our salon has opened the country’s first affiliate center of the Hair Loss Control Clinic. The HLCC has been developing the best treatment programs for hair loss for over 20 years and has been using laser hair therapy for over 16 years. But, we didn’t stop there! To ensure the best quality treatment Dino has gone through extensive training himself through the HLCC, and is a certified hair loss professional. Thinking about low level laser therapy? An FDA study showed that 93% of respondents had an average of 19 new, thick hairs per centimeter in only 6 months!

A look into what our clinic offers:

- An exclusive consultation and treatment program consisting of a medical questionnaire, digital and microscopic photography, hair and scalp analysis, individualized product recommendations, and scheduled laser treatments in the salon or with a home use laser.

- A multi-therapeutic approach through supplements, topicals and low level laser therapy which is safe and effective for women and men alike.

- Program choices of natural products or higher prescription strength products prescribed by HLCC physicians.

- Ability to track progress through Bi-monthly capillascope photos to show new hair growth.

For additional information or to request a brochure, please contact us!

Client #1 Before

Client #1 After

Cleint #2 Before

Client #2 After

Client #3 Before

Client # 3 After

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


We had a wonderful time at our Grand Opening Celebration on October 11th, ushering in our new innovative space with a VIP Reception. We were joined by clients and friends for a very chic evening complete with great music, bellinis and hors d’oeuvres compliments of Morton’s the Steakhouse. We have posted some photos to share with all of you. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Color Bar - Mix, Shake, Stir up a New you!

Pull up a bar stool – you will want to enjoy this! If you have yet to stop into our new salon then you are missing out on the exciting spectrum of colors offered at our exclusive Color Bar.

The Color Bar brings out our specialty in hair color, enabling our clientele to witness the presentation of the art and science that goes into creating their personalized new look and color. It also creates open communication as it helps you and your stylist find the perfect hair color to match your personality and your lifestyle. Try a delicious hue to update your image, or indulge in an entirely new you with a makeover. The choice is yours!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Beauty School Drop Out? Not this time!

Kate Morgan Chadwick ( "Frenchy" ) and Kelly Felthous ( "Marty" ) from the Broadway Musical GREASE stopped in our Salon today for a bit of relax time to recieve ultra-chic manicures. They will be in town performing at the Kravis Center the for Performing Arts this week from November 10 - November 15.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


You step out of the salon feeling revived and ready to conquer the world. You want to keep this feeling forever --- not to mention the look and depth of your new exciting color. Before you lose that great feeling and color don’t fret. You can keep looking and feeling sensational with these few quick tips:

Protect your hair: If your going to be out in the sun, always wear a hat to protect the life of your color and the condition of your hair.

Don’t over wash: Most people are very active these days which will contribute to over-washing your hair. If you feel that you must wash your hair every day, opt instead to wash and condition one day, and then just rinse and condition for the next day or two. This method will help prevent the hair from drying out quite as much. My best recommendation to all my clients is to wash only once a week. If you over wash your hair it not only fades the color, but it will cause it to dry out and upset the PH of the hair.

Try a glaze between color: Another Idea to extend the life and shimmer of your new color is to try a glaze. Hair glazes, which come in either clear or colored versions, add brilliant shine to existing color. It will help to seal color and prevent the dull look that we all dread between trips to the salon.

Use quality Products: Using a quality shampoo and conditioner that is created to lock in color will make a huge difference in the health and look of your hair. I recommend trying D. Laudati’s “Delizioso ” shampoo and conditioner which is perfectly PH balanced and also contains UVA protection -- or Aquage’s “Color Protecting” shampoo and conditioner which contains marine extracts. These products not only help to enhance the condition of your hair but help to maintain a healthy shine.

Most people have the opinion that color-treated hair takes too much effort or special treatment to keep it looking fresh. However, simply washing your hair less often and using quality products will keep that salon fresh look and excitement just a little longer.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Don’t Let the Recession Get You Hair Down; There are Some Easy At-Home Bailouts

According to an article in Elle, “After polling 600 mid- to high-range salons nationwide, the National Cosmetology Association found that more than 70 percent reported seeing a drop-off in customer spending.” Of course, I want my clients to be able to see me for regularly scheduled touch-ups and trims, but the reality is there are some things you can do at home to stretch out those visits a bit. One caveat: unless you’re coloring your hair within a shade of two of your natural color, you must see a professional. As a Master Colorist. I have had to correct some truly frightening home jobs.

But you can do the little things, like trim your own bangs, or have your long hair cut with interior layers that you can style to create volume and wait much longer between visits. We offer our clients free bang trims, but many feel uncomfortable coming in for a free service when it’s been a long time between visits. This article has a couple of good videos showing a terrific long style and a tutorial on trimming your bangs. Soon, things will take a turn for the better, and you can get back to your regular love affair with your stylist.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bring Out the Rocker Chick for a Night of Fun

With clients asking us for lowlights, darker shades and edgier cuts for Fall, this style is the perfect looks-casual-but took-some work typical of the rock n’ roll genre. The male version would actually be Kristen Stewart’s co-star in Twilight, Robert Pattinson.
The stylist saturated damp hair with a combo of matte hair wax and glistening styling gel to create texture and shine. Her hair was then combed back with fingers while blowdrying to keep the look deconstructed.
To finish the look, he pulled the back layers of her hair into a twisted ponytail, fanning the ends out and pulled out random pieces for an edgy “vampy” vibe. For the whole story, see InStyle.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Understanding Haircolor Terminology

If it sometimes seems like your haircolorist is speaking a foreign language, these consumer- friendly definitions of common haircolor terms should help.

A product that can lift color (make hair lighter) or deposit color (make hair darker). It contains a small percentage of ammonia and is mixed with varying strengths of hydrogen peroxide.

Products that deposit color to darken or change hair to a cooler or warmer shade. Because there is no ammonia, they cannot lighten color.

Bleach is used to lift (lighten) color three or more shades. A toner is usually used afterward to achieve the desired cool or warm tone.

A gentle color that is applied to damp, bleached hair for 3 or more minutes to add or cancel warm or cool tones. Can also be used to refresh dull highlights.

Selected strands of hair are woven out and placed on foil, then brushed with bleach to lighten them in contrast with the rest of the hair. Gives a more natural, dimensional look to color.

The same technique as highlights, but color or a glaze is used instead of bleach to darken select strands of hair. Great for hair that has become too blonde and one dimensional from frequent bleaching or highlighting.

Translucent, hydrating color that can only deposit color, as it is ammonia free. Helps replenish amino acids lost during other color processes. A glaze is long lasting, repairs damage, and intensifies shine. A great add-on after any color service.

Special effects dyes used to achieve bold colors of the rainbow and pastel shadows. Hair must be
bleached before a stain can be used.

When hair is overbleached and damaged, it needs to be repigmented with warm tones before a new color can be introduced.

The art of painting hair, freehanded, with color or bleach to add dimension.

A foiling technique where the entire head is separated into large sections and 3 or more different colors and/or lighteners are used on select "blocks" which process simultaneously. Results are beautiful and dramatic.

A subtle, gradual way of reducing the percentage of gray hair by adding darker, usually ashy tones over time. For those who want to look younger, naturally, without a drastic overnight change.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Executive Advantage

When it comes to getting the job, earning the promotion, landing the big account, or in these harsh economic times, keeping your position, how you look is as important as what you know. The most expensive suit, designer necktie, or status handbag won't matter if you are not only impeccably groomed but also up to date in your fashion statement and youthful looking.

According to a nationwide survey conducted by the Day Spa Association, the number one anti-aging treatment available at salons and spas is haircolor. This is true for men as well as women. As we age, the face needs the softening effect of a lighter haircolor. (That's why Mother Nature makes us gray.) But gray hair, even the most flattering shade, still makes anyone look older. And in today's youth obsessed culture, looking younger is always better than looking "distinguished."

So whether you are already gray or just starting to notice some gray, a good haircolorist will be able to advise you on the most flattering shade of haircolor to complement your skintone, your style, and your age. If you don't want a dramatic overnight change, a good colorist can reduce the gray gradually, over time, so one notices. This technique is especially popular with men.

With women who are just starting to go gray, highlights can camouflage the gray initially so an all-over color is not necessary. When an all-over color becomes necessary, a good colorist may recommend a shade lighter than your natural color for the base and add dimension by foiling or painting additional shades. The biggest mistake people make is trying to recapture the look of their youth by choosing a haircolor that is too dark and one dimensional which makes them look even older. You see this all the time with those who color their own hair at home.

For the best haircolor possible, always put your hair in the hands of a qualified, experienced haircolorist.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

How to Get a Great Haircolor

If you're frustrated from going to one salon after another in the hopes of finding someone who can give you the haircolor you want, there is a better method than trial and error.

Know that there is a big difference between a hairstylist and a haircolorist. Not all stylists have
invested the time and money in years of continuing advanced education that is necessary to become a good haircolorist.

When you see someone whose hair color looks great, ask them who does their color. (They'll be be flattered that you asked and happy to provide the information.) Collect pictures from magazines of models and celebrities whose haircolor you like.

If you're going for a dramatic change, try on a wig first to make sure it's what you really want.

Schedule an appointment for a color consultation with a recommended colorist. Bring your photos. If you sense an "attitude," or an unwillingness to listen to what you want, go elsewhere.

Once you've found a colorist whose willing to listen to you attentively, ask for his/her recommendations. An experienced, good colorist will be able to tell you exactly why the color in the photos will be right for you or not, depending on your natural hair color, skintone, eye color, desired hairstyle it will have to complement, and your body proportion and weight. Another major consideration is how much time and money you are willing to commit to maintain your color. If his/her recommendation is different from the exact color in the photo you've brought along, take his/her advice over your own emotional choice.

When it's time for a retouch, a great haircolorist will always use one formula on the roots and a different formula on the rest of your hair.

A great haircolorist will protect your hair by using quality shampoos and conditioners at the sink, and by recommending periodic deep conditioning and reconstructing treatments.

Finally, a great haircolorist will take the time to prescribe the right color-friendly products for you to purchase for home care, an investment worth making to prolong the life of your color and health of your hair.

Friday, May 1, 2009

How to Find a Good Haircolorist

If your hairstylist is coloring your hair, you probably already know that what you really need is a haircolorist.

In Europe, one becomes a hairdresser by becoming an apprentice in an established salon and mentoring under those with experience for perhaps two to three years before being allowed to perform services on clients. In the U. S. however, to become a hairdresser one must atttend a cosmetology school for a certain number of hours which varies from state to state. (In Florida, it's 1200 hours.) Anyone who pays their tuition, completes the required courses, and passes the State exam receives a license which allows them to cut, style, color and chemically process hair with less than a year's experience, most of which is theory rather than practical experience.

So what distinguishes a competent haircolorist from a licensed hairstylist? Continued education.

When looking for a haircolorist then, years behind the chair means nothing. Hours of advanced education outside of the salon is what is important. So how do you find someone who has invested time and money in ongoing, continuing advanced education in hair color?

Schedule a color consultation at a recommended salon. Most salons offer this as a free service; some charge for the consultation but apply the full amount to your service. The consultation is your chance to interview your potential new colorist and ask important questions.

More on this in my next blog.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Keeping Colored Hair Healthy

Having beautiful haircolor doesn't matter if the condition of your hair is not healthy. Too often, hair that is colored, especially bleached hair, is dry, damaged, and dull. To avoid this common problem or to repair it if the damage is already done:

Find a knowledgeable and experienced haircolorist. A good source is http://www.haircolorist.com/

Use the home-care products your colorist recommends: color-friendly shampoos and conditioners, products that contain UV protective ingredients.

Use a conditioner every time you shampoo, comb it through the hair, and leave it on for 3 minutes before rinsing. Rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and lock in the conditioner and the color. Ask your colorist for a salon "treatment" each time you color.

Keep blowdrying and the use of flat irons and curling irons to a minimum, and always us styling products with thermal protective ingredients. Ionic appliances are best.

Avoid excessive sun exposure. Wear a hat, use one of the new spray-on sunscreens for the hair
which protects your hair and scalp.

Before going to the beach or pool, thoroughly wet your hair and generously apply a good conditioner. Leave it in. After swimming, rinse and reapply.