One might think that Vu Hair is named for the skyline views afforded by its locale, a cozy aerie on the 21st floor of The Peninsula New York (700 Fifth Ave., at 55th St., 212.903.3081). But actually, the young salon bears the moniker of owner Vu Nguyen, an experienced runway stylist famed for his cuts: "makeovers that suit your personality, but also give you a more modern look," he says.
This is the peripetic Vu’s first salon. He trained under Frédéric Fekkai for six years, before he felt he was ready to branch out on his own. During his tenure as a hair stylist for runway shows, Vu shaped locks to complement the fashions of Diane Von Furstenberg, John Varatos, Valentino and Chanel. He also served personal hair stylist to Julie Chan and Les Moonves from CBS, as well as Glen Ballie and Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair.
Adorned with marble counters, a large, dramatically-grained monkeypod wood table (sporting magazine-app-loaded iPads instead of traditional paper magazines), wood accents, and, of course, that dramatic midtown vista, the 750-foot space invites invites clients to linger, as Vu and staff do everything from blowouts to highlights to one of those transformative cuts.
Just brace yourself: Since this ain’t your neighborhood salon, these aren’t your neighborhood salon’s prices. Shampoo and blow-dry start start at $76; full highlights at $251; and a cut at $131 ($251 for Vu himself). In addition, there are a variety of treatments to deep-condition, relax or otherwise improve your ‘do. Something called the Bio-Ionic Treatment, starting at a whopping $451, harnesses the power of natural negative ions to help recondition and retexturize hair. (Some call it straightening.)
The salon also offers eyebrow sculpting and makeup applications, using Kevyn Aucoin cosmetics. You can buy products, like the popping red lipstick Kevyn's famous for, to take home, too.