Pileggi is awesome, but my review here is for Daniel Ianelli, who is a MASTER with hair color & condition, lemme tell ya.
I started going to Daniel in 1994 -- I came to him in the middle of growing out a horrific ""spiral perm"" that had made my shoulder-length hair a nightmare of frizz & breakage. He gave me a Goldwell ""sealant"" that was literally transformative. When I went back to work, the office could not believe that my smooth, shiny hair wasn't a wig. Three of my coworkers signed up for appointments that day.
Over the years, I moved around and while I occasionally --especially in later years -- managed to track down a stylist who had access to the same products, my hair was never as good as when I was seeing Daniel.
Flash forward to 2008, when I moved back to the area. Of course I had to look up Daniel and YAY!!! Though he, too, had moved around a bit, he had recently returned to Pileggi so we had a ""homecoming,"" of sorts. I came with my sister, who had thin, fine, overprocessed hair that she'd given up hope on, frankly.
Daniel taught her about hair care & keeping it healthy & protecting the matrix and blah blah blah... The man's really a scientist, and if you are interested in learning about the HOW and WHY of hair care, you really need to chat him up.
He's still doing the ""sealants"" -- which are even better now than they were back in the 90's, obviously. He also does a ""sun kissed"" thing that gives hair a lovely shimmer that conveys depth & movement. Kinda subtle, though, so not so sure it's worth it on my dark hair but with my sister's blonde it helps extend the time between highlights, which saves money & also helps in the overall condition of your hair (less processing).
Anyway, my sister's hair has never looked better. Took awhile to grow out her ""old hair"" but now that she's almost all new growth, the difference is amazing.
I can't say enough about Daniel's magic! Oh yeah, he's also damn good with the shears and blowouts. Don't be afraid to trust Daniel's style suggestions. Last visit, he cut in some bangs -- always tricky, right? -- but not only did I leave his salon looking like a rock star but the cut has been a breeze to maintain. He seems to know how to cut hair so it falls naturally in to place.
He's not cheap, but I don't see the point in skimping on hair. It's the only accessory that we wear all day, every day. Plus, it frames the face, so if your hair is unflattering... well...
I'd rather pinch pennies on shoes or bags.
Bottom line: Daniel is the REAL DEAL and worth every penny.
ps. he also really cares about his customers and keeps a wonderful blog at danieliannelli- dot- com/blog/