a new chapter..

10 Aug

Hey Bamboo Beauties!!! It’s been a while since I have last posted I know! But I wanted to check in and tell you what we have been up to!! After a busy Holiday season, we closed the last week in January and began our renovations!! With just under a week to get all of the old out and the new in, we completed our first phase of remodeling. New fixtures went up, new salon furnishing went in (compliments of Takara Belmont), a new custom seating area and reception desk installed, fresh coats of paint on the walls and custom filled vases from Carroll’s dress the stylist stations. We brought in one of our favorite photogs, Charley Sweet, for a photoshoot of the new space and some team pictures! Here are just a few for you to check out!!


Action shot! Louis and Lisa pose for Charley..






Just this past week we began our second phase of renovation, our lower level, complete with a bigger brighter brand new makeup studio! Pics to come! We are still not totally done, but it is coming out great!!! We are excited about our new space and what the future holds for us!! We hope that you like the new look as much as we do and as always we welcome your feedback!! Leave a comment, tell us what you think!!

Love and Great Hair,



myself and my mom, Caryann, Bamboo Salon Owner

Closing for Renovations!! A New Beginning for the Bamboo Salon Team!

23 Jan

Hey All!!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Holiday Season! Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Speaking of New Year, boy is it going to be a great one for Bamboo!! This Saturday we will be closing our doors for just under a week and completely renovating and revamping our space!! How exciting!?!?! It has been 11 and 1/2 incredible years in this space that we have now, but it is time for new, time for change, and time for growth!!

For those of you who don’t already know, we entered last January, a Nation-wide competition called Salon Today Total Makeover. The prize package was worth $30,000 in education, salon equipment, interior design service and product!!! We applied to the competition, showcasing images of our salon and writing an essay displaying our strong desire to grow and take our Salon to the next level. Low and behold we were selected!

Fast-foward to today we are well under way with our training behind the scenes and just on the brink of beginning the physical transformation. We have already had two classes with Keratin Complex re-certifying everyone in their Smoothing Treatments, as well as a Haircolor class with Elite Inspiration team member, Niki Galanomatis. The Salon Team also had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Mason President of STX Salon Software. He and his team member Matt flew in from Florida to spend the day with us. Jeff taught his class the Five Principles of Success, which was incredibly motivational and inspirational to say the least!!

The salon will be closed this Saturday the 24th -Friday the 30th, and re-open Saturday, January 31st.

What you can expect..without giving too much away 😉

A brighter, more modern, cushy space, with sophisticated design details compliments of our incredible designers at Takara Belmont, Lauren Hrusovsky and Michelle Koster.

Looking forward to greeting you in our newly designed space!!

Bamboo Salon Team featured in the January Issue of Modern Salon Magazine as winners of the Salon Today Total Makeover Competition!!

Bamboo Salon Team featured in the January Issue of Modern Salon Magazine as winners of the Salon Today Total Makeover Competition!!

Love and Great Hair,


What to expect from your Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments

28 Oct

So you have done your research and decided to jump on the Keratin bandwagon.

What can you expect going into the service and thereafter?

Before and After

Before and After Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment

Read on to find out what you can expect from when you sit in the chair to the weeks and months after.

If your stylist has decided you are a good candidate for

The Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment,  you can expect:

  • 95% of frizz eliminated from the hair.
  • 30% less curl in the hair.
  • Styling and blowdrying time cut in half.
  • Locks in color services for a more vibrant intense color result.
  • Lasts 3-5 months.

The entire service takes about 2-2 1/2 hours.

Your post-service at home care:

  • Do not wash hair for 72 hours.
  • If the hair for any reason should get wet or creased, immediately dry and flat iron.
  • Refrain from putting anything in the hair that will leave a crease or dent.
  • Wait two weeks before coloring your hair (or color hair the same day before your treatment).

Maybe you aren’t ready to fully commit to the full treatment,

The Express Blow Out is a great option, you can expect:

  • A smoothing treatment that reduces frizz and curl in just one hour.
  • Hair can be washed in just 8 hours after treatment.
  • Results last 6-8 weeks.
  • Color your hair same day, immediately before treatment.

Bamboo is offering great specials on both treatments beginning November 1st.

Keratin Thursdays

The Natural Smoothing Treatment: $185

any other day $250 includes Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner

The Express Blowout: $75 with any Color Service

any other day $125

Click the link below to book your Keratin Experience with us!!


Love and great hair,


All Keratin is NOT created equally.

18 Oct

KERATIN. It is literally everywhere and in everything (supposedly) when it comes to haircare.

But what is it exactly? Do you need it? How do you tell what products are worth splurging on?

Firstly, Keratin is a protein that your hair is made up of. After years of shampooing (with some not so great products, you know who you are, but we forgive you and are here to help), coloring, sun exposure, age, etc. you loose keratin.

Secondly, There are four places from which keratin is derived. They are human, plant, animal, and synthetic. So which is the best and which is just downright dirty? Lets just say synthetic is our least favorite. Our most favorite is ANIMAL!! and why? Animal keratin comes from sheeps’ wool. It has the same molecular structure as human keratin and when it is applied to human hair, you guessed it! a perfect match!! But what about the poor sheep you ask? In order to extract the keratin from the sheep’s wool, the sheep need to be sheered, if the sheep aren’t sheered they suffocate and die! So there you have it my friends, doing something great for your hair and saving the sheep at the same time 😉

Okay, so now you know what keratin is, that there are different kinds of keratin, and where the good kind comes from.

So where do you get the good stuff?

Two words..

Keratin Complex

Keratin Complex launched in 2007 and has been leading the market in Keratin Smoothing Therapy year after year. They offer the absolute highest grade of keratin there is. We at Bamboo Salon, have been offering the Keratin Complex Natural Smoothing Treatment since 2007 and have had great success with it ever since. The results speak for themselves: Shiny, silky, smooth hair, enhanced color, styling time cut in half, and eliminates 95% of frizz. Sounds pretty awesome? IT IS.

Let me quickly clear up any concerns about formaldehyde, because there is a lot of talk about that too. In Keratin Complex, there is absolutely NONE, whatsoever. The product has aldehyde which is a natural preservative that can be found in most cosmetics.

So there you have it. All keratin is NOT created equally.

Love and thanks,


Check back next week for more on Keratin Complex..

and the Salon Makeover goes to…#winning

9 Oct

Back in January, I was home 9 months pregnant with my feet up on the couch perusing through my emails.. junk junk junk, delete delete delete, for whatever reason I stopped on this one. It came from Modern Salon Magazine, a publication of theirs, Salon Today Magazine, was hosting a competition. A chance to win a Total Salon makeover.  Hmm, “wouldn’t it be amazing if we won”, I thought to myself, as I read the prize package of over $30,000 worth of education, products, and salon furnishing (furnished by Keratin Complex, Takara Belmont, and STX Salon Software). To enter I had to write an essay demonstrating a willingness to learn and grow, and the desire to take our business to the next level.

Fast forward to August 2014, the phone rings and it’s Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of Salon Today Magazine, “we have chosen your salon as our winner.” WE WONNNNNNNNN!!!!  what?!?! I still can not believe it! The prize package includes $10,000 worth of products and education from Keratin Complex, $10,000 worth of salon furnishing from Takara Belmont along with interior design services, an iMac desktop, iPad Mini, along with new software and educational support from STX.

The phone calls and emails started rolling in almost immediately. Connecting and speaking with people I would have never had the chance to meet or talk to otherwise. It has all been thrilling. The opportunities and doors this is opening up for us is truly a gift. We are so blessed to have been chosen as the recipients of this award and are going to utilize everything offered to the fullest of our capabilities.

My mom, Caryann Concilio, owner of Bamboo Salon, opened the doors in September 2003, with little experience but a ton of heart. She turned an old broken down store into a beautiful glimmering Salon. She had a vision and brought it to life. After 11 years, there is wear and tear on the business inside and out. We have a wonderfully successful business and have learned a lot over the years to say the least. As for the years ahead, we face it with a new vision, for a new and improved Bamboo Salon.

This is a turning point in our journey and will define and shape us for years to come. We have an amazing team of hard-working, passionate, and talented Stylists behind us and coupled with the support from the sponsors of the contest I know we are going to grow and go very very far.


Follow our transformation over the coming months!!


Love and Thanks,



Celebrating our win!

Brushing Up On Your Blow Drying Skills

23 Sep

Fall is in the air, to me that means perfect weather for a nice blowout!! Brush up on your blowdrying skills with me!!

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This time of year, we tend to be blow drying our locks much more often than in the warmer months. Our hair can take a beaten with all this extra heat being applied. So, for that reason, I would like to share some blow drying tips with you. Hopefully this step-by-step guide will work out any kinks.. in your routine that is.

You will need: Blow dryer with nozzle attachment, round ceramic brush (size of brush depends on length of hair), smoothing cream or leave-in conditioner, and finishing oil.

Step 1: After showering, blot hair dry with a towel.


Try not to rough up your hair too much as this will cause unnecessary frizz in the hair.

Rough dry your hair with the blow dryer and just your hands.


For normal hair, remove 80% of the moisture. For wavy/curly hair, remove 30% of the moisture.

Step 2: Apply your favorite leave-in…

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Brushing Up On Your Blow Drying Skills

27 Jan

This time of year, we tend to be blow drying our locks much more often than in the warmer months. Our hair can take a beaten with all this extra heat being applied. So, for that reason, I would like to share some blow drying tips with you. Hopefully this step-by-step guide will work out any kinks.. in your routine that is.

You will need: Blow dryer with nozzle attachment, round ceramic brush (size of brush depends on length of hair), smoothing cream or leave-in conditioner, and finishing oil.

Step 1: After showering, blot hair dry with a towel.


Try not to rough up your hair too much as this will cause unnecessary frizz in the hair.

Rough dry your hair with the blow dryer and just your hands.


For normal hair, remove 80% of the moisture. For wavy/curly hair, remove 30% of the moisture.

Step 2: Apply your favorite leave-in conditioner or smoothing cream. This will make your blowdrying so much easier! (Product used here.. Smooth Ultime by L’oreal Professional)


Step 3: Section off your hair from top of ear to top ear.  Split the section in two working in a downward manner from the root. Work the root area using a bit of tension in the hair. Hair at the root should be smooth and dry before proceeding toward the midshaft and ends of hair. Continue this process working in 2-3inch sections up the head (depending on thickness of hair)


Stylist Tip: When moving on to the next section, include a piece of the previously dried section. The dry hair will help the brush glide through the hair more easily.

Step 4: As you work towards to front of your head, you will find more cowlicks and whirls in the hair. In order to combat these whacky waves, if you blow dry the hair in one direction, be sure to blow dry the hair in the other direction as well. This back and forth style of blowdrying will help to smooth the hair out and help it lay more naturally.


Step 5: Once hair is completely dried, use the cool setting on the blow dryer with your hands and just quickly run it through your hair. This will lock in the style you’ve just created.

Step 6: Finally, take one pump of your favorite finishing oil and working from the ends up, run through your hair to smooth away any frizz. We love Mythic Oil by L’oreal Professional!


All Products used in this demo including brushes and blowdryer, are available for purchase at

Bamboo Salon 

3487 Richmond Road

Staten Island, NY 10306

Winter Blues, and Static Too

17 Jan

The beach, the cool ocean breeze, the smell of salt water, skin that glows, ahhhhhhhhh.  Not only has the warm summer sun left us, but apparently our hair’s sanity has too! What’s with all the static?! The air is cold and dry outside, warm and dry inside, and where does that leave us? With hair standing on ends!! Going from one extreme to the next hot to cold, cold to hot, generates static in the hair which we all know can be pretty stubborn and unruly. How do we rid our hair of this clinging mess? You have probably heard the one with the dryer sheet, rub one across your hair and you are set free.. 

Static hair

Errrrrrrrrrr, wrong. 

Your locks need extra love in the winter.

Just as our skin begins to dry out in the winter and we reach for those heavier hand and face creams, we should be reaching for something

Vitamino Color Shampoo and Conditionermore for our hair. Up your hair regimen to include a slightly heavier shampoo and conditioner. A personal favorite of mine is the L’oreal Professional Vitamino Color Shampoo and Gel Masque. You may even try opting for a sulfate free shampoo, like L’oreal Professional Delicate Color, which tends to smooth out your locks more so than a regular shampoo due to the lack of sudsing agents in the shampoo.

If you don’t already use one, when you come out of the shower, blot your hair dry with a towel, and apply a dollop of leave in conditioner. I love the L’oreal Professional Vitamino Color Care Leave-in Condtioner. Loaded with nutrients and designed for color treated hair!

Use some type of ceramic round brush to dry your hair, as doing this will further help to smooth the cuticle out, thus eliminating frizz. Finally, finish off with a few drops of light oil or polish. Always working from the ends up.

The Great Oil Debate!

7 May

It’s all you hear lately.  Oil this, oil that. Moroccan, Argan, Grapeseed, we can’t get enough! At home remedy lovers rejoice over mayonnaise and olive oil. But what really works when it comes to these Oil based products and what can we let slip through our fingers?

There is a simple test you can do at home to see if what you are using is the real deal or a real dud. Pour 2 ounces of luke warm water in a glass. Add to this 2 drops of your favorite Oil product. Revisit this after about an hour. If the Oil has separated from the water and it’s just floating on the top, well then you’ve got a dud. If the oil and water merge and coat the entire glass you’ve struck gold! And by gold I mean, Mythic Oil by L’oreal Professional. 

Let me embellish a little. This is the most luxurious hair care line to hit the market in recent years. From the packaging down to the nitty gritty of how it is made. To sum up for you, the Oil is grape seed based which means its molecules are small enough to slip into the Cortex, or inner part of your hair. Therefore, these products don’t just lay on the surface of your hair, they actually penetrate deep within. There is a home care line and an in salon Treatment Bar. At the treatment bar, your stylist will cocktail up a treatment that fits your hair needs. At home care includes a Shampoo, Conditioner, Masque, and 4 different Oils to use as styling agents. The Mythic Oil in Salon Treatments are just to die for. They not only nourish the hair, they stimulate circulation in the scalp, and remove excess build up. The treatment involves 3, count em, 3 different scalp massages. Which are stimulating, invigorating, and revitalizing. The benefits of these treatments reach far beyond conditioning the hair. Stimulating the scalp encourages good circulation which in turn promotes healthy hair growth.

Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t. The treatments and the home care line are absolutely luxurious. Indulge in one of these treatments and you will leave the salon feeling pampered like the queen you are.Image

In the thick of it…

2 Apr

Looking to thicken or lengthen your hair? Or maybe both?


Hair Extensions are a great way to achieve thicker, fuller, longer hair. But with so many options, where do you begin? There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding if Hair Extensions are right for you. Follow my tips to find out what is right and what is oh so wrong.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What specifically bothers you about your hair?
  • What results are you looking to achieve. Are these realistic for your lifestyle?
  • Are you capable and ready for the maintenance that comes with most semi-permanent Hair Extensions systems?

If you had clear answers to these questions then you are ready to take the next step and schedule a consultation with your Stylist. If your stylist is not an Extension Technician, find someone reputable that is. Ask for before and after pictures and any and as much information on the system they use. In my opinion, it is best to stay away from systems that use heat. This means any application that involves a tool that needs to be plugged in.  Often, a “keratin bond” attached to the end of an extension strand is melted around the tiniest piece of your own hair. keratinbondextensionsNow, in the hands of skilled Extension Technician you will most likely have no trouble as far as damage goes. However, the opposite is also true. In the hands of a reckless stylist, disaster can strike. Also, be wary of Stylists/Salons offering these services at a discounted price. You truly get what you pay for when it comes to this service. If you want quality in your Stylist and Product, chances are you will be paying for it.

If answering those questions made you realize you aren’t ready for extensions, there are other alternatives. There are tons ofgreat clip-in sets, ponytails, and hair pieces that can enhance your hair, without the commitment. These will usually stay in your hair for a day or two and require little to no brushing and washing. You can find these at your local beauty supply store and in some salons.


Like all things, everything in moderation is best. Even if you decide a semi-permanent system is for you, give your hair a break every once in a while. They usually last about three months and then require maintenance. After six-nine months of having your extensions in, leave them out for a month or two. In my experience, the current product that I am using now is the best system I have ever worked with. It is basically a three inch wide piece of hair topped off with a strong hold double-stick tape. They are truly seamless. Gentle application and ever more importantly, gentle removal. No DAMAGE whatsoever. Trust me, I have had many unpleasant experiences having worked with and been theguinea pig with other systems. (More than I would like to admit.) However, it comes with the territory! I am always one to test on myself before using a product on my precious clients. If I don’t love the product and the result, no way I am using it on anyone else!TAPE HAIR EXTENSIONS

Still finding yourself saying..

“But what’s with my hair? It used to be so thick and full!”

Well, this could be caused by one of a few things; age, diet, hormones, environmental factors, or change in medication. Some things you can’t control but one of these things you can. This is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Reduce stress whenever possible, whether it be through exercise, meditation, or visiting a spa. Be sure to get your vitamins daily either through a diet rich in fruits and veggies or by taking a multivitamin. A healthy you equals healthy hair and a very happy stylist 🙂

peace, love, and great hair.