Industry Insider: Hair Colorist Gion Vincent

After reading this GOOP article in February where style icon Taylor Tomasi Hill shared about her fashion week behind-the-scenes experience, I was wowed by a lot of things in the story. But one thing in particular stood out to me: her hair colorist. I had long wondered who colored her fiery red locks. The hue is stunning. Lucky me, I found out while reading the article. Her mane man is Gion Vincent of the Mark Garrison salon in New York. Curious to know about the talented artist, we chatted with him about all things red hair. 

Earlier this year you were feaured on GOOP for coloring Taylor Tomasi Hill's gorgeous red locks. How long have you been working with Taylor? 

I have been working with Taylor for about three years now. She was referred to us from friends of ours in Dallas (where she is from). It took some time finding the right red that worked for her skin tone and style. 

The Mark Garrison salon specializes in using the products of Beth Minardi. Can you tell me what you love about the line?

I work for Beth Minardi and have been with her for eight years. She taught me everything I know. She kind of made a "hair color bible" that I think every colorist would benefit from reading. Three years ago we launched Beth Minardi Signature, a hair color line that comes equipped with everything you need and nothing you don't. The color is packed with nutrient rich ingredients such as phyto-collagens and ceramides. It took a long time to get the formulas right but we have made what I feel is a perfect hair color line.

Let's talk about red hair: what do you love about coloring someone red? 

I love red hair for a lot of reasons. I am probably biased because my mom, who is the coolest woman on earth, has naturally red hair (though I now help her with that, haha). I think red hair is a very defining color to wear. Red hair reminds me of strength, confidence and style. With people such as Julianne Moore, Tori Amos, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Chastain ... when you think of these woman, red comes to mind first, for me at least. 

How do you know if someone can wear red? 

With any hair color you have to choose your shade based on skin tone. Women with more fair skin tones tend to look better with orange based tones. Deeper, more olive skin tones do well with auburn or chestnut shades.

Is it fine to retain brown eyebrows, and keep a red color in the hair? 

I don't think eyebrows need to be the same color as your hair, in fact I avoid that. For red hair, I usually like to soften the brow. For more fair skin and lighter shades of red, I like to use a natural golden copper on the brow. For deeper shades I like to soften the brow with a brown copper. On blondes, the opposite is true. A black brow can look great on blonde hair. 

Any makeup tips for those who are coloring their hair red? 

I like that Taylor wears a clean face. She goes very natural and lets her bright orange red hair be the boldness of her style. I would say that if you are wearing a bright dynamic shade of red on your hair, don't over do it with makeup. 

Red hair fades fast ... any tips for prolonging the color? 

Red is the hardest color to keep in the hair. Taylor gets her color done every three weeks. I double glaze Taylor, meaning that while her color is on her roots I gloss her ends with our demi liquid color. After I shampoo all that out I apply a second gloss that I heat her with for 15 minutes. That gives her a bit of longevity. I recommend using a color-safe shampoo. Joico makes a beautiful shampoo and conditioner I like called Color Endure

What do you think red hair says about a woman? 

Red is glamour, style and confidence.  

What do you love about your job?

It is very rewarding. I get to create all day long. My clients generally see me every six weeks, some every three weeks. Familial relationships tend to evolve which is fun. I like seeing how the right hair color can change a woman's life. A good sign as a colorist that you've done well is seeing your client put on her lipstick immediately after the hair is dry.

Wax On, Wax Off

It’s getting to be that time of year … we’re all trying the “Better abs/buns/thighs In a Week” that all the magazines promise us as we torment our bodies in preparation for the beach. It’s also time to start thinking about your hair removal of choice for the real estate down there. My choice has long been waxing because the results last the longest. But it’s so intimate. Most ladies, once they’ve found someone for their waxing needs, stand by their woman. I am here to say, unless you’re going to a salon that offers authentic Brazilian honey wax, you are enduring more pain than you have to. When I first moved to NYC, it so happened that the gym I joined had a spa attached to it, and I just kind of naturally started going there for everything from massages to waxing. The massages were great, the waxing hurt like hell; but, I figured, I’m getting waxed, it’s supposed to hurt like hell!

A few years later, I moved out of the neighborhood and let my membership lapse. I was in need of a new spa. Amazingly enough, literally the next block over from me was Sonia’s Waxing Plus—a tiny little place that you might pass without looking at twice. (I later found out that there are two other locations on Long Island.) I knew nothing about it, but decided to give it a try. And, I was shocked. Not because it hurt like hell, but because it only hurt a little in the grand waxing scheme of things. What, you thought I’d tell you it didn’t hurt at all? They’re still ripping your hairs out at the root, people, there’s gonna be some sting. But it was so much less intense than what I’d experienced before that I couldn’t help but rave about it to all my friends. I also couldn’t help but ask my waxer, Marci, why the pain was so much less extreme. She told me that they used a special honey wax that they imported from Brazil and it made all the difference. Well it did. It made a convert out of me. The 29th St. location is miniscule but very clean. The ladies are friendly and thorough. For all your waxing needs, if you’re in NYC I highly recommend Sonia’s. And if you're elsewhere, find a place that uses Brazilian honey wax.

Buddha Nose

I like my baths with a lot of stress-busting, Zen-inducing herbs, salts and essential oils. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a piping hot soak in a tub that’s laden with lavender oil, muscle soothing salts and lots of flower buds. But, what’s left after the fact is anything but stress-free: a bathtub littered with soggy bits of flowers and herbs that require being plucked, one-by-one, from the tub walls. Not fun.

Thanks to the growing availability of organic herbal bath tea sachets, like those from Buddha Nose, I look forward to never having to do this tedious post-bath ritual again. Buddha Nose’s bath sachets (in blends like “Detox” and “Meditation”) are big, bulky and certified organic. Plop one into a drawn bath, and watch as the salts and powders (like dead sea salts and ginger root powder) dissolve and the solid ingredients (like white peony tea) stay put in the sachet.

The organic mind-body beauty brand also won me over with its Bodhi Sugar Scrub, which serves as an effective all-natural exfoliant for my face, neck and decollete. For The Penny Rose’s New York readers, the company participates in frequent Yoga Beauty Bars with other indie organic beauty companies, where curious customers can get mini-facials and massages and try out products. Find the next event here: