David Stanko has been in the hair industry for over 22 years and with Redken for the past 13. Recently, Stanko spearheaded the testing and technical execution of Redken haircolor and lightener brands.
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
Q: I have never colored my hair before and I want a change, but I am unsure whether to go with a darker hair color or lighter, blonde highlights. Can you provide some insight and tips on how to make a decision? Should I go by the season?
A: Dear Color Curious,
Let's get right to it. First, check out fashion and Hollywood gossip magazines to see the current celeb trends. These gals can help you with length, style and color (my specialty). Keep a mini portfolio of images. Next, log on to Redken.com and search for a salon (by zip code). Schedule a consultation or blow-dry appointment and "interview" the potential colorist (bring your mini portfolio).
As for color "tips" here's what I tell my clients at Angelo David Salon in NYC: If you're a first time color client, adding a few highlights (going lighter) is a great start. Deepening your haircolor, because it’s lightened from the sun or has undesirable auburn tones, I will use Shades EQ demi-permanent haircolor because it doesn't prohibit me from future color services. Consider this: the closer your stay to your natural color, the less maintenance, shock and flexibility you'll have with changing your look.
Happy Coloring, David
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David at a NYC Redken press event
David Stanko teaching other stylists
at the 2009 Redken Symposium
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Salon name: Angelo David Salon - NYC
Most memorable people you’ve worked with (if applicable):
Who is the one person you’d love to work with? Annie Humphreys
What motivates you to keep going? I don’t feel I’ve “arrived” yet, so I continue to strive for greater variety in career, a bit more exposure of my work & reputation and refining my work & personal time.
Most memorable mishap on a shoot/fashion show/ or with a celebrity? Highlighting a blonde model with lightener placed on red colored foils and turning her fringe a beautiful soft pink tone.
What tools do you need with you when working? Tail comb, gloves, 2-inch wide/long applicator brush, balayage wand, foil and plastic wrap for highlighting.
Favorite vacation destination? Anywhere I can spend real quality time catching up with friends. I do like Paris & Italy, as well.
Favorite place to work? My home office or Central Park.
Favorite city? New York City
Where do you want to go on your next vacation? Kripalu Wellness Center in the Berkshires, MA. Rest & rejuvenation.
Golden Rules to live by: Be assertive not aggressive. Learn to listen. Don’t interrupt. Be thoughtful & grateful for what you have.
Favorite store? Barney’s in Beverly Hills. Oh ya, and Wal-Mart.
Beauty Icon? Coco Chanel
Trend you love? Great suit & tie on men.
Must-have hair product you use on yourself? Hair Cleansing Cream
Favorite indulgence? Custom made dress shirts.
Favorite restaurant? In NYC it varies monthly. For me, its favorite delivery-place-of-the-moment - - Arturo’s – great lasagna.
Why Redken? What is the Redken difference? Redken’s esthetic is modern, urban & approachable - without being over the top. It’s a product company that has the best interest of the hairdresser in mind. And its a complete offering – from haircare, styling and haircolor; plus top notch education, fresh media exposure, relevant websites and an extensive educational network – no matter where you live, there’s a Redken educator in your ‘hood to swing by your salon to present cutting, styling, coloring techniques or even help build your business. Oh ya, plus there’s always try-me formulas and creative ways to use the product, so when a new product comes into the salon, it doesn’t collect dust – it gets put to good use.