The Beauty Parlor: Your One Stop Shop for Everything Beauty & Glam in Westchester

I had the pleasure of meeting the team at The Beauty Parlor in Dobbs Ferry last week and was so blown away. If you haven’t been yet, you’re missing out. Big time.

First things first, their salon has the most epic location in all of Westchester. It sits at the edge of the Hudson River, and the sunset I witnessed during my appointment was so incredible that I had to stop and take photos of the purple + yellow rays shining through the large windows.

Just beautiful.

The decor of the salon is a mix of chic + modern, the perfect contrast to the industrial backdrop of the building. Possibly my favorite touch was the shampoo station ceiling. It’s a must see!

To my fellow mamas: the salon is incredibly kid friendly. It’s large enough that kids running around doesn’t matter at all. And they even have a hair styling station and coloring books for little ones. So don’t let that stop you from getting your hair done, ladies! They also offer facials and makeup services to have you leaving the salon feeling fab and regenerated.

I decided on a smoothing treatment called Cézanne Keratin. It is a vegan, chemical-free alternative to traditional keratin that requires no setting time (you can wash or tie your hair up right after your appointment) and the sleekness + shine last for up to 5 months. It costs $300, but in my opinion, healthy, shiny blowout-worthy hair for 5 whole months is worth every penny!

I was instantly greeted by my hair stylist, Dionna, who was super sweet – she even offered me a chamomile tea with lemon + honey within the first 20 minutes of chatting with her (I had the worst cough and she insisted on making it herself! How adorable is that?)

We had a super relaxed chat while Dionna applied the concoction to my hair. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the treatment and explained that Cezanne keratin contains Vitamins C, E, B3, B5, B6 and Sugar Cane, Lemon, Apple and Green Tea Extracts. It basically nourishes your hair while at the same time making it way more manageable for a few months. A win win!

The process was simple: after application, we let the product work its magic in my hair for about a half hour, then Dionna blew my hair out and flat ironed it. I was blown away by the instant smoothness! My first comment was that I couldn’t even feel her blowing out my hair. It felt like feathers as the brush combed through it. The shine was unbelievable, too!

I was able to keep my hair pin straight and oil free almost a week. I was very curious what my usually wavy, voluminous hair would look like once I washed it. I usually deal with a lot of frizz, which requires a good amount of product to tame.

I washed my hair with the Cezanne shampoo + conditioner I purchased at the salon and let it air dry. That’s not something I usually do because my hair tends to POOF. I was shocked that my hair retained its defined waves, but with zero frizz. Makes it so much easier to manage! And now I can switch it up between straight and wavy without worrying about humidity and other frizz-inducing factors. I’m sold!

Again, if you haven’t checked out The Beauty Parlor in Dobbs Ferry, I highly recommend it. They knocked it out of the park in every possible way, and I was so impressed with everything, from my stylist’s expertise to the ambiance of the salon + how comfortable I felt while I was there the other day. 10/10!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out my Instagram highlights for more on my experience at The Beauty Parlor 🙂

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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