Sun-Sentinel – November 30, 2009

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SoFla’s Most-Stylish Salons

Say Holiday Hair Goes Retro for 2009/2010

The holiday season

Hair often reaches its crowning glory this time of year.

The holiday season brings with it a busier social calendar and the opportunity — nay, the hairdo duty — to try something a little dressier, a little thoughtful and a lot more glamourous.

So we canvassed some of South Florida’s most follicle-forward hairstylists for the hot trends hair will have this season. It turns out a lot of them are looking backward for inspiration, sampling from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ’40s and ‘60s.

Here is how some of the region’s trendiest primp palaces call it for the part-hearty holidays:

SALON: Bond Street Salon
ADDRESS: 25 N.E. 2nd Ave., Suite 112 in Delray Beach
PHONE: (561) 330-8760

Best of Delray – December 17, 2008

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Bond Street

25 NE Second Avenue

The experts at Bond Street Hair know that a great hairstyle starts with healthy hair. “We use many organic products and include a protein treatment with every hair cut and color process,” says owner Lauren Donald.  “We encourage our customers to return weekly for a complimentary to maintain the integrity of their hair in between regular appointments.”  Male clients are offered interim “clean-up’s.”   This ultra-modern salon has products and services for every hair type.

The salon is open from Tuesday and Saturday from 9 am to 6:30 pm and Wednesday through Friday  9am to 8 pm.

Palm Beach Post – August 29, 2007

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Sisters visit sister city in style

Bond Street Salon

BOB SHANLEY/Staff Photographer

DELRAY BEACH — Akane Kanai, 15, shows off her new hairdo to her sister, Ayana, 18, not pictured. The sisters, from Miyazu, Japan, have been in the area since Aug. 20, visiting as part of the sister cities program. Tuesday they were treated to a visit to the Bond Street Salon in Pineapple Grove, where they had their hair styled by salon founder Lauren Donald (left). They journey back to Japan today.

Boca Life – April 2007

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By Kimberly Springer


In a London kind of mood? Put the passport away and head to the coastal seaside town of Delray. No rain or fog here, just sun and ocean breeze. In the heart of artistic downtown Delray Beach, the Pineapple Grove Main Street District, there is a little piece of London, called Bond Street Salon. Its name is inspired by the famous Bond Street road located in the artsy and fashionable Mayfair District of the West End of London. Founder Lauren Donald has brought that hip British feel to her salon’s interior design, resulting in a white urban oasis highlighted with 1970s vintage-inspired mod white furniture. Donald’s international experience from London, England to Lugano, Switzerland has translated into success as a master hairstylist. Her pursuit of excellence continued in the States as she continued to master her craft by studying at Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and Bumble among other illustrious industry greats. As exclusive providers of Bumble and Bumble and Bb. products, Donald and her team of talented stylists bring a classic touch with an edge to the multitude of services Bond Street Salon offers this side of the Atlantic.

561.330.8760/25 N.E. Second Ave., Ste. 112, Delray Beach

Boca Raton News – December 24, 2006

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The Gift of Beauty

The recently opened Bond Street Salon in Pineapple Grove is offering terrific package for tresses! Gift your female friends to some hair pampering. The $140 pack includes: The service begins with an in depth consultation and hair analysis that covers the clients beauty regimen, lifestyle, concerns and goals for their hair. One or a combination of the Bb. Treatment products are used throughout the service starting with a relaxing shampoo and scalp massage for the scalp and hair. The selected treatment masque sits for 10 minutes with heat to allow the hair to receive and absorb the benefits of each specific treatment. After the mask has been rinsed, a clear gloss is used to coat and add intense shine and brilliance to the hair. The last step before the styling service is the application of the leave-in vitamin packed bumble treatment that seals and closes the hair shaft and cuticle. The treatment is finished off with the best blow-dry in South Florida!!!! The client leaves with one or a combination of the Bb.Treatment-Bumble and Bumble hair products to continue the treatment experience at home. Call 561-330- 8760.

Sun-Sentinel – November 29, 2006

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by Rod Stafford Hagwood

You grow, girl

In the ’60s, it was wigs. Now hair extensions are how women tress up their appearance. But beware, hollywood hair may cost you $2,500.

You — or more specifically, your hair — can go from bare bob to baroque bouffant in a matter of hours.

South Florida salons are giving women chango-presto hair extensions that can radically or subtly alter one’s coiffure for a one-night-only special event or for up to six months.

“My `a-ha’ moment? It was in 1998 and I was working on a Valentino campaign in New York,” said Bridgette Hill, a stylist with the Bond Street Salon in Delray Beach. “And this stylist came in with all these suitcases of hair. I didn’t even know white women wore extensions. I watched the transformation of the model and I thought: `I can’t believe this. I had no clue.'”

Last month, Jessica Simpson entered the game at GBS beauty supply stores with her HairDo clip-in hair, which she designed with her “mane man” Ken Paves, the latest in a long line of Tinseltown celeb stylists.

“You see these women like Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears in music videos and they have more hair on than clothes,” said Holly Millea, a contributing editor for Elle magazine who wrote about hair extensions in the November issue. “Aside from Jennifer Aniston, no one in Hollywood has that kind of hair. I mean, Jessica Simpson has a bob one day and the next she looks like Lady Godiva.

“Raquel Welch, who has a line of wigs with the same company that Jessica Simpson is with, reminded me that it’s all a repeat of the ’60s. But then, wearing a wig or a hairpiece was something that was not cool and you did not talk about. Now everyone is wearing extensions and telling everyone about it.”

That word of mouth, celebrity aura and an all-American “I-want- it-and-I-want-it-now” attitude is driving sales, says Jesse Briggs of Yellow Strawberry salon, based in Fort Lauderdale (16 salons worldwide with four in Florida). About three years ago, Briggs started sending stylists from his four Florida salons to hair extension training from a supplier called Great Lengths. It paid off. Not only did Briggs get a write-up in The New York Times, but clients came in dropping $2,500 for extensions where before they would spend maybe $75 for a special occasion up-do. Immediately his salons started doing about 18 extensions per week.

“I just felt it,” Briggs says. “I just knew it was going to be the next big thing. Now a schoolteacher can have the same thing that a top model has. Now having big, thick Hollywood-inspired romantic hair is like putting on a sexy pair of high heels. It’s an accessory. Thin hair can now be thick. Damaged hair can look beautiful. Short hair can now be long … overnight. Anything you want, you can have.”

The market has seen an explosion of products, using real or faux hair, which can be applied by any number of methods, including bonding, braiding, sewing, clamping or gluing. Briggs uses a system with protein bonds applied to the hair about an inch from the scalp and fused with ultrasonic pulses.

The hair generally comes from Russia, India and Europe, where women traditionally wear their hair long. Trainloads of hair are brought into factories, mostly in Italy, Tunisia and India, where it is washed, separated, dyed and then shipped. Great Lengths, a leading hair distributor to salons, estimates it goes through 4 or 5 tons of hair every three or four months … for the U.S. market alone.

Human hair can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500, depending on how many bundles (seven bundles for the average head) you need and the length. Synthetic hair costs between $300 and $500.

“That’s what I like about the Jessica Simpson product,” says Marianne Laudati, who co-owns the D. Laudati salon in West Palm Beach with her husband, Dino. “It’s at a lower price point. Everyone can afford it. The short hair is $85 and that’s just above the shoulder. The long hair is $95. Human hair costs $500. We’ve had it for a few weeks now and every person who tries it on walks out with some.”

The HairDo clip-ons are temporary extensions that Laudati says the client can affix at home after some instructions from a stylist.

Salon extensions can last up to six months. There are sometimes specific care needs, such as “loop” brushes that don’t pull the hair and special shampoos.

“That’s why I think temporary extensions are the way to go,” says Hill of the Bond Street Salon. “Extensions damage the hair. They can tear the follicle, especially if they are not applied correctly. And over time the hair can become matted.”

Hill says her clients not only prefer temporary extensions for special occasions like weddings and portraits, but also “a ponytail for the summer that they don’t need to blow-out each time or maybe they just want a temporary extension for a vacation where they are swimming and hanging out for a few days.” She added that the product has improved greatly for ethnic hair since they can now match the texture exactly. “We can just clip it on to the corn-rows,” Hill adds.

Hair extensions have been common among black women since the early ’80s. The crossover was spurred by the advent of suppliers like Great Lengths and Hair Dreams, another global hair distributor. Both European companies also benefited from the opening of Eastern Europe in the early ’90s, providing them with a wealth of Caucasian hair of various textures, colors and lengths.

“First the black girls got it,” says Briggs of Yellow Strawberry. “Then the movie stars got it. Now it’s more accessible. The teens came in wanting it for their proms. Their grandparents plunked down the credit card. Then the bankers and lawyers came in. Now we’ve brought it to the secretaries and the housewives. In three to eight hours you can be like a movie star or a model.”


Extensions can last up to six months says Jesse Briggs, of Yellow Strawberry in Fort Lauderdale. Here are some tips:
Do not shampoo for two days. Always wash hair with your head back, not tilted forward. Never dry with a scrubbing action. Instead, wrap hair in a towel. Dry the bonds carefully to prevent breakdown.
Brush the hair three times a day … from the nape up. Buy a brush with looped bristles. Put your hair in a soft scrunchy while sleeping to avoid tangling.
Curling irons, flat irons and hot rollers must be kept away from the actual bond or attachment. Don’t use products with sulfur.
Remember that sweaty exercise, steam baths and saunas may lessen the longevity of the extension.
Most extension manufacturers offer a solution to protect attachments. The Great Lengths system that Briggs uses has an “anti- tap” solution ($15 for eight ounces).
Seawater and chlorinated pools can break down the bonds and glues. To minimize the effects, wet hair in shower first and apply a bond-protecting solution. After swimming, shampoo, apply bond- protecting solution and then carefully blow-dry the bonds.

— Rod Stafford Hagwood

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