MBFW, NBA All-Star Weekend, and SNL 40th anniversary New York City was plenty busy. The most frigid temperature ever didn’t stop things! As I braved the cold weather I knew exactly where to go for a hot cup of tea–and to get some “T” on the latest trends about hair. My destination was The Peninsula Hotel, to talk with the fabulous hair stylist Vu Nguyen.
Vu was born in Vietnam and raised in Upper Darby, a small little town right outside of Philadelphia. He has always had a natural gift of haircutting. During his Upper Darby High School years, he would cut the hair of his girlfriend and friends for lunch money. His girlfriend at that time told him that maybe he should consider it as a career. But she wasn’t the only one who saw how talented Vu was. Vu’s cosmetology teacher saw how creative and innovative he was and told him that he should pursue a career in New York City.
While watching a makeover by world renowned Frederic Fekkai on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Vu thought to himself “that’s who I would like to work with.” So he packed his bags and moved north to the fast paced New York City. After a few years at Fekkai salon, Vu decided to open his own salon. The salon is located on the 21st floor of the beautiful Peninsula Hotel overlooking the sophisticated 5th Avenue.
The atmosphere at VU Hair is regal, relaxed and elegant. It doesn’t matter if you want a classic bob or the trendy pops of hair color seen on the runway or on the streets in your city or rural town, VU Hair is the salon to visit.
Here are a few most frequently asked questions that Vu answered for us!
What are some essential tools for at-home styling?
Vu: Blow dryer and natural boar styling brush with a cork handle (it has a comfort grip).
What should every woman have in her travel kit?
Vu: Hair ties, hair pins, oil and a brush.
Should I color my hair in the winter?
Vu: Coloring your hair in the winter needs extra care because the cold weather can make it look dry. Go for darker hues: blonde, brunette or red.
If you would like the full VU Hair experience join us February 21, 2015 @ The Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Ave & 55th New York, NY.
Kheli French is a contributing beauty editor for World Bride Magazine. Kheli is a licensed cosmetologist, colorist, master hair cutter, certified instructor and CFO co-owner of AMF HAIR EXTENSIONS. Kheli’s mantra is “What makes hair different is the texture. Hair works on memory, it can be trained to do whatever you want it to.”
Kheli has worked with a plethora of women and men all over the world, which is displayed on the cover of Iman’s The Beauty of Color. During NYC MBFW, Kheli stunned the audience when model Karolina Korkova hit the runway for designer Atil Kutoglu. Kheli gave the femme fatale rapper Charli Baltimore her signature red hair (Cherri Charli), which inspired the look for Jennifer Garner’s character for ABC’s thriller drama series “Alias.” This Philadelphia native is the owner/stylist of Le’ PINK Champu located in the swanky Manayunk.
In 2010, Kheli French won “Best of Philly” from Philadelphia Magazine:
When a Vera Wang model needs an updo, a Victoria’s Secret catwalker requires blowing-out, or Lil’ Kim, Anita Baker, Selita Ebanks or Lauryn Hill needs natural-looking extensions, a splash of color or an amazing cut, they come to Kheli (or Kheli goes to them). No wonder: From her salon’s two-year-old Manayunk location, she modestly works magic on any kind of hair for clients that walk through the door. That is, when she’s back from Fashion Week. Read more at Phillymag.com here.