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by WAG
by WAG

The One, the only Fekkai

Frédéric Fekkai. Courtesy Frédéric Fekkai & Co.
“The Gifted One” multitasker from Frédéric Fekkai’s The One line. Courtesy Frédéric Fekkai & co.

Here at WAG, we love a bit of pampering, which is why we jumped at the opportunity to visit the Frédéric Fekkai Salon in Greenwich. 

The salon, at 2 Lewis Court off Greenwich Avenue, has a classic brick façade surrounded by block paving, which instantly reminded me of the streets of Soho. Upon arrival, I was warmly greeted by staff who introduced me to stylist Elie Camoro, a Fekkai protégé and Greenwich native who now serves as co-creative director of the brand.

Elie took one look at my hair and knew it needed a trim. He was right. I hadn’t gotten a cut since July. He snipped off my ends while my hair was dry to even out the length and eliminate split ends. After washing my hair with volumizing shampoo from Fekkai’s newest product line, The One, Elie suggested we try beachy waves for my blowout. 

I’m a wash-and-go type of gal. My hair dries pretty straight, so the idea of some body in my hair was right up my alley. Elie dried my hair while he told me about his transition from collegiate baseball player to training with Fekkai as his mentor. He then finished my look by using a curling iron to give my locks some body. The salon was kind enough to give me Fekkai’s “The Gifted One” multitasker, also from The One line, which works as a smoothing and protecting finishing serum. If you’ve never tried anything from this line, run — don’t walk — to the store and pick up some. The One has by far the best-smelling products I’ve ever used in my life.

Fekkai Greenwich made me feel perfectly comfortable from the moment I walked in, and Elie is a personable stylist who I thoroughly enjoyed talking to while getting my hair done — no awkward small talk. After years of practicing under Fekkai, Elie is a natural when it comes to both cutting and styling hair. I’m already looking forward to going back soon.

Not only was I lucky enough to be treated to a blowout at Fekkai, but I was also able to learn from the man himself in a recent  email interview. Fekkai has styled some of the most famous tresses, so I wanted to know more about what makes him tick and what trends he’s loving.

Fekkai gets many of his ideas from his hometown, Aix-en-Provence, France, which “is known for being an inspiration to some of the world’s master painters,” like the postimpressionists. He says it’s “impossible not to get swept up in this history” whenever he visits. 

As for his favorite hair trends?  “I love a blunt bob with some texture. It’s a bit of a nostalgic nod to the ’90s, but also looks chic and on trend,” he said. “It’s easy to style for either a casual or more formal look, so it suits today’s modern woman who is always on the go.”

I wanted to know how to best take care of my hair and Fekkai said that it’s important not only to use the right products, from shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair to heat protectant for styling tools, but also to nourish from the inside out.

“If you’re drinking enough water and getting the necessary vitamins from your diet (vitamin B and C especially), your hair will thank you,” he said.

Out of curiosity, I asked him which celebrity he has not yet worked with but would love to style. 

“Anyone who’s not afraid to try something bold or different. I’d love to do Kerry Washington’s hair,” he said. “She has amazing bone structure that lends itself to a strong, face-framing cut that makes a statement.”

As for the future of Fekkai, Frédéric explained the company is working toward the next chapter by “accelerating the brand both digitally and in person. Bringing the salon experience to the next level is one of our main focuses right now. Having that real-life experience with the brand is invaluable. We’re also accelerating our digital presence while continuing to bring the best innovation through our products. I’m excited for our customers to experience Fekkai in a new, modern way.”

For more, visit fekkai.com.