By Tiffany Etessami
Ringo Yip opened his namesake salon on the Lower East Side in 2005. You wouldn’t know by looking at the inconspicuous storefront that this little salon is beloved by downtown hair aficionados. We spoke to Ringo about the LES, his clientele and the changing scene.
Why did you decide to get into the hair industry?
For one reason: I like to make women look beautiful.
Why did you pick the Lower East Side as your salon location?
The Lower East Side… it’s low-key, and I feel like there’s always an adventure. There are always unpredictable things happening. The scene is changing a little, there’s a different culture, because we’ve gotten a lot of new bars and restaurants. It’s different, but I still like it.
What would you describe the Lower East Side look as?
I observe that it’s a younger and more individual scene. There aren’t too many families. It’s a really fun, young scene.
Tell us about your clientele.
My clientele is mostly people who have a job (laughs)… they’re more individual. They have taste. A lot of young professionals walk in. It’s a ‘yuppie’ scene now – they have money to spare, and they want to be stylish. It’s not like Bushwick anymore.
Do you have a particular technique?
Parting the hair on dry cuts. I do this so I can see where the hair lies. I don’t like to wash it too much – I like the edge that gives.
What do you think of using dry shampoo to achieve that grungy, unwashed look?
Dry shampoo doesn’t work on everyone – it’s a personal preference. But definitely don’t wash hair every day… let the natural oils come in.
What are some new trendy hairstyles?
Long hair is always in, most women don’t like to go too short. But now loose, flowy hair is in, too.
Ringo is located in 126 Ludlow Street – New York – Tel. 212.228.8812