BEAUTY SPOTLIGHT: THE MOST GLAM SQUAD

Vanessa Ungaro and Lauren E. Hack, the talented duo behind Lauren + Vanessa.  Photo credit: www.laurenandvanessa.com.

Vanessa Ungaro and Lauren E. Hack, the talented duo behind Lauren + Vanessa.  Photo credit: www.laurenandvanessa.com.

I have a secret: I did not wake up like this; it takes a glam squad.  I am asked, "who does your hair?" so frequently that I have to carry a stack of business cards for these two babes around in my purse.

It must have been fate nearly five years ago that brought Lauren and Vanessa into my life.  I had just moved to New York and, not knowing whom to trust, had just dyed my hair from a box (the horror!) out of desperation.  Some type of divine intervention had to have been the reason Lauren and her friends walked in to the little amaro spot in the East Village where I was tending bar, and a beautiful friendship blossomed.

Shortly thereafter, I visited Lauren and Vanessa for color and cut, respectively.  Together, they would make my [then] red hair dazzling and my cut and blowout a work of art.  Several years later when the ladies started their own salon in the financial district (under the name Lauren + Vanessa), I followed them downtown.  To this day, five years later, there is no one else I trust with my hair.  Below are snaps from two photo shoots with hair and makeup by Lauren + Vanessa: