Beauty

Brooklyn’s Best-Kept Hair Secret: Noël New York Salon

New York Smash Magazine  



Michelle Smoller New York Smash

By Michelle Smoller

I love trying new beauty treatments and recognizing beauty inside and out. It’s all the better to experience up-and-coming beauty destinations and meet their founders, who are visionaries in their own right, sharing their passions of cultivating beauty in new, inspiring ways. Here’s my experience trying hot fusion hair extensions at Noël New York Salon & Boutique, founded by celeb hair stylist Noel Reid-Killings.


Noel Reid-Killings is the entrepreneur behind Noël New York Salon & Boutique, a luxury salon in Brooklyn. Reid-Killings, who the salon is named after, is a celebrity hair stylist who has traveled the globe styling hair professionally. Known for her unique technique, women, including celebs everywhere, have been treated to her soothing hands upon their scalps. She has also led hands-on apprenticeships for stylists-in-training, so that they, too, can rise to Reid-Killings’ level of excellence. 

Michelle Smoller and Noel Reid-Killing at Noël New York Salon & Boutique

Michelle Smoller and Noel Reid-Killings at Noël New York Salon & Boutique

When I first arrived at the salon, I felt like I was entering Fort Knox. With glazed windows, outsiders can’t see inside, and dare I say, it is one of the few establishments of that sort in the area. Immediately, the staff greeted me warmly by name (“Hello, Michelle, and welcome!”), handed me a satin robe, and gave me an in-depth survey to learn more about my hair and goals. It questioned everything from my hair texture, background, medical history and needs. 

Keratin hot fusion extensions can be healthier and easier on hair than other types of extensions, like micro-links, and that they can cause less trauma to the hair when applied by experts, according to Noel Reid-Killings.

To be honest, I was nervous. As a luxury travel and beauty editor, I truly enjoy trying new and exciting beauty techniques, but I had heard mixed reviews about “hot fusion” hair extensions. But Reid-Killings eased my tension by explaining that keratin hot fusion extensions can be healthier and easier on hair than other types of extensions (like the micro-links I’d been using) and that they can cause less trauma to the hair when applied by experts.

She also uses only the best products — in this case, SO.CAP extensions, which are of excellent quality. Stylists and hair salons are always looking for the best sources for extensions and SO.CAP is a brand that Noël New York Salon & Boutique uses regularly.

Michelle Smoller reviews hot fusion hair extensions and coloring at Noël New York Salon & Boutique

Michelle Smoller reviews hot fusion hair extensions and coloring at Noël New York Salon & Boutique

She had analyzed my hair in a previous meeting and determined that, for a thick head of luscious hair, I’d need about 150 strands of keratin. SO.CAP recommended 80, which would not have been enough. We ended up applying 120 strands, but—ladies, if you want to roar like a lion, then I say: Up your mane! The more hair, the better! Let them hear you roar!

Because Reid-Killings is called upon to make house calls to VIP clientele from all around the world, she makes sure to train her staff to be able to operate at the “Noël New York” standard of excellence when she’s out of town. This way, clients can rest assured that any stylist at the intimate salon is equipped with the knowledge to do an excellent job that reflects her standard of expertise. 

“Cera did an excellent coloring job, and she was right ‘on-trend’ in her technique. In the salon, she assured me that she knew exactly what to do and, true to her word, as I sipped mimosas, I emerged with a most compliment-worthy beautiful shade of sun-kissed and shimmering sunny blond.”

When I first met my colorist, Cera, I was a bit worried: I wanted my blonde hair to be a beautiful blonde…and hers had been purposely dyed a strange gray-ish blonde hue that I had never seen on a young woman. But as it turned out, Cera did an excellent coloring job, and she was right “on-trend” in her technique. A few weeks later, I was delighted with glee as I experienced the thrill and surprise that my new shade of hair was “all the rage” as the newest avant-garde trend in hair—seen at The Oscars, Lady Gaga’s tresses and in every fashion magazine. In the salon, she assured me that she knew exactly what to do and, true to her word, as I sipped mimosas, I emerged with a most compliment-worthy beautiful shade of sun-kissed and shimmering sunny blonde.

After my coloring, Reid-Killings returned with the long, smooth SO.CAP. hair extensions. It was my first time ever getting hot fusions, partly because the words “hot fusions” always seemed intimidating! In my mind, I imagined that they would be fusing extensions with my real hair—melding them together irreparably. Wrong! Here’s the process:

How To Apply Hot Fusion Hair Extensions

  1. Thin, small strands of hair had been dipped in keratin, to attach the strands of hair at one end (it looked like melted wax).
  2. She parted my hair in horizontal rows and used a “template circle” (a plastic flat circle with a hole in the center to protect my head from the heat of melted keratin) to shield my scalp, and she pulled a few strands of my natural hair through its center.
  3. She then held up one of the beautiful SO.CAP. extensions and used a very narrow hot iron to melt the keratin at the end of the extension, and then (while it was still warm and malleable) she rolled it around my hair strands—like melted hot wax to make a little bond that kept the extension in place around my natural hair.
  4. The result? Lightweight, nearly invisible hair extensions!

As Reid-Killings had promised, my hair looked flawless. She had convinced me to try hot fusion and the results felt more natural than other extensions I’d experienced before. In the hours I spent at the salon, I met diverse characters and regular customers: an Upper East Side ex-plastic surgeon’s assistant who flaunted her Birkin bag, and a local Brooklynite who shared heroic stories of how she had saved the lives of patients in the ER. Clearly, Noël New York Salon is a go-to hair destination for people from all walks of life, and a luxurious environment as well as an oasis in the midst of the bustling city. Before you leave, you might admire photos of her work which adorn the walls. When you do make your exit, you’ll likely leave with a bounce in your step and long, gorgeous hair that makes you ready to step into a new day with confidence and beauty, inside and out.




Noël New York Salon & Boutique
Address: 426 Bainbridge St, Brooklyn, NY 11233
Phone: 347-750-6454
Email: info@noelnewyork.com
By Appointment Only
For bookings, contact info@noelnewyork.com