Yves Durif, Owner
Yves Durif's illustrious career began in Paris at the age of 17 inside of the celebrated Jacques Dessange Salon. Through passion and persistence he won over the hair and hearts of his clients and mentors and quickly became a sought after artist. At 30, he made his move to New York City where he met Bruno Pittini, artistic director at The Bruno Dessange Salon. Yves and Pittini quickly formed a bond and he often credits Bruno for helping him realize exactly what makes a haircut "work".
In November 1997, Yves Durif opened the doors to his namesake salon nestled in a landmark brownstone in New York's Upper East Side. In 2008, he moved the salon to its current location at The Carlyle. Over the past 40 years, Yves has garnered the trust and loyalty of a discerning, sophisticated clientele ranging from outré style-setters, to CEOs, socialites, celebrities, artists and elegant Manhattanites.
Yves talent has been featured in a number of print and online publications including: The New York Times, Elle, Marie Claire France, Travel & Leisure, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Yoga Journal, Fashion Pulse Daily, MTV, E!, CNN, MSNBC and A&E. Beautynewsnyc.com calls Yves "an artist, one of the fashion world's best stylists". His celebrity clients include Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe, fashion's muse Daphne Guinness and foremost yogini Elena Brower.
Yves' time in this business has given him a unique perspective on the underlying aspects of beauty and the perception of self. In his free time, Yves is a dedicated yoga and meditation practitioner, as well as an educator and mentor to stylists across the US.
Patti Vaccaro - Hair Stylist
As a talented and down to earth beauty expert, Patti Vaccaro has mastered her craft of styling with over 15 years of experience. Entrusted with the locks of several famous clients, including socialites, models and celebrities Patti cuts, styles and beautifies with such ease.
Patti has worked with Yves Durif since 1992 and joined his namesake salon in 1997, when it opened. She has represented the salon across the country appearing in hair shows and educational workshops. Besides her in-demand schedule at the salon, Patti often styles for runway shows during New York’s fashion week, weddings and photo shoots. Her versatile approach to styling has been featured in Marie Claire, Salon News, Maviology Food and Wine and BeautyNews.com. Patti is also the hairstylist for Wings World Quest.
Dyana Nematallah - Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist
Dyana attended Savannah College of Art and Design and majored in Art history and design and has worked backstage at Rodarte, Betsey Johnson, Gianfranco Ferre.
She is one of our wedding specialists and many brides have commented on how she is able to bring about a theme or idea that they had not entertained to complete their special event. With her background she is able to propel them into a romantic, classic, modern, or glamorous fantasy.
For inspiration, she relates to things in historical paintings, likes Retro makeup, the Victorian period and1940’s pinups.
Her mental image of makeup is that skin should be flawless; luminescent.
She is the creator of THB hair accessories and her designs can be seen in Interview, Women’s Wear Daily and Teen Vogue.
David Johnstone - Color Director
With over 15 years experience, David Johnstone’s expertise is achieving professional color with ease and patience. He is natural at working with the client to find just the right affect.
His collaboration with Yves Durif brought about his weapon of choice, “balayage”, thereby creating more sophistication in color; Johnstone seamlessly takes his clients where they want to go.
His loyal clientele include fashion models, socialites, media and publishing executives, artists and authors.
JP Ramirez - Hair Extension Specialist and Colorist
Colombian imported. JP is a hair extension specialist with seven years experience. An expert with Great Lengths, Micro Links as well as tape extensions, and custom made clip on extensions.
Considerable work done for America Ballet Theatre dancers and other international ballerinas. JP is an expert at combining color with extensions to achieve a truly natural look.
As a color artist he has worked with Carry Mulligan and is responsible for transforming her hair from black to her signature platinum blonde.
Consultations are not only his strength, but are the necessary first step in achieving extension perfection.
Emily Bui - Manicurist
Originally from Vietnam, Emily is the specialist at Yves Durif at The Carlyle that you simply must not pass over.
Whether it is a manicure, pedicure or waxing she has the light touch that is so vital to her craft, and an extraordinary rapport with her clientele.
With her affable demeanor, attention to detail and keen eye for choosing the perfect color, Emily is in high demand and has been the request for celebrities and our high profile clients.