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Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa was founded by Paul Labrecque in 1988 with a simple passion for beauty and fashion. This passion grew as Paul soon realized the power of beauty and how making people feel and look their best could truly change lives in so many ways. At this point he knew this is what he wanted to do in life and his entrepreneurial spirit took over. What started as a 2 seat boutique salon on the Upper Westside neighborhood of New York has grown to 3 highly successful full service salon & spas in Manhattan, one location in downtown Philadelphia, an award winning line of hair care products, a thriving retail and e commerce business and a highly regarded education center for young stylists in training.

"My passion is making my clients look and feel their best. It is what I love to do...making people feel confident, beautiful, sexy and full of life"

The story begins with Paul graduating from beauty school in Miami South Beach and relocating to London to further pursue his career as a worldwide platform artist, hone his craft and take on the international beauty world. There he met his future business partner and partner in life Brian Cantor. Together they began their business and life’s journey together and never looked back. Together now for 26 years and happily married in 2009 Paul and Brian’s story continues to unfold with new and exciting projects on the horizon.

Selected as one of Vanity Fair Magazines “Top 3 Stylists” in the USA, Paul quickly became recognized as one of New York City’s go-to salons. Paul prides himself with a focus on excellent customer service, personal attention and the best in beauty services. Paul’s natural penchant for carefree cuts, innovative techniques and custom-blended color has resulted in a loyal and dedicated following. His one-of-a-kind engaging personality combined with his creative hair-styling, sophisticated sense of style and spot on eye for color keeps his clients looking beautiful and always coming back for a truly memorable visit to the salon.

"Top 3 Stylists in the Untied States" - Vanity Fair Magazine     "Best of Beauty Awards, Best Colorist - Redheads" - New York Magazine

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Shortly after opening Paul quickly expanded his service offering to include a full menu of salon and spa treatments. Paul Labrecque is now recognized as one of the best in beauty for skin, makeup, nails, gentlemen’s grooming and spa services. Paul has personally curated a collection of premium skincare, makeup, spa goods and personal beauty products from around the world including such luxury brands as La Mer, Biologique Recherche Skincare, Cle de Peau Beaute, GHD Tools and Kevyn Aucoin Makeup. The Paul Labrecque Signature Apothecary and website is every beauty savvy enthusiast’s favorite go to one stop beauty shop.

“I love to discover innovative new beauty products from around the world. Nothing is more exciting than finding the next great skin or hair product that really works” 

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Paul’s beauty philosophy centers around the premise that style, cut and color should simply reflect an individual’s own personality. Fashion forward and sexy, yet comfortable to wear and easy to maintain. His expertise as a master cutter and colorist exemplifies this, as does the Paul Labrecque premium hair care collection. Paul embraces this “simpler is better” approach to beauty, hair care and style as the best way to celebrate an individual’s own unique personality and natural beauty.

Paul launched his premium hair care collection in 2007 with great success. Tested by Paul Labrecque at Paul Labrecque his premium line of hair care products are designed to solve everyday hair challenges without all the fuss. After years of rigorous in salon testing, Paul developed six distinct product lines to address the unique needs of every hair type. Each line is comprised of a simple 4-step regimen that works synergistically to deliver dramatic results for truly sexy sophisticated hair. Effortless beauty at its best.

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"Mentoring new talent energizes me. I love working with young stylists to help them develop and grow into their careers. We learn from each other. I find it so rewarding to educate, train and share my experience."

Paul’s business philosophy has always been about giving back and paying it forward. Paul takes great pride in mentoring and supporting new talent through education and training. Paul’s in salon training academy is considered one of the best in New York and has launched many successful careers. Education through inspiration is his motto. He works closely with beauty school graduates offering his time, expertise and knowledge of the business while training and mentoring each student as they begin their careers. Those committed enough to complete his 2 year training program are awarded with a much sought after chair on the floor after graduating to a Junior Stylist or Colorist. His extensive training program has been designed to teach salon professionals exceptional skill and technique at all levels of our business.  A comprehensive curriculum prepares each graduate for a long and successful career in the beauty business. Our standards and expectations are high but the pay off is rewarding both financially and professionally. 

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Throughout the year Paul gives back his time in supporting many worthwhile charities such as Locks for Love and Sanctuary House for Families. He works closely with special needs clients battling cancer or alopecia and others that are home bound and unable to come to the salon with personal home visits. His annual holiday event brings together the PL beauty team for a night of makeovers for battered women looking to re-start their lives in the work force. A truly rewarding evening as each woman is pampered with an evening of beauty treatments. Now in its 12th year this event has helped build the self confidence and esteem of dozens of women.

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Whether it’s working with New York’s elite clientele or prepping hair for New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Paul is considered one of the most creative stylists and colorists in New York City. Year after year, New York Magazine and Time Out NY have named Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa in their widely read "Best of Beauty" issues. The New York Times has recognized Paul as a leader in discovering the newest and most advanced hair-styling, color techniques, massage and body-treatments. Paul Labrecque’s signature line of luxury hair-care products has won similar accolades and media coverage for their simple to use, low-maintenance, restorative qualities. Beauty editors, television producers and celebrity stylists, impressed with Paul’s forerunning industry expertise and abilities, have taken note. Paul’s quotes and work regularly appear in national consumer magazines including Vanity Fair, In Style, Allure, Cosmopolitan, W, Elle, Town & Country, GQ, and Vogue to name just a few. Paul’s television appearances include the CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, Today Show, The View, MTV, VHI, Queer Eye, makeovers on the popular Fashion Emergency, E Channel, Regis & Kelly Live and appearances on ABC, NBC and CBS local and network television.