5 Minutes with the Owners of NYC Hotspot — YGallery Salon

Posted September 26, 2014 by in Beauty

I’m not going to lie, I have some serious tress game. My hair is long, shiny, and extremely healthy. Since my hair is the apple of my eye, I only let about five different people touch it, and Yoni Kreger at YGallery Salon is one of them.

I went to see him on a muggy summer day a few months ago after hearing good things. I told him I didn’t want to lose much length, and I wanted the cut to look good if I had to let it air dry. He did just that!

Since I enjoyed my experience so much, I had to go back to learn more about Yoni and co-creator, Yaniv Levy:

After learning in salons from Beverly Hills to Tel Aviv, and getting certified by the top companies such as Vidal Sassoon, Redken and Wella, Yoni and Yaniv were most recently managers of different branches in the biggest chain of hair salons in New York City. Their global experiences not only broadened their design aesthetic, but sharpened their business acumen, promising YGallery Salon to be one of the most successful salons in the city.

Below, Yoni Kreger shares his insights on top hair products and treatments to support luxurious long hair.


What hair products do you think are worth the splurge?

New York Streets Dry Shampoo: It gives your hair a freshen-up. It’s perfect at the end of the day, between the office and an outing, or if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wash your hair. Plus, it smells nice – really helpful if you have been around smoke or food.

New York Streets Hair Repair: This leave-in strengthener helps protect and maintain manageability. Easy to spray-on and go.

ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream: This amazing product is applied to your hair to protect and keep it soft, use after shampoo and conditioner while hair is damp, before styling. In some cases, there is no need for extra products depending on your cut. This is especially good to help repair the hair if it’s over-processed.

Does sulfate-free really matter?

Yes, we recommend sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, especially after a chemical treatment such as keratin or a Brazilian blowout. Additionally, it can keep hair color from fading. There are mixed reviews on the topic, but if you can shampoo and condition with less chemicals, why not?

What are the most popular haircuts so far this year?

We like short haircuts with asymmetric details. Fresh hair colors are very exciting too.

What styles do you think are on their way out? 

We’re over the “graduated bob.”

What are your tips for maintaining long hair?

Start with a healthy cut — trim every two months. Shampoo three times a week, make sure your hair is moisturized. If it’s dry, use a moisture mask.

How should you take care of dry/over-processed hair?

If hair is over-processed, add protein to the hair, such as the ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream. We also highly recommend Keratin treatments and offer them at the salon.

Are expensive blow-dryers worth it?

First of all, a more expensive dryer has a better “motor” inside and can last longer. Additionally an Ionic Ceramic dryer doesn’t burn the hair, where as a low-cost dryer can.

What’s your favorite blow-dryer to use on clients? Why?

We use a variety at the salon, but a new favorite we recommend for our busy clients is the ECRU New York Travel Hair Dryer.