Who is Vince Smith?


Vince Smith of Vince Smith Hair Experience, NYC brings the artistry of Hair and Makeup to a new plateau.

Originally from Rockville, Maryland, Vince Smith moved to New York City in 1981. His first position as a stylist in NYC was in a salon in the World Trade Center Concourse, back when it really was the center of world trade. The shipping industry was very active then and New York State held offices in the Towers, including the office of then Resident Governor Mario Cuomo. Recruited to work in a salon on the 44th floor of the WTC, Vince watched the building of 7 WTC (the first time), the World Financial Center, and Battery Park City. After seeing a scale model of the development plan, Vince knew that this was where his salon belonged. By 1990, Vince made his professional home on Rector Place in Battery Park City, in Lower Manhattan, where he has built an impressive salon, as well as an impeccable reputation for creativity within the fashion and beauty industries.

A shear genius when it comes to personally working with clients, Vince ensures that the look he creates will reflect his client’s lifestyle and personality, whether it’s classic, trendy or an innovative combination of both. From shiny, luxurious hair color and precision cuts to glamorous Red Carpet-ready hairstyles and makeup, Vince Smith and his Hair Experience Team of talented professionals have received applause from beauty editors, fashion editors, journalists and bloggers on a local, national and international level.

With a passion for knowledge and education, Vince prides himself on his understanding of the physiology and biochemistry of hair. He understands how chemicals, such as hair color, straighteners and bleach, for example, will effect the internal structure of the hair, which makes for predictable results every time. This understanding also makes it possible to maintain the integrity of the hair with every chemical process.

Since the dawning of the Vince Smith Hair Experience, Vince has realized that quality and service are of utmost importance for the success of his business. That is why Vince conducts an in-salon hands-on training program for his staff. It gives him an opportunity to train new hires in cutting, styling, color theory and application, permanent waving, straightening, Brazilian Keratin, up-styling and makeup, as well as facial shape recognition and how to choose the best cut, style and hair color for the client.

Aside from his salon work, Vince co-owns a professional photography studio in Harlem, Ventura Photo NYC, where the promotional, advertising and artistic images of his work and the work of the Team are shot and produced.

As one of the leading hair and makeup professionals in Manhattan, top fashion designers call upon Vince to work backstage during New York Fashion Week. Here, Vince collaborates with the designers to create fresh and unique looks to complement the fashion and then lead the team of artists to get the models runway ready.

Vince Smith has also been recognized for his dedicated community service and scores of charitable involvements, from fundraisers for Multiple Sclerosis Society to helping small businesses hurt during the aftermath of 9/11.

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Vince Smith Hair Experience, 300 Rector Place, NYC, 212.945.1590