Jo Castagna & Tom Kollar
Like our namesake island, a visit to Tortola Salon is a rejuvenating getaway. Even if it’s just an hour out of a hectic day, you’ll leave feeling more relaxed, upbeat and good about yourself.
Tortola Salon is in the heart of TriBeCa. We opened here in 1983 with the area’s artists, designers and performers as our first customers. Many clients have been visiting us for years, which we consider the highest praise of all.
We don’t believe in dictating styles or looks. Instead, we listen, get to know you, and work on a direction together. It’s a more intimate, personal approach to hair care.
Please call to set up an appointment or just drop by and say hello.
Hair should be easy, look beautiful, and be flattering. It can be stylish without being trendy. Thanks to new products and treatments, hair is healthier than ever before. That vitality – in its bounce, shine, texture – will say you take care of yourself and make an effort to put your best forward.
Everyone holds the secret to looking great within themselves. We help bring that out by observing and listening, and by matching innovative treatments and techniques with how you really live. We draw upon your inner energy, care for it briefly and return it, restoring a feeling of healthful radiance.
It’s about you.
At Tortola, we want to help you feel good about yourself. We’ll direct you to the right cut, style, color or treatment so you present yourself with confidence. After all, your hair is just one piece of a total picture. Be who you are.
A welcoming place.
More than a neighborhood salon, we are welcoming. It’s our diversity that enriches what we do. Whether in blue jeans, a ball gown or a business suit, we treat everyone the same way, which is how we want to be treated.
Our salon is open and modern, and equally comfortable for men and women. In fact, a third of our clients are men. The atmosphere is relaxed and pressure-free. We have close relationships with many of our clients and work with three generations of some families.
Our business is personal and professional. Our clients count on us for an occasional last-minute appointment, confidential and candid advice, and a fresh, genuine effort to help you look and feel your best.
We respect you and your time, and appreciate your trust and patronage. We also respect our employees. Most of all, we cherish all the moments, gestures and considerations that make each day a gift.
Born in NYC • First salon job was actually two – one on 57th St. and the other in the Five Towns. • The hairstylist I trained with on 57th St was one of the city’s top three at the time. He taught me how to be creative, that not everything had to be a formula • I’m most inspired by Italy, from ancient Rome to La Dolce Vita to now • “In this business, you always have to learn and I’m still learning” • Love TriBeCa’s artistic beginnings, its creative energy, the light, air and sky, the quiet • In my spare time I like to read, go to the theater, study Italian • Secret styling tip: listen to your clients • “A haircut is only perfect if the person wearing it feels good” • If I didn’t love cutting and styling hair, I’d be a therapist, real estate agent or architect • Always be honest, care for the people around you, and never lose your spiritual self
Born in NYC • First salon job was in SoHo in the late 1970s • Most inspired by the creative people I’ve met – painters, sculptors, designers – especially in those early years • Learned through my diverse range of clients how to communicate and get people to open up about what they want for themselves and their hair color • In my spare time I design jewelry, read non fiction and go antiquing • Secret color tip: “Try to enhance your natural color – apply highlights a shade or two from your natural color so you don’t have to repeat it in four weeks” • If I didn’t love the art of coloring, I’d design jewelry with colored stones • Sometimes in life you really do experience the kindness of strangers; since you can’t reciprocate with that person, you can repay them by passing it on to someone else