Fraiche Hair salon aims to make waves

You could say that a new hair salon has given the 1860 Cannon House a breath of fresh air. Actually, the first part of the salon's name, Fraiche Hair, fittingly means "fresh" in French, according to owner Lynn Flaster.

"Cannon House is being reborn," said Ms. Flaster, of her salon at 436 Danbury Road.

She described the salon as the kind of "upscale destination for beautiful hair" typically found in Manhattan but which now inhabits the historic Wilton building. "It's like a place in the city, but without all the noise and hustle and bustle," said Ms. Flaster, a journalist and owner of Lynn Flaster Communications. "It's a very peaceful place where you can relax and get your hair done and have a cup of coffee or a glass wine."

Ms. Flaster said it has taken about year to renovate the building, which most recently housed the Renfrew Center, which provided education and treatment for eating disorders, depression, and women's issues. The center moved to Greenwich.

The renovated hair salon features a Waterford crystal chandelier in the reception area, fireplaces, and fresh flowers.

Maria Rivera is artistic director and manager, and she is joined by stylists Julia DeMato and Tunde Jakab.

"They want our customers to look picture-prefect," Ms. Flaster said.

Ms. DeMato may look familiar to customers. She was a finalist on season two of American Idol, known as "the hairdresser from New York," although she is actually a Brookfield resident, she said.

"I love singing, but I also love doing hair," said Ms. DeMato.

"Our knowledgeable and with-it stylists specialize in the latest in style, color, cut, and treatments," said Ms. Flaster. "We use very high-quality products from Oribe, Wella, Sebastian and other smoothing treatments."

Hours are flexible to accommodate customers' schedules and busy lifestyles, and the salon also assists with events such as proms and weddings, she said.

Jewelry, hair ornaments and other accessories are also available.

A Westport resident, Ms. Flaster has worked as a talk show host for Connecticut Public Broadcasting, and as a print and radio reporter for several other media outlets. She covered the White House and Congress for national news services. Her husband, John Paul, is a lawyer in Wilton.

The salon was "an idea that presented itself" as she drove past the Cannon House building, Ms. Flaster said. "It's a midlife brainstorm."

Eventually, she also would like to use space in her salon to serve "as a showcase for local artists," Ms. Flaster said.

Information: 201-529-3777.