A Perfect Ten
Men’s grooming in an eco-friendly atmosphere proves to be a winning combination at Dieci Uomo.
Men with a penchant for healthy living can experience the ultimate in grooming at Dieci Uomo in Livingston, NJ. The 4,000-square-foot multilevel salon and spa is part of Dieci Companies, which also includes Livingston’s Dieci Lifestyle Spa and Dieci Colori Cosmetics. Opened in November 2013, the salon offers cuts, color, hot shaves, nail services, waxing, facials and massages, all designed with male clients in mind, according to Marie Gaglioti, who co-owns Dieci Companies with her husband, Paul. In addition to a wide range of services, the salon carries a variety of top-notch products from Jack Black, Arrojo, New York Streets and Nioxin. Haircolor services, such as beard tinting, gray camouflaging, single-process color and highlights, use Wella Professionals color.
Dieci Uomo is not just one of the only salon and spas for men in the area, but its building stands out because it was constructed following green practices and strict standards set by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Gaglioti designed and decorated the salon herself, and she was also instrumental in researching green building practices and coming up with the many sustainable features found throughout, including an eco-lighting system; non-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and finishes; recycled stainless steel accents; low-flow toilets, sinks and showers for reduced water use; designated areas for recycling throughout the space; building materials from local and regional manufacturers; and a soy-based spray insulation for maximum temperature control. Bathroom, locker room and kitchen countertops were designed by the Brooklyn-based company IceStone and are made from recycled glass bottles found in landfills. “You can actually see pieces of beer bottles and Skyy Vodka bottles in the countertops,” says Gaglioti. “They look like granite but are even stronger, as the glass pieces are encased in cement and polished.”
Another impressive feature of the salon is its rooftop courtyard, which features LEED-approved porcelain tiles that help with drainage and provide insulation. “The rooftop is an oasis for relaxation with lounge chairs, comfy seating alongside a fire pit and an outdoor dining table,” Gaglioti says. “This spring, we’ll add a garden and green walls, a grid system of plants and flowers along the terrace walls. Spa music enhances the experience as does the exterior lighting, which is LED Dark-Sky compliant and very soft and peaceful.” ✂ —Nicole Altavilla