Vanessa Damato

As long as I can remember I loved styling hair, at the age of 10 I began coloring although I did not technically understand what I was doing, I knew I loved seeing the results. I pursued a degree in business marketing and management, while I loved hair I thought that a career in hair could take away the fun. Eventually it occurred to me that I should take my passion seriously and I went to beauty school to learn all the ins and outs of hair.
During my education at Brittany Beauty School I won awards for creative up styling, and worked on runway looks for the school. I knew at that point I wanted to do editorial work and my talent was recognized- I was offered a position to join the Paul Mitchel team in Paris.
After graduation I continued my education to perfect my cutting and coloring skills. Soon after I stumbled into a salon specializing in curly hair. I was amazed to learn that cutting and styling curly hair was a skill of its own and needed to be treated much differently than working with straight hair.
I now proudly say that I specialize in curly hair for over three years.  I truly enjoy teaching clients how to work with, embrace and love their curly hair.  My goal is to educate every person who sits in my chair on how to maintain their best curl because 7 out of 10 curly hair clients do not know how to maintain or do there hair.
 I'm truly excited to be apart of the Tomy B Salon of Long Island and can't wait to share my education with you. Hair is what I love to do.

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by JR on Tomy B. Salon
Long Curly Hair
City: Little Neck

I am writing this in detail in hopes that it will help someone else and to show that this is not a made up review to promote the salon. I have grown my hair long and have had great difficulty finding a stylist who knew how to cut it evenly and style it so that it had body and was flattering (didn't just lay there and look like rats tails at the end). Previously I had tried 3 different places and wasted money trying to get a good cut (without schlepping into Manhattan).Additionally, because I like to wear my hair straight, the last 2 summers I had to get Brazilian treatments in order to combat my frizz head caused by our notorious NYC humidity. This year it was no longer an option because I could no longer tolerate the chemicals as I was highly allergic to the treatment.As a result of the bad haircuts and frizz (sans Brazilian) I gave up and just put my hair up in a scrunchy. While this was functional I did not find it flattering and as a result I avoided many social engagements. This did negatively impact my self-confidence.Last month I happened to accidentally use hair spray to scrunch my hair after watching a youtube video on the use of a diffuser. My close friend of over 20 years loved it - even better than when it was straight (which was always my preference). I then realized that I may actually have curly hair vs. frizzy hair. In desperation I started researching online for stylists for long hair that were located more conveniently to me than Manhattan. I then realized that there were stylists that also specialized in curly hair. Instead of just being taken in by salons that looked fancy, had great websites and brands, or talked a good game which was horrendously unsuccessfully, I decided to read as many reviews I could find. I looked for detailed ones that I were more likely real. When I came across Tomy B and read Vanessa's profile and reviews, I decided to take a chance on Vanessa. She was very patient when I called. I spoke to her about my previous negative experiences and reluctance as a result. She answered all of my questions patiently and invited me to come in for a consult, with no strings, to make sure I felt comfortable. She made time for me the same day and took all the time needed. I didn't feel rushed for the next client and she gave me her full undivided attention. She personally attended to every aspect of my visit - to include washing and conditioning my hair- which is not the norm. While doing this she talked me through the new way to approach my hair care regime to accommodate a curly hairstyle, explaining everything she was doing and why. She not only cut and styled it but educated me on how to properly dry it and use product so that I could achieve the same result realistically without high maintenance (I so do not have a lot of time to devote to my hair and also do not have tons of money to spend on "products").My experience with Vanessa really blew me away. My hair looked very similar to those perfect spiral curls I have seen in magazines. Also, the regimen seemed doable for me.At this stage in my life I would not have thought that a hair style could be such a major event (I have experimented with many different phases, styles and lengths over the years). But this seems to be the case now. I am so relieved that I no longer have to stress about my hair and have a chemical free way to deal with humidity. In addition, Vanessa cut my hair so that I can go both curly and straight so I am not locked in.I hope this helps!

by Laura on Tomy B. Salon
My curls love her
City: Bethpage

Vanessa has been cutting and coloring my curly hair for about 3 years now and she is the best!! Not only is she great at what she does she has also managed to become one of my friends her heart is big and I don't just come back to her for the cut and color but for the friendship we established.

by Dee on Tomy B. Salon
Satisfaction guarantee

Vanessa has been doing my hair for many years not only she has a creative eye
She is an amazing colorist. I'm soo blessed to know
You . I keep comming back because I know what
To expect with my hair because she very consistent
And she will never let a client down

Thank you for everything

by Josephine on Tomy B. Salon
Vanessa my hairstylist Woohoo
City: Lindenhurst

Vanessa gave me the haircut that I wanted it to look like. She listens carefully to what you want done and will give her opionion whether it will work for you or not. I recommend my friends and family to her. My hair always comes out amazing when she is done.

by Angel on Tomy B. Salon
Five stars!

Vanessa has been doing my hair for the past four years. Every time my hair comes out amazing! She is trustworthy and creative, I always feel awesome when I leave her chair. She gives professional advice about how to treat my hair and has helped me lessen the damage over the years. I would highly recommend her. She truly cares about your happiness as her client. Thank you vanessa!!!