The aroma of percolating coffee drifts from the espresso bar past sleepy-eyed Buddha statues as the in-house DJ spins a never-ending sonic web of music. Though these decadent details lend the sprawling, deep-brown surroundings the chic feel of an art gallery or café, it is SEVEN Salon that calls the space home. Focused on bolstering energy and rejuvenation rather than relaxation, a seasoned crew of stylists bustles about the refined salon throughout the day, drawing on styling skills they learned under the tutelage of Graham Breakwell, former stylist to the likes of Paul McCartney and The Who.
Though she's been styling hair for 28 years, the last five marked a significant turning point in Kim Whitted's career. Five years ago, the Meche Organic Salon owner made the switch to organic products and carved out a niche for herself as a purveyor of hairdos that are as healthy as they are chic. Working out of her private suite at Grapevine Salons, Kim cuts, colors, and conditions hair using products that are 100% ammonia-free and never tested on animals, stuffed or otherwise. Her salon is also a registered distributer of Arbonne skincare products, which are vegan-certified and formulated without parabens.
MargiDavid Salon was founded in 1989, back when salon websites were merely pages in the phonebook that could only be clicked on with a ballpoint pen. However, the salon's associates are as up to date as can be, frequently traveling to new cities for continued education, especially with the Oribe haircare line. Their commitment to stay abreast of the latest trends is evidenced by the many modern 'dos that emerge from the salon, although the stylists can also use their shears and razors to top their clients' heads with classic looks.
Ten Pachi Modern Salon owner Dot Hachey had two aims when she opened for business. One, she wanted to bring a touch of New York to her University District location, and two: to create a space where both men and women can feel comfortable receiving high-end hairstyling services. By all accounts, Hachey has succeeded at both, working inside a sleek salon space that’s decked out in wood, glass and leather, while offering unisex haircuts, styling and colorings that can still manage to meet a working-person’s budget. Services are simple and straightforward, from light trims to entire haircut makeovers, including coloring and a variety of chemical treatments.
If barbershops were like restaurants, Capelli’s Gentleman’s Barbershop would be a classic Sinatra-era steakhouse. Brown leather chairs, flat screen TVs and old-timey black barber chairs let clients know they are in for a classic cut. It’s a place where well-groomed mean are celebrated as responsible fellows who know that the ceremony of a hard-to-find straight razor shave, a proper haircut and a beard trim are themselves the stuff of masculinity and dapper style. With waxing for ears and brows, scalp massages and a reinvented take on the manicure (that’s the “MANicure”), this stylish joint has its loyal clean-shaven clients singing in the rain.