- $125 for a Brazilian blowout ($550 value)
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Paul Nash Salon
Brands Used: Brazilian blowout and Brazilian Blowout Zero
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking garage
Handicap Accessible: No
Good for Kids: Yes
Pro Tip: Work outside on my sunny patio. No fumes no formaldehyde. Very relaxed atmosphere
Paul Nash, titular stylist and owner of Paul Nash Salon, might actually make a good detective. He begins each haircut with a brief investigation, consulting with clients to get a sense of their personality, analyze their facial structure, learn what they do for a living, and what kind of time they have to spend on stylistic upkeep. He factors each of these clues into the recommendations he makes. "[It's] all about balance," he says. He follows this formula to help clients figure out whether they want color or highlights, a hair-smoothing treatment or hair extensions.
The amount of information requested might seem a little intimidating, but Paul keeps things very casual. Apart from being a masterful conversationalist, he invites clients to sit outside on his sunny patio as he works. He also avoids the use of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, ensuring that hair remains healthy, the air stays fresh, and the world's supply of formaldehyde stays in the hands of responsible biology teachers.