4 Hair Salons Where the Design is Even Better Than the Blowouts
Sit back and relax at these chic spaces.
Published Feb 21, 2017 5:00 AM
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There’s more to a hair salon than mere cut and color. Whether you want to brighten your locks at a sleek, modern sanctuary or trim your tresses in a homier space, we’ve got you covered around the world.
NoMad’s Salon Ruggeri is a residential-style salon that seeks to be cozy and welcoming for its clients. Aussie hair stylist and color expert Greg Ruggeri and his partner, interior designer Craig Longhurst, completely restored a former townhouse to create their ideal New York City space. “We were able to design and build to suit us rather than us fitting into an existing space,” says Longhurst of the eclectic interior that features modern millwork softened by traditional paneling and wainscoting. The ever-evolving collection of furnishings includes pieces found through auction houses, modern manufacturers, and even online through Chairish—imagine a Gio Ponti mirror, white Parsons table and Mid-Century chrome etagere. The wallpaper in the front room is from Cole & Son in London, while the back room is newly covered in Fornasetti’s Macchine Volanti, featuring scenes of flying machines and hot air balloons against a blue-sky backdrop. The photographs in the hallway are by Daniela Federici, an Australian photographer who is a friend and client. “We are constantly changing the interior finishes and decor,” says Longhurst. “Sometimes it’s just the placement of the furniture and other times we sell an item and then replace it with something completely different. Keeping everything fresh and in good order is vital to our salon and, I believe, our success. Our clients love discovering new pieces and admiring something that they had missed during an earlier visit.”
Enlisting local architect Adriana Hanna to design its Richmond salon outpost in Melbourne, Hues Hair is anything but a predictable salon space. The carefully considered interiors blend bold and simple geometries with a pleasing color scheme of dusty pink and verdant green. Meanwhile, the Mitchell Group EuroMir anthracite-and-bronze mirrors at each T-shaped cutting station and sculptural yet comfortable furniture—including Eumenes chairs by Paola Navone covered in striking houndstooth and vintage Casalino chairs designed by Alexander Begge for Casala—provide texture and pattern amongst the austere surroundings.
The precast concrete walls and floors are painted in Porter’s Paints’ Green Velvet, while the ceiling tile is painted in Dulux’s Unbleached Calico. Artemide Lesbo table lamps and Seletti Linea lighting round out the location. “The aim of our design was to create a unique space where geometry and bold color combine in harmony,” says the salon’s founder, Jamie Hughes. “The expectation of going to a hair salon is much more than walking out with great hair, it’s an experience.”
The Sally Hershberger | Tim Rogers Salon is an airy and minimalist 5,000-square-foot, floor-through space in NYC’s NoMad neighborhood. Designed by the architect Paul Bennett, who trained under modernist-superstar I.M. Pei, the 28-chair salon boasts charcoal wood floors, stainless-steel hardware, and south-facing windows that flood the space with natural light. Hershberger’s famed art collection, including a showstopping Andy Warhol silkscreen of Mick Jagger and original photography by Bert Stern, Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier, lines the walls.
Bennett used gold-bead rope dividers, black matte walls, and easel-style supports for the floating mirrors to break up the space and give the rooms a disco vibe. “We were really clear on keeping the design very clean and modern,” says Hershberger. “From the front desk and waiting area, to the changing rooms, to the shampoo bowls and the stations, every aspect of the design is made with the customer’s experience in mind.”
The new Mare Salon in Beverly Hills is housed in a renovated bungalow and feels more like a design showroom than a traditional salon. Partners Mara Roszak, Alex Polillo, and Denis De Souza—who are responsible for grooming the likes of Emma Stone, Cara Delevingne, Brie Larson, and Jenna Dewan Tatum—enlisted longtime friend Richard Petit, a principal at the LA–based design group The Archers, to overhaul the existing space with an unparalleled attention to detail. “Since this is a high-end hair salon, we needed to deliver some glamour, which we tried to accomplish with lighting and a copious amount of marble,” says Roszak.
To that end, the salon features a glass-brick façade, skylights that fill the space with sunshine and sleek Oluce sconces. “We tried to make everything pretty and somewhat graphic,” says Polillo. “The space itself is very minimal, so the furniture needed to stand out.” The salon is furnished with pieces from Mid-Century mecca JF Chen, including an Andrée Putman sofa in the waiting area, a Muriel Brandolini cocktail table in the smaller lounge, and a pair of Gio Ponti glass end tables—all of which are for sale. “We tried to choose furniture that would bring out the feel of ‘home’ but would also be appropriate for a salon,” says Roszak of the eclectic mix.