The Best Salons in Dallas
Some like it bouncy. Others neat and straight. But everyone wants a great head of hair. We searched for the best local salons and found 10 that made the cut.
Hair by Charlie
Price spent seven years in Manhattan doing hair for editorial shoots,
and he returns twice a year to create Fashion Week runway looks for the
likes of Billy Reid. But don’t let his bona fides give you the wrong
impression. His soulful Design District salon is decidedly pretension
free. Tucking in for a cut and color in the rough-luxe space, outfitted
with cowhide rugs, antique furniture, industrial lighting, and stacks of
oversize fashion tomes by Arlington interior designer Jessica McIntyre,
feels a bit like hanging out in your hippest friend’s Brooklyn
apartment. Only here, after a glass of wine and some conversation, you
leave with really great hair.
The salon, always
buzzing with blow-dryers and chitchat, is spacious, equipped with 20
stations to accommodate 40 stylists, each of whom is skilled at both cut
and color, so there’s no need to book multiple appointments. Upon first
sight, the parking situation looks grim, but pull up to the Hotel
Palomar for free valet. Dapper fellows can’t get enough of the plasma
TVs and convenient hours—open until 10 pm every night of the week except
Sunday. Don’t be surprised by celebrity sightings. We may have spied
Troy Aikman munching on Goldfish at the bar.
In an airy cottage on
a leafy Uptown street, hair savant Tanya Carpenter has created a
buzzing salon with a knack for attracting top talent, including a cadre
of French stylists chatting in their native tongue while they expertly
snip your locks (adding a serious dose of chic to your regular trim).
You’ll likely leave happy no matter whom you book with, but it seems
every time we inquire about a chic girl’s tresses, they give credit to
Tru’s new additions Kimmi Peacock and Kristin Miller.
Scott Witmer, a former Toni & Guy art director, has styled the
famous heads of stars like Fergie, Nicole Richie, Adam Lambert, and, as
of late, Molly Quinn from ABC’s Castle. But despite Witmer’s client
list, the salon feels surprisingly down to earth. Sure, it’s
sophisticated, with its white-washed palette, black wall sconces, and
sleek styling stations, but you won’t be intimidated. On top of keeping
current on celebrity styles and participating in Fashion Week, Witmer
creates looks for local fashion shows, so you can be sure your cut and
color are modern and executed with the latest methods and tools.
Muse the Salon
This 5-year-old hair spot on Henderson Avenue
maintains a sophisticated setting, a laid-back vibe, and a talented team
of stylists. Founded by hair gurus Cris Baadsgaard and Garrett (yes,
just Garrett), Muse offers a variety of services using top-notch
products (like Oribe) at surprisingly reasonable price points—our last
cut rang up at $60, including tip. We like that they have stylists who
are masters of long locks and are able to give us manageable long layers
with a side of relationship advice. If you’re interested in picking up a
few hair care pointers, just ask. Tips and tricks are on the house.