Hair by Charlie
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.
Owner 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.