It feels like it’s been a minute since Dallas had anything truly buzzy going on hair-wise. The past couple of years have been heavily skincare-focused (hello, Credo, Cos Bar, and bluemercury), with little major changeups in the local salon scene.
2018 is shaping up to be a different story, thanks to the openings of three need-to-know studios from some of our city’s most beloved hairdressers, each helping to craft a Dallas look that doesn’t necessarily conform to the Big Texas Hair stereotype.
Here, we break them down.
Hairstory Studio Dallas
You may have heard whispers of Hairstory’s revolutionary New Wash, the detergent-free product intended to replace shampoo and conditioner forever. Just a few years ago, a Hairstory salon made waves in Manhattan for its relaxed, experiment-encouraging vibes, and even opened a second salon in the Flatiron district last year.
Hairstory’s Dallas studio is the brand’s first location outside of New York City, and it’s in good hands with local hairdresser Beau Bollinger. After working as an ambassador for Hairstory for three years, Bollinger had reached a breaking point: he’d become too busy working with the company to do the thing he loved. “At heart, I’m a hairdresser first,” says Bollinger. “Eli Halliwell [the CEO of Hairstory] said, ‘Let’s try to open a salon so that way you can stay connected to the brand, and we can stay connected to you.’”
Aesthetically in line with its New York counterparts, Hairstory Studio Dallas settled into a good portion of the former Milk & Honey space on Henderson Avenue, featuring a handful of hairdressers Bollinger has known for years, along with minimalist, sartorial illustrations by Ruben Burgess Jr. that perfectly suit the studio.
It’s worth a visit to enjoy the space and conversation alone, but for anyone who’s interested in making the switch to Hairstory products, a little education at the studio could be a hair care game changer.
Global Group Hairdressing
We’ll admit, we actually didn’t know about Global Group Hairdressing until just recently, and that’s on us! The beautiful Design District salon has been open for a about eight months now, and is the latest venture from industry veteran Garrett Lemmons, who recently sold three of his salons, including Muse on Henderson Avenue, to open the new, luxe space. (For Bravo watchers, he also happens to be the hair guru behind Cary Deuber’s thick, enviable locks.)
Only four of Lemmons’ longtime employees or assistants are stationed inside as of now, creating an intimate and collaborative environment. Global Group Hairdressing is also one of two salons in the nation currently offering Sisley Paris’ brand new Hair Rituel line (the other salon is Yves Durif in New York City), majorly upping the luxe factor.
Co. Bar from Charlie + Co.
If you’ve visited Charlie + Co.’s Design District space (formerly known as Hair by Charlie) on a Friday afternoon, you’ve witnessed a salon that’s busting at the seams. Fortunately, founder Charlie Price, who’s worked his mane magic on everyone from Charlize Theron to Gigi Hadid, will move across the street this March, more than doubling the size of his studio.
He’s still keeping his current address though, and will transform the space into a blow-dry bar, Co. Bar, where his team can deliver the salon’s sought-after signature look to Dallasites on the go. “The vibe is more minimalistic and effortless,” says Price. “Get it done on the weekend and it wears through midweek.”
Co. Bar also offers Price the opportunity to train more young hair dressers (with the occasional assist from famous friends such as Riawna Capri and Dominick Serna) who hope to earn a chair at Charlie + Co. “The goal isn’t just for them to blow dry hair,” says Price. “We want to turn them into the next best hair dressers; the next best colorists; the next Charlies of our city.”