You could say Melanie Allen knows a thing or two about good hair. As the Marketing Manager and Content Editor of My Best Friend’s Hair—which helps readers find awesome stylists, salons and products—Melanie is particularly knowledgeable about all things ‘do. That’s why this week she’s giving us the scoop on salon etiquette, growing out your bangs, and more.
In our fast-paced, phone-addicted world, it can be easy to forget about our manners. But etiquette matters! Like most service providers, stylists see their fair share of rude customers. Keep your manners intact and your stylist happy by following these tips.
Essie’s new flagship salon on New York City’s Upper East Side. Photo: vogue.com
Nail guru Essie Weingarten, creator of beloved Essie nail polishes, is at long last opening a salon all her own in New York City. The new nail spot, located inside the Samuel Shriqui salon on East 65th Street, is a cheery, calming respite from the chaos of the Big Apple.
We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
It’s no secret that the ladies of Birchbox are smitten with braided 'dos—and I share their affection. In fact, the braid craze is at its peak here in L.A., and a bevy of salons now offer styling services dedicated to these trendy twists. The next time you find yourself on the West Coast, be sure to stop by one of these hot spots to step up your braid game.
Nine Zero One Salon
901 Westbourne Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This place is special in my heart because their Braid Bar will hook you up with any style under the sun for $25 a pop! And these guys are wizards at it—case in point above. I received so many inquiries the day Nine Zero gave me this half-up look, which their stylist whipped up in about six minutes.
Photo: The Fashion Spot
I have an irrational fear of going to the hair salon. The prospects of leaving with a surprise mullet that I didn’t want (or ask for) makes me delay getting my haircut for months on end. To make matters worse, I’ve yet to find a trustworthy hair stylist despite the fact that I live in NYC, a city where there are more salons than taxi cabs. As a chronic salon hopper, I find myself submitting to each new stranger’s scissors with a racing heart and sweating palms. The experience is far from relaxing, and my tendency to blabber tends to kick in sometime between the shampoo and the first snip. Over the years, I’ve shared way too much with nodding stylists: the names of my first pets, the woes of being single, my Social Security number (just kidding about the last one). Luckily, I found this helpful article about the rules that every woman should follow to avoid awkwardness at the salon. Read on for our recap!
New York’s Warren Tricomi salon
Here’s a question for you: I’m thinking of getting my eyebrows tinted. Crazy idea? Where should I do it?
Wide-Eyed in Manhattan
Dear Wide-Eyed in Manhattan,
Eyebrow tinting is a fairly tricky thing and can be dangerous if not done properly. First things first, it should never - never - be done at home. If you’re going to dabble in lightening or darkening brows, always go to a salon where the specialize in the service. Julie Tussey, at New York’s Warren Tricomi salon, is one of the city’s top brow gurus. She is a huge fan of brow tinting as long as it’s done properly. “The tints are safe,” she says. “It’s a product that is created specifically for usage on brows and it doesn’t get anywhere near the eyes.” It’s also not just glopped onto the brow. Tussey paints on the color systematically, using different amounts depending on what kind of effect she wants. “I can tweak the color to really match the hair and then I apply the tints to different parts of the brow so I can get a nice shape.” In between appointments, Tussey recommends using a colored eyebrow gel to maintain the color, like Laura Mercier’s brow definer, which comes in a pot, or Anastasia’s Tinted Brow Gel, which comes in five shades. Good luck and tint happy!