Spas and salons can spend thousands of dollars on marketing campaigns, but the most effective promotion comes via word of mouth. Seven of the most trusted, frequently referred hair salons within the Philly city limits offer a full menu of services and an equally robust roster of regular clients.
At first glance, Talking Headz might seem like a salon meant only for the hipster set, but this laid-back West Philly salon is more than just tattoos and super-affordable hair cuts and color. Promising "rad hair for rad people," Talking Headz does it all, from a kid's very first haircut and blunt bobs to out-there dye jobs incorporating every color of the rainbow.
Occupying a former warehouse space in Fishtown, The Parlour's unique decor infuses old Hollywood glam with a little industrial grit. Think exposed brick walls, vanity lighting, and reclaimed wood furnishings that create a vibe that hints at what's to come as well as precision cuts, color, makeup, and Ayurvedic facials, are all administered by tattooed stylists.
An intimate, light-filled space replete with painted white brick hosts André Richard Salon, a full-service salon with a lengthy menu of services. Under the direction of master stylist and salon founder André Richard Baldini, expert stylists perform cuts and color, waxing, extensions, and special occasion hair and makeup. Men are part of the regular clientele, making this Washington Square salon even more in demand—appointments are necessary.
Part beauty salon, part art gallery, Fringe is marked by a pair of larger-than-life disco-style hair shears above the entrance. Whether you're in search of a simple trim or a rock star dye job, you'll find it at this unpretentious East Passyunk Avenue salon—made even more inviting when Fringe's resident cat snakes around your legs when you're in the salon chair.
Fringe has 2-month rotating art shows featuring local artists' works for sale and lively art openings as part of 2nd Saturdays on East Passyunk Avenue.
With three salon locations—Washington Square, Queen Village, and Graduate Hospital—American Mortals make claims to being the "world's first un-salon." Equally suited to delivering edgy pixie cuts and extensions as it is to highlights and men's fades, American Mortals is the kind of hip, urban spot where you're invited to kick back with a beer, cookies, and candy before your hair care services. Check out the salon's unique line of hair products before leaving.
At Lakshmi, bright orange salon chairs pop against a background of stark white walls, walnut flooring, and glowing track lighting. On the succinct menu at this contemporary, bi-level salon in Old City, cuts, color, blow-dry styles, and corrective treatments, all of which are performed by competent stylists with varying levels of expertise and priced accordingly. Note that tips here are cash-only.
Unpretentious and full of charm, Mirror & Mantel is as well known for its friendly service as it is pro-cuts and color. Relying on vegan, cruelty-free products and services, make return clients out of both men and women, while apothecary-based treatments revitalize the hair and scalp with essential oils.