Spas and salons can spend thousands of dollars in PR campaigns, but the most effective marketing comes via word of mouth. Below, find seven of the most trusted, referred hair salons within Philly city limits, each offering a full menu of services and an equally robust regular clientele.
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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.
4922 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.; (215) 729-2028
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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: precision cuts, color, makeup and Ayurvedic facials, all administered by tattooed stylists.
1339 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.; (215) 278-7613
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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.
1218 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa.; (215) 735-1590
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Part beauty salon, part art gallery, Fringe is marked by a pair of larger-than-life disco scissors 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, which is made even more inviting when Uli, Fringe's resident cat, snakes around your legs when you're in the salon chair.
1901 South 9th St., Philadelphia, Pa.; (215) 339-1778Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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With two salon locations—Washington Square and Graduate Hospital—American Mortals make claims to being the "world's first 'unsalon.'" 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 pre-services. Check out the salon's unique line of hair products before leaving.
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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, blowdry styles and corrective treatments, all of which are performed by stylists with varying levels of expertise and priced accordingly. Note that tips here are cash-only.
21 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pa.; (215) 923-2272
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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, services make return clients out of both men and women, while apothecary treatments revitalize the hair and scalp with essential oils.
117 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, Pa.; (215) 988-9088