It’s officially summer in Brooklyn, folks, which means trips to the beach, free outdoor concerts, films and you looking fresh and sun-kissed on every scene…that is, once you book your summer hair cut, get shiny with a new color, clean it up with a wax, and more. Williamsburg prepped you for spring, and now Park Slope is here to get you started for summer: six salons from 5th Ave. to 7th and 16th St. to Lincoln Pl. are offering discounts to first-time clients who mention Brokelyn from today through July 3. Book your appointment stat so you don’t waste any time not lookin’ your best out there in the warm.
Ever wonder what it would be like to get your hair cut without getting it wet first? At Slope Suds, a cozy neighborhood salon in the South Slope, owner Karla Mironov and senior stylist Milla can do your ‘do using the John Sahag dry cutting method, which results in a more precise cut than the traditional wet cut (but they do those as well.) Curly-haired girls, book with senior stylists Alan or Milla. For vibrant, trending color, ask for Amanda, and for buttery highlights and seamless ombre, resident color expert, Nicki, who works weekends. Junior stylist and “rising star” Nallely excels at dapper men’s cuts and fashionable ladies’ styles. While you’re there don’t forget to check out Mironov’s new line, Karla Jean Luxe body care. The Jasmine Grapefruit and Bergamot Sugar Whip sounds delicious, err, for the skin.
Medusa Salon is the spot to give yourself over fully to the goddesses of hair. You’ll leave with a wild new ‘do and the confidence to turn men to stone. The funky 7th Avenue salon with versions of Gil Levgren pin-up girls painted on the walls and cut-out collages from vintage magazines lining the cabinets has a girl power vibe that will inspire you to take a risk with your locks. Get wild for summer with a Manic Panic color treatment—semi-permanent dye in loud, vibrant shades— or a custom-made weave for that extra kink you’ve always wanted. Of course, Medusa offers the range of traditional services, cuts, color, keratin treatments, blow outs, up-dos, and more, so if you want to play it straight, they’ve got you covered. The team of stylists powers their cuts with a punk rock flare and shear know-how. Chandeliers and velvet sofas make for a festive atmosphere.
When Lithuanian-born Ella Auerbakh came to Brooklyn in 1987, a conservatory trained pianist with a one-year-old baby, she pursued a secondary degree as an esthetician to make ends meet. She’s now the owner of two 7th Avenue salon and spa destinations, Elan which she opened in 1993, and Venelle in 2009 (see below). The cheery space with hard wood floors and exposed brick is a full service hair salon as well as providing spa services like massages, facials, waxing and nails. Facials all employ plant-based products and minerals to soothe and exfoliate; try the Plantogen Healing Manuka Honey Layered Facial, which works wonders for acne or oily-prone skin. Elan provides both smooth wax and hard wax services—the latter applies wax directly to your skin without using strips, which might be a good option for the faint of heart.
If the fact that Dhaga Aveda Salon offered half-price hair cuts and donated the proceeds to cancer patients isn’t reason enough to patronize it, the services alone sound too good to pass up. How about a chocolate wax that will leave your skin silky instead of red and irritated? There’s a whole menu just for “Aveda Hair Treats.” The Scalp Soother is an exfoliating head massage using wintergreen-derived salicylic acid to remove itchy build-up. Curly haired girls: look to stylists Reina Goodrich and Grace Anne Baptiste, who are Deva Curl certified. If you want to go for color, you’ve got highlights to gloss to balayage and ombre options to choose from, all conducted with plant-based Aveda color products that are easy on your mop.
437 7th Ave. (at 15th Street)
Deal: 20% off any service of at least $30; 25% off two or more services Mondays-Fridays for new clients who mention Brokelyn through July 3
With black and white walls, tarnished metal lockers and hard wood floors, this South Slope salon has a sleek, bare bones aesthetic, leaving it to your hair as the main event. The multicultural team prides itself on accommodating all kinds of coifs, with a motto of “Yes, we do your type of hair!” Owner Wendy Smith is a Park Slope native, old-school when it comes to Brooklyn but current when it comes to hair, a color expert who continuously trains with John Paul Mitchell and attends hair shows as often as she can. Bohemia also offers waxes, threading and facials, so take advantage of the 25% off discount by combining two or more different services. Cash tips only please.
Ella Auerbakh’s second Slope spa and salon has a bright energy when you walk in, with shiny wood floors and a rose-colored antique sofa. Meander back where you’ll find a long hallway with a Persian rug and olive green walls, and a lush carpeted staircase leading up to the second-floor hair salon, and you’ll feel like you’ve happened upon an enchanted sorority house. This is a place to be pampered and forget. The green-certified spa employs a holistic approach— the all organic facials use fruits and herbs and medicinal plants, like the Rose hip and Maize Exfoliating C Facial treatment, which draws upon rose hip’s high Vitamin C content and soothing benefits to restore balance to the skin. (It comes in a “spicy version” that adds lime and paprika.) Waxing options run the gamut, from head to toe, so dive in and take off what you don’t need.