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Paris and Berlin: Hair salon recommendations by locals

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Wafferkess salon Paris
The edy-cool and homey Wafferkess salon in Paris. Photos by Theadora Brack

By Theadora Brack in Paris—

According to the localites in Paris, it’s never too early to plan your post-été holiday look, so why not start by getting your locks styled while out globe trekking? What better souvenir of your travels than a new you? Your baggage allowance and mirror will thank you!

Got pixie fever from watching Jean Seberg in “Breathless”? Longing for a dramatic Audrey Hepburn “all off” moment after watching the haircut scene in “Roman Holiday” over and over? Or perhaps you’re hankering for just an easy, breezy trim? I can help.

From Paris to Berlin, I’ve asked a few of my au courant friends to drop the names of their favorite salons and hairdressers. Cheapos, crank up your printers!

Wafferkess salon

Vincent and Riagh at the Wafferkess salon

Paris

1. Wafferkess
98 rue des Martyrs, 18th arrondissement (Metro: Abbesses)
01 42 55 66 15

As a fan of independently-owned hair salons, I usually walk the streets until I spot one with a funky vibe. Currently I’ve been taking my auburn locks to coiffeur Riagh at the Wafferkess salon. Edgy-cool and homey, the decades-old studio is decked out in original art, along with traces left over from its former life as a boucherie.

A friend of Lady Gaga’s hair stylist, the charismatic Riagh speaks English, so feel free to ask him about what’s on the shiny hair horizon. And let’s not forget to mention his signature shampoo and massage! It’s divine, I must confess.

Tips: Request just a cut without the blow dry and deep conditioner treatment. He’ll knock a few euros off the bill. Also, schedule your appointment two weeks prior to your trip.

Musée Hall Saint Pierre

Martine at Musée Hall Saint Pierre

2. Audebert Coiffure
88 boulevard Saint-Germain, 5th arrondissement, (Metro: Cluny-Sorbonne)
01 46 34 14 76

One of my favorite fashion icons in Paris is Martine Lusardy, Directrice of the Musée Halle Saint Pierre in Montmartre. From head to toe, her style and garb are always classic and flawless, especially when she wears her pristine white lab coat while installing shows at the museum. She’s witty, too.

But would she give us the name of her hair stylist? I wasn’t sure. You see, not everyone divulges such beauty secrets, Cheapos. But I am happy to report that she did! Martine highly recommends Jean-François at Audebert Coiffure in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood.

Tips: Again, try to set your appointment two to three weeks prior to your trip! Also, stop by Halle Saint Pierre. Housed in a former 19th-century food market, HSP boasts a café with my favorite view of Sacré Coeur as well as one of the coolest art bookshops in the city. Try the quiche!

Berlin

3. Hair Müller
10115 Berlin, Germany (Subway: Rosenthaler Platz)
Tel: 030 24083408

It’s now time to hot foot it to Berlin, and catch up with triple-threat Angelika Grundler. A fashion photographer in New York, Paris and Berlin, she’s also now the manager of the super cool, irresistible band Modern Earl. Plus she’s a yoga instructor. Beautiful and finicky, Angelika responded to my shout out for recommendations in nanoseconds.

“I am getting haircuts at Hair Müller by Nico, the young, really talented owner. It is an independent hair place and it has great prices! For example, I get a cut, highlights (he paints them in without foil so there are less roots), washing, and styling all for €70! For his quality in New York I would pay $200 and up.”

“He is great with color. Plus, he uses products that are are also environmentally friendly. Oh, yes, he also takes his time washing your hair, massaging the head while you rest in a vibrating chair! Last time I almost fell asleep. Hair Müller is located in a great neighborhood, surrounded by a lot of cute restaurants, art galleries, and shops.”

I’m there! How about you, Cheapos?

Nicola and Acacio strike a pose

4. Acacio da Silva
Berlin, hairbyacacio@gmail.com

While we’re in Berlin, let’s also visit Nicola Sczers. Another triple-threat beauty, she’s a makeup stylist, teacher and artist. “One day the god of hair, Acacio da Silva from Brazil, cut my hair. And woman, I tell you I felt thinner and younger, like a top model. He even changed the texture of my hair, so now it really moves. Since then I am addicted to him.”

Cheapos, are your hearts beating quickly, too? I know! Immediately I got him on the horn and asked what was going on the Berlin hair scene. “At the moment I like very much the ‘short and messy’ style, following the hair’s natural tendencies. It’s not a haircut, it’s a live sculpture on a living person.”

Deeply immersed in the fashion and advertising worlds for decades, Acacio plans to open his own hair studio later on this year, one boasting an intimate, warm living room or boudoir vibe. In the meantime, the engaging “hair doctor” will make hotel calls anywhere in Berlin.

Tips: Contact Acacio at hairbyacacio@gmail.com two to three weeks prior to your trip. He usually charges €90, but if you identify yourself as a “Cheapo,” he’ll give you a special rate. A “cut and go” without a blow-dry starts at €55, while the haircut with the blow-dry starts at €85. Rate includes travel to your hotel. Yes, I have a crush, too!

Your hair salon tip sheet?

Cheapos, do you have a beloved hair stylist or shop? Do spill! Milano? New York City? Chicago? San Francisco? London? Amsterdam? Represent and share the details in the comments box below.

About the author

Theadora Brack

About the author: Theadora Brack is a writer working in Paris. Her fiction has appeared in more than 30 literary publications, including 3AM International, The Smoking Poet, Beloit Fiction Journal, Mid-American Review, and the Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal.

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