When publicist Gigi Arjomand relocated from Los Angeles to New York, she noticed a dearth in salons that offer affordable blowouts. To rectify the situation, she opened one herself, modeled after the blow-dry bars that have become so popular in California. All-white chandeliers hang from the sky-blue ceiling, and five mod leather salon chairs contrast with the otherwise charming shabby-chic decor. The main draw is the salon’s signature Couture blowout ($45), a bouncy blow-dry that’s just one price regardless of the length or texture of your hair. The stylists work exclusively with Bumble and bumble products, and the entire hair-care line is for sale, including the same Bb. Prep styling ($18) and Bb. Shine On finishing sprays ($25) that are used in the service. Arjomand aims to make Haute Air a girly gathering place; as such, patrons are provided with cookies, macaroons and pralines from Mariebelle, alongside a gratis glass of champagne. On Thursdays from 4 to 8pm, stop by for the weekly high tea, featuring both hot and iced teas, spiked lemonade, cucumber sandwiches and discounted blowouts for $30. While walk-ins are welcome for blow-drys, you’ll need to make an appointment to take advantage of the salon’s other services, such as keratin treatments ($300), deep conditioning ($10), scalp massages ($20) and hair feathers ($15 each, three for $40).
|Venue name:||Haute Air|
20 Thompson St
|Cross street:||at Grand St|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–8pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, 1 to Canal St|