The Bird House

Health and beauty Gowanus
5 out of 5 stars
The Bird House
Photograph: Courtesy Jane Bruce

Getting your mane on-point in New York is both a luxury and a challenge. Sure, our city is coated with high-end salons filled to the brim with chairs and stylists offering pristine (but pricey) services ranging from cool-girl cuts to My Little Pony dye jobs. But what if you’re searching for a completely trustworthy spot, which offers a more personal experience and won’t cripple your bank account? That’s why folks go to The Bird House—a euphoric, appointment-only lady den located in Gowanus—which treats its customers (even the newbies) like part of their tribe. Fitting, since the salon is deeply rooted in family ties. Upon meeting owners, sisters and besties Brooke Jordan Hunt and Nicci Jordan Hubert, you’ll no longer feel as if you’re getting your hair done: The experience is like grabbing drinks and gabbing with your best gal pals, with the added bonus of leaving looking like a million bucks. Hunt and Hubert make you feel right at home by offering an assortment of free beverages, including tea, soda, water and champagne during your services. The intimate studio boasts four chairs, in which you can get cuts ($80–$115), color ($120–$155), balayage highlights (start at $170), blowouts ($35–$65) or a restorative Olaplex treatment ($85) that prevents damage and repairs your mane. The owners definitely want to make sure you feel warm and welcome as well as beautiful and confident when you leave. (A hairdresser and colorist that actually cares and listens to your needs? Consider yourself #blessed.) After sipping, chatting and receiving the head massage of your dreams, make sure to eye up your new ’do in the restroom—but bring your camera! You’re going to want to pose for the perfect, femme-powered selfie using the always-appreciated lighted mirror. Oh, and the stunning wallpaper picturing tasteful, naked lady silhouettes is the perfect backdrop.


Venue name: The Bird House
Address: 126 10th St

Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10am–8pm, Wed 10am–8:30pm; Sat 9am–7pm, Sun 10am–7pm
Price: $$$
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