“The Future Of Hairdressing” Is Now—And In The Financial District
Five years ago, at the beginning of my illustrious tenure here at Style.com, I took the plunge and lopped off my mid-back-grazing locks in favor of an asymmetrical, angled bob. It was a complete and total transformation—the likes of which I had not experienced since, as a young child, my mother gave me a boy crop with requisite rattail (it was the early eighties, and the height of fashion, I assure you). I enlisted Thomas Heinz for the cut, and I’ve been an extremely loyal client ever since—so loyal, in fact, I recently conceded to travel to the depths of the Financial District for a trim where Heinz, a German import, moved his intimate atelier (formerly in the Meatpacking District) earlier this year.
“I happened to love Gotham City when I grew up, and this neighborhood always reminded me of what I liked from cartoons,” Heinz explains of his new digs at 80 Nassau Street, a fashion and art hub that houses studios for designers and photographers such as Wes Gordon and Morgan Tyler. In addition to being walking distance from his own apartment, the new location also happens to be a veritable beauty Shangri-la, “a clubhouse for girls,” Heinz jokes, as well as a burgeoning creative collective where his team of eight hairstylists and colorists “are able to work and to have a better life quality. Each artist gets to be his or her own boss. It’s the future of hairdressing,” he elaborates of the airy Mihai Badulescu-designed work-in-progress where the alkalized water will overfloweth, as will a selection of choice Intelligent Nutrients products when the salon becomes one of only a handful of IN-exclusive locations in the country later this year.
Heinz currently carries a selection of Davines and Aestelance products—as well as Magic Move, the cult-favorite hair pomade that will remain a fixture at the salon going forward—but will be transitioning into the organic, food-grade lifestyle brand entirely, stocking its styling aids, as well as its popular Aromatics, which will be offered as oxygen treatments. “They are infused into an oxygenator and you breath them in while you’re getting an express service—like a vaporizer hair steam or a hand treatment,” Heinz explains, adding that an on-site acupuncturist will also soon be a part of his offerings. And lest you forget why you came as you sip an IN Intellimune Oil-spiked mango juice and take in a little sun on the studio’s adjacent deck, it’s worth reiterating that Heinz’s scissor skills would be worth the trip without any of the bells and whistles. I’d even brave the L.I.E. on a Saturday for an appointment with him, which I’ll have to do this summer, as he sets up a weekend residency at East Hampton’s Salon Bar.
Thomas Heinz, 80 Nassau Street, NYC, (212) 414-1500. Weekends through August 2013, Thomas Heinz will be a guest artist at Salon Bar, 66 Newtown Lane, Suite 10, East Hampton, NY, (631) 604-5500.—Celia Ellenberg
Photo: Courtesy of Thomas Heinz