Apparently there’s a new trend popping up in the world of high end hair salons: no mirrors. It seems the philosophy is that if there are fewer mirrors in the salon, patrons will potentially have a more zen experience getting their hair did rather than worrying about their stylists’ each and every snip, foil, or fluff. Just come in and relax and have one of our stylists play with your hair for an hour while you chat with other patrons, perhaps enjoy a cup of tea or a Chardonnay, etc.
Look. I have had my share of unfortunate hair cuts. And colors for that matter. And don’t even remind me of the updo debacle of 1990 — my sister’s Bat Mitzvah photos will be forever scarred. That moment where you are handed the mirror and given the spin and the “what do you think?” and what you think is “ew” is so awkward and horrible for stylists and clients alike that I would never want to sacrifice the ability to head that off at the pass with a little “Oh, actually I meant…” instead of a giant WHOOPS.
The Austalian concept salon OriginalMineral has installed a mirrorless table in their new NYC salon. While I could see it being a great option for Bridal Parties or the occasional blow-out, I can’t imagine handing over total control to a stylist, even one I’ve trusted for years.
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