What is Brooklyn style? It’s difficult to define. Labels are thrown around like hipster, boho, indie, urban, or retro. One thing’s for sure, this is a borough of trendsetters. Folks here take pride in their own finely-crafted personal look—and hairstyle is key. Revamp your style with a great haircut at one of these best Williamsburg salons.
High Horse Salon
This den-like space charms with Old West accents like a horse saddle, mounted deer horns, and antique tools. The mood here is relaxed and welcoming, as if you are visiting friends, but very cool friends with tattoos and asymmetrical haircuts. Sit in a sleek red barber chair and tap your feet to a soundtrack of bands like The Smiths. Don’t worry, your new, easy-going friends are also excellent stylists. They will listen to your wants and give you a great style. Haircuts start at $45/men and $65/women; cash only.
103 Havemeyer St., near Metropolitan Ave.; J/M subway to Marcy Ave. or L subway to Bedford Ave.; 718-388-7703; website: High-Horse-Salon.
A visit to this metal-themed salon is a bit like going to a lively rock club. Get inspired for a bold, new hairstyle while you rock out to Pantera or AC/DC. Consider a new shade of hair dye as you take in the brightly-colored skulls painted on the walls. Head-banging not advised during haircuts. Prices average $40–$60; cash only.
578 Driggs Ave, at N. 6th St.; L subway to Bedford Ave; 718-782-7961; website: hairmetalsalon.org.
Persons of Interest
This retro barbershop provides a hip, casual place for men to get a shave and a haircut. While you wait for your turn in the barber chair, relax in the 60s-style living room, flip through art books, and grab a beer from the cooler. Walk-ins welcome. Prices range from $15–$40, haircut/shave combo $75. Afterwards, show off your look and spend some of that cash you saved at The Commodore, an edgy bar accross the street.
82–84 Havemeyer St., near Metropolitan Ave.; 718-218-9100; J/M subway to Marcy Ave. or L subway to Bedford Ave., website: personsofinterestbklyn.com.
A visit to this outpost of the London-owned salon will take you back to an earlier age—when ceilings were tin, apothecary jars lined mirrored walls, and barber chairs were regal. The precision-grooming approach is appreciated by locals (both male and female), as is the focus on retro looks. Ask for a Mad Men style and swagger out like Don Draper. Haircuts start at $95 for women, $75 for men.
85 North 3rd St.; 718-388-8288; L subway to Bedford Ave. or East River Ferry to N. Williamsburg; website: ludlowblunt.com.
Whether you take pride in the charm of your understated New Girl mousey-browness or like to glam up and get noticed like Rhianna, this salon has you covered. The focus here is on expert cuts in styles ranging from natural, classic, retro, and razor edging. The unpretentious stylists are friendly but get right to work, giving you a great style in a short amount of time. You’ll find this gem of a salon behind an unassuming storefront just off McCarren Park. Basic haircuts start at $55; credit cards and cash accepted.
732 Lorimer St., at Bayard St.; L subway to Lorimer St.; 718-486-7971; website: mouseybrownsalon.com.