Roots A Moroccan-style window front, an old tin ceiling, cool pillows designed by a client, and four styling chairs make up this gold-and-turquoise boutique salon. It’s chill and cozy and the complete opposite of a big-city hair factory.
Highlights While you’ll find clients drinking tea and hanging out, the salon isn’t laid-back when it comes to providing precision haircuts and seamlessly blended ombre and balayage services.
Cutting Edge The boho-chic clientele (many of them Brooklyn transplants) come to Salon Topaz for edgy cuts. “Modern textured bobs and edgy short cuts are in demand, so we specialize in precision and razor cutting,” says owner and stylist Lisa DeMaria. “Our signature service is quick tape-in hair extensions to create volume for fine, thin hair. We custom-match the color to your hair color.” The service can take as little as 15 minutes and lasts for six to eight weeks.
Color Code DeMaria’s team of three colorists offer a full range of color services, including balayage, but one of their specialties is funky color. “Some of the younger clients are asking for rose-gold hues and brighter blues and purples,” she says.
Star Stylist/Colorist “Liz has been with the salon for eight years and she specializes in the short cuts that are so popular with our clients,” says DeMaria. “The looks she creates aren’t so ‘done’-looking as they are effortless-looking.”
Gloss First time clients receive a 15-percent discount on all services, and a complimentary blow-dry is also given to clients having their first color treatment done. Free cuts are given to model volunteers during Monday-night classes.
Heads Up Lisa just picked up Oway Organic Color Systems, which provides excellent gray coverage without harmful chemicals. She is always on the lookout for eco-friendly products.
Prices Women’s haircuts from $60; women’s cuts with Lisa, $175; men’s haircuts, $60; men’s haircuts with Lisa, $85; up-dos from $125. Single-process color starts at $60; double-process color starts at $150; balayage freehand highlights begin at $150; and 100-percent formaldehyde-free smoothing treatment is $300.