The Cultivated Coif
What: Le Salon de David Mallett
Where: 14, rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris; 011-33-1-40-20-00-23; david-mallett.com
When: By appointment
Why Bother: For a city at the epicenter of the fashion and beauty worlds, Paris has a surprising dearth of amazing hair salons. What’s a woman attending the shows to do? Enter David Mallett, an Aussie stylist whose client roster reads like a top CAA agent’s speed-dial directory. His seven-year-old salon, on the étage noble of a 17th-century hôtel particulier in the Second Arrondissement, is, according to the NY Times Moment “quite possibly the most elegant place to trim your tresses on the Continent.” I might have dismissed that gushing endorsement were it not for the photography of the interior. If this isn’t swoon worthy, I don’t know what is.
Inspired by the interior of Mallett’s apartment, the soaring space is decorated in soft taupe, bronze, gray and chocolate, punctuated with 17th-century antiques, paintings, sculptures, corals, geisha wigs, crystal lamps and taxidermy (including a panther that greets you at the entrance and my personal favorite, Babeth, a giant ostrich that serves as mascot). Captivated yet?
Scoring an appointment with Monsieur Mallett himself isn’t easy, as he spends more time on photo and movie sets than in the salon. Better for you my dears to indulge your desires and avoid the wearying small talk with a certified rock star. The very capable Leslie, his receptionist, will pair you with the right stylist or colorist I am told and as for an inside tip: I understand Laurence gives a manicure fit for a Sapristi (a lovingly conferred nickname for Empress).