Alice, don’t you know that there are two sides to the looking glass?
Or, in the case of the Pepper Pastor Salon, two attitudes.
At the new hair haven, stylist Pepper Pastor (tattooed former ballet dancer, Paul Labrecque alum) and co-owner Joel Sonkin (former finance guy) fuse old-world glamour and modern edge.
Down to the Seaport (NYC’s rabbit hole) you go. Wait your turn on a reupholstered 19th-century Victorian sofa, marveling at magnifying glass sconces, a chandelier of clawed-feet candlesticks, vintage jewelry, and floating wood shelves lined with Philip B and Oribe products.
Here, hairstyling has an opinion. Girls can leave the salon with punk-rock bobs, tight ponytails, Hollywood waves, and Gossip Girl-esque blowouts. Along with hydrating hair treatments and color restoration, patrons are treated to caramels, watermelon-flavored marshmallows, and custom tea service from Teaposy.
Which has the power to change your perception of just about anything.
Pepper Pastor Salon, 223 Front Street, at Beekman Street (212-785-8065 or pepperpastorsalon.com).