Tue-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm; Mon, closed
6, J, N, Q, R, Z to Canal St.
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Located at the not-so-evil axis of Soho, Nolita, and Chinatown, Laicale occupies a bright, vast, pseudo-industrial space that pops with a loud alternative soundtrack. Contrary to first impressions, however, the salon’s vibe is warm and obliging, and its chic, chatty stylists and diverse clientele foster its unique personality and flavor. Descended from a long line of Italian hairdressers, owner Fabrizio Fiumicelli founded the original Laicale in Pisa, Italy; in 1999, he partnered with New York stylist Simone Saint Laurent to open this branch (as well as one in Osaka, Japan). The salon offers stellar cut and color services for men and women—in addition to blowouts, styling, Japanese straightening, and a head massage with every shampoo—but the real focus is on form, function, and healthy tresses. A destination for so-called “regular” New Yorkers—be it pretty-boy rock stars or corporate squares—the salon’s stylists strive to create ‘dos that fit the individual. A house line of natural, animal-friendly shampoos, conditioners, masks, and styling products enables customers to recreate their expertly coiffed looks at home.Extra
Local lore has it that the basement of the salon was a whorehouse before the building was renovated.
Laicale offers twenty percent off regular cut and color combos with mention of this listing. On Thursdays at 8 p.m., the salon holds model classes for their apprentice stylists. Cuts are $30; color is $45 (cash only).