Tue, noon-7pm; Thu-Fri, noon-8pm; Wed, by appointment only; Sun-Mon, closed
6 at Astor Pl.; N, R, W at 8th St.-NYU
After crimson-maned colorist Lisa Harrington fled Madison Avenue's hair scene, she befriended fellow uptown expatriates Seiji Uehara and Deana Stroud at the Soho salon where the trio subsequently worked. Then, in 2003, Harrington opened the five-chair Ruby 6 (a former record store), bringing her stylist friends with her and renting out the remaining chairs to industry independents. Harrington has lovingly restored her spacious storefront’s high tin ceilings and brick walls and also added red Victorian couches, slate-and-wood floors, gilded mirrors, crystal light fixtures, and a variety of old-world touches that seem surprisingly fresh for the neighborhood. Harrington herself is the master of color—using Schwarzkopf’s Professional line and PureOlogy’s full range of shampoos, conditioners, and styling aids—and many a client is dependent on her knack for nuanced blond and red hues. In addition to customized cuts, Uehara specializes in Japanese relaxers, perms, and extensions, and Stroud (a former photo-shoot stylist) wows clients with her updos. Though the salon does see the occasional walk-in, clients are obtained almost exclusively through word of mouth and range from downtown musicians and artists to uptown executives, including certain on-air news personalities and members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Indoor surfing, spinning lovefests, a luxurious pig-placenta facial, and more.