When the hair artists at Twisted Hair Salon (4815 Magazine St., 891-9998) talk about personal service, they are speaking in very literal terms. Because it is an appointment-only establishment, a couch in the back and comfy chairs in the front are really for friends who accompany customers and for people considering a dramatic hair change to discuss their desires during free consultations.
What Twisted does best is cater to people who want a different look, whether it is extensions that change their hairdo from a 2-inch-long coif to one that hangs to their waist, a dreadlock perm or the introduction of vibrant colors. The diversity of its customer base speaks volumes about its reputation, with regular customers traveling to the Uptown salon from Europe, the West Coast and elsewhere.
"We do have clients who travel all the way from Europe, Mexico, California, to get their hair done at our salon," says owner Shannah Green, who opened the shop a little over a year ago. "But we want to build our foundation base for people who live here.
"We do great hair. Our extensions are very specialized; we use the 'string' method (instead of other conventional processes). There is no glue. We offer human hair and synthetic hair for a very similar price range. We use the same technique (for both) to achieve almost undetectable results. We do almost technicolor hair as well."
Green moved to New Orleans two years ago after working in an innovative salon called Hairpolice in Minneapolis, where she learned some of the methods she now employs at Twisted. "Their concept was, if it doesn't exist, invent it," she says. "We brought the concept down a notch so that it's a little more relaxed, approachable and customer friendly." In addition to extensions, braids and dreadlocks, the salon also offers more traditional services such as haircutting, coloring, straightening, and Special Effects hair color, a vegetable-based dye that is vibrant but good for your hair, and Magma products. There is even off-street parking for customers.
Besides hair services, Twisted sells fashion merchandise such as logo T-shirts, hand-knitted handbags and cutting-edge art from more than a half-dozen local artists. In keeping with the salon's concept that accessibility to fashion should not be stymied by a person's bank account, prices on the artwork range from $5 for prints to $300 for original pieces, with many selections in between. Artists displayed include Christy Kane, who takes photographs of her handmade dolls posed in artful positions; Steve Williams' 504 What lines; Chris George and others.
"We act as a functioning salon only doing hair, but we've been supporting local artists by hanging their work on our walls since opening," Green says. "All the artists we hang on our walls are in the same mindset as we are as far as price point goes."
Overall, Green says her business caters to people seeking to express their individuality. "We let all people know that our hair services are very addictive. We really focus on honoring the individual person that each of our clients are and to bring out the best in what they're looking for. Sometimes a good haircut isn't enough."
Film buffs or just people who want to explore movies can find out what they want to know from a new radio show that premieres Dec. 6 on WTIX-AM.
Media personality David DuBos will host Movie Talk Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., focusing not only on Hollywood blockbusters but also on smaller independent movies and those that didn't receive the attention they deserved. The program urges listeners to call in with comments and questions and also will have guests representing various facets of the film industry.
"It's basically going to be myself hosting the show with guests from Los Angeles on, talking about the movie business from the creative side and the movie side," says DuBos, who currently hosts Sports Gumbo with Jon Fine on ESPN affiliate WSLA. He also can be heard on 1560 AM on Wednesdays discussing sports with local media guests.
In addition to talking about films that currently are in theaters, Movie Talk will address current DVD and home video titles. There also will be regular giveaways of DVDs, videos, movie tickets and more.
InterContinental New Orleans (444 St. Charles Ave.) is hosting 45-minute holiday concerts by local school groups on the grand staircase in the hotel lobby next month. Each concert starts at noon.
Schools participating in the concert series include Trinity Episcopal School on Dec. 3, St. Benilde Elementary School on Dec. 8, St. Philip Neri on Dec. 9, Louise McGehee School on Dec. 10, Stuart Hall on Dec. 11, Edward Hynes Elementary School and Dwight D. Eisenhower High School on Dec. 12, and Belle Chase Primary School on Dec. 15.
- Stylist Jessica Thompson works on the hair of owner Shannah Green at Twisted Hair Salon with photographs by artist Christy Kane in the background.