By Design: Our Town, New Orleans

Known for its lavish Mardi Gras celebration, New Orleans is also home to these three salons that cater to the city’s tastemakers. ­ —Kelsey Murray

Paris Parker Prytania

The salon in uptown New Orleans near the West Riverside is just one of nine Paris Parker Prytanias in Louisiana. With a versatile team of 34 professionals—consisting of design specialists, stylists, color specialists, estheticians, salon managers and retail specialists—this 3,319-square-foot Aveda Concept Salon offers an array of services. The salon opened its doors 20 years ago and boasts a spacious floor plan, modern decor, 23 styling chairs and a skincare room. “We have a commitment to provide an excellent experience for our guests,” says Denise Williams James, regional general salon manager. “We do this by providing stress-relieving shoulder and scalp rituals, which are included with any haircare service.”
In stock: Aveda, SpaRitual

Kenneth’s Studio For Hair


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Kenneth and Mary Beth Smith are the owners of two Kenneth's Studio For Hair, one in suburban Metairie and the other in the heart of New Orleans (seen here). Both locations have a reputation for quality haircut, color, extension, manicure, pedicure, facial and waxing services. The New Orleans salon's open floor plan accommodates custom-built styling stations, retro acrylic dryer chairs and glass partitions. The 2,100-square-foot space boasts 10 styling stations, two nail desks and a facial treatment room. In total, the Smiths employ 24 service providers. “Kenneth and I have worked together for 30 years to raise the bar for beauty,” says Mary Beth. “We want to provide our clients with quality service. The salons’ signature services include highlight and balayage, as well as special occasion hair and makeup.” New Orleans is an ideal wedding destination, making Kenneth's Studio For Hair a go-to spot for wedding parties.
In stock: Aveda, Joico, Kenneth’s Signature Line, Paul Mitchell, TIGI

Salon Du Beau Monde

Salon Du Beau Monde, which opened 15 years ago, is a contemporary, intimate space that's known for color corrective services. Located in the Arts District, Salon Du Beau Monde (translation: salon of beautiful people) is a 1,350-square-foot salon and barbershop that caters to a younger crowd. With seven employees and four chairs, the salon is a hub for well-traveled, educated professionals that work later than the typical nine to five. “We’re working with young professionals who have to look like businessmen, put together by day and fashionable by night,” says owner Dallas Alleman. “We create that image.”
In stock: Aveda, L’Oréal Professionnel, Wella Professionals