From start to finish, the Gigi experience is hip. Located in Astoria, it has all of the style of a high-end Manhattan salon with a fraction of the pretension. This Aveda Concept studio was opened in 2005, bringing to Astoria both its first high-end and environmentally-friendly haircare destination. All of the sleek interior decor is made from recycled materials, and, in addition to practicing energy-saving techniques and using “green” products, the hair that is cut at Gigi’s is collected and sent off to be used for oil spill clean up efforts.
Customer care is as much a priority here as the green initiative. From the first step in the door, one is offered a choice of beverages, including lemon water, coffee, tea, and wine. After an initial consultation with a hairstylist, one is directed to the washing station, at which point the client receives a complimentary hand massage. The services run the gamut, available to both men and women, and include cuts, coloring, styling–and prices are determined according to hair length. Appointments can be made by phone or online.
34-17 30 Ave. (Astoria). 718-777-7755. Tue-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm, Mon 12pm-8pm. N to 30th Ave.
- Christina Vlahos