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Hair Salon Opens Quietly, Without Its Disco Ball - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Hair Salon Opens Quietly, Without Its Disco Ball


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photo-23Daniel Maurer Eddie Williams
photo-24Daniel Maurer

After sitting vacant for about a year, the former home of Furryland Pet Supply has a new tenant. Eddie J. Williams has moved his Lower East Side salon, Spin Hair, to the space at 195 Avenue A.

There’s no signage up yet (in fact, there’s still a “for lease” sign plastered across the awning) and the interior still needs work (among other things, a disco ball is on the way), but a chalkboard advertising a $29 blow-dry (normally $35) welcomed walk-ins today.

Mr. Williams, a 45-year-old Bronx native, received his training in the Vidal Sassoon style and has been cutting hair since 1984; when a rent hike forced him out of his location of three years, at 53 Stanton Street, he began looking elsewhere downtown. “People here are a little more laid-back than in midtown; they’re more open,” he said, describing his clientele as “guys who want to look a little hip but don’t want to pay $100, and don’t want to pay $10 either” (men’s cuts are $35) and “women that just want a damn good haircut” (women’s cuts are $60).

Spin specializes in keratin treatments (normally $350 but often discounted) and curling ($95). Coloring treatments range from $75 to $200. The salon is open from noon to 7 p.m. daily.

Spin Hair, 195 Avenue A (near East 12th Street), (212) 358-7746