By Deena Campbell
Sunday afternoons are rather typical – there’s always laundry to wash and dinner to prepare. But a few Sundays ago, I switched the script and found time for a bit of hair care pampering in one of New York’s newest hair salons, Fox and Boy. And boy am I glad I shook things up!
The new salon, located in Nolita, is part country; part contemporary; and all together adorable. Walking into Fox and Boy is more like walking into a chic clothing or accessories boutique, than a hair salon. The walls flaunt framed artwork by owner Julie Dickson’s daughter, antique cabinets are strategically placed in front of each work station, and yummy chocolate chip cookies greet you at the door. Eclectic sounds- loud enough to groove to, quiet enough to relax your mind for what’s to come – fill the well-lit atmosphere.
Once seated in Julie’s chair, she immediately gave me a consultation. “With your bone structure, you’d look great with a bit of fringe and a side part,” she said. I briefly mentioned I wanted layers and the next thing I knew I was receiving a head massage under lukewarm water in the washing area.
As she massaged Davines shampoo and conditioner into my scalp, she spoke of her one-of-a-kind salon and her stellar experience. “Nolita is my favorite neighborhood,” she said. “In large salons, clients get lost. We prefer a much more personal experience. Clients can sit and talk, while enjoying a glass of wine and understanding that their hair is in good hands. We want our clients to enjoy the full experience of their visit: from the moment they walk in our door, to the second they step into the outdoor playground we call New York City.”
Originally from Minnesota, Dickson always had dreams of being a stylist. At the age of 15 she dyed her hair with Easter egg dye. Later on, with hair dye in tow, she followed her dreams and headed to the Big City to turn them into realities.
Back in the chair, Julie drizzled a bit of Moroccan Oil onto my hair and educated me on how the natural elements would fortify it; thus improving elasticity and shielding against environmental stressors. She briefly blow-dried, giving my hair an amazing bounce and shine, followed by a few swipes of the flat iron to make it super straight and smooth.
For an added touch, Julie showed me how to pin up my hair in a cute, yoga appropriate style – one that would work for an exercise class or paired with a summer sundress for a super sexy look.
Before heading out, I asked Julie one last question: “What does Fox and Boy mean?” And very appropriately – as this particular Sunday just happened to be Mother’s Day, Julie answered, “I named it after my children.”
“My little girl pretends she’s a fox and chases my son around the house. It’s a reflection of something that’s personal to me, yet not too cheesy or unoriginal.”
Just like that, Julie’s concept for her salon came together and very quickly has become “the place to be” in a new wave of high-end salons. Fox and Boy shows on-the-go gals how a Sunday afternoon should be…soothing and just a little bit foxy.
Fox and Boy
280 Mulberry St.
New York, NY 10012