Xantippe Hairdressers in Bruges, Belgium, is the perfect hair salon for stylish dudes who hate going to the hair salon. With its dark oak parquet floors, white walls, and man-friendly decor — note the geometric sandstone wall in every shade of brown and the Moooi chandelier, which looks like a giant insect — it’s the antithesis of all that fussy crap ladies have to put up with.
We were a bit surprised, then, to learn that the salon actually caters to women and girls. “I wanted to create a salon that doesn’t look like a hair salon,” designer Lieven Musschoot told Frame magazine. “I wanted the space to be zen, with lots of light, and to have a loft feeling.”
Mission accomplished. Will it attract its target clientele, though? We reckon so. Stylish women are just as likely as stylish men to balk at a beauty salon that feels like a lace doily. (We visited one in the West Village recently that was painted entirely pink. Pink! WTF?!)
Obviously, there are plenty of gender-neutral hair salons in the world, but rarely are they done so well. What’s more, Musschoot’s design is smart business: If Xantippe ever wanted to extend its services to men, it wouldn’t have to change a thing.