Nylon Magazine

After five years of working at Suite 303-the laid-back hairstyling collective in Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel-Nackie Karcher has brought her expertise to Greenpoint with The Parlour Brooklyn. Sit on a barstool in one of the Mara Hoffman designed robes, and enjoy some tea as you get a hair consultation. The salon offers everything from scalp treatments to roller sets for that ’60s look. Indie music darlings Sonia Kitchell, Patrick Thomas, and bands such as the Rapture are notable clients and are played on regular rotation, along with remixes of classic rock, electro-pop, down tempo, jazz, and blues. Extravagant statement pieces like brass mirror frames add to the antique-meets-rock ‘n’ roll ambiance. “I just love the feeling of the typical Brooklyn space that has a fireplace in it…the brick and the hardwood floors,” says Karcher. “When we found out that we couldn’t open the fireplace, we decided to create this oversized, fake fireplace. So [we] have a lot of things that are kind of grand in the space.” The one thing that isn’t grand is the salon’s environmental impact. The Parlour Brooklyn has joined forces with LifeGate, a company that gauges a person’s impact on the environment. Says Karcher, “they’ve calculated what the carbon emissions of one stylist would be, and we’re counter balancing that by planting trees in Costa Rica and Italy.”