Located on the 2nd floor in the fashionable SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, The Drawing Room New York is a minimalistic, swanky salon. Why was Kim there? Because I had purchased a deal from Gilt City for 45% off a Haircut + Blowout. I was in desperate need of a trim. I purchased the deal back in September; however, when I called to book my appointment the next available one wasn't until October (at least two weeks out). That doesn't typically happen when I purchase these deals with Lifebooker or the other sites. This peaked my curiosity about the salon.
The salon staff were what you'd typically expect from a salon in SoHo. Pretentious. No one was particularly rude, but no one was particularly nice except for my hairstylist Le. A petite, fashionable Asian girl who's bangs I envied. We talked through what I wanted which was the usual trim and bangs. She made her recommendations and then it was off to the shampooing station. She did an awesome job massaging my scalp that I slightly dozed off in the chair. They had Tigi and Bed Head products on display but she didn't tell me what she was using on my hair.
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The salon was basically all white except for a few pops of red in the furniture. The salon chairs looked straight of the Jetsons. While they may have been stylish, I didn't find them particularly comfortable to sit in. Le did a great job cutting my hair and checked in that I was happy with the length. Although I never do anything drastic to my hair, I am particular about what I like so I was happy that she asked before just chopping away.
For the blowout she asked how I wanted my hair and I requested volume with movement (a.k.a. what I can never accomplish myself). She didn't apply any products to my hair which I found odd. Then proceeded to use a roll brush throughout. I wasn't very impressed with the volume part. However, the stylist did everything so I know they all have their specialty so perhaps big sexy hair wasn't hers.
The salon offers up to 3 free bang trims before being charged which I thought was a nice bonus. I gave a 30% tip of what it would have cost me plus the $49 I spent on the Gilt voucher, all in all I saved about $70. Would I spend the regular $100+ on haircut there? No because honestly I'd never pay that price, which is why I do these deals. I will say this experience was better than some of the ones from Lifebooker. I would buy another deal from them and just not go on a rainy day (disaster!).