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Through February 19
Skate on the Eiffel Tower! This year the ice skating rink on the first level of the Eiffel Tower is back, free for those who already have a ticket for the Tower, open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. Skip the line by taking the stairs, it will help you warm up, too! Skates size 25-47 (EU), sleds and scooters for kids, gloves are required. This year's theme is Ice Hockey, though it will be less brutal than the NHL!

January 11 - February 21
The annual winter sales, aka Les Soldes. Honestly, the rules about when and how sales can take place in France since the economic crise have essentially made the sales irrelevant. There are sales all of the time now (often called "promotion" or "7 Jours BHV" or something like that). 

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Monday
May132013

An English Hair Salon in Paris

I know I'm not the only one who has been frustrated by French hairdressers. Even with the best French language skills, no matter how many times I explain what I'd like done to my hair, I always end up with something they think would look better. I've been to all of the fancy, expensive salons in town. I've been to ones recommended by French friends. I've tried bringing photos of my hair when I liked it for reference. I've been "surprised" with bangs when I didn't ask for them. I had one "celebrity" hair dresser convinced that if he just kept cutting shorter that eventually the "life" of my hair would suddenly appear. He stopped after hacking off five inches, just below my jaw line, and said in shock, "En fait, vos cheveux sont complètement raides!" Yes, that is what I told him before he started, that my hair is naturally pin-straight, zero body. Sometimes I actually liked what I ended up with at the French salons, but it was never what I asked for. Grrr...

When I want what I ask for and advice I can trust, I go to StylePixie (tel 01 46 70 25 69). Over the years I've been cut, colored and -- most importantly -- taught how to best take care of and style my own hair, something I rarely get from other stylists. And StylePixie's experts can even graciously "fix" boo-boo's wihtout making you feel like an idiot (well, the haircolor on the box I bought at the supermarket looked like the right shade in the photo).

The spacious loft salon is located right outside the metro station Marie & Pierre Curie on line 7 (admittedly I'm biased, as that's my line). The clientèle are almost exclusively English-speaking, so it feels almost like being at home, where everyone is chatting with each other, something I've never experienced in French hair salons I've visited, where people pretty much keep to themselves. It's not the most central hair salon in Paris, and in fact it's actually in the 'burbs (gasp!), but the savings on rent get passed right along to the customer. 

That means StylePixie's prices are totally reasonable. Haircuts start at €72 (€30 for men, €20 for children), color from €75, straightening from €100, and a 25-minute nourishing hair treatment with shiatsu massage for the head and shoulders is €45. They also do gel and UV polish nails, pedicures, brow and lash tinting and facial waxing. Check out the full range of their servoces on the website. Products used are from TIGI (Bedhead), which can be purchased (but they're never pushy about product sales here, like in most salons). 

 

 

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Reader Comments (6)

Just the other day a Parisian friend of mine was telling me how she always gets her hair cut in England. I wonder if she knows about Style Pixie! Sounds quite a gem.
July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
I tried calling and the phone number doesn't work and the website doesn't work either - when I try to open it, it is blocked. Are they out of business?
September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
Hi Nicole,
Their website was indeed hacked, but they're back online now. To dial from outside France it would be +331-46 70 25 69.
September 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
Do i need any reservation before i go there?
November 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJosh
Yes, that's probably a good idea!
December 1, 2014 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
I was delighted with your recommendation StylePixie is a real find. In a cab from the 8th arrondisment it took 20 mins to get there....Gigi was my stylist she's v professional and I was delighted with the service. Thank you for this article. Paris is a nightmare for non French speakers in need of any hair/beauty treatments, perhaps that's the secret, it certainly explains why the women look so amazing, they make it as difficult as possible for the rest of us to look are best! 😍😉😇
April 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDee McGuire

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