Entering Christophe Robin’s new salon on Rue Bachaumont is like wandering into the famed colorist’s boudoir—it’s warm, inviting, and chic, chic, chic. Poodle statues and a penis-shaped watering can mingle with photos of Catherine Deneuve (a devoted Robin follower) and flickering Taha’a candles (out November) that smell like a Tahitian vacation via a delicate blend of ylang-ylang, tiaré flower, vanilla, and frangipani. VIPs can even color their hair in one of two private cabins cordoned off from the main floor. After running a three-story “factory” in the sixth arrondissement of Paris, the pro scaled back to an ultra-exclusive, two-bedroom suite at Le Meurice for many years. It was only recently that Robin decided it was finally time to leave the five-star nest and start fresh in a Tony Duquette-inspired space with paint colors picked out by none other than John Galliano. While his realtor had reservations about setting up shop in the heart of Quartier Montorgueil (fearing it might not be luxurious enough for his A-list clientele), the pro knew immediately that this quaint, quiet street (also home to Nose, a fragrance boutique) was it: “I saw the Paris I loved when I arrived,” said Robin. “Cool girls walking in high heels or sitting on the terrace having a coffee and a cigarette.”
Upon entering the salon, customers are greeted by oversized clam shell-shaped sink where your head essentially becomes a pearl as your hair is washed with Robin’s namesake range—for free. Like beauty counters that offer complimentary makeup services, passerby can pop in anytime to receive a 20-minute treatment and a product “prescription.” While it seems rather ironic to open a shampoo bar in a city where women notoriously don’t wash their hair, Robin said that when French girls finally do lather up, they take the time to do it right. And the results—that seemingly effortless, laissez-faire texture nearly every Parisian appears to unfairly possess—speak for themselves. Here, how come clean like they do in the City of Light—no passport required.