The first time I got my haircut in Rome, I went armed with elementary Italian.
I had been scoping out the salon for weeks, slowly passing by and peering inside to make sure the clients were coming out with decent cuts.
Then, as I sat in the chair myself, I told the nice woman cutting my hair that I wanted my bangs done “to the side.”
She paused, and seemed to think about this request. Then I watched in horror as she literally cut a diagonal line from my right temple to my left.
From there on out, I realized that I needed an English-speaking hairdresser in Rome.
Enter: Element Salon.
The owner, Jill, is American and used to have a salon of the same name in New Orleans.
The Rome salon sits just off the always gorgeous Via Giulia and down the street from iconic Bar Peru.
Inside the cozy salon is bright and modern, with exposed brick walls that date back to the Renaissance period.
And I am obsessed with the vintage surgeon tables that Jill found in Milan.
During the Renaissance barbers were also surgeons, so the cheeky design throwback fits perfectly.
But seriously, Jill knows what is up and that is exactly what you want in a hairdresser in Rome or elsewhere.
She is not just a stylist – she is the only person I would go to for highlights.
Jill knows blonde. Jill does an amazing blonde.
(Well, she and her staff do amazing everything, but I am here to talk about the blonde).
I tried not being blonde once and it simply didn’t suit me. But I have also had Rome hairstylist tell me that I was wrong about what kind of blonde I should be. “You are honey, not ash.”
In fact, I was at a party to celebrate the launch of Livia’s The Hunt Guide Rome, and I was talking to another blonde and where I asked where she got her hair done, she said it was Jill at Element Salon. OF COURSE IT WAS.
With Jill, I trust her. I leave it up to her. Whether I need a cut or a color, I come out with fabulous hair.
The fact that the whole staff speaks English? Just a bonus if you want a comfortable experience to chitchat while you have your hair cut off one of Rome’s most exclusive streets.
I send everyone I meet to Element Salon, and so now I am sending you.
Tell Jill, Nella and Chris that I say hello!
To book call the salon at +39 06 68891878
Or try Jill’s cell at +39 331 3839142
American Hair Salon in Rome.
Via San Girolamo della Carità 67 (via Giulia)
+39 06 68891878