A Fresh Start

In prepa­ra­tion for spring, Solveig Steinhardt vis­its some of Ber­lin's best beauty salons.


Ber­lin's best beauty spots will have you look­ing as fresh as a daisy.

Y ou may not feel it yet, at least here in Ber­lin, but spring is near. And while the first leaves on the trees may still be a month away, now is a good time to clean out our makeup bags, stock up on new colors, and pre­pare our skin, nails, and hair for their en­counter with the long-for­got­ten rays of sun. For a hair­cut in pure Ber­lin style, JACKS Beauty Depart­ment (Kas­tanien­allee 19, www-jacks-beau­ty­de­part­ment.de), founded by suc­cess­ful makeup artist Miriam Jacks, of­fers the lat­est 'dos and a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts from niche brands, as well as lots of beauty treat­ments, in­clud­ing makeup lessons and tips for those who need a lit­tle ex­tra help. Wheadon beauty salon in Mitte (Ste­in­str. 15, www.wheadon.de) caters to both ladies and gents; in ad­di­tion to skin treat­ments, quick brow styling ses­sions, and makeup ser­vices, Wheadon also spe­cial­izes in pam­per­ing men with ser­vices such as clean shaves done the old-fash­iond way, beard trims and washes, and re­vi­tal­iz­ing face treat­ments.

For the per­fect man­i­cure, make an ap­point­ment at the Cather­ine Ber­lin nail salon in Char­lot­ten­burg (Kne­se­beck­str. 35-37). Founded by beauty ex­pert and cos­met­ics man­u­fac­turer Cather­ine Frim­mel (pic­tured above), the salon of­fers ex­clu­sive and per­son­al­ized nail treat­ments, from nail mod­el­ing with gel to clas­sic man­i­cures or more cre­ative looks. Her salon is also the right spot for a re­lax­ing and re­ju­ve­nat­ing hand mas­sage. This spring, Frim­mel will be cel­e­brat­ing the sea­son's fresh­ness by stock­ing all dark colors away, and tak­ing out a whole new pal­ette of bright and vivid hues in­stead. Her Viva La Vida col­lec­tion is in­spired by the theme of travel, "with lilac to rep­re­sent the hap­pi­ness you feel when you visit a place for the first time, or­ange stand­ing for the plea­sure of trav­el­ing, and gold-brown re­mind­ing us of our purest dreams," she told Where Ber­lin.

Frim­mel's cos­met­ics col­lec­tion in­cludes a wide range of prod­ucts, from nail pol­ish to makeup, lo­tions, and ac­ces­sories. "I let the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional fash­ion trends bring me in­spi­ra­tion and ad­vice. Color and pat­terns shape our lives, and I like to let my­self get car­ried away by the col­or­ful tex­tures of In­dia, or by the ex­trav­a­gant de­signs of Paris," she ex­plains.

And since spring is all about reawak­en­ing our senses, why not also stim­u­late our ol­fac­tory cells with a visit to nearby Belle Rebelle on Bleib­treustr. 42 (www.bellere­belle.de)? Corinna MoslerJakob­sohn, owner of this tiny but well­stocked shop, trav­els the world to select the best and most ex­clu­sive per­fumes, in­clud­ing the leg­endary Ac­qua di Sale by Profvmvm, re­call­ing the scent of the Mediter­ranean sea and in­spir­ing sunny walks down the cliffs of, say, Elba Is­land.

Clock­wise from left: the Women's Room at Wheadon; Beauty ex­pert and cos­met­ics man­u­fac­turer Cather­ine Frim­mel; bar­ber­shop ser­vices; nail pol­ish col­lec­tions.

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