Just off Magazine Street is 5.5 Unisex Hair Salon, a two-chair salon and barbershop. The space is filled with brightly colored walls adorned with art painted by owner Alonda. “Our shop is different because we created a cool and relaxing atmosphere where you can get a quality cut,” she explains. Smooth jazz plays in the background, and the conversation is tranquil, yet bustling with lots of laughter. It’s the type of space that toes the line between calming spa and a chill family living room.
Open for 7 years, 5.5 offers a range of services for a diverse clientele. Expect to share the space with women and men of all ethnicities. Tyrone, the primary barber, is quiet but confident and has over 17 years of experience. With a cut and shave you can expect to be in the chair 20-30 minutes. Alonda, a barber as well, also specializes in naturals, locs, and haircuts for women. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on Saturdays.