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In New Orleans, there’s one question you always hear, “How’s yo mama nem?” A shortened way to check in on the entire family of a friend, the saying can be heard Studio 523, in the New Orleans French Quarter where the feeling is much like walking into any local living room. The barbers and stylists tend to remind you of aunts and uncles you haven’t seen in ages. The TV is constantly on, shifting between daytime talk shows, local news and shop conversation that often steers towards current events and politics.

Studio 523 is a barbershop and salon that’s been open nearly 6 years. The space features exposed brick walls that are adorned with work from local artists, concrete floors and there’s a serene back patio with a fountain and garden. Building on years of experience, owner Muriel who’s owned salons in NOLA East, the Magnolia, and now the most tourist populated area of the city explains, “our goal is to supply services and products that enhance our client’s physical experience.” Expect to be in the chair 25-45 minutes for a genuinely good haircut, but if you haven’t made an appointment expect a wait on the weekends.

This shop is for you if:

  • You like a casual environment.
  • You like a little character in your barbershop experience.
  • You want to learn more about the city of New Orleans.