You never know who is your neighbor in Bushwick. The girl down the hall could easily be Chelsey Pickthorn. You maybe said hi to her once when she was going to work. Maybe she was doing hair for Neon Hitch or that blond model Abbey Lee Kershaw that day. Because that’s what Chelsey Pickthorn does. She is a visionary colorist and a hair stylist. Oh, and she is starting her own studio on Wyckoff Ave in October.
Pickthorn is located at the storefront corner on Wyckoff Ave just one block down from Norte Maar. “We are having a grand opening on October 13. That’s a big to do item,” Chelsey says while sitting on a Victorian couch in her studio. The interior of the salon isn’t complete yet, but it’s clearly shaping up. A beautiful chandelier is Chelsey’s pride; distressed hardwood floors, subway-tilled walls, reclaimed wood features discreetly show Chelsey’s excellent taste.
Chelsey, only 28, explains that she has been working in the coloring industry for 10 years now. She is from Portland, Oregon, and moved to New York City, and most importantly to Bushwick, 4 years ago. “I really believe in this neighborhood,” she says. Chelsey has apprenticed under legendary Laurie Foley and worked in her L’Atelier de Laurie. She has mastered the painting technique, which is unlike regular coloring – it’s gentle on the hair and allows for a much more detailed and precise approach. Chelsey explains that hand painting is something completely different. The session takes about 6 hours, and the price is, as you can expect, in the higher range. “I have clients flying in from Texas for example,” says Chelsey. She is expecting clients from Manhattan, but is also very open to the clients from this neighborhood. Chelsey explains that Pickthorn is not a factory; she will have only three chairs. She dedicates a lot of attention to each client, trying to bewitch their hairstyle to match their personality, make their dreams come true and simply create “a better version of you.”
Pickthorn is located at 61 Wyckoff Ave, and the grand opening is planned for October 13. Read about Chelsey also in New York Magazine.