A haircut without all the frillsTenpachi is not your...


November 14, 1999|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

A haircut without all the frills

Tenpachi is not your typical hair salon.

No one offers you coffee. The stylists don't act like your best friend. And a haircut costs $10, not $40. If any of this sounds appealing, head over to the airy, sleek salon at 3003 N. Charles St., just across from the Baltimore Museum of Art. (Call 410-889-9788.)

The concept of Tenpachi, which opened last month, is this: no concept. Men and women can get a cut or color, and you don't have to make an appointment or endure faux glitziness. A blow-dry costs an additional $10. Or if you want, you can blow-dry your own hair for free, using Tenpachi's dryers and styling products. It's that simple.

Tenpachi's owner, Dot Hachey, modeled the salon after New York quick-service salons like Jean Louis David. "We are not Hair Cuttery," she says.

Although only 28, Hachey has more than a dozen years of experience in the beauty business. She started working in her sister's salon shampooing hair at the age of 13.

"I like to go into a salon and let the stylist focus on giving me a really great haircut," Hachey explains. "That's what we do here. We're a barbershop for men and women."

A really professional, slick but comfy barbershop with talcum powder and Barbicide, as well as Macy Gray on the CD player and modern organic products like basil-mint organic shampoo for sale. Run, don't walk.

A feline favorite

She looks like a mere kitten. In fact, Hello Kitty, that feline famous among girls aged 4 to 18, is actually 25 this year.

Since Hello Kitty was introduced by Tokyo-based Sanrio in 1974, she's graced products ranging from pencil erasers and hair bows to the beaded bag that model Tyra Banks was spotted toting at a recent MTV awards show.

This year, don't miss such perky commemoratives as a faux fur backpack ($15) and a beaded cell-phone carrying case ($15).

Hello Kitty items are available at Zany Brainy and FAO Schwarz and at select Carlton Cards and Learning Express stores.

Piercing hoopla

Hoop earrings are back in a big way. Or rather, in a little way.

Demure little hoops are everywhere right now. And why not? They look polished and professional at work, perfectly ladylike at night.

The Inverness Corp., a leading manufacturer of ear-piercing equipment and jewelry, estimates that millions of hoops are sold in the United States every year.

Inverness has introduced a new piercing hoop, so now you don't have to tolerate a stud earring for six weeks while your piercing is healing. The hoop is available in brass, titanium, sterling silver, gold and silver plate, or 24-karat gold and in 1/2 -inch and f-inch circumference. Get them at most Wal-Marts and Piercings Pagodas for $20-$40.

Past glories

Collecting vintage haute couture is hip in Hollywood.

Now you can get a little piece of the past yourself. New York's William Doyle Galleries is auctioning a collection of textiles from the 1870s through the 1970s, featuring designs by Chanel, Dior, Norell, Balenciaga, Courreges, Rudi Gernreich and Halston, among others.

The auction, which will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the galleries on 175 E. 87th St. in New York, features a variety of items that are not to be missed, including:

* A long, geranium-pink sequined mermaid dress (above) by Norman Norell (estimated price: $2,000-$3,000).

* The Blackglama mink cape worn by Vogue editor Diana Vreeland in her photograph for the Blackglama "What becomes a legend most?" advertising campaign (estimated price: $1,000-$1,500).

* A variety of whimsical hats by Bes-Ben, Chicago's "Mad Hatter" Benjamin Green-Field, who decorated his chapeaus with everything from Frank Sinatra records to fire- crackers (estimated price: $800-$1,200).

If you can get to New York, you can view the items on sale today and tomorrow. Bid on the items from home with a catalog, available by calling 212-427-2730.

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