Meet Amanda Power
Meet Amanda Power. Founder and owner of Power Hair Salon in Bushwick. New Yorker by way of Kansas City. This bad ass chick is one of those people that will make you feel like you've been friends for years, even if you've just met. I sat down with the Brooklyn hairstylist to talk about some of her favorite places in New York City and her new Bushwick salon.
What are you up to in the City?
I'm a hairstylist of 12 years. When I moved to the city I started doing friends' hair out of my apartment. I began getting so many requests and started working at a salon in the East Village (Maria Mok) and worked there for almost 4 years. I later decided to branch off on my own so I started working from home and built a small studio in my apartment. I did that for about a year. It was way more successful than I ever imagined it would be and now I've opened a salon Bushwick. It's a dream.
What's your favorite thing about New York City?
The best things about NYC is the happenstance of things. When you say you're going to be home by 11 and then you stay out until 4am in the morning. That's my perfect New York. You meet some really fun person and you end up going out for like 6 hours and bobbing around the city...east side to west side and then popping into BKLYN and keeping the party going. That's my perfect day.
Describe your perfect day in New York:
OOOhhhh, probably working. I love to work. Maybe a little bit of vintage shopping in the East Village. I also love happy hour in the city.
What are some of your favorite vintage places in the city?
I love L train vintage. They have them all over the the city in Brooklyn and Manhattan. They're probably the cheapest vintage store for what you get because a lot of vintage stores want to charge you $70 for a Levi's jacket and that's absurd. I love them because they have $5 soft cotton tee's. It's amazing. I also love Tokyo 7. It's a designer consignment store if you're looking for more higher end stuff, it's still cheaper and used. I love interior shopping as well like West Elm and Crate and Barrel, MUJI.
What is something about NY that ppl from the outside don't understand?
That we're actually nice. The misconception that New Yorkers are rude is false. It's just a different lifestyle here. Time is money here and you don't have time to leisurely walk around... you have to get somewhere and it takes time to get there. New Yorkers have each other's back. There's a comradery that a lot of other cities don't have. Because you're in such a densely populated area you have to have each other's back or else it will have a triple down effect.
If someone were in town for a day what would you recommend?
If you're only in town for a day I would say you have to walk the Brooklyn bridge, try to find a rooftop to have a glass of wine at sunset, go to The Breslin at the Ace Hotel and order the lamb burger...you won't regret it, it's one of my favorite things in the city. If it's nice out go to the MET or the MoMA or walk around the galleries in Chelsea. The botanical gardens is also nice too. That's a full day but it's good! Get a good coffee as well. I would recommend ABRAÇO on 7th street between 1st and 2nd avenue. Get some coffee and the olive oil bread, it's amazing.
On a Saturday morning where can we find you in the city?
In Brooklyn, most likely in Bushwick. Either at the park or probably at either Montana's trail house having brunch or at Pearl's drinking a Bloody Mary. They make their own mix with the perfect spice and garnish it with pickled beets and carrots.
What is your favorite cheap spot to grab a bite?
Verlaine (on Rivington). I have girl's night there with my friends. They have Happy Hour every single day. $6 martini's and sangria and cheap food like $5 coconut rice.
What's your favorite early morning spot?
Abrazo (on 7th and A), if you're up really early or Milk and Pull in Bushwick. Variety Coffee is great, they roast their own beans so that's good.
Tell us more about the Salon:
It's a 3 person boutique salon in Bushwick, off of Wycoff and Greene. Appointment only so no walk-ins unless we can accommodate it.
One piece of advice you would give to anyone moving in New York to pursue their dreams?
Don't give up. Times will get hard. It is expensive and exhausting, but it's worth every penny. The community is strong and once you find your place you'll feel more comfortable than you ever thought possible.
Current musical listens?
Beyonce's Lemonade. ANTI from Rihanna. Future Islands and James Blake.
Favorite 90's cartoon?
I loved Disney's Saturday morning line up: Pepper Ann, Recess and Rugrats.
Favorite television series of the moment?
Game of Thrones, Criminal Minds, True Crime and Making a Murderer.