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At New York’s Julien Farel salon (212. 888.8988,, the atmosphere is low-key and intimate with a nod to high-tech amenities such as retractable computer monitors with high-speed Internet access and portable telephones at most cutting stations. Farel, who opened the salon last year, is attuned to the scheduling constraints of the modern man and understands the need for timeliness and multitasking. “We don’t make clients wait,” he says. “Most people don’t have time to waste. It’s a matter of organizing the work correctly and having the team work together. That’s important because men are usually on time, and they don’t want to wait even one minute.” For those clients who would rather be coiffed and colored behind closed doors, Farel recently opened a private VIP room that is outfitted with its own TV, phone, and computer.

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