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Although Albert Brown Salon (7217 Perrier St., 861-0090) offers many services for the bride on her big day — hair and makeup services as well as manicures and pedicures — the salon caters to a variety of women, and not just those preparing for special occasions.

But if there's one day when you really want to look your best, it's your wedding day — and salon owner Albert Brown and his team are ready to help.

"We can go to the hotel; we can have it done here," Brown says. "We can go to your home. We work out whatever we need to in order to make a service for the bride."

These same services are also available to other salon clients, many of whom also get specialized treatments such as hair color and highlights as well as the ever-popular Japanese hair straightening treatment. Brown says he and his team have performed that service for more than a decade, longer than any other business in the area.

The 45-year-old salon, described by Brown as "small and intimate," is dedicated to giving each client a cut and style that is specifically designed for his or her features and lifestyle. Brown says he and his six employees take their cues from each client's individuality.

"Usually we design to fit their needs," Brown explains. "A woman in business wants something very simple and easy to do and get around. A younger woman might want a little more glamour."

He also wants each client to be able to achieve that custom-designed look on their own. "You don't want to do something that is too complicated [to replicate] at home," he says. "You want to be able to have a great haircut that basically falls into place [with] the minimum you can do, whether it's blowing it out smooth or doing some hot-iron work."

Brown's first job out of beauty school was as a hairdresser in the Bunny Room of the Playboy Club, and he still manages to fit in a little show biz here and there. He has worked styling hair on New Orleans movie sets since the '60s, most recently for the Brad Pitt film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Albert Brown Salon also sells hair products and jewelry, both antique and custom-made.

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