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The Experts' Guide To The Best New York City Hair Salons

(Last Updated On: December 4, 2017)

Finding a salon and a hairstylist you belief isn’t any straightforward process. Similarly to courting, you must play the sphere a bit, get collectively a few occasions, weigh your choices, and finally determine whether or not they’re price settling down for. It’s exhausting, however when you meet the one, there is no turning again. In reality, one 2013 survey discovered that British ladies’s relationships with their hairstylists final, on common, longer than their marriages. Oof.

For these Big Apple go-getters nonetheless single within the salon division (or for these informal daters lastly trying to make issues official), we’re right here to play matchmaker. We requested our magnificence editors (who’ve among the finest hair within the biz) for his or her favourite salons throughout New York City, in addition to their go-to stylists and colorists.

Check out the checklist forward (some salons have been so good, they have been even known as out twice). Hopefully, you are ready for a long-term, loving, and dedicated relationship, as a result of that is what you are going to get with these re cs. Here’s to like, well being, happiness, and actually, actually nice hair.

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Blackstones
Cost:Haircuts, $80 and up; Color, $85 and up
Recommended stylist: Joey Silvestera

“I really like the East Village location’s 20th-century apothecary design — which feels completely timeless and above fleeting tendencies — and the low-key, non-pretentious vibe.

“But I particularly love the salon’s founder Joey, a former taxidermist and a very good listener who made me really feel completely comfy and by no means like I wanted to take an Ativan, a factor I normally do earlier than the scissors come out. He’s so very, excellent at what he does — which might be why Vogue as soon as known as him ‘an authentic arbiter of insouciant downtown cool.’” — Rachel Krause, magnificence information author at Refinery29

Photo: Via @blackstonesnyc.

White Rose Collective
Cost: Haircuts, $125 and up; blowouts, $85 and up
Recommended stylist: Teddi Cranford

“One look inside the intimate, by-appointment-only space (there are only three chairs) created by celebrity hairstylist Teddi Cranford, and you’ll assume cuts are going for the same price as a designer bag. Not the case; they start at $100.” — Alix Tunell, senior magnificence editor at Refinery29

Photo: Courtesy of White Rose Collective.

Nunzio Saviano
Cost: Haircuts, $125 and up; therapies, $35 and up; braiding, $50 and up
Recommended stylist: Nunzio Saviano
Recommended colorist: Stephanie Brown

“I used to have severe salon-phobia, which isn’t good in my line of labor! After manner too many dangerous haircuts, I lastly discovered Nunzio Saviano two years in the past — and I’ve by no means appeared again. He offers me the definition of a very good haircut. He by no means cuts an excessive amount of or too little, and it all the time grows out completely.

“I see Stephanie Brown for my coloration. Her specialty is doing actually natural-looking highlights, so I solely need to go in twice a yr. I choose her mind by way of electronic mail far more than that, although. She has the very best natural-beauty suggestions — she’s all the time telling me about hair masks I could make at house or the sweetness advantages of honey. She’s actually an artist.

“They are truly a dream team. You know you’ve found a good pairing when people ask you months after you’ve had your hair done where you go.” — Sue Williamson, magnificence editor at Milk Makeup

Photo: Courtesy of Nunzio Saviano.

Hair Rules
Cost: Haircuts, $75 and up; coloration, $95 and up
Recommended stylist: Anthony Dickey

“When I first moved to New York City (and after not too long ago going pure), my primary concern was one which plagues quite a few Black ladies relocating to a brand new space: Where the heck am I going to get my hair completed?! Any girl’s relationship with their hairstylist is sacred, however for Black ladies, it is particularly weighted — largely as a result of not many stylists know methods to correctly take care of Black hair, particularly naturally curly texture. Trust and luxury are key, and these are two parts I might tack on to explain Hair Rules (one would not go simply anyplace for his or her large chop).

“Maybe it is as a result of the women working on the salon have enviable and exquisite pure hair themselves, perhaps it is the stylists’ skill to stroll me by each step (from the wash bowl to the chair), perhaps it is the truth that I am by no means left sitting round for hours at a time (a standard occurring in Black salons), however Hair Rules instantly felt like house the minute I stepped into it. It additionally helps that the founder Anthony Dickey is a strolling hair encyclopedia and a wizard with scissors.” — Taylor Bryant, former magnificence information editor at Refinery29

Photo: Courtesy of Hair Rules.

Khamit Kinks
Cost: Treatments, $45 and up; natural-hair units, $85 and up; braided kinds, $100 and up; coloration, $35 and up; weaves, $75 and up; loc kinds, $25 and up
Recommended stylist: Anta Fall

“My first go to to Khamit Kinks was again in 2012. While I’ve since relocated outdoors of the town, there isn’t any different salon within the 5 boroughs that I belief to take care of my curls. It’s the premier salon in Brooklyn (dare I say, New York City) for pure hair care and styling. I’m greeted with hospitality and professionalism from the second I stroll by the door. And, not like many Black hair salons, I’ve by no means skilled an extended wait as a result of effectivity is non-negotiable.

“I would recommend Anta Fall for kinky-haired ladies who are fans of two-strand twists and textured hair extensions. She has a quiet disposition, but she means business. Her eye for detail is impeccable — no sloppy work!” — Dana Oliver, magnificence director at Yahoo! Beauty

Photo: Courtesy of Khamit Kinks.

Spoke & Weal
Cost: Haircuts, $65 and up; coloration, $40 and up; extensions, $250 and up; blowouts, $45 and up
Recommended stylists: Jon Reyman, Clay Nielsen, Jay Braff

“Soho salon Spoke & Weal (which additionally has areas in L.A. and San Francisco) has among the finest hair expertise within the metropolis. Founder Jon Reyman is an absolute grasp with the shears — which is smart, since he’s a mainstay at Fashion Week and former creative director of Aveda’s stylist academy. I began seeing Jon years in the past and have not appeared again since. His approach includes giving hair a straight blowout at the beginning of the minimize, so he can see the precise form, size, and grow-out. This is adopted by a soothing scalp therapeutic massage with an Aveda oil, adopted by a wash. What I really like finest is the collaboration side — Jon and all the stylists take the time to take a seat down with you, hear what you might be in search of, make options, after which create essentially the most kick-ass minimize you have ever had. And some fairly fascinating conversations.

“As an added bonus, he’ll additionally educate you methods to type your hair as he is working — I simply acquired some nice new tips about creating waves with a flat iron. This manner, you do not expertise the entire ‘by no means with the ability to type your hair proper post-salon go to’ factor.

“If you may’t see Jon (he is based mostly on the West Coast, however makes journeys to NYC each six weeks or so), I can even personally vouch for the scissor abilities of Clay Nielsen (one in every of R29’s go-to stylists for our hair picture shoots) and Jay Braff. If you are the sort who likes to experiment and check out new issues together with your hair, I am unable to advocate it extra wholeheartedly.” — Megan McIntyre, former magnificence options director at Refinery29

Photo: Courtesy of Spoke & Weal.

Eva Scrivo
Cost: Haircuts, $95 and up; coloration, $100 and up; blowouts, $65 and up
Recommended stylists: Meri Kate O’Connor, Annie Rush

“For a magnificence editor with pure(ish) hair, I am fairly experimental with attempting new salons. Once I weaned myself off of the Dominican salon expertise, I bounced round looking for an acceptable alternative for getting my hair clean. You’d be shocked as to how tough it’s to search out somebody who can do a very good blowout on curly hair.

“I went to Eva Scrivo a few yr in the past for his or her model of a keratin remedy, known as Kerasilk. It offers me the identical outcomes, minus that three-day no-washing rule. Meri Kate O’Connor knew precisely methods to work my hair, and I have been again to see her twice since then. There’s additionally a stylist named Annie who does actually nice cuts. She trimmed up my angled lob on my final go to, and so many individuals have requested the place I acquired my hair completed. It additionally would not harm that the salon is attractive, so I simply benefit from the expertise of going there.” — Nykia Spradley, former magnificence editor at Essence

Photo: Courtesy of Eva Scrivo.

Serge Normant at John Frieda
Cost: Haircuts, $155 and up; coloration, $130 and up; blowout, $65 and up; keratin therapies, $300 and up
Recommended stylists: Serge Normant, Matt Fugate
Recommended colorist: Gina Gilbert

“This sounds so corny, however I really feel a Cheers vibe every time I’m right here. Sure, it helps that I’ve recognized Serge Normant without end, however I feel most purchasers there really feel that manner. The skilled, but unintimidating tone comes from the highest, in fact. Normant is the epitome of professionalism, however he’s essentially the most regular and down-to-earth particular person, in a world that isn’t all the time so. Fortunately, I get each my haircut and my coloration there (by the super-laid-back and type Gina Gilbert), so I’ve plenty of excuses to loiter.” — Jane Larkworthy, former magnificence director at W

“I’ve been loyal to Matt Fugate since his time at Sally Hershberger Downtown, however now I’m going to him at Serge Normant at John Frieda. The salon is nestled in a brownstone, full with the well-known Donald Robertson mural — it’s simply so rattling fancy. I initially went to Matt for a trim (my hair has all the time been previous my chest), however after speaking in his chair, he satisfied me to check out a razor-cut lob, and I liked it.” — Lauren Caruso, website director at StyleCaster

Photo: Courtesy of Serge Normant.

Ion Studio
Cost: Haircuts, $85 and up; blowouts, $65 and up; coloration, $75 and up; therapies, $395 and up
Recommended stylist: Alessandro Comai
Recommended colorists: Kimberley Pierce & Jenna Perry

“Davines is much and away my favourite hair-care model (it is an unsightly state of affairs once I run out of Oi shampoo and conditioner), and this salon is stocked with it. Plus, the stylists are actually hip and on prime of tendencies, so you will not have to do any explaining to finish up with one thing cool.

“Alessandro, a NYC transplant from Milan, is both engaging and friendly and made my awkward bangs that I kind of hated cool again. Plus, his head massage was the best one of my life.” — Tunell

“I first found this spot by my love for Davines merchandise, however quickly got here to search out out that this salon presents up not solely my favourite color-safe shampoo, but in addition the very best colorist I’ve ever met within the metropolis (Jenna Perry for anybody in search of a re-up on some highlights). More usually than not, I am fearful of getting my hair minimize or coloured, however this salon looks like house each time I head there. Even higher, the aesthetic is Instagram pleasant and oh so chill, so I do not thoughts spending hours there with foils on my scalp.” — Samantha Sasso, magnificence editorial assistant at Refinery29

Photo: Courtesy of Ion.

Bumble & Bumble Downtown
Cost: Haircuts, $99 and up; coloration, $100 and up; blowouts, $45 and up
Recommended stylists: Tashina Tantalos, Alberto Vasquez, Francesca DellAquila

“There are so many explanation why I’m obsessive about Bumble. The merchandise scent so good and are wonderful for all hair varieties. But significantly for waves like mine, since they’re recognized for his or her salt spray and texturizers. I really like that they’ve TVs mounted above the wash sinks, so that you’re entertained whereas getting your hair washed. And I simply love how large, open, and unassuming the house is — it would not really feel too upscale or pretentious. It’s all only a bunch of cool folks slicing hair.

“I have been going there for the final two years. I’ve seen so many various stylists (I am not loyal), and so they’ve all been nice. My haircuts all the time develop out completely, and I really like that bang trims are free between cuts. And, let’s be trustworthy, the #views of the Meatpacking District and downtown Manhattan are whole Instagram bait.” — Jenna Rosenstein, senior digital magnificence editor at Harper’s Bazaar

“Growing up, my mother would all the time brag about how she spent the ’80s getting her hair completed without spending a dime by Bumble and Bumble as a result of she volunteered to be one of many guinea pigs at their college. She even did it for her wedding ceremony. Both savvy (as a result of clearly she was in good arms) and maybe insane (as a result of when is leaving issues to likelihood in your wedding ceremony day ever a good suggestion?) on her half, B&B has all the time held a particular place in my coronary heart for that reason.

“While I’ve visited the uptown salon earlier than, it is the downtown location — which can be a college — that I go to extra usually. Tucked away on a cobblestone road within the Meatpacking District, it’s ridiculously spacious with never-trying-too-hard industrial decor. It additionally has its personal little café!

“What I really like concerning the downtown location is how unpretentious it’s regardless of being inherently luxe. It’s bursting with creativity, and a protected house for getting experimental, whether or not you’re chopping off a number of treasured inches or dyeing your hair purple. The stylist I normally go to, Francesca, is a wizard. She as soon as gave me essentially the most natural-looking fake bangs you have ever seen utilizing a $22 clip-on piece that she razor-cut right into a murals. Get them.” — Lauren Valenti, magnificence author at Vogue

Photo: Courtesy of Bumble and Bumble.

Sally Hershberger
Cost: Haircuts, $150 and up; coloration, $125 and up; blowouts, $60 and up
Recommended stylist: Jae Manuel Cardenas
Recommended colorists: Lucille Javier, Aura Friedman

“I have been going to Sally Hershberger Downtown for years. The salon simply has an incredible power, and I really like visiting there — I all the time run into somebody I do know. Jae Manuel Cardenas offers an incredible haircut, and is the man to go to for that tousled, L.A. wave proper right here in NYC. For coloration, Lucille Javier is my woman. She’s acquired such an eye fixed on the subject of discovering the correct hue in your pores and skin tone. She gave me my favourite brunette hair of all time, and I am unable to advocate her sufficient.” — Maria Del Russo, options author at Refinery29

“Aura is a hair-color fairy godmother — there isn’t any shade past her vary. If you may present her an image of it, she will be able to make it occur. She’s nearly all the time the mastermind behind each main hair-color pattern of the second, together with this season’s crop of candy-pink hair (she does Fernanda Ly’s hair!).

“She manages to offer me not what I requested — however one thing even higher. It’s all the time shiny, fairly, and would not look too ‘try-hardy,’ even with the crazier rainbow shades. She can be tuned in with the very best of hair-color expertise — she was the primary one to inform me about Olaplex, and now I am testing out a brand new Japanese shampoo she whispered into my ear a number of months in the past.

“Best of all, the hair coloration and highlights she offers me all the time develop out like a dream. There’s no harsh line of demarcation, and folks praise me on my coloration even months later. Her former assistant, Lucille, who now can be on the ground at Sally, can be so gifted and such an awesome listener. I launched her to my boss, Stella Bugbee, and now she has a longstanding appointment together with her.” — Kathleen Hou, magnificence director at The Cut

Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hershberger.

Contesta Rock Hair Salon
Cost: Women’s Cut/Style, $100; Partial Highlights, $150 and up; Single Process, $75 and up; Double Process, $120 and up

“In all honesty, I felt like CRH was too cool for me earlier than strolling in for my minimize and coloration appointment. Nestled within the West Village, the salon’s clientele checklist boasts the form of folks I stalk on Instagram — women and men who shave off their hair on a whim, then dye the thrill left behind aqua blue simply because. And whereas the black brick partitions and incense burning screams rock & roll, the true vibe is 10 occasions extra welcoming than most salons within the metropolis.

“I spent 4 hours there that day — taking my darkish brown hair to a buttery blonde that almost introduced me to tears. For as soon as, my hair felt proper — I appeared precisely how I all the time wished to. I am unable to anticipate my subsequent appointment.” — Sasso

IGK Salon
Cost: Haircuts, $150 and up; coloration, $200 and up; blowouts, $50 and up

Finding affordable costs in New York City for high quality service, Instagram-worthy cuts, and sun-kissed highlights is not straightforward, however someway, you get all of that at IGK. No matter which stylist you guide your appointment with, relaxation assured you will be within the chair of somebody who can ship no matter it’s you need, whether or not that is super-trendy or traditional and clear. In reality, it is the spot the place our staffers acquired their epic fall transformational cuts.

Nexxus Salon
Cost: Haircuts, $150 and up; coloration, $100 and up; blowouts, $60 and up

“With exposed brick and strategically-placed lighting, this new Tribeca salon holds the perfect background for a post-cut Instagram. Aside from the airy and modern space (which is even more relaxing if you’re able to snag a quiet, Saturday morning appointment) the stylists are amazing, dishing out their pro hair tips while I’m in the chair, so I always leave feeling more confident about handling my hair on my own.” —Megan Decker, magnificence editorial intern at Refinery29

Hale Organic Salon
Cost: Haircuts, $50 and up; coloration, $40 and up; blowouts, $60 and up

“I’m sometimes hesitant to try out new salons; not everyone can work with natural hair. Thankfully, Hale’s website contains a section where salon goers can ‘meet’ their potential stylists — and the bios contain the pros’ specialties. Not only was I matched with someone who babied my curls, but the space is one of the coolest I’ve been to. There are infrared lights instead of dryers, and a separate room that the stylists use to spray and color (in an effort to keep harsh chemicals at bay).” — Khalea Underwood, magnificence author at Refinery29

Photo: Via @haleorganicsalon.

Marie-Lou & D Salon
Cost: Women’s Cut, $135 and up; Single Process, $100 and up; Gloss, $50; Blowout, $55 and up
Recommended colorists: Patrick Prinzo

“Walking into Marie-Lou & D looks like strolling into your Italian aunt’s home on a Sunday night — minus all of the pasta. It’s heat and welcoming, the alternative of most stark and chilly salons discovered across the metropolis. If you are a complete newcomer to New York, that is the spot you need to try first.

“If you are in search of a drastic coloration transformation, I counsel stopping by and chatting with a colorist right here. Why? They’ll be brutally trustworthy and you will even have a dialog about what’s going to look finest in your head. Of course, in case you’re decided on going blond, they will not depart you hanging. Regardless of what you determine collectively, you will stroll out greater than glad with the outcomes.” — Sasso

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