Best five salons for updos

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Donsuki Townhouse Salon
Have your hair pulled into a chic French twist, bun or braid (from $100) before heading out to for the night. After a detailed consultation, stylists at the salon can craft your hair into a piece of art with their specialty designs for all ages and hairstyles, ranging from kinky curls to silky straight locks. 19 E 62nd St at Madison Ave (212-826-3397 donsukisalon.com)

Cutler Salon
Updos are not an easy thing to style—how are you supposed to pin ringlets to the back of your head? Out of the 130 stylists at this unpretentious salon, seven are specifically trained to master these easily botched hairdos. But be prepared to pay for their expertise: Chair time with one of those stylists will set you back $125 to $250. 465 West Broadway between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-308-3838, cutlersalon.com)

Blow
New York’s one and only blowout bar is now a full-service salon. While the upscale retreat, which has locations on the posh Upper East Side as well as the trendy Meatpacking District, offers cuts ($80 and up) and deep-conditioning treatments ($15 to $30)—its beloved blowouts ($40 and up) and updos ($80 and up) remain the specialty. 843 Lexington Ave between 64th and 65th Sts, second floor (212-452-0246, blowny.com)*342 W 14th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-989-6282)

ION Studio
Celebrity stylists Leonardo Manetti, Marco Santini and Pasquale Ferrante, owners of this luxury eco-friendly salon and connoisseurs of chic updos, have a combined 50 years of experience. The trio are constantly working on editorials (for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, etc.), so they are always up-to-date on the latest styles and trends. The owners recently gained accolades for styling the models’ hair in the Coventry and Jeremy Laing fall 2009 fashion shows—both of which featured updos galore. 41 Wooster St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-343-9060, ionstudionyc.com)

Dex New York
Dex New York frequently assists celebrities and other VIPs during fashion shows and extravagant affairs, so you know your locks are in good hands here. Ask any of the four stylists to whip your mane into a laid-back messy bun or an elegant curled updo (from $80) for your special occasion, whether it’s a prom or a wedding. 224 W 30th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-643-3188, dexnewyorkstudios.com)

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