New York's best hair stylists
We know someone great for every hair type and budget. Photographs by Beth Levendis
Mon May 17 2010
Adrian Fanus at Adrian Fanus Grooming
Adrian Fanus at Adrian Fanus Grooming
Fanus got his start working in a barbershop and moonlighting as a groomer for fashion editorials, work that eventually brought him celeb clients like Forest Whitaker, whom he groomed for the 2007 Oscars. His recently opened three-chair salon, located on the top floor of a nondescript walk-up, has the feel of an old-world gentlemen's club, complete with plush leather couches, sartorially savvy lad mags and an all-black dress code for stylists. The scene attracts hip-hop moguls and jazz drummers alike—all in the market for Fanus's incomparably precise trims. Cuts start at $30 for men; dyeing, designs and texturizing start at $60. 497 DeKalb Ave between Bedford and Franklin Aves, third floor, Bushwick, Brooklyn (347-533-8827).
Angela Soto at Mizu salon
This Cali transplant boasts quite the resume: She's done stints at Warren-Tricomi and Bumble & bumble, styled runway shows (Diesel, Max Azria, Herve Leger) and worked with everyone from Lady Gaga to Sharon Osbourne. All impressive, but what we love most is how well she handles textured tresses and long locks (like her own). And though Mizu is uptown, don't judge a salon by its neighborhood: The vibe here is buzzy, bubbly and so not snotty. Cuts start at $90 for men, $130 for women. 505 Park Ave between 59th and 60th St (212-688-6498, mizunewyork.com)
Thorin Decatur, Shorty Maniace and Bret Reichley at Freeman's Sporting Club
Though hirsute hipsters are ubiquitous these days, there's a new breed of gentleman barber whose vintage grooming habits more closely resembles those of his granddad's. The walk-in-only policy and wood-and-tile interiors at FSC's two spaces make them feel more like social clubs than barbershops, though the selection of high-end apothecaric goods (Baxter of California, Malin + Goetz, Geo F. Trumper) help offset the retro-isms. Maniace, also known as "Shorty the Barber," has been in the grooming biz for 20 years. Former Marine Decatur has been sporting a crew buzz for 15 years and specializes in "classic cuts that keep the focus on the client." He's also an expert shaver who can teach anyone to use a straight razor. Fourteen-year vet Reichley, meanwhile, draws "the longer-haired clients" who dig his personal style. While you're there, indulge in a beard trim ($15) or a straight-razor shave and a haircut for a little more than two bits ($75). Cuts start at $40 for men. 5 Horatio St between W 4th St and Eighth Ave (212-929-3917, fscbarber.com) * 8 Rivington St between Chrystie St and Freeman Alley (212-673-3209)
Corvette Hunt at Graceland
When Corvette Hunt and Bethany Paul left Mudhoney last year, they didn't decide to open just a salon; they partnered with East Side Ink's Yadira Mendez and Josh Lord to open a tattoo parlor/styling palace/unofficial party bar on a sleepy street in the shadows of the BQE. "The absolute lawlessness of Mudhoney taught us that to create an atmosphere where artistic expression could flourish, you have to be willing to break all the rules," says Hunt. "We're definitely not vanilla." Ain't that the truth. The rock-around-the-clock vibe of the salon is hip enough for the neighborhood (Pete's Candy Store is on the next block) but hardly pretentious. And that's to say nothing of Hunt's insane resume: He's styled wigs for Madonna, Patricia Field, the B-52s and more divas than you can shake a falsie at; he also performed drag at some of NYC's biggest clubs, including Tunnel, Sound Factory and Limelight (before it was a minimall). Suffice it say you won't be chatting about the weather when you plop down in his chair. Cuts start at $65 for men, $95 for women. 677 Lorimer St between Frost and Withers Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-7677)
After finishing beauty school, this outrageous Texan hit the NYC club scene in the '90s, hosting parties at Club USA and deejaying—in seven-inch stilettos and foot-tall wigs—at Lucky Cheng's. By day, he cut and colored hair at Patricia Field's salon, which soon led to TV and film gigs. Fresh off of a yearlong stint for Ugly Betty, the indie stylist is back to making house calls (for now). His client list includes celebs he's worked with (UB's Ana Ortiz and Mark Indelicato, Law & Order: Criminal Intent's Julianne Nicholson), as well as regular folk. While he's adept at funky styles (extensions, Rainbow Brite hues), he's happy to take a chop at grandma's locks, too. Cuts start at $300 for men, $300 for women. Visit fabianworld.com for more info.