New York's best hair stylists

We know someone great for every hair type and budget. Photographs by Beth Levendis



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Fabio Moretti at Contesta Rock Hair
As global chain Contesta's first employee, Italian stallion Moretti is all smiles—and so are the clients (including Mickey Rourke!) he's recruited over his 21-year tenure. Longtime fans adore his lively personality and edgy, funky cuts—and the fact that he actually listens to what people want. (You really only want a half-inch trim? You got it.) The salon itself is like an exercise in Op Art: It's all black and white, save a few paintings, and is usually pumping with pounding club music. Cuts start at $55 for men, $100 for women. 535 Hudson Street between Charles and Perry Sts (212-243-2901,

Francine Kelley at Salon Harmony
People come from as far as California to have their hair cut and dyed by Kelley. The chatty stylist has been living and breathing her craft for 18 years—don't be surprised, on a return visit, to hear that she's been pondering your next style in the interim. Expect lively stories of her family back in the Caribbean, free bang trims and a comfy, no-pretenses atmosphere. Cuts start at $40 for men, $60 for women. 9 Seventh Ave between Park and Sterling Pls, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-622-7722)

Igor Iskiyev at Igor's Clean Cuts
When it comes to razor-cut fades, there's a thin line between a clean, stylish look and a butchered bowl cut. It takes a steady hand and an eye for detail to do it right, and that's exactly what Iskiyev and his crew specialize in. You won't find any glitz or glam here, just the traditional four-chair setup and no-nonsense barbers who will give you the cut you want. If you've got the time, ask for an old-fashioned straight-razor shave ($12), a real treat for you and yours. Cuts start at $14 for men. 20 First Ave between 1st and 2nd Sts (212-539-0952)

James McNally at Mario Diab
Curly girls on the hunt for highlights will flip for this expert colorist, who takes up residence in the basement of this chic, mirror-lined salon. Instead of treating curly locks like straight hair, McNally pulls out each individual tress and decides if it should be a highlight or lowlight. And though he's best known for catering to curls, his blow-outs are killer, too. Single-process color starts at $110. 62 Crosby St between Broome and Spring Sts (212-226-6595,

Jessica Rose at Medusa Salon
This raven-haired, red-lipped tattooed beauty can turn out one hell of a glammy hairdo. (Bonus: She knows her way around a cowlick.) The Aveda Institute--trained stylist could be mistaken for a 1950s screen siren, and Medusa, with its leopard-print smocks, pin-up murals and crushed-velvet couch, could pass for her movie set. Yet she's as down-to-earth as the clientele, chatting about her dog, her band and her favorite Polish market while she works. Cuts start at $52 for men, $65 for women; single-process color at $60, highlights at $100. 177 Seventh Avenue between 1st and 2nd Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-965-3999,

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I personally recommend Hairstylist/Colorist Brendon Mallon @ Blondi's 300 E 86th St New York, NY

Mike teller
Mike teller

Sourse new found out nickolas jones is the new stylist to Jessica Simpson and many other stars but wants to remain a secrete we do know he lives in Santa cruz ca and has a salon there called tonic salon & spa !!! Just new news