New York's best hair stylists

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

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Mike Elriz and Sam Ghazali at Sam & Chris Hair Salon
Art Deco paintings and mirrors line the walls at co-owners Elriz and Ghazali's intimate salon, which often bubbles with an upbeat party vibe. The Lebanese stylists--colorists were both trained overseas, but have spent the last 15 years cultivating a loyal New York audience. Elriz handles bridal parties with aplomb, and either gent will rework his schedule to help out a client (yes, the salon is open seven days a week). Best of all, Elriz and Ghazali actually listen to what clients want, and never try to jack up the bill with unnecessary treatments. Cuts start at $37 for men, $55 for women. 2206 Broadway between 78th and 79th Sts (212-873-6868)

Rick Wong of KL Artistic
Wong opened this no-frills West Village salon 14 years ago, and still chops the locks of some of the shop's original clients. His style is versatile, his staff friendly, and the prices incomparable. Cuts start at $25 for short length. 46 Carmine St between Bedford and Bleecker Sts (212-243-3258)

Shinobu Ozawa at Sei-Tomoko Salon
Specializing in long, layered styles, short haircuts, and men's 'dos, as well as more out-there asymmetrical cuts, Tokyo- and New York--trained Ozawa serves a clientele reflective of the salon's East Village neighborhood, from conservative paralegals to individualistic media types. Upon entering the sub-ground salon to a chorus of "Hello!" from the smiling Japanese staff, you'll be whisked to a shampoo station, where your scalp is soothingly worked over—shampooed, conditioned and massaged—for ten minutes before you're settled into the barber's chair for a five-minute neck-and-shoulder rub. And that's when the magic really begins. Ozawa works methodically, snipping at a finger joint's amount of hair at a time while cheerfully telling you of her recent styling gigs for runway shows and film shoots. About halfway into the trim, she grows quiet, concentrating on the job at hand. To wrap up, you'll rinse (again), be given a hot towel for your face and receive complimentary styling wax, before exiting to a chorus of "Bye-bye!" Cuts start at $40 for men, $45 for women; single-process color at $65, straightening at $250. 126 E 4th St between First and Second Aves (212-473-3320, seitomoko.com)

Shinya Nakagawa at Dop Dop
Teetering at the edge of Soho, this vast subterranean salon is the ultimate insider's secret. Yet despite a roster of innovative talent, we keep coming back to the scissored wonders of artistic stylist Nakagawa. Whether styling models at New York Fashion Week (he's worked for Phillip Lim, Jason Wu and Zac Posen) or beautifying the locks of magazine editors, the Vidal Sassoon--trained wunderkind is the destination du jour for pristine bobs and golden highlights. Cuts start at $105 for men and women; single-process color starts at $100, highlights at $120. 170 Mercer St between W Houston and Prince Sts (212-965-9540, dopdop.com)

 

Steven Lai at John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman
If you think all midtown salons are conservative, you haven't sat in Lai's chair. Visiting the posh John Barrett Salon, located on the top floor of Bergdorf Goodman (where even the coat check boasts a view of Central Park), is a treat unto itself, but the real reasons Lai is so popular are his early hours (9am--6pm) and long-lasting, Victoria's Secret--esque blowouts. And you certainly won't mind his perfectionism as you sip a frothy latte and watch him define each strand's bounce, curl and shine. A secret weapon to the Bergdorf Blondes no more. Cuts start at $150 for men, $150 for women; blowouts cost $85. 754 Fifth Avenue at 58th St (212-872-2700, johnbarrett.com)

Reported by Courtney Balestier, Anna Balkrishna, Jamie Barratta, Lisa Butterworth, Peter Chiu, Jamie Falkowski, Ariella Gogol, Carolyn Juris, Nicola Lathroum, Lauren Levinson, Lisa Levinson, Maria Longo, Laura Neilson, Andrew Parks, Joshua Rothkopf, Yolanda Sangweni, Matt Schneiderman, Jenaya Singleton, Raven Snook and Allison Williams.

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Eddie
Eddie

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