Laura Braunstein Hair Studio

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Photograph: Julian Ribinik
Upper West Side
After working for Vidal Sassoon, Aveda and Tosler Davis salons, Laura Braunstein opened her first eponymous spot. The ceiling is dramatically draped in orange fabric and suspends a giant vintage chandelier. You can have your hair coiffed by the law-school grad turned hairstylist herself or by her seven Vidal Sassoon–trained stylists at one of the eight mahogany stations. Braunstein’s specialty is dyeing hair blond, so we suggest seeing her for sunny highlights ($100–$260) or single-process color ($60–$100). The salon also offers cuts (men $40–$60, women $65–$100), blowouts ($40) and updos ($90–$160). Get sauced while you’re sitting in the chair—the salon has an unlimited beverage policy, which allows you to sip gratis wine, mixed drinks or one of the studio’s signature cocktails: the Buxom Blonde (ginger ale, vanilla vodka and Cointreau), the Fiery Ginger (Sprite, rum, peach schnapps and cranberry juice) or the Sassy Brunette (Coke, gin, lemon vodka and simple syrup).
Venue name: Laura Braunstein Hair Studio
Address: 255 W 84th St
New York

Cross street: between Broadway and West End Ave
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri 11am–8pm; Thu noon–10pm; Sat 9am–7pm; Sun 11am–6pm
Transport: Subway: 1 to 86th St