Best salons for color

Sharron Dorram at Sally Herschberger
Star stylists Sharon Dorram and Sally Hershberger have teamed up to offer the crme de la crme in cuts and color. Housed in a classic two-story limestone townhouse on the Upper East Side, the salon resembles a Parisian atelier with the comforts of a family home. The duo handpicked top stylists throughout the city to helm the space, which means prices aren't cheap, but you're guaranteed to get the best. 17 E 71st St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-535-3519,

Rita Hazan
What do Rene Zellweger, Michelle Williams and Jennifer Lopez have in common? Their hair color changes as often as their popularity. Rita Hazan is the master behind these famous color chameleons, and she also works her magic on a bevy of in-the-know New Yorkers who frequent the salon, known for its impeccable hair coloring (from $85). The salon's most popular golden highlights are said to appear totally natural for that "I was born with this color" look. Hazan, who works solely with color, often does corrective treatments for botched dye jobs, and other staffers can help you with spray tans ($10 to $100), makeup applications ($150 to $250), Brazilian waxing ($75), spa manicures ($30) and much more. 720 Fifth Ave at 56th St (212-586-4343

Cutler Salon
A sleek, white, minimalist design with editorial photographs and artwork plastered on the walls is the backdrop for this surprisingly unpretentious salon. With a staff of more than 130, you're sure to find someone who can give you exactly what you want, whether it's routine highlights, a bleach-blond bob or a bright-blue dye job. Everyone from celebs (Rachael Ray and Naomi Watts are customers) to downtown hipsters can be seen frequenting the salon. Cuts ($90 and up), shampoos and blowouts ($65 and up), and highlights ($150 and up) all come with complimentary shoulder and neck massages, so you're sure to leave looking—and feeling—good. 465 West Broadway between W Houston and Prince Sts (212- 308-3838,

Antonio Prieto Salon
You don't have to shell out hundreds of dollars to get premium salon treatments. This sleek and modern hair haven offers an Academy Cuts program where clients can get coiffed by an apprentice, someone knee-deep in their training program, or a "new talent," a stylist who is ready to take the final test to join the staff full-time, at a reduced rate (cuts and color start at $45). Full-priced color treatments are a little steep, but more extensive. Choose from nine color treatments on the menu, including single-process (from $100), starburst (from $100), corrective color (from $150), gloss (from $75) and color blow-dry ($35). 127 W 20th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-255-3741,

Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon
Known for its long roster of celebrity clients, and stylists who are almost just as famous, the John Frieda Salon is a favorite with both locals and tourists. If you're willing to shell out big bucks for your mane, you'll never have to worry about zebra-striped highlights or fried hair from an inferior dye job. Keep your locks looking healthy with the salon's signature cuts (from $175) and color (from $130 for single-process, from $200 for highlights). 825 Washington St between Little West 12th St and Gansevort St (212-675-0001,

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