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The best hair salons in NYC

Looking for the best hair salons? NYC has plenty of places that make the cut whether you want a new ‘do or a trim.

By Jennifer Picht, Jacqueline Nochisaki and Cristina Gibson

Thanks to the best hair salons, NYC residents can always look their best. If you’re in the market for a fresh cut, new color or the best blowouts, we’ve got your coif covered with plenty of options, from steals to splurges. Get ready for good hair days ahead and selfie perfection. Want head-to-toe beauty? Don’t forget to check out the best brow bars and nail salons, too.

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Best hair salons in NYC

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1. Salon Ruggeri

Health and beauty Hair salons Flatiron

Australia natives and partners Gregorio Ruggeri & Craig Longhurst moved to New York to open their gorgeous NoMad salon in 2015. The chic salon feels more like a luxurious apartment and is beautifully decorated by Longhurst, an interior designer, and the vintage furniture and home accessories are all actually for sale if you like what you see. It also sells fragrances and jewelry in addition to styling products. The salon uses no assistants—you get one master stylist who does your cut, color and style. Haircuts and highlights start at $150, blowouts are $60.

Photograph: Courtesy Jane Bruce

2. The Bird House

Health and beauty Gowanus

The salon was started in 2011 by two sisters in Carroll Gardens, but they’ve since moved to a larger location in Gowanus. The Bird House believes your relationship with your hair is deep and the goal is for you to leave the salon feeling “emotionally boosted.” (And if you’re undergoing chemotherapy, your cut is free.) They do cut, color (including Balyage and Ombre) and styling. Cuts are between $80-115, color starts at $120 and blowouts begin at $35. You can book online or via their app, but be aware that they require a credit card when booking and have a 24-hour cancellation policy.


3. Hairroin Salon

5 out of 5 stars
Health and beauty Beauty salons Midtown West

After doing the do's of Hollywood's most fabulously tatted, this beloved hair dye and cut institution brought its operation to Herald Square in 2014. Sit back for a bespoke experience that makes every tint feel like it was tailored to your personality, along with a dye job that feels more like a scalp massage than chemical treatment. With a range of treatments including cuts ($65-$165) and color ($110–$280), excellent take-home products and an unbeatable mix of Robyn and Dua Lipa playing while your hair sets, Hairroin will have you coming back for more. 

Butterfly Studio Salon
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4. Butterfly Studio

Health and beauty Spas Flatiron

Owner Kattia Solano refers to her 4,000-square-foot second-floor salon as a “sanctuary of beauty and artistry,” and we agree. Her primp haven is the perfect place to go to be at peace with your mane. Translation? Rest assured that your hair needs and desires will be met. Solano, along with her superstar crew of stylists, turn out perfectly-layered, easy-to-wear cuts in addition to makeup applications. 

Photograph: Adel Atelier

5. Adel Atelier

Health and beauty Beauty salons Midtown East

Adel Chabbi’s Upper East Side salon focuses on dry cuts, color, hair extensions and blowouts. The celebrity stylist began his career in France at age 13 and believes everyone deserves to feel good about themselves. Feel like a star yourself in the massage chairs, which you can enjoy as you get your hair washed. Cuts start at $150, blowouts at $50 and color at $250. 

6. Ammon Carver Studio

Health and beauty Beauty salons Chelsea

As the creative director for L’Anza Healing Haircare, stylist Ammon Carver is used to seeing his work in the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair. His loftlike space is a salon meets studio hybrid, so you can sometimes watch an editorial photo shoot while getting your hair cut (starting at $130), colored ($100 and up) and otherwise coiffed. The salon’s app provides easy appointment booking and prepayment choices, along with the option to send stylists inspiration photos before you arrive.


7. Nunzio Saviano Salon

Health and beauty Beauty salons Lenox Hill

Salon owner Nunzio Saviano’s philosophy spurns the signature look, embracing instead the idea that a ’do should be as unique as the client. Expect a full examination of facial structure, lifestyle and hair quirks before a stylist gets to work. Cuts and color both start at $125, and additional services include makeup, wedding prep and even braiding.

8. Sally Hershberger Downtown

Health and beauty Spas Chelsea

Sally Hershberger is one of the most sought-after hairstylists in the country. Many a high-wattage star—Kate Moss, Julia Roberts and Michelle Pfeiffer, for example—will shell out $1,000 to see her, and Hershberger even attracts unlikely VIP clients like Tom Cruise and Hillary Clinton. If Hershberger’s fee is too steep, consider shelling out for one of the other Sally-trained stylists for $200. It’s a small price to pay for perfection.


9. Arte Salon

Health and beauty Nolita

Joseph Artale’s bright, modern salon creates a calm feel that’s light-years from the downtown hustle. That’s the key right there: Clients say that the stylists here actually listen—like, really listen—to what they want and deliver it to perfection. And stop-traffic tresses are just icing on the cake, since each treatment is accompanied by a Japanese head and neck massage—worth the appointment on its own. Color services start at $100, and you could see a junior stylist for $95.

best hair salons in nyc
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10. Arrojo Studio

Health and beauty Hair salons West Village

You may recognize owner Nick Arrojo from TLC’s What Not to Wear, where he spent seven seasons as the official hairdressing host. His eponymous salons—in Soho, Tribeca and now Williamsburg—are known for upholding Nick’s signature razor technique. A cut by Mr. Arrojo himself will set you back $500, but an appointment with any of the specially trained stylists (ranked by experience in six different levels) range from $85 to $205. The salon also does color starting at $85 as well as makeup and add-on hair treatments. If you book at the flagship location in Soho, check out the Italian café at the back of the salon during those long, multiple-steps-required appointments.

Cutler Brooklyn
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11. Cutler Brooklyn

Health and beauty Beauty salons Williamsburg

The Brooklyn outpost of this high-end Manhattan salon certainly fits its Williamsburg setting: It’s small, stylish and intimate. And with only five chairs, it’s the opposite of cookie-cutter hair factories that turn out the same ’do over and over. Here, stylists translate their Fashion Week cred to cuts and color (both $100 and up) that are on trend without trying too hard. Head to the back for a strong drink at the salon bar, then lounge in the backyard garden when weather is warm.

best hair salons in nyc
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12. Fox & Jane Salon

Health and beauty Spas East Village

Looking for a break from the pretension of most city salons, two best friends opened the original Fox and Jane location on the LES in 2011. The vibe is warm, chill and, thanks to the wine and beer clients are greeted with, skews more British pub than swanky salon. Even the name is a nod to famous London watering holes such as the Crown and the Thorn, or the Lamb and Flag. A total fan fave, the salons, which are found throughout the city, have reasonable prices for top-notch services—cuts start at $73 and color at $93. And the alcohol certainly doesn't hurt.


13. Butterfly Studio

Health and beauty Spas Flatiron

While it's primarily known as a gorgeously outfitted hair salon where owner Kattia Solano—and a legion of equally talented stylists—turn out perfectly layered, easy-to-wear cuts, this massive, 4,000-square-foot second-floor space also has an in-house space devoted to massages, nail treatments and waxing. Cuts cost $120 for women and $90 for men.

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14. FRED salon

Health and beauty Beauty salons Lower East Side

How many stylists can say they were also political candidates? Fred Connors can. The Nova Scotia–based stylist ran for mayor of Halifax, and he just so happens to give one helluva makeover. At his Lower East Side salon, his first in the States, he and his team focus on reasonably priced hair and grooming services. Cuts start at $95; color applications are $120 and up. Connors’s Canadian outpost often hosts charity events, so you can expect opportunities to give back at this location, too.


15. Ouidad Salon

Health and beauty Spas Midtown West

Carving and slicing may be two things you do to a Thanksgiving turkey, but they’re also Ouidad’s patented techniques for dealing with curly locks. Owner Ouidad (also known as the Queen of Curl) has more than 30 years of professional experience and curls of her own, so she understands the characteristics and science of curly hair—and makes sure her staff does too. Cuts range from $125 to $160. For super dry ’dos, try damage control ($190) or deep treatments ($90). The salon also hawks a line of specifically formulated products for delicate hair in the store and online.

16. Fringe

Health and beauty Spas Lower East Side

Owner Amy Schiappa really likes art: Her beauty parlor has an art gallery, which features the work of local artists on a revolving basis, and the shop’s website thanks customers for “letting us put art on your heads.” Cuts start at $75 and the stylists’ areas of expertise ranges from the unexpected and bizarre to the subdued and traditional. For returning customers, bang trims between regular visits are complimentary.


17. Pickthorn

Health and beauty Beauty salons Bushwick

Celeb color guru Chelsey Pickthorn’s Bushwick spot (singer Neon Hitch is a fan) boasts a homey vibe with subway-tile walls, reclaimed-wood furniture and a sparkling vintage chandelier. Kitschy colored carts made of steel pipes and cedar barn wood trolley up next to you as either Pickthorn or stylist assistant Jocelyn Simone applies the shade of your choice. Sip a gratis tea or homemade juice as you relax in the cozy waiting area before your haircut (men $110, women $220) or color (starting at $200).

18. Bumble and bumble

Health and beauty Hair salons Midtown East

The hair industry has had a roller-coaster relationship with the razor—one minute they hate it, the next, they love it. While the rest try to pick a side, Bumble and bumble has championed the shear alternative since 1987, when stylist Howard McLaren joined the company and realized that razors could be used to create stellar geometric bobs. Since then, Bumble and bumble stylists have been crafting precise, choppy and piecey crops. Cuts with a junior stylist start at $99, and there’s another salon in the Meatpacking District, so you never have to schlep too far.


19. Whistle

Health and beauty Spas East Village

The East Village Whistle’s motto, “Look less ugly,” certainly seems promising, and the price is right, too. Cuts are from $72 to $88, coloring starts at $88 and blowouts begin at $45. Stylist Tom is known for turning bang-haters into side-swept goddesses—and he actually explains how to re-create the look after washing it at home. Bang trims are free for clients (as often as necessary) and just $20 for new patrons.

best hair salons in nyc
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20. Ludlow Blunt

Health and beauty Barbershops Williamsburg

The appropriately hipster-ified Ludlow Blunt Salon, Russell Manley’s Williamsburg salon for ladies and gents, blends an old-school vibe with effortless, of-the-moment style. The shop, named after turn-of-the-century philanthropists—and owners of pretty sizeable mustaches—seems to have a cult following with mere mortals as well as mega-celebs, all of whom eat up the careful craftsmanship and throwback grooming products offered here. Cuts start at $105 for women and $75 for men. Salon services include extras such as a beard trim or a traditional hot towel shave.

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