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
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.
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.
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. In September, the salon will expand into a larger location next door.
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 $140), colored ($110 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $80 to $200. The salon also does color starting at $80 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.
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.
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 $69 and color at $89. And the alcohol certainly doesn't hurt.