Photo: Courtesy of Bumble and Bumble.
Bumble & Bumble DowntownCost:
Haircuts, $99 and up; color, $100 and up; blowouts, $45 and upRecommended stylists:
Tashina Tantalos, Alberto Vasquez, Francesca DellAquila
"There are so many reasons why I am obsessed with Bumble. The products smell so good and are amazing for all hair types. But particularly for waves like mine, since they're known for their salt spray and texturizers. I love that they have TVs mounted above the wash sinks, so you're entertained while getting your hair washed. And I just love how big, open, and unassuming the space is — it doesn't feel too upscale or pretentious. It's all just a bunch of cool people cutting hair.
"I've been going there for the last two years. I have seen so many different stylists (I'm not loyal), and they've all been great. My haircuts always grow out perfectly, and I love that bang trims are free between cuts. And, let's be honest, the #views of the Meatpacking District and downtown Manhattan are total Instagram bait." — Jenna Rosenstein, senior digital beauty editor at Harper's Bazaar
"Growing up, my mom would always brag about how she spent the '80s getting her hair done for free by Bumble and Bumble because she volunteered to be one of the guinea pigs at their university. She even did it for her wedding
. Both savvy (because clearly she was in good hands) and perhaps insane (because when is leaving things to chance on your wedding day ever a good idea?) on her part, B&B has always held a special place in my heart for this reason.
"While I've visited the uptown salon before, it's the downtown location — which is also a university — that I visit more often. Tucked away on a cobblestone street in the Meatpacking District, it is ridiculously spacious with never-trying-too-hard industrial decor. It also has its own little café!
"What I love about the downtown location is how unpretentious it is despite being inherently luxe. It's bursting with creativity, and a safe space for getting experimental, whether you’re chopping off a few precious inches or dyeing your hair purple. The stylist I usually visit, Francesca, is a wizard. She once gave me the most natural-looking faux bangs you've ever seen
using a $22 clip-on piece that she razor-cut into a work of art. Get them." — Lauren Valenti, beauty writer at Vogue