Finding a salon and a hairstylist is like dating. You have to play the field a bit, get together a couple of times, weigh your options, and ultimately decide whether they're worth settling down for. It's exhausting, but once you meet the one, there's no turning back.
For those Big Apple go-getters still single in the salon department (or for those casual daters finally looking to make things official), we're here to play matchmaker. We asked our beauty editors (who have some of the best hair in the biz) for their favorite salons across New York City, as well as their go-to stylists and colorists.
Check out the list ahead. Hopefully, you're prepared for a long-term, committed relationship, because you're bound to fall in love with one of these recs. Here's to love, health, happiness, and really, really great hair.
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Cost: Haircuts, $85 and up; treatments, $85 and up; single-process, $100; full highlights, $200; gloss, $65; blowout, $55 and up
Recommended stylist(s): Sergio Pattirane
"There are only three things I'll venture to Brooklyn for: Grimaldi's pizza, a really good flea market, and Rob Peetoom. The Williamsburg salon opened in NYC in late 2018, but it's been around for 50 years with locations in Bali and the Netherlands. It's the open-concept space right around the corner from the Wythe Hotel that convinced me that getting a haircut doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, the space is so calming, that I fell asleep while getting my hair toned in the shampoo bowl.
"Even if you're not in the mood for a trim or touch-up, the salon offers a unique scalp facial and massage that will make you feel like you absolutely need this make-you-feel-rich treatment at least once a month. Bonus: You finish off with a blowout — so worth it." — Sam Sasso, beauty writer at Refinery29
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Cost: Haircuts, $175 and up; single process, $200 and up; blowout, $65 and up
Recommended stylist(s): Angela Haight, Liana Le, Frédérique Carme
"I have thick, loose curls, which means there's no such thing as a simple cut and color for me. Because of that, I had to find the best of the best in New York City, and that was (and is) Marie Robinson Salon. Known for its incredibly cool team of stylists and colorists, the salon has made a name for itself specifically when it comes to blonde hair. I took the plunge (or dip, rather, since I didn't go Full Blonde) four years ago. I now go once every six months to see my colorist, Angela. I end up hanging out at the salon for hours while Angela makes sure I have the perfect golden blonde highlights, leaving not one curl unnoticed. It's not cheap, but neither am I." — Morgan Baila, entertainment editor at Refinery29
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Cost: Haircuts, $99 and up; color, $110 and up; blowouts, $65 and up
Recommended stylist(s): Tashina Tantalos, Alberto Vasquez, Francesca DellAquila
"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
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Cost: Haircuts, $175 and up; color, $150 and up; blowouts, $45 and up
Recommended stylist(s): Jae Manuel Cardenas
Recommended colorist(s): Lucille Javier, Aura Friedman
"Aura is a hair-color fairy godmother — there is no shade beyond her range. If you can show her a picture of it, she can make it happen. She's almost always the mastermind behind every major hair-color trend of the moment, including this season's crop of candy-pink hair (she does Fernanda Ly's hair!). She manages to give me not what I requested — but something even better. It's always glossy, pretty, and doesn't look too 'try-hardy,' even with the crazier rainbow shades. She is also tuned in with the best of hair-color technology — she was the first one to tell me about Olaplex. Best of all, the hair color and highlights she gives me always grow out like a dream. There's no harsh line of demarcation, and people compliment me on my color even months later." — Kathleen Hou, beauty director at The Cut
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Cost: Treatments, $36 and up; natural-hair sets, $85 and up; braided styles, $100 and up; color, $120 and up; weaves, $360 and up; loc styles, $30 and up
Recommended stylist(s): Anta Fall
"My first visit to Khamit Kinks was back in 2012. While I've since relocated outside of the city, there is no other salon in the five boroughs that I trust to care for my curls. It's the premier salon in Brooklyn (dare I say, New York City) for natural hair care and styling. I am greeted with hospitality and professionalism from the moment I walk through the door. And, unlike many Black hair salons, I've never experienced a long wait because efficiency is non-negotiable.
"I would recommend Anta Fall for kinky-haired ladies who are fans of two-strand twists and textured hair extensions. She has a quiet disposition, but she means business. Her eye for detail is impeccable — no sloppy work!" — Dana Oliver, beauty director at Yahoo! Beauty
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Cost: Haircuts, $75 and up; color, $95 and up
Recommended stylist(s): Anthony Dickey & Jaxcee
"When I decided to go from jet black to blonde, I searched high and low for a colorist in New York City skilled in dyeing naturally curly hair. I wear my hair both curly and straight, so I needed someone who knew how to handle textured hair. Plus, I was nervous — this was my first time making a drastic hair change.
"When I found Jaxcee, the color director at Hair Rules, on Instagram and saw the diverse heads of curls she's colored, I knew I had to sit in her chair. When I entered the salon, I was impressed with (and so happy to see) the diverse staff. Each stylist looked different and had unique natural hair textures. The clients in chairs were also extremely diverse and, most importantly, they all looked good. Jaxcee was able to lift my dark hair to warm blonde with very minimal damage. She was extremely informative and walked me through every step of the process.
Anthony Dickey, the salon's owner, was responsible for my haircut. Normally, when going to swanky spots, I feel compelled to share a million inspiration images out of pure paranoia (I've had some botched jobs in the past). But after I briefly explained what I wanted to Dickey, he understood my vision and chopped my hair into the sexiest blunt lob. If you're looking for stylists who won't eff up your natural hair, make an appointment here ASAP." — Aimee Simeon, beauty writer at Refinery29
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Cost: Haircuts, $75 and up; color, $150 and up; extensions, $250 and up; blowouts, $55 and up
Recommended stylist(s): Peter Covington
"All the cool girls (and my fellow beauty editors) on Instagram trust the stylists at Spoke & Weal for their haircuts and trendy hair colors, and I got to experience the hype for myself when I sat in Peter's chair. I went in for a trim, when he brought an uneven, ill-chopped layer towards the back of my hair to my attention. I put my trust in Peter and his shears and walked out with a completely even, blunt-cut bob and couldn't have been happier. I'll 100% be returning to his chair when it's time for my next chop." — Simeon