When you have curly or natural hair, finding a hairstylist or salon you can trust is a lot like hunting for your soul mate. One amazing blind date could land you with someone who knows how to twist and cut your curls, and you live happily ever after in total hair bliss. Or, you spend a few years kissing frogs — and crying — before you end up with the one. Unfortunately, the latter scenario is more common for people with naturally curly and kinky hair.
Not all salons and stylists are hip to handling textured strands. Different types of curls require different care and — if done wrong — your salon experience (and your hairstyle) can deteriorate into a nightmare. Finding that person to give you a seasonal trim, a new fall hair color, or just a bomb twist out is a process of trial and error. But once you find a place to care for your curls, you've hit the jackpot.
If you're still playing the field and you live in The Big Apple, we scoped out some potential contenders. Ahead, find all the people and places our fellow naturalistas trust most with their hair.