Finding your go-to hairstylist and the best salon in NYC—a city of never-ending options—can be stressful, to say the least, whether you’re planning a huge cut and balayage treatment or simply a refreshing trim. We started to work to make the task a little easier. These 10 hair salons made the cut after we searched far and wide for experienced stylists, excellent atmospheres, and top reviews.
Fringe Les Salon
Fringe Les has been delivering a broad range of services to clients in New York City since 2004. It was one of the first salons to open in the Lower East Side 15 years ago. Fringe offers not only the services of haircuts, styling, single or double-process hair coloring, color correction, and full head or half head highlights but also hair color using fantasy colors such as blue, green, purple, or pink.
Owner and master stylist Amy Schiappa has been featured as one of NYC’s top stylists in multiple media platforms like the New York Times. She has created a space that was inspiring and inclusive, and that’s exactly what she’s achieved with the salon’s cute vintage barbershop-esque look and her staff of creative and considerate stylists.
248 Broome Street New York, NY 10002
Fox & Jane
Fox & Jane – Bowery is a locally owned hair salon serving New York City. Founded by hairstylist Lorean Cairns and entrepreneur Billy Canu, F&J embraces fun and community and prioritizes salon culture to the point that Cairns even wrote a book about it (in addition to hosting stylist education classes and events). We love the way their pricing is uniquely based on hair length and service difficulty (rather than gender) and all products used are cruelty-free and accessibly priced.
Owning professional teams that work with various hair lengths and textures. These stylists also have their own specialties, from color formulations, baby lights, to hair painting, textured cuts, and razor cuts. Additionally, they offer advanced cuts, glossing treatments, styling for special events, and bold, pastel, or platinum color services.
Fox & Jane’s five NYC salons are unlike any other in Manhattan, so If you are undecided on whether you should make an appointment in the Bowery, the East Village, the Lower East Side, the Upper West Side, or Brooklyn? We suggest checking out their Insta to find the right stylist for you.
223 Grand Street New York, NY 10013
Inspired by founder Kattia Solano’s Costa Rican heritage, Butterfly Studio Salon in the Flatiron District is a space that emphasizes confidence, personality, transformation, and artistry. Founded in 2001, Butterfly Studio Salon focuses on developing client loyalty and friendships by providing exceptional hair styling and customer service in a relaxed yet sophisticated salon. The stylists are equipped to execute high-quality hair styling and cuts, faux bangs, hair accessories, coloring, brow shaping, red carpet extensions, hotheads, and klix. Makeup, blow-drying, and dry style tutorials are available at the salon.
Butterfly Studio’s founder, Kattia Solano, has over 20 years of professional stylist experience and was recently named one of the top four stylists in Manhattan by Allure magazine. While services with Solano herself can be pricey (a cut will cost you $400, thanks to her 25+ years of experience), you can book with another skilled stylist for far less; check out the salon’s Instagram to find your fave. Of course, there’s always Kattia’s Corner—the founder’s step-by-step tutorials available online for any and all to follow.
New York, NY 10010
Spoke & Weal
Spoke & Weal is striving to modernize the hair-cutting and corrective coloring game. Firm believers that the secret to maintaining length and shape is a dry cut as opposed to a wet one, salon owners Jon Reyman and Christine Thompson wield their tried-and-tested treatments of color balance and hair retexturing to educate clients on haircare nationwide.
At Spoke & Weal Soho, you don’t tell Master Stylist Kelsy Osterman the exact length you’re going for—she lets your hair’s natural texture dictate that for you instead. After listening to your locks (by seeing where your curls and waves start and end), she snips to perfection, delivering modern cuts full of body and volume. Meanwhile, on the lower level of the two-floor salon, Master Colorist Madison Rae Garrett excels in bold hues and beachy balayage, creating dreamy shades every time.
147 Grand St. / Lafayette & Crosby, New York, NY 10013
23rd Street Hair Salon
23rd Street Hair Salon is a unisex hair salon that serves clients in New York City and nearby areas. Established in 2007, it offers hair cutting, styling, coloring, and treatments. Its professionals are able to perform a wide range of cuts and styles. It also uses products and techniques that are safe for its customers. 23rd Street Hair Salon also handles other beauty services such as threading, eyelash extensions, hair braiding, and day-of-event makeup and hairstyling.
248 East 23rd Street New York, NY 10010
David Ryan Salon
Established more than 20 years ago, David Ryan Salon is an iconic hair salon in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Its team of professional stylists covers all aspects of hairstyle and color services using only hair-safe products. Some of the services offered include upstyling, curls, and waves, retexturizing, and eyebrow shaping. Highlights, full hair color, and extensions are also available. David Ryan Salon has already styled actors and others in the entertainment industry.
429 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036
Garden New York
Garden New York is a hair salon that serves clients from the city and its nearby areas. The salon provides a wide range of services such as hair cuts, roots touch up, double colors, and full and partial highlights. Straight and digital perms are also available. Its team of professional stylists is led by Taka and Masumi, who are committed to providing clients with a relaxing environment during the service. Taka and Masumi have received training 15years over in Tokyo and New York salons as well.
323 West 11th Street New York, NY 10014
Mizu Louis Licari
Mizu Louise Licari is a hairstyling salon that serves New York City and the surrounding areas. It offers various services such as men’s/women’s haircuts, washing and blow-drying, updos, Balayage, highlight, and color correction. The salon has been featured in several press articles and social media posts by celebrities. For example, Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen once posted on Instagram her braid inspired by Elsa from the movie “Frozen.” It was done by one of the salon’s hairstylists, Dominick Pucciarelli.
505 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022
Marie Robinson Salon
Celebrity colorist Marie Robinson’s eponymous Flatiron salon, co-founded with stylist Abell Oujaddou, has been the go-to for dozens of fashion and entertainment industry superstars (including Anne Hathaway and Elizabeth Moss) since 2010. The salon may not have a shiny new website or social media presence (Robinson intentionally deleted the company’s Instagram account a few years back), but who needs modern marketing when you have something better? In this case, that’s word-of-mouth praise from Hollywood’s glossy-haired elite.
40 West 25th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010
With locations in hotspots like Soho and Brooklyn, plus a residency at the Arlo SoHo hotel, it’s no wonder Cutler is a favorite among the fashion crowd. (Its celeb and model clientele doesn’t hurt either—one look at Cutler’s Instagram will reveal lots of famous faces.) Make an appointment with colorist Ryan Pearl for a dye job worthy of the runway (he’s worked with Hailey Bieber, Kelsea Ballerini, and more) or Melissa Parizot for a cool model-girl cut.
465 West Broadway NY, NY 10012