By Gigi Stone Woods
It’s been a long cold winter of hibernating and hiding under wooly layers and hats. But now that your pasty skin and dried- out hair are going to be exposed to the public, you might be wondering where to start. Whether you’re facing a high school reunion, a wedding where you’ll run into that ex-boyfriend who dumped you for his receptionist, or just a new season full of promise, we’ve got your back. Like dating, the search for the perfect salon can be exhausting, but when you find your match, we swear: it’ll be worth it. Boys come and go, but a hairdresser—that’s a relationship that can last. (Some surveys, albeit sketchy ones, have even found that women stay with their hairstylists, on average, longer than they do with their husbands.). Whatever you’re looking for, here are New York City’s top salons.
Oscar Blandi, 545 Madison Avenue (212-421-9800; oscarblandi.com)
MARIE ROBINSON SALON
Marie Robinson Salon,
NUNZIO SAVIANO SALON
Nunzio Saviano, 130 East 65th Street (212-988-0880; nunziosaviano.com)
BUMBLE & BUMBLE
It’s fast, efficient, and gets the job well done. The staff is friendly, impeccably trained and always reliable. Beyond cut and color, Bumble offers natural-looking extensions and artistic up-dos, plus it boasts a vast salon network of like-minded stylists. And if you can’t squeeze in an appointment, recreate the salon experience at home with its much-lauded, eponymous line of products that can be found at various retailers, including Sephora (sephora.com).
Bumble & bumble, several locations throughout NYC (bumbleandbumble.com)
It may be a less expensive option than the big name salons, but regulars swear this place doesn’t skimp. Instead, the salon combines American and Japanese techniques, including the Liscio Super Straight treatment—a hair relaxer that shines up even the frizziest locks.
Hairmates, several locations throughout NYC (hairmates-ny.com)
Men need hair love, too. Thankfully, the barbershop revival is here to stay. This popular bi-coastal chain has transformed haircuts and straight-razored shaves into the luxe experiences that even your supposedly no-frills dude will love. Sam Buffa debuted his original location in the back of a hip retailer on New York’s Lower East Side. Over a decade later, his salons are a religion. They’re so good, we’ve observed some women think the same. Plus, the paraben- and sulfate-free line of shaving products has given their worshippers a daily ritual. Pick some up for someone special. And while you’re at it, book Angie Elizalde for his next appointment at the SoHo outpost.
Fellow Barber, several locations throughout NYC and San Francisco, CA (fellowbarber.com).
HALE ORGANIC SALON
An option for those looking for a chemical-free, organic experience, Hale offers ammonia-free hair color, a buffet of organic products, no hairspray fumes, and tremendous customer satisfaction—just check its stellar Yelp! reviews.
Hale Organic Salon, 91 Franklin Street (212-966-5656; halesalon.com)
BLUSHINGTON MAKEUP & BEAUTY LOUNGE
Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge, several locations throughout NYC and the U.S. (blushington.com)
BRONZE BOUTIQUE & SPA
You don’t need me to tell you that applying self-tanner at home is a risk. We’ve all seen the orange Oompa-Loompas, the streaked faux-glow, the muddy palms, and feet. So when it’s time for a special occasion, leave it to the professionals. Owner Heike Muschik will give you a gorgeous glow that lasts for a week and makes you look like you just got back from the Caribbean. Looking for a cheaper option? Dip into their Versa Spa Spray Tanning Booth—quicker and more affordable than a custom job, yet, surprisingly even.
Bronze Boutique & Spa, 330 East 65th Street (212-319-5805; bronzeboutiquenyc.com)
BLINK BROW BAR
This luxurious eyebrow and lash service bar, it’s located in both New York City Saks Fifth Avenue outposts. The pint-sized salon ushers the ancient Indian technique of threading into the 21st century with “drop-in” locations for efficient, precise results. Show up for eyebrow threading, lash, and eyebrow tinting, and lash and eyebrow extensions. Wide-eyed at the prospect? I was too—until I tried it myself.
Blink Brow Bar, located at both Saks Fifth Avenue (blinkbrowbar.com)
MAUREEN PEDALA MAKEUP ARTISTRY
Here’s a one-sentence endorsement: This is the most attractive you will ever look, no matter how old you are and how much SPF you wore in your youth. Need I say more?
Maureen Pedala Makeup Artistry, serving all of NYC (917-847-9494; firstname.lastname@example.org)
If what you’re looking for is pure, unadulterated va-va-voom, Merrell’s your girl. I mean, woman.
Merrell Daly, serving all of NYC (917-434-8113; merrelldaly.com)
It’s the Uber of the beauty world, a quick, on-demand way to have a highly trained stylist at your fingertips. Pick your service (hair and makeup!), and wait for a trusted professional to show up at your house or office—anytime, anywhere, and with precision and a full toolkit. Game-changer.
Glam Squad, serves Miami, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and NYC (glamsquad.com)
Gigi Stone Woods is an award-winning, national TV on-air host, anchor, correspondent and producer from ABC News, CBS News, NBC News and Bloomberg TV. She is currently a rotating anchor and producer of various national news shows including “Early Today” on NBC and MSNBC and appears regularly as a business expert on Fox5 NY. She also works as an on-air media trainer, media message writer and TV consultant through her company, Stone Woods Media.
Stone Woods received her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is a native New Yorker.