Want that specific Emma Stone red? How about J. Lo’s perfect streaks? While not known for its bargain prices, New York City attracts the best-of-the-best in the beauty business. For a vacation treat, try out an edgy new haircut at a West Village salon or pull your look together with a perfect up-do for one of the Met Opera’s spring shows. These 7 top salons—frequented by celebrities and beauty editors—will get you feeling pampered and ready for that close-up shot.
Sparkle Beauty Salon
This two-chair salon on a leafy street in the West Village is New York beauty at its best: personal and precise. Founders Gabriel Trujillo Everett and Jeffrey Fernandez Diaz are veterans of fashion magazine shoots and are able to actually make that celebrity or runway hairstyle you’ve always wanted come to life.
Signature treatment: Best for a fashion-forward cut, from $100. Spring is in the air, which means it’s time for a change. One quick way to reinvent yourself is by going for a cut that reveals a new you—look what severe bangs did for Rooney Mara’s career.
Book it: Visit Sparklebeautystudio.com
Located in the iconic Plaza hotel, this hair salon sees a steady stream of well-coiffed ladies. But unlike some of its posh contemporaries, the mood here is anything but pretentious. Instead, this particular location (there’s also an outpost on Madison Avenue and in L.A.) always has a pleasant and chatty hubbub. There’s also a good chance you’ll see stylist Edward Tricomi, who dresses like a rock star, work his magic.
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Signature treatment: Best for up-dos, prices vary. Most women go here for cuts, but up-dos for a fancy evening out, say at the nearby Lincoln Center, are fresh and modern. Ask for Pich Prum.
Book it: Visit Warrentricomi.com
If you’re looking for a quiet reprieve to the hustle and bustle of Midtown, stop into this hushed temple of hair by Garren. (Yes, like some of his famous clientele, the stylist needs only one name.) The maestro has cut the famous locks of everyone from Angelina Jolie and Gisele Bundchen to Madonna and Oprah.
Signature treatment: Classic cut, from $105. The salon can certainly do edgy, but its forte is a gorgeous, effortless style. All the stylists are strong. Manabu Unno is popular with the fashion set, but for women with thick hair, ask for Robert Vasquez.
Book it: Visit Garrennewyork.com
Rita Hazan Salon
The woman known for giving J.Lo her perfect honey streaks is based out of Manhattan. And though Rita Hazan is in high demand (she also did Elizabeth Hurley for her nuptials), her salon is chockfull of talent such as stylists Eddie Ngai and Andre Rodman. Plus, the Midtown location is conveniently on Fifth Avenue, in the heart of the famous shopping strip near Prada, Gucci and Bergdorf Goodman.
Signature treatment: Best highlights, from $250. Several prominent fashion editors have their locks lightened by Andre Rodman, who counts Zoe Saldana, Johnny Depp, and Renee Zellweger as his celebrity clients.
Book it: Visit Ritahazan.com
Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor
This Meatpacking salon is as vivacious as it is zany. Started by Michael Angelo (his real first and last name), the décor is pink, retro and fun-loving. Angelo, who built a name styling for big name magazines like Vogue, Elle, and Allure, is a favorite of the city’s socialites and supermodels for his luminous golden color and sparkling personality. And a fresh golden ‘do is sure to turn heads into the evening. The Standard hotel’s Standard Grill, Catch restaurant and Abe & Arthur’s are just a skip away.
Signature treatment: Best for blondes. Single process starts at $160 while touch-ups go from $110.
Book it: Visit Wonderlandbeautyparlor.com
With two locations in the city, in Chelsea and the Lower East Side, this salon is great for an affordable, quality blowout. The space-age fixtures can be a little jarring, but the friendly, no-attitude service more than makes up for it.
Book it: Visit Platinumnewyork.com
L’Atelier de Laurie
If you were watching the Oscars last month, then you might have noticed red was just about everywhere, from Emma Stone to Jessica Chastain. Though the color is hot, not every colorist can pull off the tricky shade. Laurie Foley—on speed dial with the local fashion and beauty scene and favorite of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow—has a way of giving depth and complexity to reds and browns. Her funky East Village space reflects the diverse boutiques and eateries scattered in the neighborhood.
Signature treatment: Best for brunette and redhead color, from $175. To fix a disastrous dye job, Foley is also wonderful for corrective color.
Book it: Visit Latelierdelaurie.com
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Photo credit: courtesy Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor