More important then makeup, a haircut can take years off your face or add years onto it. A haircut is a snapshot into a personality – sweet or severe, conservative or rebellious – and is often one of the first factors people judge you by, consciously or not. It evolves with you, but often not without the help and guidance of hair professionals. As the fashion capital of the United States, New York has no shortage of hair salons but in a city where the cost of living is one of the highest in the country finding the right salon that won’t break the bank can be a challenge. Within this wealth of options are a few top quality gems where you can feel stylish and savvy making an appointment.
1. Capelli D’Oro is located on Fifth Avenue near Union Square and is unrivaled in the level of personalized friendly service it gives. With highly educated and trained stylists a haircut here is an learning experience as well as an affordable indulgence. Stylists are happy to spend ample time discussing what cut would work best for each client, factoring in everything from lifestyle to the wave pattern of your hair, and then bringing that cut to life through meticulous and skilled sculpting of the hair. While prices vary, it is possible to get a haircut for less then $100, which is quite affordable by NYC standards, especially for the level of cut and the amount of time you receive.
2. Arrojo Salon, as in Nick Arrojo from the hit show “What Not To Wear” is another surprisingly affordable option. While no longer featured on the show, he is still running this chic New York salon along with his wife and a team of other professionals. With a wide range of stylist levels comes an equally wide range of prices, with a cut by the “new talent” devision coming in at only $67. If you’re willing to shell out more money you can get a cut from Nick himself and treat yourself to the “What Not To Wear” experience – or as close as you’re going to come unless you have friends secretly nominating you for the show itself.
3. Aveda Salon is another great option. With their own hair academy you can get a truly affordable style if you’re willing to trust your hair to students – a safe bet at this reputable and well established hair giant. Even a cut at their regular salon can be gotten for under $100, not an amount to sneeze at in a city where a dinner for two can easily far surpass that. Once the cut is finished it can be styled with products from their own popular line, which you can buy and bring home to recreate the Aveda experience yourself every morning.
While money can’t buy love, money can buy a relaxing afternoon spent transforming your look. These are just a few of the salons in New York, but they are a few of the best. Next time you’re ready for a change, or just need to touch up the cut you still love, try out one of these locations or discover your own hidden steal out on the streets of NYC.