New York’s Coolest Salons!

The Big Apple, the most amazing city in the world! Everyone just wants to take a bite of it! And why not? Just to be part of this crazy metropolis, even for a short time, is a major buzz! But where?... I hear you ask, do New Yorkers go for a great haircut? The choices, believe me, are endless...

If you can afford to keep up with the celebrities, then you might like to check out ‘Garren New York’ situated in Henri Bendel’s 5th Ave. Here you might find yourself rubbing shoulders with Madonna, Nicole Kidman or Oprah Winfrey. In fact everybody who’s anybody has been to Garren. But you will need very, very deep pockets!

Looking for more of a rockstar look? Then the answer may well be ‘April Barton’s Suite 303’. Located on the third floor of the famous Chelsea Hotel, West 23rd Street, clients include Matthew Modine, Adrien Brody, Jake Gyllenhaal as well as U2, Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello. Suite 303 is the best kept secret in NYC.

What say you fancy something more ‘down to earth’ with a little bit more of say, a cosy homely atmosphere, then check out ‘Fringe’ in Broome Street on the Lower East Side. Here you will find a small boutique salon with an old tin ceiling with exposed brick walls decorated with contemporary art. A 1950s soda shop feel with their own product line ‘Fringe & Friends’. With prices starting at $65US it is certainly affordable!

Over in Brooklyn you can find ‘Woodley & Bunny’ on North 10th Street. Cool minimalism is the look and feel of this salon which includes a bar that serves beer from micro breweries, as well as wine and cocktails. And would you believe they also have Bloody Mary Saturdays! Cult hair products like ‘Sachajuan of Stockholm’ are included on the menu. As for the salon’s name - it’s the childhood nicknames of the owners! One being a former music director at Rolling Stone.

If Gothic Glam is what your after then look no further than ‘Mudhoney’ who have salons in Sullivan Street and Kenmare. These salons are paeans to rock ’n’ roll. One salon is decked out like a torture chamber with a skull motif and raven-hued décor. In the spirit of rock, don’t expect a morning appointment as they open at noon on weekdays. Cult hair products include Aprou of Japan and Nigelle of Japan. Haircuts start at $95US.

Last but not least you should check out ‘Whittemore House Salon’ on Grove Street. This salon is on the ground floor of a former West Village boarding house that was made famous by the poet Hart Crane and Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Named after Samuel Whittemore, who built the building, the salon has distressed walls and furniture from an antiques store giving it that rundown mansion chic. Known for ‘hair painting,’ a technique that involves brushing on colour, without foils, the salon stocks products like ‘Sachajuan of Stockholm’ with haircuts starting at $95US.