Here at Byrdie, we're constantly discussing hair: styling it, coloring it, cutting it—the works. We have our all-time favorite spots, but given our job description (trying new places on a regular basis as research), we don't often get the consistency we crave. As such, I wondered what non-beauty editors had to say on the subject. Curated, chic, and opinionated, fashion editors have an unparalleled aesthetic and actually have to shell out the funds for every blowout, haircut, and highlight. That means their choices are trustworthy, to say the least.
I rounded up fashion editors with the most covetable hair in both New York and L.A., and pressed them for information. Which hairstylists do they love? Who's the superhuman who paints on their effortless-looking color? When can I make an appointment? Keep reading for all their completely unbiased secrets to really great hair.
"You will always get a stellar haircut from Gregory Russell at the Andy LeCompte Salon. I never had a hairstylist I trusted wholeheartedly until I met him. Somehow he is able to make even freshly cut hair feel already lived in with no adjustment growing-in period. Plus he understands exactly what cool-girl hair is, for lack of a better term. Not to mention he has the most unique personal style. I could go on, but you get the picture—he's the best!"
"I've been seeing Liz Owusu for the last five years. I met her when she was working at Bellissimo Hair Spa in SoHo, but then she opened her own salon called Liz Loves Hair in Bedford-Stuyvesant. It's definitely a trek for me since I live in the East Village, but it is 100% worth it. Her salon name is no joke—no one has truly cared about my hair as much as Liz has. She was a huge proponent in my decision to go natural and cut my hair the shortest it's been since I was a kid!"
"I love Albert at Bumble and Bumble for my cut. He's not only always evolving his own hairstyle (which is, IMHO, a good sign for someone in the biz of beauty), but super understanding when I, well, don't want to evolve my style and instead trick myself into feeling like I never got a cut in the first place. Despite my resistance to change, he gives it to me straight and gets the dead ends off without giving me a panic attack. He just gets it and makes me feel like a Victoria's Secret model—from the scalp up. Here's to you, Albert, my man! Hope you still have time for me even if this paragraph books you through till next October."
"I get my hair done by Deion at Time Salon. Ten years ago, she gave me my first short haircut ever, which was equal parts dramatic (Tears! Will I look like an ugly Peter Pan?) and liberating (No more breakage! Visible cheekbones!). We've been together ever since."
"If you're looking for a high-end haircut without the condescension that often comes along with one, head over to Fabio Scalia's SoHo salon. After I tried and, as you can imagine, failed at cutting my own hair one night (I was desperate to get rid of some split ends, okay!), one of my Byrdie girls recommended I pay him a visit. He not only fixed it, he also somehow salvaged my long locks and made my mane look better than ever, all while being incredibly sweet (he even complimented my cutting skills). After that, one of the girls there gave me a blowout that miraculously lasted for days at the peak of NYC summer humidity. In short, butchering my own hair was totally worth it for leading me to my new favorite salon."
"I started getting my haircut at Charles Ifergan Salon back home in Chicago when I was in high school, and I haven't let another person—besides Gia, the GOAT—touch my hair since. I've had a few hair mishaps in the past (see: ombré that turned platinum, strands turning brittle and falling out, etc.), and there's something incredibly comforting about sitting down in that chair and having to give very little instruction aside from '[shorter or longer] than usual.' I go home enough that it isn't a problem to keep up my regular haircuts, but *extremely Carrie Bradshaw voice* I can't help but wonder: Is it time for me to graduate to a NYC-based salon?"
"I happened to have Wes from Hairstory recommended to me right when I moved to New York last year, and it was the biggest hair blessing ever. He's so attuned to what I ask for in a haircut, and he cuts in a way that makes my hair not only look amazing the second I step out of the (gorgeous penthouse) salon, but also for months to come as it grows out. I'm so lucky to have found this little gem!"
"I swear by Benjamin with Negin Zand salon. Benjamin is a master and knows how to whip my sun- and salt-damaged summer hair back into shape for fall. It also doesn't hurt that he is a fellow Brit and absolutely hilarious, so the whole experience is a blast."
"I'm originally from the Bay Area, and when I'm home, my go-to is Barrow in San Francisco. The salon has a chill California vibe that I miss in NYC, and my stylist, Nichole Kreps, is pure magic.
"I've spent the past few years dabbling in hair colors like blue and purple, and there's nowhere that does color better than Sally Hershberger downtown. My colorist, Lucille Javier, is so talented that people stop me on the street and ask if I'm sporting her work—baller.
"Just last week, I got my latest chop from the ultra-talented Mark Bustos at Three Squares Studio in NYC. He's an amazing stylist, but he does super-inspiring things outside the studio too, like giving haircuts to homeless people and people in need across NYC and around the world."
"For my color, I swear by Kari Hill at Mèche Salon in Beverly Hills. She turned my locks into this gorge tortoiseshell color last summer, which is basically a hybrid of balayage and ombré vibes, but incredibly natural. She also introduced me to gloss treatments, which, if you've never had one, I think you know what to do this weekend. Needless to say, I always leave her chair with the best color and the perfect shine.
"Javan Stone at Spoke & Weal is my go-to for a solid cut or trim. I'm pretty low-maintenance when it comes to cutting my hair. I rarely change up my look, and he knows exactly what I want every time. Plus, the salon is convenient, quick, and reasonably priced! Of course, I've got my girl back in Kansas, too, who never lets me down."
Comment below with your go-to hair salon, and then read about what happened when I asked for the same blowout at three different salons.