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Prepping your tresses to celebrate your nuptials can go far beyond getting an impossible-to-duplicate, at-home updo the morning of. Let's say you'd prefer to treat yourself to a trendy crop or summery highlights a few weeks before? If you're thinking of a whole new look for entering married life, leave it to the best of the best. Below, six picks on where to splurge on your hair before the big day.—Laura Gurfein

Orlo Salon: At celebrity stylist Orlando Pita's first salon (which opened in 2004 in the Meatpacking District), you'll know you're in good hands—literally. Stylists here are trained under the master himself, so you're guaranteed a flawless result. Cuts from Orlando are $800, while other stylists range from $200 to $300. And though the owner doesn't do color, members of his trusty team will do single process for $200 and highlights for $300 to $400.
34 Gansevoort Street; 212 242-3266

Frederic Fekkai at Henri Bendel: What's better than a world-class hair salon? A world-class hair salon inside a world-class department store. One of Fekkai's NYC salons is located on the fourh floor of Henri Bendel, where haircuts with the man himself will run you $750, while a chop with other stylists start at $125. Single process color starts at $135 and highlights at $275. (Maybe you can shop with foil wraps while waiting for your color to set?)
712 Fifth Avenue; 212-753-9500

Vu Hair at the Peninsula New York: A cut with Vu starts at $251, and color with a Master Colorists begins at $151 for single process and $326 for full highlights. What makes this salon the ultimate, splurge, though, are all the perks. When you book an appointment, you'll get to take advantage of some of the Peninsula's highlights—like it's great rooftop deck for sunbathing.
700 Fifth Avenue; 212-903-3081

Patrick Melville Pipino Salon: A cut at this cozy, intimate salon on Centre Street will cost you $295 from celeb hairstylist Ric Pipino or Patrick Melville. Single process highlights start from $130 to $150, and full highlights start around $250 to $325.
3 Centre Market Place; 212- 775-7223

Warren-Tricomi at the Plaza: So maybe you can't afford a wedding at the Plaza, but you could (possibly) swing for a new 'do at its Warren-Tricomi salon. Book Edward Tricomi for a $400 cut, or go to another stylist for prices starting at $101. Color with Joel Warren starts at $301 for highlights and $175 for single process; other stylists at the salon charge from $196 and $101. The duo also have a location on Madison Avenue, and another opening on lower Fifth Avenue.
One W. 58th Street; 212-262-8899

Paul Podlucky: This in-demand stylist doesn't have a brick-and-mortar salon. According to his profile in New York Magazine, he's a house call kind of guy. His site doesn't offer specifics on pricing, so send an email to get an estimate based on the style you have in mind.
Email; 212-717-6622
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