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New York City's Best Salons for Hair Color

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Our new weekly series Get Right for Summer has one aim: to make sure you're completely beautified before the thermostat hits 90. Whether you need a fresh pedicure or a fake tan, we're here to tell you where to go.

The surefire way to switch up your look for summer? Experiment with a new hair color. Whether you're looking to rock a subtly sun-kissed look all season long or you want to make a major statement with ombré, we've got you covered on all fronts.

After the jump, we've picked New York City salons that are the best for your budget and the best for specific looks. Still need a haircut? Check out our list of the fourteen best salons for trims and full-on chops right here—Mina Shaghaghi


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↑ Best Overall Experience: Whistle Salon (267 East 10th Street)

Whistle is basically the salon equivalent of that cool girl in high school with impeccably edgy street style you try and emulate but just end up looking like Avril Lavigne circa the "Sk8rboi" era. Located in the East Village, the well-lit salon has a friendly, inviting vibe that's matched by its team of experts.

Whether you're looking to go platinum for summer or keep things more subtle with sweet highlights, they attentively take in your vision to create one-of-a-kind results. At the same time, they pay special attention to keeping your hair healthy, no matter how drastic the change. Color services start at $60 for junior stylists and at $75 for master stylists.


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↑ Best Budget-Friendly Option: Fox & Jane Salon (Multiple locations)

In a city where people barely bat an eyelash at the sight of a $20 omelet on a brunch menu, it's a pleasant surprise when you can still score a deal. Fox & Jane has a down-to-earth, personalized approach that's apparent in everything they do, including expert, single-process color that rings up at a not-so-alarming $89.

That wallet-friendly price includes a one-on-one consultation, deep cleanse with a nourishing, restorative conditioner, and a treatment massage. Color services start at $63.


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↑ Best Highlights: Marie Robinson Salon (155 Fifth Avenue)

A seasoned veteran and celebrity colorist, Marie Robinson has worked alongside the best of the best at John Frieda, Bumble and bumble and Sally Hershberger, where she was head colorist before setting out to found her namesake salon.

You know you're in good hands if celebs like Michelle Williams, Rachel McAdams and Natalie Portman trust her with their envious head of hair. Her technique is unparalleled, and her team of colorists are equally well-versed in the art of foil highlights, expertly creating supremely sun-kissed hair that leaves you looking like you've just stepped off the beach. Color services start at $275.


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Best Ombré: Warren-Tricomi Salon (Multiple locations)

This legendary colorist/stylist duo—Joel Warren and Edward Tricomi,—is an institution among Hollywood's elite (they've worked with everyone from Scarlett Johansson to Jessica Alba). With over 40 years of experience, salons all over the country, and their own namesake product line, they know a thing or two about the latest hair trends. In fact, they're often the trendsetters themselves.

If you're looking to dive into a full-on ombré, Warren is your go-to, thanks to his expert eye for contrast, shadow, and depth. Color services start at $165 with Joel Warren and at $130 for other colorists.
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