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When it comes to beauty services, few strike as deep an emotional chord as a hair change, whether you're just trimming off split ends or finally joining the candy-colored pixie movement. To help you decide where that change will take place, we've rounded up 17 of the city's best hair salons, mixing in the high-end big names (Sally Hershberger, Ted Gibson) with budget-friendlier neighborhood-y spots (Shampoo Avenue B, Van Sickel) and specialization salons (Devachan, Hair Mates) too. Check out our full rundown—mapped out for your convenience—below.

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1. Whiteroom

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Started by married Woodley and Bunny alums Tommy Lovell and Elisabeth Leary, South Williamsburg’s Whiteroom melds salon services with retail. Head to the back of the ultra-minimal space for a cut that’ll fall into place long after that complimentary blowout’s worn off ($96), or stop by the in-house apothecary to pick up products from hard-to-find hair and skincare brands like Leonor Greyl, R+Co., and Smith and Cult. [Photo]

2. Shampoo Avenue B

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This East Village spot keeps neighborhood residents—and their friends, since this place has good word-of-mouth—coming back for trustworthy and trendy cuts starting at $40 for men and $60 for women. They just relocated down the block near Houston Street to a space that houses double the amount of salon chairs. [Photo]

3. Hair Date

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At this no-fuss salon on the Bowery, stylists work to meld your cut requests with their "artistic vision" to create a look suited to your face shape and texture needs. And if you're able to get in during the workday, between 11am and 3pm, your cut is just $27; otherwise, prices start at $45 and bang trims go for $10. [Photo]

4. Bumble & Bumble

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Book an appointment at the cult favorite hair care brand's Meatpacking District salon when you have a couple extra hours to enjoy the view, shop the retail section, and get a sandwich or a juice from the in-house café. Also, book an appointment here when you have a couple extra bucks to spare: Expert cuts range from $99 to $250. [Photo]

5. Fringe Salon

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Offering more than just life-altering advice about bangs, Fringe stylists both here and in the Gowanus salon offer expert cuts and color processes to all the hairs on your head. Cuts with a junior stylist start at $75, while single-process color starts at $80 and a full head of highlights starts at $185. [Photo]

6. Fox & Jane

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Personal attention and a reasonable price tag are what you can expect from this Cobble Hill salon—and any of their Manhattan locations, too. The price of your cut depends on how long your hair is to start, but most should come in at under $100 before tip. [Photo]

7. Alibi NYC Salon

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Recommended by Allure and ranked as one of the country's best salons by Elle last year, this salon boasts a look book of their own work that'll inspire anyone who books an appointment to try something new, whether it's long layers or an architectural pixie. Cut prices both here and at the Flatiron location start at $85 and can run up to $200, depending on what you're getting done. [Photo]

8. Hair Mates

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This Tokyo transplant has had this Midtown location since 1978, and later added a second salon on the Bowery. Prices start at $60 for women's sessions, and their infusion of Japanese techniques into a typical haircut help to create flattering styles, particularly on those of Asian descent. [Photo]

9. The Drawing Room New York

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The Soho salon has racked up accolades from the likes of New York magazine and Garance Doré, and it's clear to see why: Along with cuts starting at $80 and top-ranked hair extension services, the dye jobs posted on their social media channels—from standard blonde and brunette to candy-colored pastels—will have you pinning for hours. [Photo]

10. Devachan Salon

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Does the thought of taking a flatiron to your hair make you flat-out LOL? Take your curls to the Devachan experts, who can snip your natural texture into face-flattering styles that don't require tons of maintenance post-cut. [Photo]

11. Graceland

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"All of my friends who have the very best hair see Corvette (that's his name!) at Graceland in Brooklyn," one Vox Media staffer told Racked of the salon whose cuts start at $85 for women. "Like, three different great-hair friends, none of whom know each other." Bonus points for the salon doubling as a tattoo parlor. [Photo]

12. Fox & Boy

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Owner Julie Dickson has been at the helm of Nolita's go-to salon for more than five years now, overseeing a staff that expertly wields scissors on all types of hair textures (in a cute environment, to boot). Cuts start at $90, while single-process color starts at $100. [Photo]

13. Seagull Haircutters

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This West 10th Street mainstay was the city’s first unisex salon. Opened in the ‘70s, Seagull’s interior is a mishmash of pink and orange tile, pendant lamps, and photos of art icon clients. Come here if piecey and asymmetrical is what you’re after. [Photo]

14. Whittemore House Salon

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Tucked away in a West Village basement, Whittemore House is a secret model hotspot. The stylists specialize in no-fuss cuts, and you can see their handiwork on Anja Rubik, Freja Behar Erichssen, and Daria Werbowy. [Photo]

15. Van Sickel Salon

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Van Sickel has been keeping Brooklyn Heights residents’ hair in check since 1997. Prices are low by New York City standards—haircuts are all under $65, and a full head of highlights will run you $150—but hit up an ATM before your appointment, as it’s cash-only. [Photo]

16. Sally Hershberger

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The Sally Hershberger salons have developed a cult following, and for good reason. With full-page bios dedicated to each staff member on the salon’s website, clients feel like they know what they’re getting into when they pick a stylist. Sally’s Meatpacking outpost is home to (pricey) celebrity colorist Aura Friedman, who has worked her magic on Soo Joo, Sky Ferriera, and Lady Gaga, but if you’re on a budget the salon also offers cuts by junior hairdressers from $130. [Photo]

17. Ted Gibson Salon

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Long-haired ladies, Ted Gibson is your man. Known for length-retention haircare, the salon’s celebrity clients range from Angelina Jolie to Ann Hathaway. Cuts start at $95 and go up to $200, and great consideration is given to a client’s face shape and lifestyle. [Photo]

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1. Whiteroom

113 S 6th St Brooklyn, NY 11249
Started by married Woodley and Bunny alums Tommy Lovell and Elisabeth Leary, South Williamsburg’s Whiteroom melds salon services with retail. Head to the back of the ultra-minimal space for a cut that’ll fall into place long after that complimentary blowout’s worn off ($96), or stop by the in-house apothecary to pick up products from hard-to-find hair and skincare brands like Leonor Greyl, R+Co., and Smith and Cult. [Photo]

2. Shampoo Avenue B

14 Avenue B New York, NY 10009
This East Village spot keeps neighborhood residents—and their friends, since this place has good word-of-mouth—coming back for trustworthy and trendy cuts starting at $40 for men and $60 for women. They just relocated down the block near Houston Street to a space that houses double the amount of salon chairs. [Photo]

3. Hair Date

329 Bowery New York, NY 10003
At this no-fuss salon on the Bowery, stylists work to meld your cut requests with their "artistic vision" to create a look suited to your face shape and texture needs. And if you're able to get in during the workday, between 11am and 3pm, your cut is just $27; otherwise, prices start at $45 and bang trims go for $10. [Photo]

4. Bumble & Bumble

415 W 13th St New York, NY 10014
Book an appointment at the cult favorite hair care brand's Meatpacking District salon when you have a couple extra hours to enjoy the view, shop the retail section, and get a sandwich or a juice from the in-house café. Also, book an appointment here when you have a couple extra bucks to spare: Expert cuts range from $99 to $250. [Photo]

5. Fringe Salon

248 Broome St New York, NY 10002
Offering more than just life-altering advice about bangs, Fringe stylists both here and in the Gowanus salon offer expert cuts and color processes to all the hairs on your head. Cuts with a junior stylist start at $75, while single-process color starts at $80 and a full head of highlights starts at $185. [Photo]

6. Fox & Jane

198 Court St Brooklyn, NY 11201
Personal attention and a reasonable price tag are what you can expect from this Cobble Hill salon—and any of their Manhattan locations, too. The price of your cut depends on how long your hair is to start, but most should come in at under $100 before tip. [Photo]

7. Alibi NYC Salon

67 Greene St New York, NY 10012
Recommended by Allure and ranked as one of the country's best salons by Elle last year, this salon boasts a look book of their own work that'll inspire anyone who books an appointment to try something new, whether it's long layers or an architectural pixie. Cut prices both here and at the Flatiron location start at $85 and can run up to $200, depending on what you're getting done. [Photo]

8. Hair Mates

114 E 40th St New York, NY 10016
This Tokyo transplant has had this Midtown location since 1978, and later added a second salon on the Bowery. Prices start at $60 for women's sessions, and their infusion of Japanese techniques into a typical haircut help to create flattering styles, particularly on those of Asian descent. [Photo]

9. The Drawing Room New York

148 Spring St New York, NY 10012
The Soho salon has racked up accolades from the likes of New York magazine and Garance Doré, and it's clear to see why: Along with cuts starting at $80 and top-ranked hair extension services, the dye jobs posted on their social media channels—from standard blonde and brunette to candy-colored pastels—will have you pinning for hours. [Photo]

10. Devachan Salon

560 Broadway New York, NY 10012
Does the thought of taking a flatiron to your hair make you flat-out LOL? Take your curls to the Devachan experts, who can snip your natural texture into face-flattering styles that don't require tons of maintenance post-cut. [Photo]

11. Graceland

677 Lorimer St Brooklyn, NY 11211
"All of my friends who have the very best hair see Corvette (that's his name!) at Graceland in Brooklyn," one Vox Media staffer told Racked of the salon whose cuts start at $85 for women. "Like, three different great-hair friends, none of whom know each other." Bonus points for the salon doubling as a tattoo parlor. [Photo]

12. Fox & Boy

280 Mulberry St New York, NY 10012
Owner Julie Dickson has been at the helm of Nolita's go-to salon for more than five years now, overseeing a staff that expertly wields scissors on all types of hair textures (in a cute environment, to boot). Cuts start at $90, while single-process color starts at $100. [Photo]

13. Seagull Haircutters

240 W 10th St New York, NY 10014
This West 10th Street mainstay was the city’s first unisex salon. Opened in the ‘70s, Seagull’s interior is a mishmash of pink and orange tile, pendant lamps, and photos of art icon clients. Come here if piecey and asymmetrical is what you’re after. [Photo]

14. Whittemore House Salon

45 Grove St New York, NY 10014
Tucked away in a West Village basement, Whittemore House is a secret model hotspot. The stylists specialize in no-fuss cuts, and you can see their handiwork on Anja Rubik, Freja Behar Erichssen, and Daria Werbowy. [Photo]

15. Van Sickel Salon

34 Middagh St Brooklyn, NY 11201
Van Sickel has been keeping Brooklyn Heights residents’ hair in check since 1997. Prices are low by New York City standards—haircuts are all under $65, and a full head of highlights will run you $150—but hit up an ATM before your appointment, as it’s cash-only. [Photo]

16. Sally Hershberger

423 W 14th St New York, NY 10014
The Sally Hershberger salons have developed a cult following, and for good reason. With full-page bios dedicated to each staff member on the salon’s website, clients feel like they know what they’re getting into when they pick a stylist. Sally’s Meatpacking outpost is home to (pricey) celebrity colorist Aura Friedman, who has worked her magic on Soo Joo, Sky Ferriera, and Lady Gaga, but if you’re on a budget the salon also offers cuts by junior hairdressers from $130. [Photo]

17. Ted Gibson Salon

184 Fifth Ave New York, NY 10010
Long-haired ladies, Ted Gibson is your man. Known for length-retention haircare, the salon’s celebrity clients range from Angelina Jolie to Ann Hathaway. Cuts start at $95 and go up to $200, and great consideration is given to a client’s face shape and lifestyle. [Photo]