- Nunzio Saviano Salon
130 E. 65th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-988-0880
In this era of the celebrity hairstylist, big-name salons are often run like assembly lines. But stylist Nunzio Saviano, who built a devoted customer base at Oscar Blandi and Sally Hershberger, has managed to open a namesake spot that feels both exclusive and homey. There are just six chairs (instead of 30) inside this tucked-away converted townhouse, and Saviano takes a “no two heads of hair are the same” approach with both sexes (“My male clients are often even pickier than my female ones,” he says). Women’s cuts are $250; the Naples native is just as likely to give you a transformative pixie as he is to insist (in his warm Italian accent) your request for a Karlie Kloss–inspired chop won’t suit your bone structure. With the guys (from $150), he works snip by precise snip and never with a razor. He also incorporates a spine-tingling hair massage into each wash, purported to stimulate follicle growth.
Best Only Slightly Elitist Haircut
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).