Best Hair Colorist
Oscar Blandi
768 Fifth Avenue
At 59th Street

Antonio Prieto Salon
25 West 19th Street

Hair colorists are like plastic surgeons in that, if they do their jobs right, their aesthetic alterations go unnoticed. For a natural, sun-kissed look, Park Avenue princesses flock to the Plaza Hotel and the understated swank of the Oscar Blandi salon ($90 for single-process, $200–$275 for full-head highlights). Colorist Kyle White trained with Brad Johns and furnishes clients with a carefully cultivated patrician look—think soft, childlike streaks, not brash strips. At the Antonio Prieto salon, a mellow, downtown gem, colorist Paul Cucinello works similar magic on darker manes ($80 for single-process; $215 for full-head highlights). Cucinello’s favorite tricks prove his subtle mastery: weaving auburn shades into full-on brunette locks and bringing out the chestnut in a formerly mousy brown. Whatever the color (and both are skilled with all), these men aren’t concerned with making their particular mark on you—another example of professional restraint.