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Best Hair Colorist
Oscar Blandi
768 Fifth Avenue
At 59th Street
212-593-7930


Antonio Prieto Salon
25 West 19th Street
212-255-3741


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.
 
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