125 E. 23rd St., 2nd fl, New York, NY, 10010
nr. Lexington Ave.
By cathynyc on 9/28/2009
I decided to try this place out because of the relatively good reviews NYMag gave it. I explained to the stylist that I wanted to keep the length and just shorten the layers a little bit. By the time I came out, my hair was over three inches shorter and was blow-dryed stick-straight (I have permed wavy hair). It looked okay styled like that, but after I washed it and let it dry in its curly state, I looked like a nightmare. The bottom layers are straight. The top layers are incredibly short and shaggy. I went to another salon to see if I could get it re-permed to get rid of this problem, but the stylist there said I would have to let it grow out for at least a month because of the uneven short layers. I think the stylists at Hayato are used to cutting stick-straight hair, so do NOT go here unless you have straight hair. Also, I was really creeped out by the girl who washed my hair because she had cuts or pricks all over her wrists. It's scary when that's rubbing all over your head.
By Mindfulness on 1/3/2011
I have been going to Hayato about twice yearly since 2004. I went for the 'straightening' on a recommendation of a friend who can afford what she wants but commutes in from Ct. Happily for me it's about a half mile walk. I've had several different stylists and thought they were all good. I have always enjoyed the staff, professionalism, and (I'm only remarking on tihs because of the prior review) love the shampoo as it includes a bit of a scalp massage. My only complaint is that they are so successful they are often booked months in advance. I graded them 8 vs. 10 not because I felt I was missing anything, but rather because I expect an expensive salon would probably have those over the top amenities to be rated 'excellent' in atmosphere and service.