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The Hair-Color Finder

Illustration by Dennis Eriksson  
  • Best Platinum

  • Simone Mangano at Headdress

    312 E. 9th St., nr. 2nd Ave.; 212-979-2199

    If you want to be as blonde as chemically possible—without the burning scalp or strawlike hair—Mangano, colorist of Taylor Schilling and Jessica Stam, will take you there with an appointment that stretches over several days (from $1,000).

  • Best Ombre

  • Chase Kusero at IGK

    355 W. 16th St., nr. 9th Ave.; 646-625-4844

    The man behind Jordan Catalano’s ombre has a two-month waiting list. But his surferlike paintbrush highlights are worth it, allowing for several months between appointments (from $210).

  • Best Salt-and-Pepper

  • Jackson Simmonds at Julien Farel Fifth Avenue

    400 Fifth Ave., 4th fl., nr. 36th St.; 212-613-8720

    The more natural (and easier to maintain) alternative to dyeing gray hair all over is the black-and-white approach. Simmonds uses an array of ash and neutral tones for a warm, realistic look (from $225).

  • Best Pink

  • Joseph Mullen at Original & Mineral

    55 Little W 12 St., nr. 10th Ave.; 212-255-2445

    “Crazy colors don’t have to be St. Marks Place looking,” says Mullen, who takes clients’ colors to a cotton-candy shade of pink (from $240).

  • Best Red

  • Dana Ionato at Sally Hershberger Downtown

    423 W. 14th St., 2nd fl, nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-206-8700

    Ionato applies three separate formulas to the roots, mid-length, and ends to create dimension for would-be Amy Adamses and Debra Messings (from $250).

From the 2015 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine