AOA Greg was in a long-term haircutting relationship for the better part of the last decade. And then he wasn't. Suddenly unattached, Greg was at a loss for where to get his hair cut. So he asked the AOA crowd -- and it had a bunch of good suggestions. Now he's playing the field, in search of a new shop.
Thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions. I'm looking forward to checking out a bunch of them (though, sorry Siobhan, there will be no weaves).
The first stylist up suggested herself: Rebecca at Jean Paul in Stuyvesant Plaza.
I chose Rebecca first because she's a longtime AOA reader and I met her in person at the Midtown party. (And despite the offer in her comment, I paid for the hair cut.)
A few hours afterward
Jean Paul is pretty much what you'd expect from an upscale salon -- good lighting, lots of staff, shelves of expensive beauty items and... almost all women. As one friend (a woman) said to me of Jean Paul: "Yeah, it's pretty femme."
That wasn't really an issue for me. No one gave me a strange look when I walked in (I suspect a fair number of guys do get their hair cut there). And it was kind of funny to get my hair cut with the ladies who lunch.
Rebecca was great. She asked me a bunch of questions about how I usually get my hair cut and how I style it. She suggested a few different ways to keep my hair from frizzing and becoming unruly. And -- bonus -- she was interesting to talk to (ask her about her connection to the Joe Bruno trial).
$35 -- included a pre-cut wash
I was very happy. The cut was exactly what I was looking for. Mrs. Greg was also a fan. She said the cut looked "better than usual."
Would I go back?
Definitely. My only reservation is the price. I had been paying $16 for a cut at the old place, so $35 is a big jump. But Rebecca's a total pro and the cut looked great.
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