47 West 57th Street near Avenue of the Americas
465 West Broadway bet. West Houston and Prince Streets
Dean Holcombe is the Creative Director at Cutler Salon. When you get a haircut with Dean, you never walk out feeling ho-hum. You feel a difference. You feel like a whole new woman. I walked out of the salon this afternoon feeling very va-va-voom! (A far cry from THIS disaster which made me feel like a news anchor from Milwaukee. I shall withhold the name of the salon and stylist who butchered my hair.) You can find him flitting between both the uptown location and the one in SoHo, so catch him wherever you can!
My hair was first graced with his artistry in the spring of 2008. I had just returned from Paris Fashion Week and suddenly had this idea to cut my hair into a chic graduated bob. I remember calling Cutler Salon and saying, "Hi, I'd like to cut about eight to ten inches off my hair. Which stylist could I trust to do this?" The voice on the other end told me, "Dean. He is a master." I was dazzled. It was such a transformative cut. (Click here to see it.) The amazing thing was that I left it alone for a good three months and it grew out beautifully.
Now, I must admit, there have been times when I've been led astray, but that's mostly because a haircut with Dean is an investment of $125, and not because I have, at any time, been unhappy with his work. It's possible to find a great stylist that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, but I haven't had much luck there. The consequence is that I end up with a mediocre cut—or worse! Anyway, lesson learned: If you find a stylist that's a keeper, do yourself a favor and stick with him.