Saw all the amazing reviews for Rita and was in a jam in need of finding someone to fix my two inch dark Brown roots before tomorrow as I had an important audition.
Because of the short timing she was not able to due my hair, she called me though a day after I emailed her and advised me what mixture to use. Not only did she help solve my problem, but it was the blond color I have been telling colorist I've wanted for years they never have been able to do. I am super anal with my hair! Rita is a life savor!
Rita is fantastic! I had just had a nightmare experience with my last hairstylist and I also have thinning hair due to a medical condition so seeing a new hairstylist is always stressful. My friend recommended Rita so I dropped her an e-mail and she got back to me immediately. Right from the start she stressed how we were partners in deciding what to do with my hair and that my happiness was her main concern. Well, I was more than happy after my first cut with her, I was over the moon. She took my drab hair and gave me a totally modern crop cut that made my friends beg me to find out who was cutting my hair. My hair actually looks thicker and healthier than it has in years. Rita is a real a pro with years of experience and to top it off she is really sweet and savvy. Can't recommend her enough and the prices at Astor Place can't be beat.
If you want a great haircut see Sal. He is a pro and has been doing it for a long time. He really knows his stuff and has a multitude of talents for all the various male hair styles. I have been going to him for haircuts for years and have always been more than pleased with the results. In this world of today's high prices Astor Place Hair Designers is more than reasonable. Don't forget to tip to show your appreciation and make the amount commensurate with your experience..
This is actually more of a review for Rita then for Astor Place Hair Designers. Rita is absolutely the best, and while I like Astor Place ?? great location and super low key ?? I really only go there to see Rita.
I have been going to Rita for 3 years. Previously, I had lived in NYC for one year and never found a salon that I liked. After one bad experience in particular, I started researching and found Astor Place Hair Designers on Citysearch. Thank goodness for all of the amazing reviews for Rita, because I booked an appointment with her and I was ecstatic with the results! The positive reviews you see praising Rita are 100% accurate. She is incredibly talented, and such a nice person on top of that!
More specifically, I go to Rita for highlights and trims. Rita uses a special method for highlights that I hadn??t seen anywhere else. Even with a full head of highlights, my hair remains soft, super shiny, and very strong. If you??ve ever had your hair highlighted and it felt like straw afterwards; it really doesn??t have to be that way! I also have thick, curly hair which had given other stylists trouble in the past ?? it takes longer to do the highlights and I??ve been told that it has to be cut in a special way to look right. If I hadn??t had bad experiences before, I would never have known that I have a difficult hair type, because Rita has it looking perfect every time I see her.
What more can I say? Rita makes Astor Place Hair Designers. She??s the only one you should ask to see.
This place is wonderful in general, but I must say without a doubt that Rita is truly the star stylist. She has been cutting my hair for three years and I will go nowhere else (once I tried getting by without her, to scary and upsetting results...). Not only does she give a killer trim, she's a wonderful person, always so positive and bubbly that you can't help but leave feeling totally empowered and fabulous. I send everyone I talk to who is in the market for a new hairdresser to her. TRUST ME, stick with Rita, you won't be disappointed.
I've been going here for 3 years and love it! Rita does an amazing job for such a reasonable price. All of my haircuts at this place have looked so much better than pricey places I've been to. I always walk out happy and will never go anywhere else
Jose is a great stylist at Astor Place Salon. I've been going to him for about three years now and have never left unhappy. He is attentive, patient and a perfectionist - which are all great things for a hair cut under $20!
I would recommend Jose without reservation for any dude who just wants a great hair cut without NYC prices.
Pros: Knowledge, technique, chill
I went to Astor Place for the first time the other day and am so lucky I had the privilege of being in Mercedes hands. She is an amazing talent! She gave me the most sumptuous layers and everyone I know loves them! I used to pay upwards of $250 for my hair at expensive Salons on Newbury St. in Boston. Now I got to Aster Place because Mercedes can do a $250 haircut quality at a much more reasonable price. She also did an amazing job on my color..beautiful, blond, shiny, and healthy looking. Can't wait to go back and see her! :-)
Pros: fabulous talent and kind nature
My best friend and I were so excited to get an appointment with Rita. We both got make-overs; highlights,gloss ,haircuts, and our makeup done for the most amazing price! WE love our new looks! Rita is so Zen in her approach not only to life but to beauty. She makes you feel wonderful inside and out. We call her our Hairapist! She took my color to new heights and my hair is actually healthier than it was before I found her. My friend's hair looks so phenominal that we both get stopped on the street all the time and asked "Who does your hair?" Rita is the way to go in NYC-she's sweet, and gentle but with sass and style and the most incredible talent we've ever seen, and we're native NY'ers- so we know the deal.She will work with you for your best look, and as she says "We're a team". We love our Rita and so will you. Everybody hugs her when they leave and that's the proof of who she is. We are so lucky to have found her!
Pros: Rita's talent!
This is the first review I am writing on here, but my second time going to Astor Place Hair. I will start off by saying that I will never go anywheres else!!! For my second visit, I went to Mercedes! I got blonde highlights and an awesome cut, which she styled amazingly! She is so friendly, fun to talk to and most importantly is one amazing stylist! I will definitely be going back to her!! I would highly recommend going to Mercedes you will NOT be disappointed!
This is my first time writing a review, and I'm doing it is because I love Rita! She deserves all the recognition she can get. About 3 years ago, I found out about her from multiple rave reviews on citysearch, and figured I'd give her a shot. She did not disappoint! She gave me one of the best haircuts I've ever had. 3 years later, I'm still a loyal client, and I've since recruited my boyfriend and some friends to start going to her, and they love her work as well.
Most recently, I had an unsatisfactory keratin treatment at a different salon. I went to Rita to ask her what she thought I should do about my hair. She proceeded to give me a brazillian blowout, a glaze of a beautiful color, and a haircut for a VERY reasonable price, and I walked out of there feeling like she'd totally fixed me!
Not only is Rita amazing at what she does, but she's a great person too. She's easy to talk to and I've always felt like we hit it off as if we've been friends for years. If you want to meet an awesome person, a great colorist, and a phenomenal haircutter, go to Rita. Seriously...you won't regret it.
Pros: Great cut and color, Affordable, Rewards Loyalty
Cons: None, unless you hate good people
A friend of mine suggested that I got get my hair cut at Astor Place while I was visiting NYC, recommending it as cheap and a cool place to visit.
My hair is very thick and curly, and I had some reservations about getting a cut from someone who'd never worked with it before. I shouldn't have worried. My stylist Mercedes took my very vague descriptions of what I wanted done, and chopped my mane into an adorable little pixy cut that I absolutely love. Mercedes is a talented stylist and a wonderfully engaging person. I walked out of Astor Place Hair Designers with a $20 dollar haircut that I adore and a new friend!
Pros: very friendly people, great atmosphere, love my haircut
Regina saved my hair !!!!
I had gotten the worst haircut of my life from another stylist, and Regina was able to save me from looking like a total hackjob.
Regina trully is the best in town !!
Thank you so much for saving my hair !!
Pros: talented, passionate, GREAT
Rita gave me the best haircut I have ever had in my entire life. She is not only a personable woman, but goodness, she knows how to give a girl a great style.
I would highly recommend her to anyone.
A FRIEND OF MINE TOLD ME TO GO SEE RITA AFTERI COMPLAINED TO HER ABOUT THE LACK OF GOOD COLORIST IN NYC. WELL I WAS WRONG, I WAS USING THE WRONG HAIR STYLISTS. RITA IS AMAZING! MY COLOR IS WONDERFUL AND AS A BONUS I HAD A FACIAL THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLY HYDRATING. I ACTUALLY LOOKED YOUNGER AND IT WAS SO RELAXING. SHE ROCKS!!!!
Pros: SHE DOES COLOR BETTER THAN CRAYOLA
I can't say enough good things about this place and this experience - you'd miss it if you weren't looking for it, but i'm telling you - go looking for it - i read the citysearch reviews and thought - perhaps - but i went i have absolutely no regrets - my hair is a beautiful shade of light blonde and i love it!
oh and by the way - it was AT LEAST 40.00 CHEAPER than every where else in the village. it is so rare to find such quality, such amazing professionalism and such a bargain all in one place. If you regret this experience - it might be your fault.
Pros: GREAT DEAL for great color - professionalism - friendliness
Cons: Cash Only
What can I say about Jose? After much disappointment from a dozen different haircutters in the Union Square/E Village area, I finally found Jose, who's been cutting my hair for 3+ years and counting. Jose is very attuned to your personal needs and wants regarding your hair, so you feel comfortable telling him exactly how you want your hair cut. He's extremely personable, and he cuts your hair in a very time-efficient manner without ever feeling like he's just trying to rush through it. I can't speak for the women whose hair he cuts (although I'm sure he does a stand-up job), but if you're a dude looking for a consistent, trust-worthy hair cutter who will make your hair exactly how you want it, look no further than Jos.
Pros: Dedicated, consistent, time-efficient, amiable
Rita, will take her time, when cutting your hair. She will not rush you out just to get another client. She has a smooth voice that will relax you while your hair is being cut. She rocks and I am real happy I found her. I will not go any other place to have my hair cut. If you need your hair cut she is the one to go to. She is not only a good hair cutter, but she has personality and she is beautiful. She has an inner strenth that is amazing. You go girl. dalm
Pros: She is very professional and she rocks.
Cons: She is very friendly.
I have had my hair cut by Mercedes on several occasions. Each time is better than the one before, and the first was brilliant. She is an excellent stylist and person. Many thankPr
Pros: Talented and kind.
Simply put, RITA IS THE BEST!!!! She starts by listening to what you want. Then, through the magic that is her, she creates the perfect color and style that??s right just for you! No matter what your hair looks like when you enter, you will always leave feeling beautiful!!!! She has a gift of somehow matching your inner beauty, to the outer. One appointment and you??ll never have to ask another friend?.?do you know a great colorist?? You're going to want to hug her and thank the heavens for finding this angel!!!!!!! She's one in a million :)
Pros: Great talent, great soul!
I'm twenty-eight years old and until two years ago I've never had a flattering haircut or color. That all changed when I went into see Rita Ragone at Astor Place. I got the recommendation from another City Search person and I've never let anyone touch my hair since! Rita, who works part-time with celebrities and soap opera stars, is just as funny, attentive and compassionate to the needs of "regular joe's" like myself as she is to the beautiful people. She discusses what colors and styles flatter your face, what tricks to do at home, what cheap products to buy, and will even show you for free how to recreate her salon style. She is available day or night for hair emergencies, and with her level of trust and understanding towards someone's self-esteem, I have never, literally NEVER in all the times I've gone to her, seen her do an unflattering cut or color on a man or woman in her salon. I have had professionals from boutique salons ask who did my color, and strangers come up to me on the street and ask where I got my hair cut. She gives 110% at all times, be it a simple bang trim or a full head of highlights and multiple inches off. I am only sorry I hadn't found her sooner in my life. She will work with any nationality, length of hair, age and price range until she finds what works best for YOU. I never once felt rushed, intimidated, or scared to speak up for my wants and needs. I would recommend her for everything from a prom updo to a wedding style to "freshening up" for a night out on the town. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: price, personality, quality of cut and highlights, hours
I found Jose through citysearch, looking for someone who could cut my New Wave kind of short hair and color it. I have gone to Jose twice now and will continue to go to Jose. He totally got the feeling that I want with my hair and was able to cut it that way in ten minutes. I told him he reminded me of Edward Scissorhands. He has the technique of a developed artist, the creative way that he uses his scissors and the way he understands style and form. Both times Jose has not had time to color my hair and has referred me to Rosa for color. They work as a team sometimes. Rosa is a very good colorist, thorough, smart, thoughtful as well. I highly recommend them both.
Pros: Very talented, smart, thoughtful
There are a few remaining good deals in New York City, and Astor Place is one of them. I've been getting my haircut there ever since I've moved to NYC. Once every few years, I try something different, but I always end up coming back to Astor Place.
Jose is where you want to go: He's professional, nice, and is chatty when you want to be, but quiet when you don't feel like talking. Most importantly, he cuts good hair. I've been going to him for the past five years, and he cuts my hair the way I want it every time. He cut my hair for my wedding, and I ended up being featured in a wedding magazine!
Pros: professional, affordable, nice guy
Cons: fluorescent lights in the basement
Rita at Astor Place is the one to go to if you are looking for the best stylist you have ever been to! Rita was recommended to me by not one, not two, but three of my friends who all go to her and have been raving about her talents and her warm and friendly attitude. I only wish I tried her sooner. My hair and entire look because of Rita is at an all time high and the compliments I have been getting is a nice confidence booster. Some stylists are good at one thing, Rita is great at everything! Whatever you need, whether its just a little tweaking with a cute haircut or a full color and highlight transformation, Rita does it all. I have to say, her color and highlights are amazing and distinctive and will really make you stand out from the crowd! She really has an amazing rapport with all her clients who come back to her again and again, we all just love her! If you need a talented and engaging stylist with real personality that will make you look and feel incredible, look no further than Rita.
Pros: Not overpriced, quick and easy to get to, Rita!
Mercedes is adorable, so nice, replicated the picture I brought in so well, and listened to alterations I suggested. I've gotten many compliments on my new cut, which with wash, dry and styling came out to $40. Not baaaad.
Will definitely use again.
Pros: Great haircut, great price
I had bad color with Dee too. She gave me blonde highlights and my friend asked me why I went grey lol
She gave me a good cut a few weeks before though.
In general I love Astor Place - So cheap and so good
I have had long and short cuts and great colors done by her. She can copy styles from magazines very nicely! You wil be glad you went to her.
Pros: She is very talented!
Went to Dee and did not like her. Do not go to her. She messed up my hair, there were parts of my hair that were uneven and she messed up the color. Will not go to her again..
How can you review a place that has been reviewed over 500 times? Or, perhaps, why?
Well, Narcy. That's why. I live for when this woman is on the clock at Astor Stylists. If she could ONLY cut hair, I'd go religiously, but she gets it. She gets curly hair and straight hair and curly hair that wants to be straight.
She's amazing, quick, and just a total artist with a blow dryer. Oh, the answer was "Narcy" the question...how come I'm still going to Astor place 20 years after first moving to NYC.
Pros: Hasn't changed in 20 years.
Cons: Hasn't changed in 20 years!
I started going to Rita 2yrs ago based on these very citysearch reviews. I never wrote a review in return, but after recent experiences, here I am.
I am low maintainence and have simple requests when I get into the chair. Rita has given me great cuts time after time that don't require a lot of maintainence, but that don't look basic either. I always leave with a stylish new look (and money left in my pocket).
After getting to know Rita through my visits, I learned that she adds makeup artist and colorist to her list of many talents. So I booked her for my wedding day makeup and hair. She was super accomodating and highly attentive, and my entourage and I couldn't be happier with our looks - natural, elegant, and above all, lasting in muggy August weather!
Last week I got a trim and with Rita's recommendation, a gloss. My hair - which is untreated - looks highlighted. It's got shine and more body and looks fabulous.
I highly suggest you see Rita! Not only is she super talented and priced VERY reasonably, but she's a warm and wonderful person too! That's a hard combo to find in NYC.
Pros: talented, creative, accomodating
I read several reviews about Astor before going. Everyone said to go to Jose, and that he was the best. I decided to give him a try for myself to see if he lived up to his reputation as being the very best, and he certainly does live up to it.
Jose is excellent at his profession and is extremely knowledgeable about hair, seeing as he's been cutting hair for over 25 years, and he certainly knows what he's doing. Jose listens to your needs and addresses them perfectly, giving you his full attention, and he goes above and beyond to make sure that you are satisfied with the final product. He is excellent, affordable, and an all around great guy whom you can get a superb haircut from and have interesting conversations with.
I highly recommend going to Jose at Astor for what may be the best haircut you have ever gotten, and he will exceed your expectations. I will be telling all my friends to go to Jose. Call ahead for an appointment as he's very busy.
Pros: excellent, talented, nice guy, affordable
I found Astor Place on CitySearch about 2 years ago and have been going to Rita ever since!
Rita does the best highlights. She creates an individual color to match your skin tone.
Also, importantly, prices are great for Manhattan and Rita is accommodating!
Pros: great prices
Rita is the best colorist I have ever had. I have lived on both coasts and she is number 1. She creates individual coloring , that enhances your skin and signature look.
I went in with my skin actually looking greenish.
I walked out with my skintone really beautiful and resonating health, and this was done by her creative use of color. It brought out not only the color of my hair, but overall look. This is great coloring!!!!!!
You'd be giving yourself a present by booking with her.
Pros: Fantastic colorist
Cons: only like cash and credit cards
Gotta thank Rita! I've been looking forever for this hair style! I've been to far more expensive, "cool" places and never been happy. Rita saw what needed to be done right away. I won't go to anyone else now.
Pros: Great stylist, lovely lady!
I only trust Rita with my hair. I've been to Astor many times since I was a child, but I never stuck with anyone in particular. A few years ago, I walked in and was handed over to Rita and I've never looked back! She always makes me look amazing, and I've seen her do some great things on other people. I don't even need to go into detail about what I want; I give her a few general notes, she gets to work and I come out with something perfect every time. Ladies, if you're looking for QUALITY highlights at an amazing price, this is who to speak to! I have sent friends and family, men and women, to her because I know she can do no wrong.
Don't take a risk with anyone else, and don't waste money and time on subpar services, GO SEE RITA!!!
Pros: genuine, quick, inexpensive, friendly, talented, AWESOME
All the praise about Rita is true and well-deserved. I just got back from having probably by 10th haircut from her, and I am always satisfied with the results. Ever since I found her a couple of years ago, I can't imagine ever switching back to an expensive salon, or saving the money and cutting the hair myself! Rita always does exactly what I want with my hair (and I often come in with a particular idea of exactly what I want), and her prices are SO reasonable, there's no excuse not to go. She is also great about making suggestions or doing her own thing when I don't have a certain cut in mind and just want her to do what looks best on me. I don't know about the rest of Astor Place Hair, but RITA is a sure guarantee for a perfect cut. 10 stars!
Pros: skilled, stylish, cheap, friendly, fast
I went to get my haircut here because it was recommended by a friend and it was one of the Worst experiences I've had with a haircut ever. I went in was thrown over to Valantino, all I got out of my mouth was I want to donate my hair and he had cut off my ponytail without question and without measuring. Next I was brought over for him to was my hair, jerked my head up then back down into the sink, rinse and repeat. The next thing I know my hair is two inches long and looked nothing like the picture I had showed him after he hacked my pony tail off. I shouldn't be suprised though, it's not like he really looked at the photo or even let me talk about what I wanted. Also, his brushes are kept in a box, not the cleaning solution, I wouldn't be suprised if I got lice from this experience, it really would be the cherry on top. While Valantino laughed at me because I was so upset over my hair he kicked me aside because he had another customer. When I went to talk to male manager they said there was nothing they could do for me because I didn't want my hair any shorter, and they wouldn't refund my money. While trying to talk to him Valantino came over and started yelling at me, which is when I walked out, $30 poorer with little hair left on my head, it's safe to say that I hope the winter sticks around until April so I can continue wearing my winter hat over my head.
Cons: "Hairstylists" & Managers could care less about the clients
I was recommended to Rita by my BF and I LOVE my highlights and cut! I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone that wants gorgeous hair. 10 STARS! Rita's awesome!!!
I have for the second time an haircut form Mercedes today. She is very nice, quick, friendly and very good in the work... it is absolutely my best hair stylist!
My father and I have gone to Jose for years. He is a talented barber, yet charges a fraction of the price for comparable quality. He also takes appointments, which is helpful.
Pros: He will do whatever you want him to.
I had been going to more upscale haircutting establishments for a while until I could not afford it. It is tough for me to trust a new haircutter after having some bad cuts in the past. Nonetheless I did my research and heard many good things about Jose. He is the guy to go to. He gives a great cut and is a very cool, nice guy.
Pros: great haircut at an affordable cost
Cons: none worth listing
Walked right in and immediately sat down with mercedes. I let her go to work on my hair and she did great things.
I have been going to Astor Place for about 30 years off and on. Unlike most little kids, my son loved getting his hair cut when he was small because the place is fascinating and the people you can see there are amazing. A few years ago after having my hair destroyed by a salon in NJ and trying to fix it myself I decided to go back to Astor Place. That's when I found Fran. She is a real keeper....a treasure. I had difficult, thick, curly, dryed out hair. I told her to cut it all off. Fran worked her magic and I have never had so many compliments on a haircut and styling. She is a wonder with color, as well. Not only don't you spend a fortune, but when Fran cuts your hair it is such a good cut you don't have to go as often to have it reshaped. Three months later and I am still getting compliments on my cut despite needing a trim. I'm calling Fran today. If you want the best cut and style ever -- go see Fran. She's the BEST!!
Pros: Fran knows how to work with all kinds of hair!!!
Cons: No drawbacks if you don't mind climbing a flight of stairs.
He is my barber for more than 10 years! Excellent barber! can do any style you want better than any of those expensive places!
Once you come in the door ask for Tyco he sits directly accross the entrance door behind the second column.
Pros: Treats you like a king!
I found Jose in 2005 (after a year of searching for a good hairdresser) and will now not go anywhere else. If you are new to the city and want to a great and consistent haircut by a really nice guy try Jose out. You won't be disappointed! As you walk in he is on the left.
On my first visit with Mercedes i gave her a picture of Halle Berry's new do, i could have been her double when i walked out of there
I let it grow just a little after the 2nd cut and it looks even better. I was at a party the other night and met a stylist who works with "the stars" for the Tonys and Grammys,
and he was knocked over first to know that astor place is still there, and that the cut was amazing.
She's the best!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: great hair stylist
Mercedes gave me a marvelous haircut. She listens well to what you want, and is able to cut hair in several styles. I am completely happy with my haircut and will return. Thank you.
Pros: Talented, listens, personable.