Tomoko Shima Hair Salon

★★★★★
Upper East Side Salon specializing in dry haircuts, hair color & relaxing treatments.
  • 171 East 92nd Street

    New York, NY 10128

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  • 212-722-8828

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Tomoko's sense of style is excellent. She really made my less than stellar head of hair actually look good. Immediately following my hair cut everybody I work with complimented me on it. Until I got my hair cut by her, I never knew the difference between a good hair cut and an absolutely excellent one.

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★★★★★

Tomoko's sense of style is excellent. She really made my less than stellar head of hair actually look good. Immediately following my hair cut everybody I work with complimented me on it. Until I got my hair cut by her, I never knew the difference between a good hair cut and an absolutely excellent one.

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I have been a victim of poor haircuts my whole life. I would always tell the stylist, please not to short in the back because it will stick up for a week unless I use mud to keep it down. I also let them know about the other problems. Finally, I found Nao at Tomoko Shimas Hair Salon and she gave me a fantastic cut. I have been using her for 6 months now and can't say enough. My hair has never behaved better. The price is right and the service is GREAT!!!!!

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★★★★★

I have been a victim of poor haircuts my whole life. I would always tell the stylist, please not to short in the back because it will stick up for a week unless I use mud to keep it down. I also let them know about the other problems. Finally, I found Nao at Tomoko Shimas Hair Salon and she gave me a fantastic cut. I have been using her for 6 months now and can't say enough. My hair has never behaved better. The price is right and the service is GREAT!!!!!

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I've been Nao's steady customer for months and I think she is wonderful hairstylist.
I have to schlep all the way across town just to get to that salon, I don't mind.
I always been satisfied the way I look after she does my hair, never had an issue.
I can not believe some of the negative remarks that some people wrote.. Suppose it's easy to slip into negativity especially if one is a neurotic New Yorker from UES...
I know Nao as an exceptional hair stylist, gentle and very caring. The rates she charges are also very reasonable for the City, if like to pay less go to Astor Place but then you?re going to look like a ?shorn sheep?.

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★★★★★

I've been Nao's steady customer for months and I think she is wonderful hairstylist.
I have to schlep all the way across town just to get to that salon, I don't mind.
I always been satisfied the way I look after she does my hair, never had an issue.
I can not believe some of the negative remarks that some people wrote.. Suppose it's easy to slip into negativity especially if one is a neurotic New Yorker from UES...
I know Nao as an exceptional hair stylist, gentle and very caring. The rates she charges are also very reasonable for the City, if like to pay less go to Astor Place but then you?re going to look like a ?shorn sheep?.

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After searching for a new hair stylist and reading all the reviews about NAO I decided to take the plunge and try her out. She gave me too many layers.
I was very disappointed. I also didn't feel they should have a sign there to request a 20 percent tip. If you are happy with your services you will be happy to do so but that should be up to the client.
I will NEVER go back there. I went out of my way to go to the UES to try her and it was all very disappointing , waste of my time and money .

I have now found a great hairstylist for half the price .

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★☆☆☆☆

After searching for a new hair stylist and reading all the reviews about NAO I decided to take the plunge and try her out. She gave me too many layers.
I was very disappointed. I also didn't feel they should have a sign there to request a 20 percent tip. If you are happy with your services you will be happy to do so but that should be up to the client.
I will NEVER go back there. I went out of my way to go to the UES to try her and it was all very disappointing , waste of my time and money .

I have now found a great hairstylist for half the price .

Pros: none

Cons: small, looks run down, expensive

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In a nutshell: I received the worst hair cut ever.

After reading all of the great reviews, I decided to give this place a shot since I am new to the UES. My appointment was with Nao, and I was the only client in the salon. When she asked what I wanted, I was very specific and did not ask for anything difficult. I basically have very long, straight hair (which went half-way down my back) and I simply wanted some long layers put in--all layers were to be past my shoulders. Simple enough, right? Wrong. Nao gave me choppy, uneven layers, and a mullet (short in the front and sides, long in the back.) Apparently she does not understand the meaning of 'nothing shorter than my shoulders', as nearly have of my hair was chopped off above my shoulders, and many uneven layers were as short as my jaw line.

So, if you are a fan of mullets, uneven layers, and walking out with something that is hard to manage, unflattering, and completely the opposite of what you asked for, this place is for you. Otherwise, spend your hard-earned dollars somewhere else where they will actually listen to you (this place is not cheap), or screw up your hair at your own home for free (you surely will not do a worse job than Nao...)

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★☆☆☆☆

In a nutshell: I received the worst hair cut ever.

After reading all of the great reviews, I decided to give this place a shot since I am new to the UES. My appointment was with Nao, and I was the only client in the salon. When she asked what I wanted, I was very specific and did not ask for anything difficult. I basically have very long, straight hair (which went half-way down my back) and I simply wanted some long layers put in--all layers were to be past my shoulders. Simple enough, right? Wrong. Nao gave me choppy, uneven layers, and a mullet (short in the front and sides, long in the back.) Apparently she does not understand the meaning of 'nothing shorter than my shoulders', as nearly have of my hair was chopped off above my shoulders, and many uneven layers were as short as my jaw line.

So, if you are a fan of mullets, uneven layers, and walking out with something that is hard to manage, unflattering, and completely the opposite of what you asked for, this place is for you. Otherwise, spend your hard-earned dollars somewhere else where they will actually listen to you (this place is not cheap), or screw up your hair at your own home for free (you surely will not do a worse job than Nao...)

Pros: Location.

Cons: Everything else.

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I'm Japanese.
Most Japanese hair stylists are skillful. but hey, Nao is totally differnent story!

She used to work for one of famous salons in Japan which every girls know(if you don't know it, you aint fashionista. I keep quiet that name for her thou). No doubt her skill is way beyond. Way way beyond!!!

She might ask you about YOU before she starts it.
Like;

*occupation (=what kind of looks you might need in office or professional world)

*how long you spend time to set your hair in the morning (=I'm not good at using hair iron. so she cut my hair to ease to do. And again, I don't spend much time to do it, especially in the mornig! so she cut my hair like "wash, blow,and ready!" style)

something like these.

Always, she gives me more than what I want.
I don't know where should I go when I go back to Japan for good...;( oh I've found "Cons". haha

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★★★★★

I'm Japanese.
Most Japanese hair stylists are skillful. but hey, Nao is totally differnent story!

She used to work for one of famous salons in Japan which every girls know(if you don't know it, you aint fashionista. I keep quiet that name for her thou). No doubt her skill is way beyond. Way way beyond!!!

She might ask you about YOU before she starts it.
Like;

*occupation (=what kind of looks you might need in office or professional world)

*how long you spend time to set your hair in the morning (=I'm not good at using hair iron. so she cut my hair to ease to do. And again, I don't spend much time to do it, especially in the mornig! so she cut my hair like "wash, blow,and ready!" style)

something like these.

Always, she gives me more than what I want.
I don't know where should I go when I go back to Japan for good...;( oh I've found "Cons". haha

Pros: always makes me happy

Cons: ....can't find it..so, NONE!

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I found Tomoko Shima Hair Salon after stopping two different woman on the street to ask them where did they get their hair done, they both had beautiful hair cuts.
I went there to a consultation with Nao and was so impress by her professionalism and knowledge that I put my hair in her hands....and I am grateful I did...this is by far the most detailed and beautiful hair cut I ever had, she spent 1 1/2 hours with me and that is without the color, which we did two days after, and again what talent she has!!!. She cut my hair to meet my taste and also my facial features, she has a very unique talent with the scissor (which by the way are amazing, imported from Japan and custom made for her).
I have had so many different hair cuts, hair colors, etc in my life, in different countries, cities, bu t this one is the first time where the hair stylist matched my needs with what would look good on me, and extremely creative at the same time.
I also like the salon itself is warm, elegant and very relaxing.
Is a treasure to have her in NYC

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★★★★★

I found Tomoko Shima Hair Salon after stopping two different woman on the street to ask them where did they get their hair done, they both had beautiful hair cuts.
I went there to a consultation with Nao and was so impress by her professionalism and knowledge that I put my hair in her hands....and I am grateful I did...this is by far the most detailed and beautiful hair cut I ever had, she spent 1 1/2 hours with me and that is without the color, which we did two days after, and again what talent she has!!!. She cut my hair to meet my taste and also my facial features, she has a very unique talent with the scissor (which by the way are amazing, imported from Japan and custom made for her).
I have had so many different hair cuts, hair colors, etc in my life, in different countries, cities, bu t this one is the first time where the hair stylist matched my needs with what would look good on me, and extremely creative at the same time.
I also like the salon itself is warm, elegant and very relaxing.
Is a treasure to have her in NYC

Pros: Amazing hair cut and color, friendly and warm staff

Cons: NONE

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Nao is my stylist. I found her almost by accident after needing a new salon nearby. She is an artist, she only lets me out of the salon looking super fabulous. She has amazing attention to detail, understands both Japanese and western hair types, and above all is creative. She has amazing cutting skills that so many other stylist lack. She has imagination and an eye for what will work for you. Book with either stylist and you will never leave disappointed.

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★★★★★

Nao is my stylist. I found her almost by accident after needing a new salon nearby. She is an artist, she only lets me out of the salon looking super fabulous. She has amazing attention to detail, understands both Japanese and western hair types, and above all is creative. She has amazing cutting skills that so many other stylist lack. She has imagination and an eye for what will work for you. Book with either stylist and you will never leave disappointed.

Pros: Personal Service, best haircuts, good price

Cons: None

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Nao is an amazing hairstylist. I showed her a photo of the cut I wanted and it looked like the photo!! She knows how to look at your face and hair texture and tell you if she can achieve that look for you. If not, she give you the closest version. I've been going to Nao for 2 years now and I've sent all my friends and they love her too!

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★★★★★

Nao is an amazing hairstylist. I showed her a photo of the cut I wanted and it looked like the photo!! She knows how to look at your face and hair texture and tell you if she can achieve that look for you. If not, she give you the closest version. I've been going to Nao for 2 years now and I've sent all my friends and they love her too!

Pros: best haircuts

Cons: none

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I went through dozens of hair salons for the past 10 years in New York, because I couldn?t find any hairstylist who would create a great and sophisticated look and give me my own identity.

A friend of mine, who had a hair cut by a hairstylist Nao, had amazingly changed in terms of her looks and her image. It is true that a great haircut can define you as an individual. Afterwards, I have been going to Nao for two years.

Nao practiced in the prestigious hair salon in Tokyo, Japan, in which it is almost impossible to book an appointment. Nao works in New York now and you don?t need months to make a reservation.
She is always very punctual, professional, and really understands what her customer wants. Nao is very diverse in understanding her customers ? the hair styles in her salon have no limits.

I strongly recommend for the first time clients to discuss your hair and fashion style with Nao. I brought in a photograph of how I wanted my hair to look. Nao did even a better job than on the photograph, and every time I go there she knows exactly what I want. I highly recommend Nao.

You will be extremely satisfied and gain a new look and a new set of confidence!!
Nao is AWESOME!

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★★★★★

I went through dozens of hair salons for the past 10 years in New York, because I couldn?t find any hairstylist who would create a great and sophisticated look and give me my own identity.

A friend of mine, who had a hair cut by a hairstylist Nao, had amazingly changed in terms of her looks and her image. It is true that a great haircut can define you as an individual. Afterwards, I have been going to Nao for two years.

Nao practiced in the prestigious hair salon in Tokyo, Japan, in which it is almost impossible to book an appointment. Nao works in New York now and you don?t need months to make a reservation.
She is always very punctual, professional, and really understands what her customer wants. Nao is very diverse in understanding her customers ? the hair styles in her salon have no limits.

I strongly recommend for the first time clients to discuss your hair and fashion style with Nao. I brought in a photograph of how I wanted my hair to look. Nao did even a better job than on the photograph, and every time I go there she knows exactly what I want. I highly recommend Nao.

You will be extremely satisfied and gain a new look and a new set of confidence!!
Nao is AWESOME!

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A few months ago I got a terrible hair cut at another salon. It was awful, porbably the worst hair cut of my life and with short hair its hard to hide! After a few months of growing it out I really needed someone to pay attention to what I wanted and simply even out my hair! I found Tomoko salon on citysearch and felt daring enough to give it a try. All the reviews were great so why not?! Tomoko did a GREAT JOB! She was so wonderful and really looked at my hair and listened to what had happened and what I wanted it to look like. I also brought a picture of what I wanted and she payed attention to that and I absolutely LOVE MY HAIR NOW!!! She did such a great job, I'm so pleased with it and will definitely be back!! Thank you!

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★★★★★

A few months ago I got a terrible hair cut at another salon. It was awful, porbably the worst hair cut of my life and with short hair its hard to hide! After a few months of growing it out I really needed someone to pay attention to what I wanted and simply even out my hair! I found Tomoko salon on citysearch and felt daring enough to give it a try. All the reviews were great so why not?! Tomoko did a GREAT JOB! She was so wonderful and really looked at my hair and listened to what had happened and what I wanted it to look like. I also brought a picture of what I wanted and she payed attention to that and I absolutely LOVE MY HAIR NOW!!! She did such a great job, I'm so pleased with it and will definitely be back!! Thank you!

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Tomoko has been cutting and coloring my hair for the past 5 years. I have never been disappointed. Coming to her salon is always a pleasant experience and my hair always looks great. There is a great spa just next door also which is good if you want to multi-task - hair, facial, massage, manicure . . .

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★★★★★

Tomoko has been cutting and coloring my hair for the past 5 years. I have never been disappointed. Coming to her salon is always a pleasant experience and my hair always looks great. There is a great spa just next door also which is good if you want to multi-task - hair, facial, massage, manicure . . .

Pros: ambience, service, flexible

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I received a gift certificate from my wife. So I decided to schedule an appointment for haircut and Scalp massage .I was very pleased with the services I received from Tomoko and her assistant ... I liked how they treated me that was very relaxing and get all stress off. I plan on going back as a regular customer .

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★★★★★

I received a gift certificate from my wife. So I decided to schedule an appointment for haircut and Scalp massage .I was very pleased with the services I received from Tomoko and her assistant ... I liked how they treated me that was very relaxing and get all stress off. I plan on going back as a regular customer .

Pros: great head massage ,atmosphere

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For the last 3yr, Tomoko always gives me wonderful hair cut.

I have curly hair and have suffered many disasters before. But, no more since I met her ! She's great and she knows what she's doing. I have never had so many compliments on a haircut. Each time when I walk out of Tomoko Shima?s I am re-energized and feel amazing! You wouldn't believe the looks I get walking back home from the salon. Also she has a great personality .She listen to me and she completely understand me . I can relax in the intimate surroundings and the service is wonderful !!

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★★★★★

For the last 3yr, Tomoko always gives me wonderful hair cut.

I have curly hair and have suffered many disasters before. But, no more since I met her ! She's great and she knows what she's doing. I have never had so many compliments on a haircut. Each time when I walk out of Tomoko Shima?s I am re-energized and feel amazing! You wouldn't believe the looks I get walking back home from the salon. Also she has a great personality .She listen to me and she completely understand me . I can relax in the intimate surroundings and the service is wonderful !!

Pros: wonderful atmosphere, you get a head massage with your hair wash.

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It was better! I wanted to try something completely different and have a hairstyle with long in the front and short in the back with a turquoise hair color(I provided my own color). I chose Nao Suzuki from all those other great reviews of her. When she realized what I wanted, she talked with me and drew a quick picture to make it more stylish to fit better. At first, I was hesitant but I thought on it and it looked similar to what I wanted but improved so I accepted that idea. She bleached and colored my hair first. The color didn't come out exactly the way I wanted it to be but I can't blame it on the stylist because it was out of her control. Bleached blonde hair+Blue=green. She offered to dye it deeper but I refused. Not her fault but it turned to be a nice ocean color so it was alright with me. Nao did mainly everything by herself including shampooing my hair. When she shampooed my hair off of the color I gave her, the color went on her hands. I felt bad but she didn't comment about it or show worry about it at all. She was just as friendly as before, smiled and ushered me back to my chair. Then, began the cutting of my hair. Watching her, you know she's so focused and knows how to work fast but she asks if you're doing alright and such from time to time to make sure you're okay with her work so far. I had no complaints. She kept snipping away at my hair. My boyfriend was sitting in the chair behind me. Not even half of the way cutting the back of my hair, he said it looked amazing. I was getting anxious and let her keep on doing the work. After everything was done, it really did look amazing. She made my accident color work so wonderfully with the cut. I never had short hair because I was scared of how I would look with it but Nao's hairstyle she gave me was much better than I expected and wanted. She took pictures of my hairstyle at the end. If this is her first time doing a style out of the normal color and cuts, she did wonderfully. Truly a professional.

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★★★★★

It was better! I wanted to try something completely different and have a hairstyle with long in the front and short in the back with a turquoise hair color(I provided my own color). I chose Nao Suzuki from all those other great reviews of her. When she realized what I wanted, she talked with me and drew a quick picture to make it more stylish to fit better. At first, I was hesitant but I thought on it and it looked similar to what I wanted but improved so I accepted that idea. She bleached and colored my hair first. The color didn't come out exactly the way I wanted it to be but I can't blame it on the stylist because it was out of her control. Bleached blonde hair+Blue=green. She offered to dye it deeper but I refused. Not her fault but it turned to be a nice ocean color so it was alright with me. Nao did mainly everything by herself including shampooing my hair. When she shampooed my hair off of the color I gave her, the color went on her hands. I felt bad but she didn't comment about it or show worry about it at all. She was just as friendly as before, smiled and ushered me back to my chair. Then, began the cutting of my hair. Watching her, you know she's so focused and knows how to work fast but she asks if you're doing alright and such from time to time to make sure you're okay with her work so far. I had no complaints. She kept snipping away at my hair. My boyfriend was sitting in the chair behind me. Not even half of the way cutting the back of my hair, he said it looked amazing. I was getting anxious and let her keep on doing the work. After everything was done, it really did look amazing. She made my accident color work so wonderfully with the cut. I never had short hair because I was scared of how I would look with it but Nao's hairstyle she gave me was much better than I expected and wanted. She took pictures of my hairstyle at the end. If this is her first time doing a style out of the normal color and cuts, she did wonderfully. Truly a professional.

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... and her medium is hair !
just like Michelangelo did while carving David out of marble, Nao takes her time in eliminating any unnecessary strands, and only keeps the essential, never failing to give each customer a new, more realistic, more real look at their own, real selves. Thankks Nao! Will come back ..

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★★★★★

... and her medium is hair !
just like Michelangelo did while carving David out of marble, Nao takes her time in eliminating any unnecessary strands, and only keeps the essential, never failing to give each customer a new, more realistic, more real look at their own, real selves. Thankks Nao! Will come back ..

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I'm here in NYC for 43 years from Tokyo. NAO cut my hair when I have time, and she cut so good.!
She is a great hair cutter.
My friend told me, I look like a move- star when NAO cut my hair.
I recomend NAO. Sam

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★★★★★

I'm here in NYC for 43 years from Tokyo. NAO cut my hair when I have time, and she cut so good.!
She is a great hair cutter.
My friend told me, I look like a move- star when NAO cut my hair.
I recomend NAO. Sam

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if u're looking for a better hair stylist, u can try Nao Suzuki in this salon.
her technique is just amazing!! i've never liked my hair before but after nao's cutting,
my hair looks so gorgeous. my boyfriend and co-workers gave me compliments!
following her advice, i can set my hair very easily every morning and it just looks like a style from magazine.
i'm very happy to find this hair salon and want to recommend nao as ur new stylist.

2
★★★★★

if u're looking for a better hair stylist, u can try Nao Suzuki in this salon.
her technique is just amazing!! i've never liked my hair before but after nao's cutting,
my hair looks so gorgeous. my boyfriend and co-workers gave me compliments!
following her advice, i can set my hair very easily every morning and it just looks like a style from magazine.
i'm very happy to find this hair salon and want to recommend nao as ur new stylist.

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I finally find a hair salon in NYC after 5 years that I would like to come back to and would like to recommend to my friends! Nao Suzuki is an excellent stylist in terms of her tecknique and service. She is really professional at what she does yet very friendly that she creates the atomosphere that you can take as much time you need to request and ask for advise in details about your hair. The great thing is she will visualize the hair style of what you wanted or even better than what you imagined it would be. Until I experienced the haircut at this salon, I only used to go to the same hair salon in Tokyo when I travel back. Now, I can have a haircut anytime I want to!
I hugely recommend Nao if you truelly care about your hairstyle!

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★★★★★

I finally find a hair salon in NYC after 5 years that I would like to come back to and would like to recommend to my friends! Nao Suzuki is an excellent stylist in terms of her tecknique and service. She is really professional at what she does yet very friendly that she creates the atomosphere that you can take as much time you need to request and ask for advise in details about your hair. The great thing is she will visualize the hair style of what you wanted or even better than what you imagined it would be. Until I experienced the haircut at this salon, I only used to go to the same hair salon in Tokyo when I travel back. Now, I can have a haircut anytime I want to!
I hugely recommend Nao if you truelly care about your hairstyle!

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I've been going here ever since I moved to the upper east side in june '06. I've always had cathy do my hair and since she left I've went to Nao. She is amazing and I absolutely love the way she cuts my hair. My friends always ask me where I go and I am very happy that I found this place. Great price and great stylists.

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★★★★★

I've been going here ever since I moved to the upper east side in june '06. I've always had cathy do my hair and since she left I've went to Nao. She is amazing and I absolutely love the way she cuts my hair. My friends always ask me where I go and I am very happy that I found this place. Great price and great stylists.

Pros: Everything

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i'm very hesitant when getting a haircut- so many things have gone wrong in the past... after reading the reviews i decided to give this place a try, based on performance and price... the place was small but gave it that intimate feeling. nao was amazing! she spoke to me as if i was an old friend. i gave her a general idea of what i wanted. she gave her expertise, always asking if i was ok with it.. then we were off and running! she is very talented, humble, and makes your feel comfortable. i agree with the other review: it was zen like! :) i love my haircut and plan on going back!! and don't think you need to be asian to get your hair done here. anyone can go! they have experience with all kinds of hair (though if you are asian, nao told me some secrets to styling asian hair) so people, check this place out!

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★★★★★

i'm very hesitant when getting a haircut- so many things have gone wrong in the past... after reading the reviews i decided to give this place a try, based on performance and price... the place was small but gave it that intimate feeling. nao was amazing! she spoke to me as if i was an old friend. i gave her a general idea of what i wanted. she gave her expertise, always asking if i was ok with it.. then we were off and running! she is very talented, humble, and makes your feel comfortable. i agree with the other review: it was zen like! :) i love my haircut and plan on going back!! and don't think you need to be asian to get your hair done here. anyone can go! they have experience with all kinds of hair (though if you are asian, nao told me some secrets to styling asian hair) so people, check this place out!

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I've been a client of Tomoko's for about 5 years and I can only say one thing...she knows my hair!!
You describe to her the way you want your hair to look, and she works her magic.
I especially love the way she creates a modern, shaggy look for me.
Her salon has a peaceful, zen atmosphere. The assistants are great too; they will give you a relaxing shampoo and massage. You must check this place out.

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★★★★★

I've been a client of Tomoko's for about 5 years and I can only say one thing...she knows my hair!!
You describe to her the way you want your hair to look, and she works her magic.
I especially love the way she creates a modern, shaggy look for me.
Her salon has a peaceful, zen atmosphere. The assistants are great too; they will give you a relaxing shampoo and massage. You must check this place out.

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You will love Nao's cuts. A combination of talent, technique, freedom and discipline. It is the Zen of haircutting,

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★★★★★

You will love Nao's cuts. A combination of talent, technique, freedom and discipline. It is the Zen of haircutting,

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My hair always looks its best thanks to my hairdresser here. I always get complimets on my cut and color. They're great for an average day blowout to a night out updo.
The staff is considerate and kind and listens to your choice while recomending what they think is best.

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★★★★★

My hair always looks its best thanks to my hairdresser here. I always get complimets on my cut and color. They're great for an average day blowout to a night out updo.
The staff is considerate and kind and listens to your choice while recomending what they think is best.

Pros: Amazing services

Cons: None

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I agree w/these reviews below. I just went there for fixing my hair, which was rather out of control with my natural wave growing after the Japanese straight treatment done ages ago. Yes, some serious work was crucially needed. It was the first time that I tried this salon after I carefully examined every single Japanese hair stylist in NY. The decision was made because the salon had got quite positive reviews both by locals as well as by Japanese residents in the city. Nao was my stylist. She's a very cheerful person, and also very professional in what she's doing. She carefully listened to my painful troubles that I had w/the old hair styles, and suggested a couple of options. And, the result was excellent! Very natural, stylish, but also easy to treat every morning after shower.
She told that she was working at a famous hair salon in Tokyo for many years before arriving in Big Apple. Knowing that being a hair stylist in Tokyo is very competitive esp. in the capitol city, I fully trusted her job toward the end. And, the result shows, indeed.
If you really need some solution by a highly-skilled professional at a reasonable price, go for it!

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★★★★★

I agree w/these reviews below. I just went there for fixing my hair, which was rather out of control with my natural wave growing after the Japanese straight treatment done ages ago. Yes, some serious work was crucially needed. It was the first time that I tried this salon after I carefully examined every single Japanese hair stylist in NY. The decision was made because the salon had got quite positive reviews both by locals as well as by Japanese residents in the city. Nao was my stylist. She's a very cheerful person, and also very professional in what she's doing. She carefully listened to my painful troubles that I had w/the old hair styles, and suggested a couple of options. And, the result was excellent! Very natural, stylish, but also easy to treat every morning after shower.
She told that she was working at a famous hair salon in Tokyo for many years before arriving in Big Apple. Knowing that being a hair stylist in Tokyo is very competitive esp. in the capitol city, I fully trusted her job toward the end. And, the result shows, indeed.
If you really need some solution by a highly-skilled professional at a reasonable price, go for it!

Pros: Professional service, up-to-date style and "at-home" atmosphere

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I have been traveling between Tokyo and NYC in past few years, thanks for the stylist Nao Suzuki, my hair style always stands in front of the latest trends between two most fashionable cities. I?ve been asked million times where I got my hair done.
Same as many girls, I am really picky about my haircut. In the past, I was usually not satisfied with my old stylists? blowdrying and styling skills, because they made me looks OLD!!! And, it normally tskes at least three days to have my hair looks like MYSELF after the haircut. However, Nao make me feel like one just walked out from the magazine. For some reason, I feel she KNOWS me very well. She knows my face shape, my hair softness, and even my personalities. Plus, surprisingly, in the busy mornings, after the quick shower, a five-minute blowdrying will makes my hair in shape. It is amazing!!!!!! Now I totally believe that a good cut will let you hair stay in shape on its own. No kidding.

With a Japanese hair salon, I?ve never had any problems with services, products, and technics. I will have to say it is one of the best hair salons in the city.

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★★★★★

I have been traveling between Tokyo and NYC in past few years, thanks for the stylist Nao Suzuki, my hair style always stands in front of the latest trends between two most fashionable cities. I?ve been asked million times where I got my hair done.
Same as many girls, I am really picky about my haircut. In the past, I was usually not satisfied with my old stylists? blowdrying and styling skills, because they made me looks OLD!!! And, it normally tskes at least three days to have my hair looks like MYSELF after the haircut. However, Nao make me feel like one just walked out from the magazine. For some reason, I feel she KNOWS me very well. She knows my face shape, my hair softness, and even my personalities. Plus, surprisingly, in the busy mornings, after the quick shower, a five-minute blowdrying will makes my hair in shape. It is amazing!!!!!! Now I totally believe that a good cut will let you hair stay in shape on its own. No kidding.

With a Japanese hair salon, I?ve never had any problems with services, products, and technics. I will have to say it is one of the best hair salons in the city.

Pros: Friendly services, professional skills, warm atmosphere

Cons: none

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Nao has been cutting my hair for 3 years and she's the best!!! She so creative and so gentle. She is the most patient hairdresser I've ever gone to because she cuts my hair when it's wet and then when it's dry! Never in my 26 years in New York have I ever felt so comfortable at a salon. It's very reasonable and she always gives such great cuts. On a scale 1-10....she's a 10!!!!

Mary Ann

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★★★★★

Nao has been cutting my hair for 3 years and she's the best!!! She so creative and so gentle. She is the most patient hairdresser I've ever gone to because she cuts my hair when it's wet and then when it's dry! Never in my 26 years in New York have I ever felt so comfortable at a salon. It's very reasonable and she always gives such great cuts. On a scale 1-10....she's a 10!!!!

Mary Ann

Pros: Too many to list!!!

Cons: NONE

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Nao Suzuki has been my stylist for over a year, and she has been absolutely amazing. She really takes the time to properly cut your hair and always pays attention to details. She is very skilled and uses many different techniques to make your cut perfect. She really is one of the best stylists in the City. Also, the salon is very nice and has a great atmosphere. Nao and Tomoko really make you feel welcome.

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★★★★★

Nao Suzuki has been my stylist for over a year, and she has been absolutely amazing. She really takes the time to properly cut your hair and always pays attention to details. She is very skilled and uses many different techniques to make your cut perfect. She really is one of the best stylists in the City. Also, the salon is very nice and has a great atmosphere. Nao and Tomoko really make you feel welcome.

Pros: Quality, Expertise, Ambience

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Over the past year and a half, Nao has consistently given me great haircuts. Whenever I request a new variation on my hairstyle, she always make the cut work just right for me, adapting the style to my hair texture and the shape of my face. I've had many haircuts from many top hairstylists over the years (some quite famous), and I place Nao's cuts at the top of my list.
She's a great talent, and very nice to deal with as well!

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★★★★★

Over the past year and a half, Nao has consistently given me great haircuts. Whenever I request a new variation on my hairstyle, she always make the cut work just right for me, adapting the style to my hair texture and the shape of my face. I've had many haircuts from many top hairstylists over the years (some quite famous), and I place Nao's cuts at the top of my list.
She's a great talent, and very nice to deal with as well!

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Had my hair done here - I've been all over the city in search of a great stylist. The one here was OK - she kind of listened to what I wanted, but not really. At least my hair wasn't mutilated.

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★★★☆☆

Had my hair done here - I've been all over the city in search of a great stylist. The one here was OK - she kind of listened to what I wanted, but not really. At least my hair wasn't mutilated.

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I just have done my hair straightening a few days ago.
Some of my friends go to Tomoko from my neighborhood Which over 25miles from Manhattan.
I was wondering why do they go to her place every time she does something different than other stylist?

Then I tried her on this time and I really understand that.
She chose so many kind of proteins and solutions.I feel she is like a hair doctor.
Also She taught me a lot of knowledge of straightening.It's works for the re-done next time.
It's takes 4hr,but I didn't feel too long.Because she and her assistant always took care of me,I was very relaxed.
Next time I will bring my friends there.That's more fan!

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★★★★★

I just have done my hair straightening a few days ago.
Some of my friends go to Tomoko from my neighborhood Which over 25miles from Manhattan.
I was wondering why do they go to her place every time she does something different than other stylist?

Then I tried her on this time and I really understand that.
She chose so many kind of proteins and solutions.I feel she is like a hair doctor.
Also She taught me a lot of knowledge of straightening.It's works for the re-done next time.
It's takes 4hr,but I didn't feel too long.Because she and her assistant always took care of me,I was very relaxed.
Next time I will bring my friends there.That's more fan!

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I have lived in the neighborhood and passed this place for years and finally decided to make an appointment based on the good reviews on city search for Cathy. I had no idea what I wanted to do and gave her no direction other than ?make it pretty.? She took such care in the haircut and I am so happy with her and the whole experience. I recommended her to all of my friends in the neighborhood. She is really great!

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★★★★★

I have lived in the neighborhood and passed this place for years and finally decided to make an appointment based on the good reviews on city search for Cathy. I had no idea what I wanted to do and gave her no direction other than ?make it pretty.? She took such care in the haircut and I am so happy with her and the whole experience. I recommended her to all of my friends in the neighborhood. She is really great!

Pros: Cathy, neck and head massage, great price

Cons: none!

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I have been a customer of Shimas for a few years and i always love the way my hair looks when i leave, and more importantly it looks just as good weeks after the cut. You feel really pampered when you are there and everyone is extremely friendly.

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★★★★★

I have been a customer of Shimas for a few years and i always love the way my hair looks when i leave, and more importantly it looks just as good weeks after the cut. You feel really pampered when you are there and everyone is extremely friendly.

Pros: Great stylist at a reasonable cost

Cons: NONE!

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I have tried so many hair salons in NYC, even non-japanese places, but she is the one and only who can answer for my needs. I feel she knows what I would like my hair style to be. She won many rewards in Japan and was already very popular back home among women. She can do make-ups and all fields in woman's fashion. Of course she can do the best job to men's hair style as well. She works for some movies and commercials as a make-up artist and a hair stylist. I strongly recommend you all who are looking for the place where you can completely feel secure to let someone cut your hair or set your hair.

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★★★★★

I have tried so many hair salons in NYC, even non-japanese places, but she is the one and only who can answer for my needs. I feel she knows what I would like my hair style to be. She won many rewards in Japan and was already very popular back home among women. She can do make-ups and all fields in woman's fashion. Of course she can do the best job to men's hair style as well. She works for some movies and commercials as a make-up artist and a hair stylist. I strongly recommend you all who are looking for the place where you can completely feel secure to let someone cut your hair or set your hair.

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I've never had my stylist be so attentive and the cut Tomoko gave me was fabulous.
This was one of the best hair experiences I have ever had.
I didn't give her a lot of direction as to what I wanted, I didn't know exactly how to describe it, but she understood exactly what I meant and was able to make my normally fine hair bounce with life.

I definitely recommend this salon and Tomoko, my new stylist.

2
★★★★★

I've never had my stylist be so attentive and the cut Tomoko gave me was fabulous.
This was one of the best hair experiences I have ever had.
I didn't give her a lot of direction as to what I wanted, I didn't know exactly how to describe it, but she understood exactly what I meant and was able to make my normally fine hair bounce with life.

I definitely recommend this salon and Tomoko, my new stylist.

Pros: Great service, knowledgeable. atmosphere

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I'm from Japan and I've lived here in NY for 5 years. I'm an actress, and I've always looked for a good stylist, because I don't like my head shape. The back looks very flat, styling is not easy.
But finally I meet Cathy, she is fabulous!! Now I never worry about my hair. Her design and technique is amazing.

She understands my feeing, and creates an image of me that matches my life.

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★★★★★

I'm from Japan and I've lived here in NY for 5 years. I'm an actress, and I've always looked for a good stylist, because I don't like my head shape. The back looks very flat, styling is not easy.
But finally I meet Cathy, she is fabulous!! Now I never worry about my hair. Her design and technique is amazing.

She understands my feeing, and creates an image of me that matches my life.

Pros: very smart, very talented

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Aftre a long,hard day at work.this place is the best to relax.My stylist Tomoko does great job on my hair cuts every time I go.My thoughts and opinions are always valued and I leave looking better than I ever imagined.Also her assistant Chrys,gives phenomanal massage and shampoos,a true "slice heaven"

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★★★★★

Aftre a long,hard day at work.this place is the best to relax.My stylist Tomoko does great job on my hair cuts every time I go.My thoughts and opinions are always valued and I leave looking better than I ever imagined.Also her assistant Chrys,gives phenomanal massage and shampoos,a true "slice heaven"

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I had very thick and bristly hair which have problems especially expanding in raining day. Cathy is the person who made my hair easy to care and look beautiful !! Many people, even strangers whom I met on a street, ask me where I got my hair style. No more fear at raining day and I am very happy with my hair now. Cathy has not only a wonderful technique but also a great personality. If you are thinking to have straight parm, get an appointment with Cathy and you will see !!!

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★★★★★

I had very thick and bristly hair which have problems especially expanding in raining day. Cathy is the person who made my hair easy to care and look beautiful !! Many people, even strangers whom I met on a street, ask me where I got my hair style. No more fear at raining day and I am very happy with my hair now. Cathy has not only a wonderful technique but also a great personality. If you are thinking to have straight parm, get an appointment with Cathy and you will see !!!

Pros: Results, products, Service

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My hair has been worked on by some of New Yorks finest stylists. Bumble and bumble, etc. Cathy, at the Tomoko Shima hair salon, totally blew my mind. She takes the craft to a new level. My hair has never been so beautiful.

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★★★★★

My hair has been worked on by some of New Yorks finest stylists. Bumble and bumble, etc. Cathy, at the Tomoko Shima hair salon, totally blew my mind. She takes the craft to a new level. My hair has never been so beautiful.

Pros: You get to watch!

Cons: Upper East Side.

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Shima did my friend's wedding as a hair and a make-up. My friend looks stunning and
everybody loves it. I highly recommend her for any occation.
Also she is my only hair stylist I can truly trust and LOVE.

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★★★★★

Shima did my friend's wedding as a hair and a make-up. My friend looks stunning and
everybody loves it. I highly recommend her for any occation.
Also she is my only hair stylist I can truly trust and LOVE.

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Tomoko Shima does a great job and her prices are incredibly reasonable. I have been going to her since she worked at Hayaoto (spelling?) and then followed her to her new location. It takes me some time to get to her now (I live downtown) but she is worth it. Her new location is adorable and her attention to detail and service is unmatchable. So far I have tried almost all of her services including Japanese hairstraightening, highlights, lowlights and cuts. I have been happy every time. She also spends a ton of time working with you. I just had highlights and a cut but she also gave me a massage, a conditioning treatment, tea, a head massage/shampoo, etc. for around $200. She is the best.

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★★★★★

Tomoko Shima does a great job and her prices are incredibly reasonable. I have been going to her since she worked at Hayaoto (spelling?) and then followed her to her new location. It takes me some time to get to her now (I live downtown) but she is worth it. Her new location is adorable and her attention to detail and service is unmatchable. So far I have tried almost all of her services including Japanese hairstraightening, highlights, lowlights and cuts. I have been happy every time. She also spends a ton of time working with you. I just had highlights and a cut but she also gave me a massage, a conditioning treatment, tea, a head massage/shampoo, etc. for around $200. She is the best.

Pros: service, results, price

 

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