Let’s face it: Not all salons are created equal. When it comes to curly hair, there’s an art to perfecting the best shape, curl definition or style. Which is why it’s super helpful to find a salon that teaches you how to care for your curls at home, especially for anyone who is starting their natural hair journey and isn’t sure where to begin. From Devachan to Rëzo Haircare, here are 18 curly hair salons in NYC to visit for your next wash, trim or color.
The 18 Best Curly Hair Salons in NYC
1. Devachan Salon
From the masterminds at DevaCurl come two NYC locations of their specialized hair salon, Devachan. Whether you’re coming for the complete DevaCurl transformation (which includes a styling and coaching session for at-home care) or the famous DevaCut (a dry-cutting technique that focuses on every curl in its dry, natural state), prepare to have your natural hair catered to with .
Multiple locations; devacurl.com/salons
2. Bumble & Bumble Salon
What started as a small salon in the ’70s has since expanded into a national hair care brand with two flagship stores in the city. When curly clients enter “The House of Bumble,” they will feel as if they’ve walked into a chic department store-café fusion. From trendy cuts to meticulous styling, guests can have a greater appreciation for their mane.
Multiple locations; bumbleandbumble.com/locations
3. Hair Rules
Celebrity hairstylist Dickey has been called the “texture guru” by celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and even former First Lady Michelle Obama. He started with a product line and a handbook to understanding natural hair, and then opened a salon of his own to put his practices to work. His stylists focus on your individual needs and specific texture.
828 Ninth Ave.; 212-315-2929 or hairrules.com
4. Ouidad Salon
This popular hair care brand has multiple locations of their very own salons across the country. The flagship salon in Midtown is known for reforming your curls using a signature Carving and Slicing technique—a trademarked method of cutting wet curls at an angle, preventing that triangle-hair look—and offers multiple hair treatments (like the Triple Threat Hydrating Treatment) to boost moisture, reduce frizz and strengthen locks. They even hold a training academy for aspiring hairstylists at this location.
37 W. 57th St.; 212-888-3288 or ouidad.com/Ouidad-New-York-Salon
5. Miss Rizos Salon
Creator Carolina Contreras, aka Miss Rizos, started a movement to educate and bring awareness to Afro-curly hair in Latin America and the Caribbean. It sparked demand within the community and the opening of her first salon in the Dominican Republic back in 2014. The popularity resulted in a second salon in NYC. Although the salon excels at providing the staples in curly hair care (i.e., wash and go, finger coils and trims), it’s the extra time stylists take to educate clients on best practices to keep their curls looking and feeling healthy that really makes it a great place to visit.
1604 St. Nicholas Ave.; 646-822-0400 missrizos.com/en/el-salon
6. Honey Salon
From scalp treatments to natural hairstyles, this Harlem salon offers a wide range of services. You’ll find a collection of products catered to curly hair and a team of hairstylists ready to bring your curls back to life. The salon even offers complimentary mimosas, coffee or tea, so you can have a pleasant experience as you get your hair done.
174 St. Nicholas Ave.; 212-663-0100 or honeysalonnyc.com
7. Bloom Beauty Lounge
Whether you have type 2A or 4C curls, this Chelsea salon works with each client to find a stylist who knows your hair type best. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to the services they provide. The staff caters to each client’s specific needs with a free consultation before you even book an appointment. They also offer makeup services and lessons.
140 W. 19th St.; 212-255-9355 or bloombeautylounge.com
8. Sabine's Hallway
With more than 15 years of experience, owner Sabine strives to educate clients on different natural hair techniques, styles and maintenance. She’s also a hair loss and wig specialist who’s knowledgeable about all hair types and textures. In addition to hair care, the salon offers skincare services (like a glycolic chemical peel or a deep pores cleansing treatment) to give you a full self-care day.
405 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn; 718-789-2673 or sabineshallway.com
9. Rëzo Haircare
This NYC salon may be the new kid on the block, but the owner has over 40 years of experience in the curly hair world. Nubia Rëzo opened the flagship salon in 2020, where you can get her signature rëzocut (which is all about maintaining length and shape). Each stylist goes through the rëzo Academy to replicate Nubia’s signature techniques for every client. But, if you’re interested in getting your hair cut by Nubia herself, be prepared to book way in advance (we're talking four weeks out) and paying big (around $350).
903 Madison Ave.; 917-409-0292 or rezosalon.com
10. City Curl Studio
Even if your goal is to simply get a wash, cut or color, this Staten Island location takes it one step further with their one-on-one consultations, where you can talk through exactly what you can do to transform your curls. This includes a special service called “How to Style Daily” where you’ll discuss every last detail—from your curl pattern to porosity levels—so you get a truly customized routine that works for your hair.
692 Bay St., Staten Island; 917-445-2017 or citycurlstudio.com
11. Curl Transformations Salon
Another star in Staten Island, this luxe salon is packed with talented stylists who work on curls, coils and waves. Opt for a standard wash and style or get a glaze coat of that color you’ve been eyeing all year. Unsure about which service will work best for you? They also offer a free consultation for newcomers to get you started. And if you have any kiddos, the salon welcomes children 12 and under to get a customized curly cut (with a wash and style included).
1473 Richmond Ave., Staten Island; 718-304-5507 or curltransformationsalon.com
12. Spiral (x,y,z)
Spiral (x,y,z)’s creator Lorraine Massey might be familiar to some in the curly community. She was one of the pioneers of the curly girl movement, started the popular Curly Hair Method and founded Devacurl. Now, she owns Spiral (x,y,z) and uses her iconic techniques at her Tribeca salon, which features a host of services (like scalp detox treatment) and a cleansing station, where customers can actually lie down to get their curls washed and treated.
139 West Broadway; 917-261-6794 or spiralxyz.com
13. Headchop Hair Studio
Here’s your sign to finally get the big chop or at least a curly trim. This hair studio is all about the dry cutting technique method that focuses on styling your hair based on its natural state. Aside from cutting, the salon offers coloring services including “Free-Hand Painting” which follows your curl’s natural pattern and movement, so you get seamlessly blended (read: not streaky) highlights. Oh, and if you’re due for some brow grooming, you can add that to your appointment as well.
86 Berry St., Brooklyn; 347-844-9635 or headchop.com
14. Curls Are Fun
Stylist and educator Antonio Berducci uses his 15 years of experience to make you feel right at home in his chair. He’ll cut and style your curls to perfection, but also teach you how to manage them from home. As for product recommendations, Berducci often uses and carries Curly World, Ouidad and Be My Curl to cater to all curl types and textures.
269 W. 39th St.; antonioberducci.com
15. Christo Fifth Avenue
One of the OG curly hair salons in the city, Christo Fifth Avenue has been at the forefront of elevating curly locks for over 19 years. The founder, Christo Curlisto, has been coined the “King of Curls” for treating, styling and educating others on how to perfect their look at home. The salon provides a mixture of cutting and color services, as well as bridal services to help you get ready for your big day.
Multiple locations; 212-997-8800 or christonyc.com/curly-hair-salon-nyc
This East Village spot came onto the curly hair scene in 2015. All the stylists follow classic techniques like the Devacurl dry cutting method (which focuses on trimming curls in its natural state) and offer additional services, in case you’re interested in, say, straightening your curls without damaging your locks or styling an updo for a swanky event.
336 E. 5th St.; 212-979-9800 or filamenthairsalon.com
17. Curl & Co. Hair Studio
From curl maintenance to protective styles, this Harlem studio is ready to help with all your natural hair needs. If you’re concerned or even curious about hair health, this is the spot for you. Every stylist will work on improving and maintaining your curls, while building up your confidence for at-home care, which is especially helpful when you’re beginning your natural hair journey.
2505 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.; 212-234-2200 or curlandco.studio
18. The Curl Suite
This NYC staple wants you to rebuild the relationship you have with your curls. Created by owner Alex Mnayarji, we recommend trying her “Curl Puzzling” cut that eliminates unwanted bulk and density from your locks. The salon also specializes in color, so you can try that money piece trend—or get partial front highlights. The possibilities are endless here, but regardless of what service you choose, a stylist will walk you through the whole process.
124 W. 24 St.; 646-499-1111 or thecurlsuite.com