181 Hester St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.717943 -73.997462
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Little Italy
Bang for Your Buck – I sashayed my way down down down to the Lower East Side to give Cutting Edge Salon a second chance. All the Yelp reviews in the world plus my bff made sure I went back for the hair cut of my dreams.
Bottom line: The salon is fabulous for your wallet, and your shiny locks.
Nested in Little Italy/Chinatown, Cutting Edge delivers edgy and modern styles at an extremely low price. I'm not sure where else you can get a $27 professional haircut. This is no dingy, hole in the wall type. The space is funky modern with a staff system so efficient, tackling the high volume of clients they receive everyday. The best part? You can just walk in like I did and still be serviced.
They also offer a great package if you are looking for the works. A full color treatment plus haircut at $76. That is just a steal! I have super long hair, and I know I would be paying approximately $200+ at most places for cut a fab cut. Look no more. If you are willing to travel a little bit downtown, there is a spot waiting for you.
My stylist even curled my hair at the end. He's super! Grab Jason.
Love my haircut! – So, I was recommended by a friend to try this place out because my hair stylist of 10+ years moved. My friend had originally recommended me to try Wyman (the owner) but he was only available on Friday & Saturday. I really wanted a haircut, so I did some research and the reviews (on here) and wrote down all the names of the people I did NOT want.
The receptionist would not give me the names of who was available that day, so I just gave her the list of people I did NOT want. I made an appointment for 11am on Tuesday and was escorted to get my hair washed fairly quickly. (+) The place was very “posh” looking with young, hip stylists (as opposed to traditional Chinese hair salons). The shampoo lady washed my hair fairly quickly. I’m used to the Chinese ladies massaging your head and doing at least two shampoos before conditioning your hair. This lady washed my hair in less than two-minutes. (And no she wasn’t in a rush, because I was the only customer in the entire salon.)
I was given Marco Cheng. I explained my situation, what I wanted, and the problems I had with my hair. I have long, thick hair and he advised me to lighten the load, especially for the summer. He was able to give me the volume and layers I wanted and allow my hair to feel pounds lighter. (+) He also took his time to cut and layer my hair (and I have lots of hair). (+) He said that my hair was so long and thick, I broke his comb. =)
Overall, I had an enjoyable experience and got tons of compliments that day. Haircut with wash was less than $30. (+) I just wanted to clarify (for his sake) that although he looks young, he's not. Bottom-line, I never knew my hair could simultaneously feel so lightweight and not look like I am thinning/balding.
P.S. Make sure you do your research (i.e. Citysearch/Yelp reviews) before you go and see who is good and who isn’t.
Best Affordable Men's Haircut – After haveing a dependabel stylist for over 12 years in Washington DC I bounced around from salon to salon in NYC. I found a couple of good alternatives for $50-$60. Then I was recommended to Cutting Edge. I fell in love with the attention to detail that everyone provides here. On my 3rd haircut here I was lucky enough to Have Jason cut my hair and I haven't been to anyone else in about 1.5 years. He is amazing doing exactly what I ask. Plus the $28 price tag and amazing wash/massage experience is a great bargain. Cut and tip is still considerably less than any other decent haircut in lower Manhattan.
Depends who you get – I've been here several times with Kenneth who gives great hair cuts after several friends of mine recommended him. So I've always thought very highly of this salon.
Well... the one time I walked in w/out an appointment I got Charles, and while the cut looks "okay", the experience was ridiculously awful. First off, he wouldn't give me the slanted bangs I wanted, telling me how ugly it'd be (although I've always had it this way and the bangs he gave me were much worst, I had to fix it at him and trim it myself). Then he cut my hair like he's trimming grass. literally, cause he wouldn't hold my hair as he tugs on it hard with the scissor blade and it hurt soooooo much! I complained about it and he just ignored it... I felt like I was about to get all my hair pulled out.
DO NOT GO TO MABEL CHAN! – My only message to you is - NEVER GO TO THE STYLIST NAMED MABEL CHAN. She doesn't listen to what you have to say about WHAT KIND OF HAIRCUT YOU WANT. All she does is criticize what you ask for. Not critique, CRITICIZE. I showed her a picture of the haircut that I wanted ... all she did was criticize how that hair style was not for me. She didn't explain how it would not fit me, which I still disagree with her. She flat out said, "this model (points to the picture) has her own personal designer and stylist, and you ARE NOT A MODEL, YOU CANT MANAGE THIS KIND OF HAIRCUT AT HOME." What kind of customer service is this? The haircut I wanted was straight forward - I wanted my hair to be cut straight to the length of my shoulder and add bangs. That's ALL! I felt really insulted by her as she was disrespectful to me and my friend (will explain shortly). At the end of my cut, which she only spent 10 minutes cutting my hair, I asked her if I can try at least have a small bangs. She gave me a lot of attitude and impatiently stated, "I told you, bangs are not for you, it doesn't look good for you." Last I recall, the customer is always right, no? If a stylist thinks what I am asking for does not look good, explain WHY, don't just insult me for my opinion. Nevertheless, I insisted at the end, and she gave me an attitude, grabbed my hair and cut it half way. Gosh, I am so glad that I insisted and I like my bangs - the style she said WOULD NOT LOOK GOOD ON ME! At the very end of the haircut, my friend, who was getting a cut by another stylist, asked her the question, "what is the difference b/t wax and mousse?" Her response was, "Mousse is for your mother's generation. I don't have that kind of time for your question go ask the front desk."
So, this is my story. DON'T EVER GO TO HER. HER FULLY NAME IS MABEL CHAN. YOU WILL REGRET IT, DON'T LET HER TOUCH YOUR HAIR.
Overall, my haircut is okay, but this Mabel Chan really ruined my experience.. i dont think I will be a returning customer. And if I ever do, for who knows for what reason, it definitely will not be to her with those scissors in her hand.
Great Salon, Great Change – First, i had long hair up to my butt, then the sudden crazy idea of getting a mohawk. My hairstylist was Mabel, when i stepped in and said i wanted a mohawk, all jaws dropped .. mine too. In the end, it came out great, it was nice, even and i would say more fancy then other mohawks. There product Dream, i just love so much, the color gel and mud is just great. Cost me about $45. Customer service was good and consistant, especially the guy who washed my hair was really something good to look at and talk to. I recommend you go give it a try, call for Mabel as your hairstylist. I plan on getting my tips dyed, i'll tell you how that goes next time. Hope you guys enjoy it like i did.
worst haircut + higher prices – if you wanna go to this salon, just PLEASE don't let CHARLES L. cut your hair. ........................................................................................................................
I love cutting edge – I have to say that Kenneth is the best!!!! Do not worry about color at Cutting Edge. They are great. Kenneth is so detail oriented. This place is definitely the best in C-Town, and my hair looks better after I leave Cutting Edge than some of salon I"VE WORKED IN in NYC. I send my friends and co-workers to Kenneth and they are all very happy. XOXOXO Cutting Edge, I love you :)
Great Cut! – Kenneth is the way to go! He gave me a great consultation and really listened to what I wanted. I've been skeptical about getting any color done there, but won't go to anyone else for a cut.
Blondes Beware! – I walked into this salon to get my roots touched up and told the woman I wanted a pretty ashy blonde, not gold. Well I walked out with roots that were closer to a gray/blue color. They did tell me to come back in and theyd fix it, which I appreciated. However, when I went back, she coated the top of my head with bleach and when she went to tone it down, she only had enough toner to do half of my head. She knew how much damage she had done b/c she told me to take a bottle of their shampoo for damaged hair and tried to give me my money back. I was a bit shocked. She was very nice about it, but I would definitely never go back.
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