Barbers >Astor Place Hair Designers
2 Astor Pl, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.730008 -73.992764
Neighborhoods: Downtown, NoHo
If you walk into Astor Place Hair, you take your chances. They kinda did a bait and switch on me. I called down there to see Rita and get a little color cause I heard she did great work. Just some highlights, you know? This big guy told me she wasn't there " but Noemi's fantastic" so I tried her. After getting my hair baked, dried out....just destroyed, I asked for my money back. No way. I was really bothered so I called back and managed to get Rita. She had me come down again and fixed my color the way I wanted. If you want your color done right, call her and don't let them send you to someone else.
Alberto and Astor Forever – ALBERTO = MAGICIAN - Since 1989, Astor and Alberto have been there for me with fabulous hair cuts and an engaging atmosphere. Sure, the price has gone up, but it remains an incredible value!! Alberto's cut through marriage, kids & career; he's always been there for me and is like part of the family. He's always in a good mood and welcoming and is very efficient - he has to be because he's got a lot of customers!!! Alberto has always kept my hair well groomed and current. He's even humored my attempts at change - and pleasing the requests of my wife. "Not to short" is the order of the day.
Alberto is like a lucky charm for me - since I've been going to him - my life has been good. And it's working out better for him as my hair thins - the job is getting easier even though dealing with gray hair is a challenge.
If you haven't tried Alberto and Astor ; you haven't really lived in New York - and you have paid WAY too much for a haircut!
David Collins - Updated from my first post in 2005
Regina Rules – Regina has been responsible for my hair for over 15 years. I made the mistake of cheating on her once. I looked ridiculous.
As an actor and model, she's helped me look my best.
Whether you have specific ideas, or just want a good cut, Regina will give you exactly what you want, or something better.
Regina should be on a list of Best of Broadway.
Rita's Amazing Color!! – Ever since I began going to Rita for my color, highlights, and cut, people literally stop me on the street and ask who does my hair. Her artistry and talent with creating the most natural, beautiful, highlights is unmatched. She took my over-processed, way-too-blonde hair and wove in warm honey tones with shimmery golden blonde to create the prettiest colors I've ever seen. She also shapes and layers my hair so that it's pure perfection each and every time I go to style it—weeks, even months later. She's a true artist and also one of the sweetest, funniest people you'll ever met.
I've been getting my haircut by Alberto at Astor Place for 15 years now and I've been going to Astor Place for 19 years.
To say Alberto is the best is an understatement. He is thorough, creative and fun. Feeling chatty? Talk about whatever you like, sports, weather, girls, hair, music. Feeling sleep? Just relax and let Alberto do all the work.
I trust this man so much, I haven't asked him to do anything in over a decade, he just knows what is hot and what looks good based on your head size, hair color and style.
You might have to wait, but it's worth it. This man is an artist and a master barber. You've tried all the rest, now try the best.
I've had better. – After I finished work, say around 830 or so I decided I wanted to cut off this annoying mop that I have been experimenting growing. I simply dont have the patience to keep growing it past this "in between stage". I cant take it anymore! Plus I did a quick length survey on facebook and twitter and all replies said "short". I hope they meant my haircut. Ahem, ahem. Okay!
So being from NYC I know that in the downtown area one of the more reliable places for a quick decent haircut is Astor Cuts. I've gone here several times over the years, and as far as the haircut itself goes, I've not been disappointed for the most part.
Upon descending into the depths of the shop I was greeted by an older gentleman, he asked "you want a haircut", I said yes, then I asked my usual question "do you know how to do a proper fade sir"? I observe the body language eyes and the reaction overall as they answer. It was apparent to me quickly that this gentleman would not know how to give me a proper fade. After he confirmed what I already knew he asked one of the other guys to trade customers.
Marcello was tired and wanted to go home, initially he tried to pass me off to another guy, but after a moment he agreed to cut my hair. I said dude, if you need to go, then go. (According to them a fade takes longer and it's harder to do, in his defense he started at 830am.) He said it's ok he would do it. Fine, let's move on.
We didn't talk much, he was mostly all business. So about 20 or so minutes later I had an ok fade and was looking fresh. I gave him a tip and thanked him for staying around late to cut my hair. We shook hands and I moved to the front to pay.
When I got up front there was a large gentleman with his back to the "greeting" area speaking with a woman about how some people are happy with the service and some are not. "When you see 100 people a day some are bound to be unhappy with something."
I stood there for a few moments without being acknowledged, I wondered if I made to walk out without paying if he would talk to me then? Personally I think he was being rude. While talking about how sometimes customers are "not happy" with service, he in turn created another unhappy customer.
After a few more moments I decided to stop waiting for them to greet me, and I interrupted their intense conversation. I said "sorry guys, but is this where we pay, seems like it, but based on what's happening I'm not sure?"
He reached for the charge paper, still not acknowledging me or even
turning around, he continued talking to the woman. He looked at the paper, then put it down, and held his hand out. I fished in my wallet for the fifteen dollars they charge for the haircut, he continued talking and moved his hand as if he were impatiently waiting for me. Really?
I put the money down on the counter and walked out. I stopped being polite at that point and kept it moving, I didn't say thank you, I didn't wait for him to pick up the cash or count it, nada, whatever big boy, you want to be rude, I can be rude too.
The haircut experience overall was ok, except for the feeling like I was a burden when paying and during the customer shuffle early on. Also now that I am home as I look closely I found several stray hairs in the areas of my head visible to me, so I found myself in front of the mirror with scissors clipping away. After showering I saw that the front of my head is uneven as well, this is more troubling because now I'll have to go to my local spot and have them fix it. So in essence I'll be paying 2 times for 1 haircut. This is not good. I wonder if there are more strays or problems in the areas I cannot see?
The bad exit experience and slightly less than great haircut doesn't make paying extra money worth it. Maybe if the overall experience was great then I'd feel it's worth it to pay a bit more.
Irma has been my hairstylist for some time & she is the BEST! The color combined with the highlights is amazing. I have gotten compliments from strangers including hairstylists that want to know the color numbers.... I'm not telling!
LOVE IRMA! She is the best.
Noemi, give the best italian haircut I got in NYC! – I'm Italian, and hairstyle is important to me!
Noemi is an authentic italian, she recently came from Italy and so she's very fresh on the most recent young hairstyle trends!
She always cuts my hair with a young vibe style, both cool to be noticed and professional to work with great NY company, great if have an important interview and you want to impress with a fresh look!
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