3 Downtown NYC Salons to Go Blonde…and Grab a Cold Brew

Summer is here. It’s hot. Your roots are showing.

Take a trip to any of these downtown NYC hair salons to get that sitch fixed ASAP. Enjoy a stroll around the respective ‘hoods while you’re at it for some of my favorite cold brew coffees in town. Yes, my coffee obsession may actually trump my constant quest for blonde perfection. Tough call.


Flatiron Flaneur

Valencia D’Onofrio, Color Director at NYC’s Sassoon Salon, is a refreshing burst of energy and a true talent. I needed a good revamp from a history of one too many bad highlight jobs and general inconsistencies in my color. I told her what I thought I wanted – she told me what I really wanted, and made it happen better than I could have predicted. This blonde is bright and clean without a trace of splotches – perhaps the most even but bold blonde I’ve ever had.

32 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.229.2200

Grab your cold brew over on 5th Ave and 21st St. at Toby’s Estate, a beautiful shop connected to an equally beautiful Club Monaco.

160 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Soho Saunters

I’ve been a long-time fan of Ion Studio in Soho. The space is one I wouldn’t mind living in and the staff is cool, collected and welcoming. The good news is one of the city’s best colorists operates here. The bad news is she’s out on maternity leave (congrats!) starting the end of June. Odds are you won’t be able to snag an appointment with the amazing Kimberely Pierce before she takes a much-deserved break, but no one would ever fault you for taking a shot! Her blonde is precise but never looks it. In fact, you’ll leave her chair feeling beachy and summer-festival ready, but not a single strip of her painted strands will have been placed at random. If you don’t luck out with Kim given the tight time crunch, try Astrid or Jenna – both are equally as awesome.

41 Wooster St
New York, NY 10013
212.343.9060

On the way over, stop at La Colombe on 319 Church Street for the best drink ever – the Draft Latte…or my preferred version, the Black & Tan. You can thank me later.

Also in Soho is Marie-Lou&D, a new(ish) salon that opened late last year and has quickly proved its worth. What grabbed me first was the décor (great waiting area – more of a lounge, really, to sip that brew!) Colorist Tre Wyrosdick will give you a funky and fun blonde balayage that will make you feel just slightly less out of place in the hood – and he’ll entertain the socks off you while you’re in the chair, which is always a bonus.


345 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
212.390.8666

La Columbe is close to this spot too, but change it up and try Ground Support, on 399 West Broadway. Consistent, fast, friendly and of course, delicious – can’t go wrong.

A cold coffee brew and a cool blonde for summer. Perfect!

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