New York’s Best New Salon, Salon Ziba


This summer the new Salon Ziba has opened its doors on 57th Street. If you love salons that provide the best talent in a unique hip setting you will love this new location.

The luxurious million dollar plus new salon was created by Peter Millard of Millard Kwon Design and uses a 4000 square foot white on white space of uncommon luminosity. The stunning layout includes a Venetian plaster, hand-etched alcove ceiling, diagonally placed hair stations with floating inner lit cube mirrors, three-dimensional panels of over-scaled crocodile finished plaster and an ergonomically lowered color bar set in the middle of the main area.

I particularly enjoyed the privacy and arm room at the stations equipped with USB port charging outlets as well as the comfort of the reclining chairs at the sinks with foot rest. You can catch up on the season’s fashion trends from the latest runway shows on wide flat screens as your hair gets washed. Clearly this salon is for a new generation that values an exquisite contemporary design, absolute relaxation and internet access. Think of it as an exclusively cool New York hang out with hair service provided

I had a haircut with Japan-born Chieko. I would recommend this stylist as she understood very well what I wanted, giving me an elegant and flattering haircut that was easy to maintain and that had a bit of an edge to it. She also gave my hair a very nice blow dry that helped smooth my frizzy and dry hair into soft pliant folds on a particularly humid day.

I came back on another day to get color as color services and balayage are a specialty of the salon. The color “atelier” is situated in the main salon area where a full-spectrum of natural light allows colorists to create accurate and beautiful hair color. My colorist Cara is a hair color specialist with 30 years of expertise behind her. She colors the hair of many A-listed clients including Ivanka Trump.

She assessed my hair, its texture, natural color including undercurrents of different tints in it and reflected on the heavy damage sun, pool and sea water had done during the summer. She recommended doing a base color in a medium/dark blonde to create an even prime color then articulating a golden highlights within to create dimension, depth and a soft contrast. She stayed away from lightening my hair too blonde which causes my hair to dry quickly but to adopt a pretty softer natural blonde.

The Salon uses an ammonia-free formula that is gentle on hair and scalp. A masque was applied on my hair between the base and the highlights to moisturize my hair deeply. Foils were then added to create the golden strands, then another masque to create shine and luminosity. After an expert blow dry by Elga, my hair was a bounce of shining, smooth and radiant hair. Looking around me at the busy salon on this Tuesday morning, I only noticed perfectly executed work, the type of talent you only see on runways and on editorial spreads. Every woman leaving the salon was a knock out.

The Salon offers all services for women and men including hair cutting, styling and blow-drying, braiding, hair color and balayage highlights, smoothing treatments, keratin, virgin European and Remy hair extensions, as well as a Tricho-bar (with experienced trichologist) offering a full range of advanced treatments, including bespoke custom-blended organic conditioning treatments. There is also a spacious 2-station VIP room for celebrity clients, bridal consultations, and those requiring privacy.

The New Salon Ziba is located on the second floor of 50 West 57th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues in New York City. The salon can be reached (212) 767-0577, or online at
Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm, and on Saturdays from 9am to 7pm.

Picture credits:
Hair by: Francois Fortin, Education Director, Salon Ziba
Color by: Colin Christopher, Colorist, Salon Ziba
Photographer: David Webber

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