"Top 10 Hidden Hair Gems Of NYC"

Refinery29 Magazine


Located on the upper west side, Laura Braunstein Hair Studio stylists design color palates and cuts to create the best hair look for your face and physique. 


Named one of the 10 hidden hair gems of NYC by Refinery29 magazine, Laura Braunstein Hair Studio has held its place as the best hair salon on the upper west side for the past 6 years. Led by upper west sider Laura Braunstein, who made her name in the hair industry as an expert in the art and creation of blonde hair, our Vidal Sassoon trained team of precision cutters and expert colorists can create classic, contemporary and everything in between. Our dramatic harem inspired decor, upbeat music, and custom drinks top off each experience making every visit memorable.



(212) 501-7001



255 West 84th Street
at Broadway
New York, NY 10024



Monday closed              Tuesday 10am - 9pm      Wednesday 10am - 9pm  Thursday 12pm - 10pm    Friday 11am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

*extended hours available by appointment


Why Aveda?

Aveda Salons and Spas are founded on the common mission of caring for you and caring for our world around us. Our salon/spa teams are trained to serve your every need and expertly care for you.

Aveda salon professionals are continually educated on the latest trends and techniques to transform your look with styles inspired by the fashion runways from around the world. Our spa professionals also undergo regular training to stay informed of latest advancements in body and skin care so they can practice the art of healing, rejuvenating and refreshing the mind body and spirit. Aveda professionals understand how to listen to your needs and provide you with a thorough consultation so you can be comfortable and confident during your salon/spa experience.

Our full line of Aveda products allows you to re-create your salon/spa experience or look at home. Made with organic and natural pure flower and plant ingredients, our products are proven to have powerful results, all while protecting and preserving our environment.


We live our mission through our use of 100% post-consumer recycled material in our packaging, 100% wind-generated power in our manufacturing and by donating over $18 million dollars since 1999 to help clean and protect the environment.

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What Guests Are Saying...

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I am in love with my new cut. Tracey listened to what I wanted and gave me a very beautiful and classy cut without taking away too much length. Wonderful service all around and great results! 

Ryann Sypniewski - 01/07/2018

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I've been to see Laura 3 times now and each time I am very happy with my hair color and cut! Prices are New York City reasonable, lovely salon .. not flashy. What more can I ask for ... Laura is delightful and the salon is pleasant, clean and peaceful.

Georgette Pagano - 01/03/2018

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Amazing experience at the salon - my new go-to place for color, cut and blow dry! Made me feel like a queen with reasonable prices and great, friendly atmosphere. Plus I look fab - best haircut ever! Highly recommend!

Lauren Singer - 12/24/2017

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Turning Heads

Advice, tips and tricks for taking your locks from drab to fab!


What To Do With Fine Hair


By Laura Braunstein     

Those of us who have the shared experience of fine hair know that the daily struggle is real. Between feelings of our hair being flat, limp, lifeless, flyaway, and boring, it can be hard to appreciate what genetics gave us. The fact that our hair dries quickly and smoothes out easily is hardly a consolation when it looks almost exactly the same no matter what we do. While it's important to try to remember that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, I am definitely not here to lecture anyone on their emotional reasonableness. What I can provide are a few tips for maximizing and working with what you've got.    

(1)     Cut Choices

Each hair on our head is preprogrammed to max out at a certain length. On people with fine hair, this is often shorter than on others. This means that if you want to wear long hair, not every hair is going to be able to reach the desired perimeter length. What do you do, you may ask? If you are committed to wearing your hair as long as possible, keep it simple, a one length cut is the best haircut for you. You can have your stylist cut in a minimal amount of face framing pieces, but skip the layers. They'll only end up detracting from the look of a clean strong line and leave your ends looking scrappy after only a few short weeks. Peggy, pictured to the left, has this simple cut. If you're interested in trying a shorter style, a long bob (lob) is generally great for fine hair. The defining characteristic of a bob is a strong line and since all of your hair is capable of growing to your shoulders, voila, it's easily achievable. The minimal amount of graduation put into a lob will also help your hair to tuck every so slightly under creating the illusion of thickness, a definite bonus. Finally, if you're really interested in going short, you can't go wrong with a pixie when you have fine hair. As long as the cut is not so short that your scalp is shining through, removal of length always means removal of weight. What does this translate to? Locks that are short always have an easier time gaining volume and thus the look of fullness, no matter what the precise shape. 

(2)   Using Color To Create Interest

Slight variation in color creates the illusion of depth and dimension and therefore fullness. For us fine haired girls, this is key. Even if your first inclination would not be to add color to your hair, you may want to reconsider. Adding a highlight and lowlight that is one shade lighter and darker respectively, than your natural hue, will not change the overall appearance of your color much, but will add tremendous variation to your palate, thus creating dimension. The subtlety will leave you with a very low maintenance look that will barely be noticeable as it grows out, meaning that you could do it once and let it go without a problem. For those of us who would color anyway, paneled looking highlights and lowlights help to create the look of depth within the hair. Conversely, a very finely woven highlight that just creates an overall lighter look, is actually not as beneficial. It's important to be able to really see the color differential because that's the best way to add interest. In Peggy's hair, pictured at left, you can see a lot of variation without it looking stripey. This can be achieved with both a foil and balayage technique. Any talented NYC hairstylist, but especially everyone in our west side salon of course, will know what is best for you in particular.

(3)   Conditioning

It's very easy for fine hair texture to become damaged because the molecular makeup of the hair is actually weaker when compared with coarser hair. Fortunately, there are many great products on the market that can reinvigorate hair with both protein and moisture. Shampoo. It's important to use a gentle shampoo that is sulfate free and not full of other harsh cleansing agents. When shampooing, focus on the lather at the scalp and simply allow the product to run over the ends while rinsing. Unless you were rolling around in the mud, there's really no need to rough up the cuticle layer of your hair by scrubbing your ends unnecessarily. Conditioner. Conditioner is key to keeping fine hair strong and moist. Don't be stingy, really fully saturate your hair with conditioner after each shampoo and if possible, allow it to really seep in for a minute or two before rinsing. While you can use the same shampoo every day, you want to rotate your conditioners between a protein conditioner made to rebuild and a moisture conditioner made to rehydrate. We swear by the Dry Remedy and Damage Remedy conditioners from Aveda in our NYC hair salon and in our own showers at home. Proper conditioning definitely makes a huge difference. 

If you'd like to continue this conversation and customize it to talk more about your own hair specifically, give us a call! Consultations are always complimentary! 


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