I grew up outside of the city, so when I first moved here I gasped at the prices for a simple wash, cut, and blow dry...and had too many bad experiences in Manhattan to count. Finally I found my gem right in my neighborhood in Bay Ridge...
The entire staff is friendly at Charles Elias Salon, and the price is just right (not quite upstate prices, but definitely doable!) I have been seeing Christina for about three years and she not only is a great stylist, but a great conversationalist as well. She always gives me her honest opinion when I ask for it, and makes great suggestions when I'm not sure exactly what I want.
I should note that I've never had any services beyond my quarterly wash, cut, style and blow dry, but I've noticed that all of the other clients always seem happy with whatever service they are having done.
Bottom line - I would recommend the salon to anyone.