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Geoff Merritt Hair - 34 Reviews - 210 W 79th St, New York, NY - Beauty Salons Reviews - Phone (212) 496-9595

Geoff Merritt Hair

210 W 79th St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 496-9595
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I too discovered Yi at Curl Up & Dye. Been going to her about a year or so. I'm actually glad it closed because I like Geoff Merritt much better--it's small, low key, no one has a...


I specifically signed up here so I can review this place. It is the worst haircut I have ever received. My hairdresser is a senior stylist and actually the owner of the place. Whe...

The worst experience I have ever had. 7/22/2011

I specifically signed up here so I can review this place. It is the worst haircut I have ever received. My hairdresser is a senior stylist and actually the owner of the place. When I sat down I explained in detail how I wanted it to be cut. I had, long wavy/curly hair, and I just wanted a trim for my split ends and my fringe. didn't want too much to be taken off, because it will make my hair look "poofy". He wanted to cut my hair when it was dry, fine. First of all, the girl who blow dried my hair didn't even know how to do it because I could still feel my roots being wet, and after she was done there were still bumps all over my hair because she was being so sloppy and didn't dry it completely. I could have done it better myself, and I don't work at a hair salon. He started cutting, and it was an utter chaos. He didn't even split my hair into sections, he just went wild with the scissors, and didn't complete ANY of the things I asked for. He took of WAY too much, and I honestly felt like he butchered my hair. When he was done, my hair was several inches shorter than I asked for, the ends were spiky and uneven because he cut it while it was dry and didn't even take time to style it. When I left, my hair looked much worse than I came in. He didn't even take time to put some finishing touches on the fringe, it was just a complete chaos. I will never go here again, and now I have to wait months to wear my hair curly again, because it just looks to short and too poofy. I just had a Brazilian blowout and enjoyed walking out of the shower with ready to wear hair, but now, thanks to Geoff Merritt, I have to spend hours on styling my hair because it looks so extremely ugly. Thanks for nothing. more

worst hair-experience in 25 years 8/3/2010

I wouldn't give it 1 star except that there's no option for zero or negative. Don't go here. seriously. i went once for a blow-out, ok, nothing special but was hoping it would become local salon for colour. But no. Oh no. No no no no no. I asked for someone who knew what they were doing, and the next day turned up to find that it was the principal, Geoff. Absoulutely the worst colour i have had in 25 years. he didn't listen to what i wanted, which was 2 lowlights, then because it turned out so badly he dyed the whole of it a poo-brown colour. I looked worse than Carrie did when she had it done in SATC 1. But because i didn't want to pay another $50 for a blow dry, no one even blew it off gently, Geoff himself had his feet in a pedicure bath and didn't even bother getting up to see what it looked like. No one did. No one cared less, clearly. I couldn't even tell how bad it was because it was so wet when i left. Not even that, but he stained my new white shirt in no less than 4 places. That hasn't happened before in 20 years of having colour. No apology, nothing - and it wasn't as if (as other salons do ) they a) offered to hang it up before hand or b) gave me a gown that covered it. unbelievable. I then wrote twice to the salon, requested money back, something, anything, but never received a reply. please, please, don't go here, its a Total Waste of Time, Effort and Money. more

Want great hair? Yi is IT! 5/26/2010

I too discovered Yi at Curl Up & Dye. Been going to her about a year or so. I'm actually glad it closed because I like Geoff Merritt much better--it's small, low key, no one has an attitude. Yi--what can I say? I am the most anal person about my hair and my blonde highlights and she always listens to me, then does her artist thing and makes it come out exactly as I want. Every time. She's also great about adjustments--sometimes I want a little more trimmed off than I realized, or want brighter bangs, etc. I drive her crazy and she always comes through. She's professional, meticulous, kind and so funny. It's always good fun getting the Yi treatment. Don't believe any negative reviews on here--they are dead wrong. Yi is the best! Pros: great atmosphere, cozy, yet totally professional Cons: none more

Yi ROCKS 5/11/2010

I first found Yi at curl up and dye and had the best haircut I've had in ny. I followed her to geoff merritt and she kept her prices exactly the same for me. Getting your hair done with her is like having it don't by a fabulous fun girlfriend. And my bair always looks great after! more

Yi Is Perfect For Me! 2/2/2010

I first discovered the amazing Yi at the Curl Up & Dye salon which recently closed, and followed her to her the Geoff Merritt salon at 210 W. 79th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam. Their phone number is (212) 496-9595. Yi is very talented! In addition to her education as a hair stylist, Yi also has formal training as an artist, and really knows color. I have resistant grays and Yi knows exactly what to do, and how to time it, to give me beautiful, lasting, shiny, silky, natural color, and blow-outs that last for weeks. She also gives me a beautiful layered haircut which is much more flattering and easier to manage than the haircuts I was getting before I found her. Yi listens carefully to what I want, and I really appreciate Yi’s dedication to perfection, and great desire to please her clients. When I put my hair in her hands, I’m confident that she’s going to use all her expertise and 12 years of experience to make me look my best and help “restore my youth.” And she’s not just for ladies. I’ve seen her do excellent work on men, too, while I was waiting for my dye to set. So go see Yi. Pros: Yi is a true "pro" (professional) Cons: None more

Come one, Come All, To see the Fabulous Yi !! 12/10/2009

I've been a client of Yi's for 2 years now. She just recently moved from Curl Up & Dye Salon, to the trendy Geoff Merrit Hair Salon. I HIGHLY DO NOT RECOMMEND GOING TO YI! Her prices has sky-rocketed from her previous prices. She also charges at least 7% more for credit transactions. In this city, you can find great services, for a much better deal. Thanks, but NO THANKS!!!!! Pros: Yi's Highlight, Color, and Cut!! more

a great salon with a hip fun vibe and great stylists 11/21/2009

My friend told me about this salon - great stylists for great prices. So I stopped by and had one my best experiences ever at a salon. Recommend this salon to anyone. Really nothing better thanI know in NYC. Worth the trip tp the Upper West Side! And, the stylists are sexy. yum Pros: professional, edgy, sexy salon - best in NYC more

Geoff was so fun! 11/21/2009

He spent so much time with me and kept me smiling! I tried a new look and so glad he was the one who could capture it- you are fabulous!! Wish you could move salon to Boston...... Guess you are my excuse to come to nyc hahaha Pros: Best receptionist and cute :) Cons: I dont live in NY but coming again from Boston more

Must see Mona 11/19/2009

A little expensive compared to what I'm used to, but the result was totally worth it! Pros: Fabulous color and blowout Cons: A little hot more

Cool people, good service!!! 11/19/2009

I just walk by and saw New Client Special. Walk in and asked for a haircut. That guy with those crystal blue eyes at the fron desk is gorgeos. He hang my coat, offered a tea, and that was the best irish tea, I ever was drinking. Geoff, who cut my hair was so plesant, and did exactly the haircut I wanted. Thank you guys. I recomend this place for everybody. Go and be happy. CJ Pros: Best Irish tea in town. Good looking front desk person. more

The best in class! 11/19/2009

Geoff demonstrates the unique ability to enhance whatever your style of beauty is. I am an older client and I receive complients all the time. Geoff keeps me looking younger and up to date. I watch him work with other clients as well; and no matter what the client's age, his creativity is demonstrated in haircuts that flatter and are very stylish. He listens well and executes flawlessly. Pros: consistent reliable and great stylist Cons: Honestly, I have never had a bad haircut from Geoff. more

GREAT PLACE FOR A HAIRCUT!!!!!!!! 11/18/2009

The staff at Geoff Merritt Hair are just so great! Warm, friendly atmosphere. Cut was great! I would recommend this salon to anyone who wants a great Haircut!!!! Going back for highlights next wee! Pros: awesome haircut, attentive staff, warm atmosphere Cons: none more

Geoff is amazing! 11/14/2009

i have been going to see Geoff since 2002. His cuts are beautiful, modern yet sophisticated. I moved from NY to Toronto in 2007 and I still cannot let anyone else cut my hair! What I love about Geoff is that if I dont come for several month due to my busy schedule even with longer hair my haircut still looks terrific. We always have good conversations about current events and life. His staff is friendly and hospitable. Geoff's salon has a great atmosphere - warm, inviting and cozy. It always feels that I am getting his full attention and never once I have been rushed out of the door. Geoff and staff thank you for making me look beautiful! more

He is so good! 2/27/2009

Geoff cut my hair for four years when I lived in NYC. I dearly miss his haircuts, color, the whole deal. He really is talented. Lee in KC (with a very mediocre cut) more


I just moved into the neighborhood and was looking for a place to get my hair cut. I walked in and asked for a haircut. The experience was great from the moment that I walked through the door. The staff was very friendly and courteous. I don't know what that person in the other review was talking about. They offered me something to drink and made me feel right at home. My hairstylist was very attentive and sweet. The shampoo experience was amazing! You get a great massage at the sink. The stylists seemed to interact so well with each other. Conversations were going on, they would make jokes. It didn't feel like a stuffy uptown salon. There wasn't any snobbery. Everyone's so cool there. And best of all, I got the best haircut ever!! I am definitely going back to get my hair colored and maybe get some highlights. LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! Pros: Friendly, Great service, Best haircut, Head massage Cons: None more

Best of New York 10/11/2008

Geoff and his staff are incredible. I have been a client since 2000. I have never recieved such satisfaction at any salon in the city. I continue to come back for more- more

Avoid. 8/30/2008

Worst haircut I ever had. Geoff has no sense whatsoever as to what type of haircut best suits a person's looks. He just cuts and cuts and cuts. Awful experience, DO NOT GO HERE. He doesn't even deserve the single star I was forced to give in order to publish this review. more

agree with the naysayers 6/15/2007

Too little time was spent on the cut -- which as others have said, was uneven, not good -- and too much time was spent on drying my hair with too much product more

Great hair cut 1/4/2007

I have been going to Geoff for a number of years and he does the best job on my curly hair. He cuts hair dry and I think it works great. I am not from the area and had someone locally trim my hair and they butchered it. When I went back to Geoff he did a great job fixing it. He even cuts my mom and friends hair on occassion when we make a NY visit and they love him. I haven't found anyone better and I don't trust anyone else with my hair. We all love him and think he is a lot of fun. He also does a great job with color. I would highly recommend him. more

Not recommended! 6/5/2006

I recently moved to the city and got my hair cut by Geoff. (I live in the neighborhood & happened to walk by the salon.) I felt uncomfortable the whole time. He was just not very welcoming and frankly not too nice. I could deal with that if I loved the cut, but I really just didn't like it! It was very uneven. I have since found a different salon and stylist (who, by the way, fixed my hair, thank God!) Hoping to save someone from going through the same thing... more
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  • We love our clients and allow children and pets to accompany them to our friendly salon. Of course, we keep a very clean salon and have an additional area for spa treatments, like mani-pedis. Our cuts and colors are completely personalized to make your look your own. Using top of the line bumble & bumble products make your new look last, too! We think it's important, at Geoff Merritt, you will feel relaxed and confident that youare receiving fair pricing. The Upper West Side has been our home for 11 years, and we welcome you to our home for the best care for your hair...ask about our specialty treatments, such as de-frizzers, and call for an appointment today!

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Tues 11:00am-6:00pm Wed-Fri 10:00AM-8:00PM Sat 10:00AM-5:00PM Sun hours coming soon
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Upper West Side