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Hair Mates Hair Salon - 31 Reviews - 13 3rd Ave, New York, NY - Beauty Salons Reviews - Phone (212) 777-4612

Hair Mates Hair Salon

13 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-4612
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I went to Hair Mates regularly when I first moved to New York in 1997. Back then, a quiet and older japanese hairstylist named Yuki cut my hair. It was the best haircut ever. Noon...


I used to love this salon because it was cheap ($40), good and cool with hip Japanese hair stylists. Not anymore. They raised their prices and I got the least hip person on the pl...

Great affordable cuts 11/30/2009

I'm sure that everyones experience at a hair salon is different depending on their hairdresser. I had Theresa, who was a new trainee. Not only was her cut and conversation great but it only cost $25! I'm glad to say that I now have a regular hairdresser =) more

what happened to Yuki? 4/4/2009

I went to Hair Mates regularly when I first moved to New York in 1997. Back then, a quiet and older japanese hairstylist named Yuki cut my hair. It was the best haircut ever. Noone I met later in my life cut hair like Yuki. I have lost touch with him and would like a haircut from him. Back then he wore a marijuana-leaf pendant around his neck and was a smoker. He was very quiet and at first did not speak English well (now he does). His was a small-medium built and he was thin. After HM he started working at a salon on Lafayette street for a while. He even made house calls, and then we lost touch after I went to buzz cuts and did not really need him anymore. Now, my hair is long and I need Yuki. Please help me find him. more

Hairmates is the best salon in ny 2/10/2009

i just got back from hair mates (midtown area). Lucy cut my hair and it came out great! i will definatley go back and if you are looking for a hairstylist that knows what they are doing, i highly recommend Lucy. Pros: great service, friendly, expierenced, Cons: hard to find parking more

Used to be good now it's bad, oh so bad 9/12/2008

I used to love this salon because it was cheap ($40), good and cool with hip Japanese hair stylists. Not anymore. They raised their prices and I got the least hip person on the planet to do my hair. I have dark hair and previously tried to dye my bangs white but they just turned blonde. I told this to my stylist and said I wanted them white white white and could she do it? Yes, no problem. Well, I left there with blonde bangs and my eye burning from chemicals being dripped in to it. When I told the assistant doing my bangs that the solution had dripped into my eye and it was burning and I needed to rinse it out NOW, she said, ""OK, let me just finish this."" This place is bad. Unprofessional, clueless. I'm never returning. Go to Supercuts. Or the Aveda Academy. Pros: None. Cons: Worse than Supercuts more

Low key salon with a great outcome 9/8/2008

Checked this place out after getting a few recommendations. Stylist asked me how I wanted and he delivered. Doesn't talk much but neither do I so that was fine. A couple of things that might deter some, the stylist only cuts your hair while someone else dries it & styles it, Men's haircut that is. 2 different girls washed my hair, one was an attractive number, so I didn't know who to tip. more

If you are expiremental with your hair and don't mind a bad haircut.... 8/30/2008

Downtown location. I brought in a picture of a style I wanted but the stylist not only made my hair look completely different, she actually made my hair look like a 5 year old cut it. It's been two months and people are still greeting me with ""oh you got a haircut.....silence..."" Only my closest friends have the guts to say, ""It's such a bad haircut."" When I spoke to the manager, he said I should probably make an appointment with Tomo because he would be the only person who can really do a good job. But even Tomo wouldn't be able to fix this one. It's finally growing out so I can now go somewhere else to fix it. Also, the stylist dropped her scissors many times throughout the cut and wasn't very apologetic at the end. In fact, she said it was probably due to the nature of my hair. Last time I checked, my hair looks just like other asian people's hair. All for $50. more

the worst place in nyc 8/26/2008

I hate this place so much. all the hairstylists seem don't know english. one guy cut my hair so short without saying "" sorry"" . bad hair cut and service. fake smile, i will never go there again. more

Great, low-key salon 7/21/2008

I've just been to Hair Mates for the first time (the Midtown location -- 114 E. 40th St., between Park & Lex). I was curious what the stylist would make of my long, slightly wavy but fine Irish hair (the positive reviews I'd read about Hair Mates seemed to be mainly about Asian hair), but I got exactly the cut I wanted. I've been to a lot of different salons, and while this one didn't have much in the way of amenities, they got the important things right. The stylist was very considerate of what I wanted, and we spent a lot of time talking about the cut at the beginning of the appointment (during the cut, he didn't speak at all, which was fine by me but I know wouldn't appeal to everyone). One negative was that there weren't any assistants working when I went in, so the stylists had to book appointments, etc., while working with clients (they were pretty great at multi-tasking, actually). Overall, I'm really pleased with the cut, and plan to return to the salon for my next one. more

Beware: Rushed service 7/3/2008

Potential customers beware: Pros: Location Cons: Over priced rushed inattentive service; lack of professional courtesy more

great for asian hair 4/28/2008

i've been going to hairmates since i was an undergrad. i moved to cali for a few years and would come back every so often to get my haircut by jin. after he left, i had not found someone as good but the other stylists have been pretty darn close. now that i live in the city again, i will only trust my hair to them. they seem to understand asian-type hair (i am east indian so my hair is similar to east asian hair). as for other ethnicities, i'm not really sure. Pros: good value for a nyc salon Cons: not all the stylists speak english fluently more

Highly Recommended Hair Salon For Sure 4/4/2008

Just wanted to say that they do amazing hair jobs there. My hair stylist is Kozue, she is amazing, she can do something out of nothing. I have been coming to HairMates for the past 2 years, at least once every 2 months. its cheap its great and its a very chill hair spot. Definatly check it out :) Pros: everythin that has to do with hair more


I've been shopping for a new hairdresser for a while but i haven't been able to find a talented hairdresser who knew how to work with my hair quality. my hair is thick and wavy and there is a lot of it! Pros: affordable, not chatty, and talented hairdresser! Cons: none! more

Hires non-Asian hair stylists to cut Asian hair. 2/29/2008

After reading great reviews about Hair Mates, I decided to give it a try. I have never found a salon that made me want to go back a second time, with the exception of Hayato, which was slightly more expensive at $60. So, I made appointments for both me and my boyfriend for a Saturday afternoon. When I arrived, I expected to be greeted by an asian stylist, since they would probably know better than anyone else how to cut asian hair, which is extremely straight and coarse. However, I was greeted by a hispanic girl named Lupe. I decided to go ahead with the cut, giving them the benefit of the doubt. I brought in a picture of what I wanted my hair to look like to make things easier for the stylist. The look I was looking to get was much like my existing style, long tresses with some slight layers. She proceeded to cut my hair with a regular pair of scissors, never even attempting to thin out the bottom with thinning scissors when she was finished, until I asked her to. And even then, she barely made an effort to thin out the bottom, because her next appointment was waiting. As a result, I left the salon with choppy looking ends and layers. Bottom also looked extremely heavy. I could've gotten a better haircut at supercuts. I am planning on going to Hayato sometime soon to get my hair fixed. They are slightly more expensive (at $60 for an associates cut), but so much more worth the money. You get a 10 minute scalp massage and 10 minute shiatsu massage. The stylists there also take the time to make suggestions incase you are asking for a looking not suitable to your face shape. They also advise on how to style your hair after the cut. I regret going cheap on $20 and going to Hair Mates. Never again... Pros: Cheap (but you get what you pay for) Cons: Does not know how to cut asian hair, non-asian stylists, inexperience more

Yes..... I found Natalie......... 2/20/2008

After going back to hair mates for Natalie , and finding out she no longer works there, and making a mistake and having my hair cut by another person I'm not going to mention any names..I googled Natalie's name, She works on Park Ave, at Oasis Day Spa & Salon, Pros: You can always rely on her giving you a fantastic HC Cons: You have to call way ahead of time to make an appointment more

Avoid Midtown Location 5/15/2007

Okay, this review is for Hair Mates in the midtown location by grand central. I went there today with great expectations, because a friend had recommended me hair mates in east village. Well, my stylist was terrible! I didn't get his name but he was obviously very inexperienced. First, I told him what I wanted--a simple bob cut with a razor to take off excess weight of my very very thick and corase Asian hair. Well, after he shampooed me (which was nice, the one good thing is that they do a nice shampoo and head massage), he whipped out a regular scissor. I asked him why he is using a scissor and not a razor, and he told me that he didn't have a razor! A stylist that does not own a razor?? That's highly suspect. That' sfine if he is not into using razors, but then he should have told me that he doesn't do razor cuts BEFORE I am sitting in his chair with wet hair so I can decide whether or not I want to stay. Pros: Inexpensive for NYC price Cons: Inexperienced staff, dingy salon more

Hipster Japonese Fashionistas.... is there anything left to say? 4/16/2007

I read about this place on here actually and decided to give it a shot. Let me explain my hair, very ethnic. Half Korean, half black. It is impossible to find a stylist that actually knows what they're doing and who is not afraid to tackle my hair. I love this salon and my stylist. Brought in a pick of the sleek Nicole Richie-esque bob with bangs I wanted and walked out with exactly that. Friendly and fashionable staff, who know what they're doing and actually LISTEN.......on funny note, it took 2 of them to blowdry my hair pin straight! At first, after they had washed my hair, my stylist looked a little perplexed but she went for it and rocked it out, my hair looks health, it has movement and best of all it's FIERCE...haha Pros: The fierceness of it all Cons: niente more

I love love love this place!!! 1/22/2007

I really like the stylist that cuts my hair. I have been going to the same stylist for over 3 years, which is unusual for me since I am never loyal. (I am sorry if I am not spilling out the name but it's already hard for me to get appointments in.) Pros: My love love!!!! Cons: takes only Cash! more

great salon 8/7/2006

ive lived in nyc all my life but i can honestly say ive never been to a ""good"" salon...well i had extra long curly hair and was looking to get it all cut off and with a nice trendy cut....i was nervous since i didnt know of any good places to go to so i just walked around manhattan and looked for a place that seemed decent.... i looked into hairmates...saw that they were all asians....kinda scared me a little because the have nice thin hair ... i have thick curly hair...well i went in showed the picture of the style i wanted and she said she can do it...i thought she was lying but went wiht anyway.................EXCELLENT CUT!......didnt come out exactly like the pic but it was still good.....prices are great compared to other manhattan salons...........GREAT PLACE! Pros: prices...listens to you... more

Good cut, not-so-good service 4/5/2006

I went to this hair salon based on the recommendations. I had a pretty good cut, but the washer got water all over my back/shirt and my stylist had to blow dry my shirt for 10-15 minutes. $40 is a really good value for a good cut, but I might try a different place next time. Pros: good price, professional Cons: washer more

good stylist won't stay... 4/1/2006

It was like Hair factory...quick cut and no conversation. Good stylists like Jin ,Ryuko or Minako ware not there anymore. more
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  • A wood-accented Japanese salon where stylists fashion hairdos from punk or chic to permanently straight.

  • 2/28/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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