August 23 2014

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The Minimalist’s Guide To A Great Haircut


I am of the general opinion that the power of a good haircut lies in just how little post-salon maintenance is required. Do I need to use a flat iron? Forget it. A round brush? Nope. The goal is a wash-and-go end game, which I managed to achieve on a recent visit to stylist Kazunori Ueda at the newly opened Kayrunn Hirsch salon in Greenwich Village. He snipped my locks into shape, so all I have to do is shampoo and condition and somehow they just know what to do. Call it “scissor memory” or a miracle; either way, it makes my life way easier. A full-service destination providing cuts, color, Japanese straightening, facials, manicures, and waxing, Kayrunn Hirsch offers all the posh services of a midtown salon without the soul-destroying properties of actually having to get to one. The storefront is a stone’s throw from the NYU campus on LaGuardia Place, but these guys aren’t catering to coeds. Both Warren Tricomi alumni, Ueda brought his snipping skills over from Japan a little over a decade ago, while Stuart Hirsch has spent over 15 years as the master colorist at Upper East Side favorite Pierre Michel. Since opening their new venture this fall, the pair has racked up a clientele of boldfacers including Jessica Stam, Mandy Moore, and Riley Keough. As Hirsch puts it, “My specialty is blondes. Kazunori’s specialty is hair. Period.”

Photo: Courtesy of Kayrunn Hirsch



  1. emdineen says:

    Kazunori is the best hairstylist I have ever worked with and I haven’t let anyone else cut my hair since he starting cutting it 8 years ago. He just gets it!