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Crossing The Hudson In The Name Of Good Hair

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More young star stylists and colorists have branched out to open their own salons than ever this year. Now, the options of where to go for a quality cut and color are expanding, too, beyond the trim borders of Manhattan to…New Jersey. That’s where Haruo Noro, the soft-spoken talent from Rita Hazan, has been building buzz for his eponymous salon, a year and a half in the making. The space might not include celebrity private rooms like Hazan’s atelier on Fifth Avenue—the whole salon is about the size of an East Village studio apartment—but the pared-down interior is suitably posh, with dark wood floors, low-slung mod orange and black furniture, and tall ceilings that lend a cool-but-understated feel to the space. It’s a point that’s echoed in Noro’s work. The Japanese-born, London-trained stylist is known for meticulous but unshowy cuts with sharp lines and fluid movement. It’s a style that’s reminiscent of Sassoon, back in the day, even though it was Oscar Blandi who was Noro’s real-life mentor. Along the way Noro has picked up an artsy group of admirers that includes models, actors, and fashion designers, including Monique Lhuillier, who booked Noro to do the hair at her most recent runway show. Backstage and on editorial shoots is where Noro really flexes his muscles, creating sculptural updos, geometric short cuts, and Japanese-inspired street looks, which he fabricates with Japanese styling lines (Nigelle is a favorite) carried at his salon. He also features tried-and-true Japanese treatments, like the Nano Amino, a 20-minute steam and deep-conditioning treatment that repairs damaged strands with a durable and long-lasting form of keratin. Intrigued? The prices will make you raise an eyebrow, too. Cuts range from $60 to $125, highlights go for about $200, and specialty treatments start at $50. Factor in the cost of the PATH train ticket, and it’s still a steal.

Haruo Noro Salon, 7 West Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, N.J., (201) 389-3521.

Photo: Courtesy of Haruo Noro Salon

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