Need some suggestions for really top notch NYC salons. I've been a barber guy for the entirety of my short life, but after coming to NYC for college I am no longer able to hit the same local barber I have for the last decade-plus. This comes at a time when I am breaking away from the same-old haircuts I've always had and have really started trying to define my style and myself. I've always had the mop or the crew cut/text-book short preppy haircut that all american children seem to sport at one point or another; more recently I've moved over to the more youthful take of the side part that seems to be becoming ubiquitous among the more style-conscious younger men of the city. I want something a little more rakish, short (as my hair has really grown out) and at the risk of sounding clique and stupid, sexy. Gotta attract those females doncha know haha. Obviously that last part is 99% personality/"you" and all that entails, 1% style/hair/grooming, etc.
Even so, I feel like its incredibly silly to indulge one's propensity for splurging on and curating ones clothes and neglect hair as I know I and many people do. Hair is as defining as clothes in my ways and its gotta be one fo the most visually impacting things on a person. I got cuts at Frank's Chop shop (decidedly meh, before I found SF) and Takimi Chair (which was good, but left a good bit to be desired in the cut -- it didn't really achieve what I wanted and cost me $110 while leaving me somewhat unsatisfied). I am willing to spend ~$100 or even a little more if absolutely necessary, I just want to be satisfied with a haircut for once in my life.... I've done hours of research on yelp, google, etc, etc but at this point I'd rather go by the words of people whose style I actually like and have seen than nameless e-peoples. Hence why I come to you, the gentlemen of the SF hair thread.
With regards to my hair, I have thick, black Indian hair. It comes in very fast and goes from pretty straight while shorter to wavy once it reaches medium-long length. Facially I have a bit of an oval face I think. I've (at the suggestion of the stylist at Takimi Chair) been using Kiehl's leave-in conditioner and organic shampoo for the past few months as my basic grooming regimen, though after perusing this thread I am seriously considering switching to Dr. Broners 'poo and acid wash conditioner as per PB's research and suggestions.
My hair styles nicely even at the length it is at if I take the time to tame it (which is thanks to the pretty decent job takimichair did with it las time, considering I haven't cut it in ~2+ months), with the exception of the disgusting "wings" and stupid amount of hair I have on the sides. It's gotten bushy, and I mean that in the worst way possible. I want something classy (i.e. I need to be able to sit at an interview for a respectable financial and/or legal corporation and not look like a hipster nutjob), but I want something more fashion forward, a bit more classically rugged (the '20s or a more modern/stylish take of the late '50s/early '60s coem to mind, I don't want to come of as metro or urban or whatever, I want something more masculine and less fussy) with something of a modern edge. Also on the shorter - medium length of the spectrum. In a word, rakish? Why must it be so impossibly hard to pin down the perfect haircut? le sigh
I like goslings haircut (duh, looks great... on him), and I'm really liking the '20s style undercut/clippered sides, long, slicked back top (a la michael pitt/boardwalk empire), and of course the pompadour/dean/modernized ivy. I'm just trying to figure out what direction to go/what would look good on the facial features I have. Also unsure how the '20s style cut would translate into a work environment, which si a serious concern. Also, its winter, so longer sides would probably be something my ears would appreciate, but I digress.
Picture of my ugly mug, don't mind the tiredness and lack of styled hair, just finished some painful midterms -_-
Thanks for reading my novel hahaha, but in all seriousness I really appreciate solid advice.
Edited by VirtruviusR - 11/28/12 at 3:42pm