Hair, New York, Spas & SalonsA Painless Cut

I have a confession to make: I sort of dread getting haircuts. I think I was traumatized as a child because my mom always loved having my hair short and I loved having it as long as possible. In spite of this, I was always dutifully driven to get a haircut every few months, and my mom and I would argue endlessly over the length of hair to be cut. Needless to say, my mom always won and I always wound up with shorter hair than I wanted (including one traumatizing incident where I wound up looking like orphan Annie…no joke, but that’s a story for another day.)

Anyway, due to my childhood experiences, I’ve since approached all haircuts with trepidation and I come to them armed with preparation, meaning tons of pictures torn out from magazines of the exact type of hair I want and being really specific about describing my hair and the type of haircut I want.

Coming to Cutler Salon, I came prepared to do the same spiel I normally do. I had a stack of pictures cut out, and I was ready to explain my hair when I was introduced to Ryan Cunningham, my stylist for the day. However, unusually, I found myself not doing that this time. Ryan was instantly so personable, that I felt at ease in his capable hands as he described how he was going to cut my hair. I agreed with everything he said and found that we were totally on the same page. I had no fear that I was going to love my haircut and didn’t even pull out any of the 5 pictures I had stowed away in my bag.

Keeping in line with my current cut, he cut my hair with long layers and sidebangs but framed them perfectly to my face shape as we easily chatted about Gossip Girl, my hatred of The Hills, and the questionable reality of the show, Shear Genius. I told him that I never blow dry my hair, and he gave me hair just enough texture to give it definition and prevent it from looking lifeless and flat, which is the main problem I have with my fine hair.

The day that I went to get my haircut was humid and slightly overcast, so prior to my haircut, my hair was slightly wavy (also as a result of having slept on it wet the night before). Ryan showed me how to do my hair wavy again, but this time with a ‘beach hair’ type look, meaning wavy with lots of texture. I can report that my hair looked fantastic and that I received a ton of compliments that night at dinner. It also looks great straight, in the no-maintenance style that I usually wear during the week.

All in all, this was the most painless haircut I’ve received in my 25 years, and I loved the results! My hair has totally retained its style and shape and is growing out beautifully even a month later. Visit for a haircut where you won’t feel nervous about the results and you know that the stylist will totally understand you.


  1. The Jet Set Girls  |  29 August 2008 at 3:07 PM

    I was just at the downtown Cutler on Wed. for color with Joseph. He’s the best for redheads!

  2. MaryMary  |  2 September 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Ryan has been cutting my hair for a number of years now and always does a great job. He totally gets it and the haircuts keep getting better as he gets to know me.

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