461 Columbus Ave. @ 82nd

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A New Yorker’s Vision: Our Intelligent Approach to Hair with a Personal Touch

Twenty-eight years ago, Robert Stuart had the idea that quality hairstyling need not be in the domain of the arrogant and the pretentious.


Tired of the “scene” from his years working on 57th Street, in 1983 he opened his first full-service hair salon on Amsterdam Avenue at 82nd Sreet, an Upper West Side neighborhood known more for Zabar’s and psychotherapists than cutting-edge fashion and hair salons.

Since he lived in this neighborhood, he understood very well what Upper West Siders wanted – a personalized style that is easy to maintain and would “grow in nicely”.

In the early 90′s, in the era of corporate mergers, Robert decided to do the opposite. He downsized into a boutique hair salon focusing on hair only and moved to 84th St. on Amsterdam Avenue. He felt that in an era of globalization, a service business like his could at least offer that “personal touch”. He wanted to provide an intelligent approach to hair in a friendly, non-threatening environment where every client could trust that he and his staff understood their hair needs and could deliver uncompromising results.

Now, after 31 years on Amsterdam Avenue, the Robert Stuart Salon has moved and expanded to our new home on 461 Columbus Avenue on the northeast corner of 82nd St. on a landmark avenue one block north of the Museum of Natural History and one block west of beautiful Central Park. Intelligent hairdressing is still Robert’s goal, which he has instilled within his team of  New York City’s most talented and dedicated hair stylists.

We pride ourselves on paying careful consideration to each client’s hair texture, bone structure, lifestyle, and profession as we believe that hair is not “one look fits all”.  All of our products used and retailed are hand-picked for their ability to enhance the health and integrity of the hair and give our clients their desired style. Our loyal clientele keeps returning to The Robert Stuart Salon for the talent of our work as well as  the engaging conversation and dedication to customer service.


Stylist             $55   to $65
Senior Stylist             $65   to $75
Head Senior Stylist             $70   to $85
Master Stylist             $75   to $95
Robert             $115 to $175


Single Process
First Time Application       $95
Touch-up       $85
With Glaze    + $35
Partial              $125 to $180
Full Head              $190 to $300


Stylist        $50
Senior Stylist        $55
Head Senior Stylist        $60
Master Stylist        $65
(flat-iron or curling iron)     + $10
(very long/very thick hair)     + $10 to $25


Permanent Wave        $150 to $275
Relaxing/Straightening        $150 to $275
Keratin Smoothing Treatment        $350 to $500
Thermal Reconditioning        $450 to $600



General    $75   to $100
Bridal [1]    $150 to $250


General    $75 to $100
Bridal [1]    $90 to $150

Hair and Scalp Treatment [3]

Shu Uemura       $28 to $80
Kérastase       $20 to $40
Linkage Meu       $50
Envix       $35
with steam    + $25

Hair Extensions [2]

*price upon request

All Haircuts include shampoo, conditioner and blow-dry/style. Price range on UPDO’s depend on the length and thickness of the hair.
[1] includes consultation
[2] this requires a prior in-person consultation
[3] a stand-alone treatment does not include blow-dry


Essential Manicure       $20
Signature Manicure       $35
Gel Manicure       $45
Polish Change    + $15
French Finish Add-on    + $10



Essential Pedicure    $40
Signature Pedicure    $60
Gel Pedicure    $65



Lip    $15
Chin    $35
Eyebrow    $35
Bikini    $35
Brazilian*    $75
Leg (Half)    $40
Leg (Full)    $90
Arm (Half)    $25
Arm (Full)    $45
Back    $50

*Additional charges may apply due to the
personalized nature of the service.


Full set    $300 to $500
Touch-up    $100 to $150
Removal    $75


Looking for that perfect gift?

On January 31, 2014
By yun


Surprise your loved one with one of our best electric knife sharpener from our Valentine’s Day packages!

Your choice…

Head to Toe Perfection
- Essential manicure
- Essential pedicure
- Blowdry with one of our stylists
A $125 – $135 value for $100

Some Like it Hot
- Luxe Shu Uemura hair & scalp treatment with steam
- Blowdry with one of our stylists
- Make-up application
A $205 – $210 value for $150

A One of a Kind Love
- Original hair design with Robert Stuart
- Make-up application
- Polaroid of your before & after (optional)
A $250 value for $200

It’s His Turn
- 15 minute head massage
- Haircut with one of our stylists
- MANicure
A $80 – $90 value for $70

(A gift bag with surprises for each package.)


Heatwave, hair, nails, and waxing.

On July 18, 2013
By Jeremiah Rosenthal

The last few days have been exceptionally hot and humid. We hope that all our friends are finding ways to stay cool – including by visiting us!


Tired of frizz? Get rid of it with a Keratin Smoothing Treatment at the Robert Stuart Salon. Receive $20 off for a limited time only by mentioning this blog post.

Hair during the summer months can be very trying. One of the issues a lot of us face is the dreaded FRIZZ due to the texture and porosity of hair which heat and humidity can affect. Fear not, we have a solution to your frizz. Keratin smoothing treatments can be the end of your frizz woes. They help to smooth down the cuticle and keep your hair frizz-free with minimal maintenance includcing products like the electric razor for men (sulfate free shampoo and conditioner could be all you need!). We offer a variety of different types of Keratin treatments to suit every type of hair. Come in for a free consultation with any of our Keratin certified stylists to find out more.


Are your nails summer-ready? A perfect manicure and pedicure will compliment any outfit – from beachwear to your LBD. Our amazing nail technician, Cinthya is a hidden gem on the UWS. Check out some of the nail art she has done on our Facebook page here (like our page to follow what’s going on in the salon). And don’t forget, if you get any manicure & pedicure combination, you will receive a free lip, chin,or eyebrow wax too!

Remember to stay hydrated!

US Weekly Magazine and Wella drop by to party and Robert Stuart Salon celebrates 30 years of beautifying New York!

On July 18, 2013
By Jeremiah Rosenthal

We have been busy bees around the salon this last week, hosting not one but 2 events back to back on Thursday and Friday. The first being a party our color line Wella threw for us in conjunction with US Weekly Magazine. The fete featured swag bags and champagne and guests were treated to manicures with our nail artist Cinthya, hair styling with Wella stying products, and Eve Pearl makeup applications.

Celebrating our 30th year!

On July 18, 2013
By Jeremiah Rosenthal

This past week has been very eventful! First we had the “Step into the Spotlight” party with Us Weekly and Wella (see previous entry here for photos) on Thursday. And on Friday, June 21, (Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year) the Robert Stuart Salon celebrated our 30th anniversary – from 9AM to 9PM! We celebrated with cupcakes, champagne, gifts, and prizes. Renae, of Kerastase and Shu Uemura also came in to introduce products. And our new and lovely neighbors, Juice Press also stopped in during the afternoon to introduce their products to everyone who stopped by.

Here are some photos from our party.


Thank you to everyone who stopped in! We appreciate you and hope you enjoyed yourself.

Step into the Spotlight with Us Weekly and Wella

On July 18, 2013
By Jeremiah Rosenthal

This past Thursday (June 20), we hosted a party with Us Weekly and Wella, “Step into the Spotlight.” The event featured, complimentary hair touch-ups, tips & tricks for statement-making summer style, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a swag bag with star-worthy essentials. Guests were also treated to complimentary manicures.

Check out some of the photos from the party.

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Thank you Us Weekly, Wella, and everyone who attended! We had a blast and we hope you did too.

Equinox and the salon

On July 18, 2013
By Jeremiah Rosenthal

Since the salon moved to 461 Columbus Avenue, we have been working together with Equinox on 76th Street (and Amsterdam), to promote each other as well as give special opportunities available for our clients only. If you’ve visited our salon on a Saturday, you may have had the pleasure of receiving a free chair massage from one of Equinox’s massage therapists. Recently we visited Equinox to offer their members free blowdries & style, make-up, and manicures. It was a great time for everyone and we can’t wait to participate again!

Reviews of the Robert Stuart Salon

On April 22, 2013
By Jeremiah Rosenthal

“Robert Stuart is a Tonsorial Toscanini… seemingly incapable of turning out a bad hair cut.”

Steve Fox, Good Morning America

“Ten years ago I stood outside the Robert Stuart Salon thinking, Should I or shouldn’t I? I lived in the neighborhood. I’d read Susan Orlean’s piece in the New Yorker. I decided, “Why not give it a try? What was the worst that could happen?” I’d already had my share of bad haircuts. It never crossed my mind that I was about to meet the best haircutter of my life. But that’s what Robert is — the best! I’ve recommended him to everyone I know, including my husband and my friends. And it’s not just the great haircut (although that should be enough) — it’s the ambiance of this small, friendly salon. The no-nonsense prices. It’s making an appointment for a haircut and knowing you’ll be seen on time and out (in my case) in half an hour. Bad hair days are (almost) a thing of the past! Thank you, Robert!”
Judy Blume, Author

“I’ve only been coming here for 15 years! Why? Because it’s consistent and terrific. And it’s a great hang. Simply the best.”
John Pizzarelli, Musician

“I think of it as “Robert’s Place” a hip, local Cheers but with the qualities of a classic New York literary, as well as literal, salon. When I arrive I am frizzled, frazzled and out of steam. When I leave, I am a chic, coiffed New York professional woman, equally prepared for the classroom and the opera. No one cuts hair like Robert, and his staff reflect his unique talents and sensibility. As an oral historian at Columbia University, I have heard it all, but I always hear something new at “Robert’s Place”—our Post Modern Cheers.”
Mary Marshall Clark

“The only place in town that you leave feeling as good as you look! It’s a salon in the old sense of the word, a mixing of ideas, thoughts and feelings!”
Jill Cereda

“Robert takes my hair more seriously than I do.”
David Lane, playwright

“Robert Stuart is the Dalai Lama of hair. Robert Stuart is Einstein, only his hair is better.”
David Lane, playwright

“I can honestly say that the Robert Stuart Salon combines the best of New York Style: a warm welcome, sophisticated style and excellent service. Robert is amazing in making curly hair look stylish and the colorists, Theo and the others are deft and very capable with subtle color. It’s my favorite salon!”
Adeline Levine

“I love going to the Robert Stuart Salon where I get an excellent hair cut and color in an atmosphere of love. I feel comfort and ease as I relax and receive expert care and service. It is a joyful experience.”
Nives Matesic, founder of Feel Your Energy Dance

Talented clients in the salon

On April 21, 2013
By Jeremiah Rosenthal

Awhile back ago, one of my regulars, Matthew Locricchio, an accomplished author, chef, actor, and playwright, gave me his newest book, Teen Cuisine New Vegetarian. The book is full of interesting, delicious recipes for everyone that almost anyone can make, catering to vegetarians, vegans, and even raw foodists.

Last week, during Matthew’s haircut, I found out that his book, Teen Cuisine New Vegetarian, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2013 IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Cookbook Awards (to see the full list of 2013 finalists, click here)!

Congratulations Matthew! We’re so excited for you!

P.S. You can purchase Teen Cuisine New Vegetarian on Amazon.


On April 21, 2013
By Jeremiah Rosenthal

Back from my getaway to Mexico!

I hope everyone makes time for some rest and relaxation occasionally. It’s great for your body, mind, and soul.



If you find that you don’t have enough time to get away once in awhile, you can also try flower essence therapy by Lotus Wei (available at the salon).

Did you spot us in Good Housekeeping?

On April 21, 2013
By Jeremiah Rosenthal

Last week, I was quoted in Good Housekeeping - 10 Red Hairstyles We Love. The hair tips I gave will work for any hair color. Try them out and let me know what you think.

Here are the slides I was quoted in:






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