Thirty-four 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.

In 2011, the Robert Stuart Salon moved to an expanded new space on 461 Columbus Avenue, one block north of the Museum of Natural History and one block west of Central Park. Designed by architect/ furniture designer James Evanson, 461 Columbus Avenue was a beautiful haven enjoyed by the clients as well as for the excellent cuts and color, great conversation and the international staff.

In June 2017, Robert said goodbye to the Upper West Side.  He is now in a boutique suite inside a salon collective in the Flatiron/Chelsea area.  It is a new adventure.  Simplifying his business model allows him to focus on what he loves to do


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.

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.
— Judy Blume -Author