“The vibe is very cozy, intimate, casual, no attitude.”
“It is relaxing to be pampered by Marcos, while enjoying coffee and great hospitality in this incredibly warm and friendly place.”
“Not only did Harry give me the best haircut and blow-dry I've ever had, but he also offered me coffee and used spenda and coffeemate, which I use at home that almost no place ever also has!”
“The staff and owner are so talented and friendly and to top it all off.”
“After numerous attempts to find a decent and affordable stylist, I finally hit the jackpot!”
“I'm always afraid that a stylist is going to go crazy with my long hair and cut off way more than I wanted, but Marcos listened to what I asked for and gave me a great cut.”
I am known to my girlfriends as a "hair whore". Years ago I habitually swapped hair stylists in a rather neurotic fashion. That changed when I found the "one" two years ago in Virginia.
However, I find myself a recent inhabitant of the West Village and I found SWANK via an on-line review. Sharon took me in a moment's notice to literally SAVE not only my horridly-box-dyed-hair, but my self-esteem. My hair is quite lovely, I must say. She didn't have much to work with but gave me low + high-lights - and I feel beautiful again. Thank you Sharon!
Best Salon Around. I have been a loyal customer of Swank for many years. The prices are consistently affordable and i'm always completely satisfide with my cut ,color and service. The salon's atmosphere is upbeat and they always make me feel welcome. I highly recommend Swank
not what it used to be. Swank used to have really competitive pricing but their prices have shot up several times over the last year. The used to have 5 or 6 stylists / stations and they're down to three and I wonder if they are trying to make up for it by charging a lot more. My haircut and color were fine but nothing special, not worth what they charged me. I'm feel badly that they aren't doing well but I don't want to be the one making up for their lost business.
great salon, Alx is the best!. Swank is great-- the atmosphere is friendly and laid-back and the stylist Alx works scissor magic. Alx cut my hair for the second time this weekend and I couldn't be happier. I've never received so many compliments on my hair before! The cut she gave me is funky and fun, yet easy to maintain. I'm officially addicted and can't imagine letting anyone else cut my hair now!!
BEST haircut NYC and they LISTEN TO YOU!!. Sank is jus the best! Between, Kasha, Tania, and Sharon you can't go wrong. I ALWAYS get exactly what I want from cut AND color. They take their time and really listen to what I want. I would Never go anywhere else with my hair. On a side note I do NOT miss Marco and Harry who seemed to have attitudes more than listening skills. Small salon with personal attention and haridressers who listen. What more could you ask for!!
I found Marcos. Now that Marcos and Harry are gone, I can't recommend Swank. Plus, they seem to be keeping it a secret as to where they went. Well here it is! They own a fabulous salon called Chelsea 22 on 22nd street. The phone number is 212.929.0816. The salon is a beautiful airy space with fabulous service. Enjoy!
Where is MARCOS from Swank salon.
Thank All of you who emailed me regarding him.
Yes, we found him at 22 Str. between 6 and 7 Ave, 3rd floor.
They are called Chelsea 22.
Best Haircut Ever. I have tried 3 different salons during my year of living in NYC, and they all disappointed me. The stylists didn't listen to what I wanted, and I was never impressed with the result. I tried Swank after reading the amazing reviews, and I have to say, it is an amazing place to get a haircut. Sharon is incredible; the haircut she gave me is the best one I've ever had in my life. She totally understood exactly what I needed and knew how to give me an easy, beautiful shape. I love my new haircut. The salon is very relaxed, and I love the vibe that so strongly contrasts that of other salons that are snooty or seem to be trying too hard to be hip. I strongly recommend Sharon.
I have been to Marcos at Swank twice, and the first visit was awesome.
Unfortunately, the second (and last) visit was not as successful. Marcos did give me a lengthy consultation about what I wanted. However, during the wash I expressed some concern to him that the color would end up too light. Then, during the most painful wash of my life, and after obviously speaking about me in a foreign language to a colleague, Marcos accused me of thinking he was "playing" as a stylist and did not know what he was doing.
After the wash, I was taken to the chair for what I thought would be a cut and blowdry. When I sat down I looked at the color (of course). Marcos then said that I would not be able to see the color as my hair was wet, "duh". He again accused me of thinking he was "playing" as a stylist. I said that I was sure it would be good, but that it takes time to develop a relationship with a hairdresser. Marcos then dried the top of my hair and I was, for want of a better word, dismissed from the chair without the cut that I had booked in for as there as "no time" and there had been a mistake with the booking (not likely).
After an attempt to overcharge me for the highlights (presumably to make up for the tip which they knew would not be forthcoming), I left the salon with dripping hair and no cut, with the whole salon staring at me and Marcos making loud comments that he did not want me as a customer.
The experience can only be described as horrible and embarrassing. I will say that the color was, in fact, excellent, and exactly what I was after. Unfortunately I did not get the chance to say this.
In summary, if you are after a great cut and color for a good price, and are happy to leave the stylist to do their thing, Marcos will be for you. If, like me, you are a little nervous when trying new things and need a little reassurance along the way, and don't have time for prima donna acts by hairdressers, I'd probably give him a miss.
Great haircut. I was satisfied with what Marcos did with my hair. He cut it, colored it and gave some highlights. I needed easy to manage hair and the cut allowed me just that. The salon is little expensive for me ($75 cut, $75 color, $125 highlights - I have short hair), but I think it was worth it.
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