Kida Salon & Barbershop

I never liked salons or barbershops — the endless chit chat, the attitudes, the overbearing bros, it seems like everywhere I went wasn’t a good fit. So I’ve been cutting my own hair for at least 4 years now. I know what I want, and I know my hair well enough to pretty much always get the result I want. Sure, sometimes it can be a bit rough around the edges, but I always thought of that as character. Lately, however, I’ve been wanting to change it up and let someone else cut it.

After a brief search I came across Kida Salon, in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood, located at 369 Broome Street. Something of a blend between a barber shop and a salon, it seemed like kismet when I made my appointment and walked through the door. The space is warm and welcoming, industrial concrete tempered by weathered wood and a few plants; there’s even a cofffee bar in the corner. For my cut, I sat in an antique barbershop chair.

I had my hair cut by Shin, one of the owners. At one point he mentioned that in Japan it’s all about the details — and that’s definitely how he approaches his cuts. He listened to what I had to say as I explained what I usually do with my hair, how it behaves (bit of wave when it’s longer but pin straight and stubborn when shorter), and he took it all in stride and delivered a super cut in just 30 minutes.

As this was my first cut in a while, I was a bit hesitant to let go of the reins. I told him I wanted something that didn’t look like I “just had a haircut” and he totally delivered. The result is super polished, fresh, clean, and comfortable. Exactly what a good cut should be.

Already looking forward to my next cut in a few weeks, and maybe I’ll step it up a bit and do something more exciting. I know I’ll be in safe hands at Kida Salon.

I thought the price was reasonable at $40, and I left a nice tip. Do note that while you can pay for the cut on a card, they do request tips in cash.

Photos c/o Kida

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.