about boutique hair salon in the west village downtown nyc bestWho we are

Seagull is an acclaimed boutique hair salon in the West Village of NYC. The “Haute-Choix” of queer hair salons in NYC, Seagull boasts a star staff of the best stylists and colorists in New York. We offer haircuts, hair color, styling, conditioning and hair-repair treatments, and luxury color services in an inviting downtown setting. We do everything from balayage highlights and every kind of blonde to high-impact creative color. We offer ammonia-free color lines for the very least environmental impact whenever possible. Seagull Salon is open seven days a week until 9 PM to accommodate the schedules of New York’s best and busiest.

Our History

Seagull was founded in 1971, in the heyday of gay liberation, not a stone’s throw from the Christopher Street piers. Seagull resides across the street from the historic West Village Stonewall Inn and Sheridan Square gay liberation monument. Julius, the longest-running gay bar in New York City, is around the corner. The salon was named for Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach’s bestseller of the time. Seagull was the firseagull downtown hair salon west village 10014st unisex barber shop in New York City (if not the country).

The place

Our salon is located in a yellow brick building that was once the site of the Greenwich Village Theatre (1917-1930). The salon exists in the same space where theatre was an avant-garde venue presenting Martha Graham’s early work as well as the first above-ground shows of “female impersonators.” It was also the birthplace of the legendary musical revue, The Greenwich Village Follies. While Seagull soon moved, spending more than thirty years on West 10th Street, we have now returned home. Our sunlit second-floor loft space, with its West 4th Street entrance, is in the same magical building off Sheridan Square where we started!

Seagull culture

Manhattan Stylist Shaun Cottle and Johanna Fateman, musician and art writer, are Seagull’s owners. The two took over and transformed the business in 2006. In 2015 they reimagined the salon, this time as an upstairs oasis, working closely with architect Ben Warwas. Seagull graces its walls with works by highly regarded artists. Paintings, photographs, drawings, and large-scale prints by artists Kathe Burkhart, A.L. Steiner, Alice O’Malley, K8 Hardy, Nicole Eisenman, Nolan Hendrickson, Andrea Geyer, Juliet Jacobson, Colin Self, and Sam McKinniss are on permanent display. Under Johanna and Shaun’s direction, the salon caters to their New York community’s cultural tastes. Seagull clients are artists, writers, fashion editors, musicians, actors, and others.

How we work

Our salon staff will work with your personal style and hair type to find the color and cut that works best for you. When booking your haircut, color, or blowout appointment, please consult our salon receptionists or view our stylist profiles online to help determine your perfect match. Whether you are a high-maintenance platinum blonde, a wig-wearer, extension experimenter, a long-term ombre client seeking a balayage boost, or you want a top stylist who understands how to cut and style curly hair; there is someone at Seagull Salon for you.