Bad hair happens — especially when you’re on the road. But whether it’s a clip, a style, or a color that calls you, rest assured that taking matters into your own hands is not the answer. (Been there, done that.) Instead, take our advice and book it to one of these salons. You won’t be sorry.
By Becca Hensley



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Norbert Hair Designers, Washington, D.C.In a city where image is everything, politicos and television journalists covet a camera-ready coiffure. They find it at Norbert Hair Designers, just five blocks from the White House. An ideal image institution for nearly four decades, this dedicated salon excels at ensuring that its clients have perfect public presentation. From $70. 1050 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, (202) 466-2111


Osgood-O’Neil Salon, Dallas Forget big hair. These days, Dallasites want haute hair in a-la mode styles, with just a touch of Texana, and to get it, they head to any of the three hip Osgood-O’Neil salons. Every appointment begins with a personal consultation, and all technicians specialize in either cuts or styling. Added bonus: Allure magazine voted co-owner J.T. Osgood one of the best colorists in D-Town. From $45. 6932 Snider Plaza, 3213 Knox Street, and 4320 Lovers Lane; (214) 373-6336;

The Men’s Room, Jon English Hairspa Uptown, Minneapolis Compete for a seat at the Men’s Room with the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov. An urbane Uptown-situated all-male mane shop, it offers comely creations in a crotchety barber-and-brilliantine-free setting. This modern hair haven is sure to mediate that midlife crisis. (Women can get hair help at any of the city’s other Jon English Salons.) From $32. 1441 West Lake Street (first floor), (612) 822-5050,

Umi Salon, Boston Everybody wants a haircut by Jeffrey Dauksevich. But if you can’t afford to wait for an appointment (or pay $300 for a clip), try any of Umi’s other stellar stylists, all trained by the master Dauksevich himself. On historic Newbury Street, in Boston’s beloved Back Bay, this contemporary salon attracts style-savvy businesspeople, artists, and musicians from around the world. From $125. 75 Newbury Street, (617) 247-0770,

Mr. Pinkwhistle, San Francisco Composed of intricate layers that swirl and move, the signature haircuts by salon owner Simon Marc set the “chic” bar high in San Francisco. Clients travel from as far away as Hong Kong for makeovers by Marc (or his specially trained stylists) in a setting that’s more akin to an art gallery than to a hair lair. Close to Chinatown, the salon offers the advantage of post-appointment dim sum. From $75. 580 Bush Street, (415) 989-7465,

When You’re on the Road, Don’t Leave Home Without ...

Umi Salon’s miraculous Umi Powder. A dry shampoo and an indispensable travel companion that provides fullness and pliability to style-hungry hair. Available in a two-ounce carry-on size. $28.

Philip B’s Jet Set Precision Control Hair Spray. A handbag-size, lightweight spray that texturizes while freshening hair with botanicals. Stylists at John Frieda Salon in L.A. don’t go anywhere without it. $18.

Kerastase Bain de Force Shampoo. Osgood-O’Neil Salon stylists like this shampoo for plumping, fortifying, and moisturizing super-dry hair. $32.

Beauty Scoop. Reverse travel damage with just one serving a day of this dissolvable vitamin-peptide-mineral formula. It boosts the body’s regenerative power, which results in stronger, shinier hair. $75 for a three-week supply.

Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment. An intensive conditioning mask infused with camellia oil that restores shine and moisture to dry hair. Combine it with the DepSea Foundation ($30) before blow-drying for the ultimate hair transformation. $60. At select salons nationwide; call (866) 914-8750 to find one near you.