The senior stylist and founder of Numi Salon worked his way up the styling ladder at the renowned New York City-based John Frieda and Warren-Tricomi salons, where he often tamed celebrity tresses. Thanks to his prestigious training, he’s able to “take big hair ideas and put them into a small salon with great service,” he says. “I took a piece of everything that worked in other salons and created a unique brand right here.”

Catering to the whole person – not just a head of hair — is what Numi is all about. And in Abrams’ chair that starts with his rare ability to see things in women they often fail to see in themselves. “Every cut starts with a vision,” says Abrams. “Nobody wants to come in and think, OK, that’s it.”

His secret to great hair is great shape, which comes from the cut. “I’m more of a cutter than a stylist; I enjoy creating shape. It makes the cut last longer.”

Abrams specializes in long, layered cuts, so it’s no surprise he’s a favorite of women under 40. “I believe in less-is-more—less handling, less blow-drying, less fuss for you,” he says. Sit in his chair and the stylist will tell you about the trendiest places to eat in the city, the latest gossip around town, and yes, what it’s like to work on celebrity locks. But while hobnobbing with Oscar winners may be a job perk, according to him, the best part of being a stylist is that you can make everyday women feel terrific.

“A client can come in unhappy with how he or she looks, and I can change that in an hour. I love that.”