One of the most frustrating things when moving to a new city as a woman is finding a new place to call your salon. When you’re black naturalista it’s even more complicated because you’re not sure who’s really skilled and educated in caring for natural hair. The black hair salon search is sooooo exhausting!
Well, I’ve been here in the DC Metro Area for the past five and have been through plenty of hairstyles and phases. This year I recently sent an email to a fellow blogger of the list of salons I recommended and she found the list to be helpful. My list just might be helpful to someone looking for a salon in the area.
1. Studio Chique – This is my most recent favorite salon and I still visit it on a regular basis. This salon is located on Georgia Ave near Howard University. I found this salon because of the skincare specialist who did my eyebrows suggested their hair services. The reviews on this salon on YELP are pretty mixed but I had great experiences with getting my silken press back in April of this year. No heat damage and the stylist I saw gave me great advice on hair health. I plan on making another visit for a trim and wash and condition. I love how the stylist confirms just how much to trim before actually trimming. She advises how much needs to be cut and if it’s too much for you she’s willing to do gradual trims to get rid of the unhealthy ends. Bottom line: She cares about her clients. That matters to me. The price is pretty reasonable, I believe I paid about $60 for a silken press AND a trim. Wash and deep conditioning were included in service. See my hair in this blog post. My stylist was the owner of the shop Ngina. See her! www.StudioChique.com .
2. Parlour DC – This was the very first salon I visited in the DC Metro Area. The salon is located on U Street. Where did I get my recommendation? A fellow YouTuber shared her experience on getting the tapered haircut and she shared the salon too. Her cut was fierce and I was ready to book an appointment immediately. Back in 2013, there were not a lot of salons familiar with tapered cuts on natural hair, so I didn’t have many choice selections.WARNING! This salon ain’t cheap. That’s part of the reason I had to stop going. I do plan on returning while I grow out my tapered cut but it may be a one time deal. Be prepared to pay. You will receive great service, though. The stylist to see goes by the name Q (short for Quetrell). I have two videos on my service from this salon and stylist. Tapered Hair cut video and Color process Video. www.Parlourdc.com .