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L'n-zL'n-z Posts: 208Registered Users
Been to or heard of these salons?

DiAnne B. Natural Hair
http://www.diannebnaturalhair.com/index.html
She makes a point of saying "Absolutely no mineral oil,
petroleum, or wax products are used on clients" on her website which I find encouraging.

or

Amazon Natural Look Salon
http://www.amazonsalon.com/

I'm looking for a stylist that knows what to do with tightly curled hair...
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  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    Lnz, I just found your post when I did a search! This is Hilarious, no one replied to your post or mine about salon's in chicago!! Maybe we are just out of luck. :cry:

    Are there any 3c-4a's in Chicago? Where do you get your hair cut?

    Lnz and I need help! :lol:
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  • jazzijenni81jazzijenni81 Posts: 529Registered Users
    i go to maysa's hair salon. egyptian salon in oak park.
    loose 4a, silky meets cottony
    routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
    staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.
  • brwn_i'd_wndrbrwn_i'd_wndr Posts: 23Registered Users
    There's a topic either here or on the 4b board that has a link for a site that lists natural hair salons. I couldn't find the topic, but I do remeber getting a pm about a salon in Chicago, you can check out the website www.theimagestudios.com . I've never gone but I may one day. Time will tell...
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  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    Good news:
    I found the curly who posted about the image studios and received a great review via pm. I also visited their website and I think it's what I've been looking for.

    I am so excited to go try it! I will defintately post about my experience there.

    Thanks brwn_i'd_wndr and jazzijenni81 for your replies. :D

    L'n'z -- What do you think???
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  • curliejcurliej Posts: 55Registered Users
    I go to The Image Studios. It's not a natural hair salon but the owner is very knowledgeable and has clients with natural hair. She transitioned me into my natural hair. Most "natural" salons I found just mainly do braids and twists and I personally didn't want that.
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  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    Curliej, you're right about the "natural" salons. The two L'n'z mentioned above only do locs and braids.

    Thanks for the rec!!!! :D
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  • L'n-zL'n-z Posts: 208Registered Users
    Curliej, you're right about the "natural" salons. The two L'n'z mentioned above only do locs and braids.

    Thanks for the rec!!!! :D

    no wonder they were so rude to me when I called and asked for a price on a trim. :roll:
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  • L'n-zL'n-z Posts: 208Registered Users
    yeah, let's try it. How much for a cut?
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  • softcoilssoftcoils Posts: 39Registered Users
    I think a looong time ago someone mentioned a salon called Aja's Salon or Asha's Salon in the suburban area surrounding Chicago and they said she did great work. I think the stylist was named Nancy,

    but when I saw that it was forever ago in my lurker days and there was a thread about good stylists who knew how to style and cut curly or straight hair...

    HTH!
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  • jazzijenni81jazzijenni81 Posts: 529Registered Users
    no [email protected] just wanted to add that maysa's charges $10 for trims. lol, i love maysa's....they always make you feel like a queen when you're there. :D and theres something about it being an all male salon thats really sexy! :oops:
    loose 4a, silky meets cottony
    routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
    staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.
  • PortaePortae Posts: 337Registered Users
    I contacted Image Studios and was informed that the price is $77/hour (prorated so that you only pay for the time you use). There is also a mandatory consultation which I believe you must also pay for.
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  • L'n-zL'n-z Posts: 208Registered Users
    Portae wrote:
    I contacted Image Studios and was informed that the price is $77/hour (prorated so that you only pay for the time you use). There is also a mandatory consultation which I believe you must also pay for.

    yowsa. i've got really thick hair and it may take a while. plus i wonder if they double book, cause i don't want to pay for time if i'm waiting for them to finish another customer (as has happened to me EVERY time i go to a salon). i don't know about this hourly pay. what if they aren't efficient with their time? i suppose they are professionals...ok. this is just me thinking aloud.
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  • curliejcurliej Posts: 55Registered Users
    No one else shares your slotted time at Image Studios. You are the ONLY client during that time, so she is very efficient with the time. I personally perfer her system becasue I have been in salons for 5 hours. I have been able to get in and out in 1 hour - max 1 &1/2 and that is with a major cut. I agree, the cost is not cheap. But I decided it was worth it for me. Of course, others may feel differently.
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  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    I also called image studios and she said that the max would be 2 hours, including consultation and everything. I actually think the consultation is a good idea so that the stylist and the client are on the same page. I don't want any miscommunications when it comes to my hair!!!! :evil:
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  • PortaePortae Posts: 337Registered Users
    I like the idea of the consultation, but I don't like the idea of paying for one. I mean, we're talking upwards of $150 for one visit!

    I still might check her out, but I really just feel that there MUST be a cheaper option. I would totally go to a place taht specializes in twists, locs, etc. if I knew that they could actually shape my hair into a style that would look good both in twists and loose. By the way, has anyone gotten a good cut from a place like that (i.e. Amazon, Why Knot, etc)?
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  • nicoleshairnicoleshair Posts: 49Registered Users
    Chi town baby :D
    I'm Black/Native American with 4A or 4B hair? This is the second time i stop relaxing my hair! Thanks to this site.
  • PortaePortae Posts: 337Registered Users
    I just saw this advertised in N'Digo:

    http://www.madisonsqhairsalon.com/index.html

    I'm going to write them and see if they do naturally curly hair.
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  • L'n-zL'n-z Posts: 208Registered Users
    So I called Maysa's and he said he'd need to see my hair in person, but since I'm not driving out to Oak Park for a quote, I described my hair to him. For very thick, tightly curled, shoulder length hair and he said it would be about $50 for a wash & style, plus an extra $20 for a cut or an extra $10 if I just want a trim. So, like $70. Not as cheap as I thought it would be. I'm having money woes now anyway. I think I'll hold off for a few more months. Just wanted to pass along the info. :)
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  • PortaePortae Posts: 337Registered Users
    Ok, so I just called Madison SQ Hair Salon. According to their ad, they do relaxers, texturizers, dreadlocks, twists, etc., so I decided to get some more info over the phone. I spoke to a very nice woman and got the following information:

    -they do cut and style curly hair
    -prices for a shampoo, condition, and cut begin at $25 (she said it differs slightly depending on length, but that as long as there wasn't any blowdrying/twisting involved that this would be the basic price)
    -they use product lines such as Avalon and Paul Mitchell, primarily the Paul Mitchell when it comes to curly hair
    -the woman I spoke to said that all of the stylists were capable of handling naturally curly ethnic hair. Her name was Crystal, so I guess she would be a good place to start.

    Just thought I'd pass the info along!
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  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    Thanks Portae!

    I'm feeling very anxious b/c this will be my first haircut since the BC 2 yrs ago. since then i have only gotten regular trims (and always when my hair was straightened).

    I'm a little scared....
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  • LrigyttiwLrigyttiw Posts: 66Registered Users
    L'n-z wrote:
    So I called Maysa's and he said he'd need to see my hair in person, but since I'm not driving out to Oak Park for a quote, I described my hair to him. For very thick, tightly curled, shoulder length hair and he said it would be about $50 for a wash & style, plus an extra $20 for a cut or an extra $10 if I just want a trim. So, like $70. Not as cheap as I thought it would be. I'm having money woes now anyway. I think I'll hold off for a few more months. Just wanted to pass along the info. :)

    Can you just go there and get a trim for just the $10 and that's it??
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  • jazzijenni81jazzijenni81 Posts: 529Registered Users
    rushgirl,
    my cut was 10 bucks! i told him what i wanted, he cut it, charged me 10, i gave him 15. i used to go there when i was relaxed as well.

    lynz,
    if i were you, id go there for the consultation. its hard to express to them what you want over the phone b/c of the langauge barrier. but i totally feel you not wanting to drive to oak park!
    loose 4a, silky meets cottony
    routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
    staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.
  • LrigyttiwLrigyttiw Posts: 66Registered Users
    rushgirl,
    my cut was 10 bucks! i told him what i wanted, he cut it, charged me 10, i gave him 15. i used to go there when i was relaxed as well.


    Cool.. $10 is my budget..LOL I do have a gc to get a haircut for free at Parto Naderi Salon.. by Parto..but I'm scared to go..lol it expires March 9th.. If I do decide to go, what do I say to ask if this Parto dude has any experience with curly hair like mine...w/o sounding like an idiot? Any suggestions?
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  • jazzijenni81jazzijenni81 Posts: 529Registered Users
    ask him if he's familiar w cutting/styling curly african american hair...push comes to shove, send him an email of a pic of your hair...sounding like an idiot isnt important when it comes to your hair! you wanna make sure he knows what to do so you dont leave looking like an idiot! 8)
    loose 4a, silky meets cottony
    routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
    staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.
  • L'n-zL'n-z Posts: 208Registered Users
    Yeah you can just get a trim for $10. I just like the good ole days when everything wasn't charged separately...come to think of it, maybe those days never existed and I just thought it was all together cause moms was paying. Ignorance is bliss. Anyway, I got impatient and cut my own hair. It's cute. Still can't afford to go to a salon for a few more months.
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  • LrigyttiwLrigyttiw Posts: 66Registered Users
    ask him if he's familiar w cutting/styling curly african american hair...push comes to shove, send him an email of a pic of your hair...sounding like an idiot isnt important when it comes to your hair! you wanna make sure he knows what to do so you dont leave looking like an idiot! 8)

    Thanks for the advice.. I'll give them a call.. after all it is a free haircut from the owner himself.. he prolly charges at least $80 for a haircut..and I just really want a trim.. hopefully he can cut off as little as I want...I need to trim off some of the scab hair I still have...
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  • mafaldamafalda Posts: 510Registered Users
    L'n-z wrote:
    Yeah you can just get a trim for $10. I just like the good ole days when everything wasn't charged separately...come to think of it, maybe those days never existed and I just thought it was all together cause moms was paying. Ignorance is bliss. Anyway, I got impatient and cut my own hair. It's cute. Still can't afford to go to a salon for a few more months.

    How did you cut your own hair? I've been thinking of cutting it myself now with the new season coming and I want a change but I am not going to go through the hassle of finding a salon that will charge me upwards of $75.00 for something I won't like. It seems like no one in Chicago knows how to cut curly hair. I've called and asked different salons if they know the different ways of cutting curly hair to reduce bulk that have been mentioned on this site (not thinning, of course) and they don't know what the heck I'm talking about. It seems to me that if a stylist/salon is going to charge a lot of $ for a cut and style, they should have a knowledge of the different types of hair and be educated in the different ways of cutting/styling all kinds of hair so when someone like me comes in the salon, they won't be completely shocked when I come in for a cut and style. :x Sorry had to vent. :wink:
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  • curlycovrgirlcurlycovrgirl Posts: 153Registered Users
    Here is my review of the Image Studios:

    I got my hair cut and styled at the Image Studios in Chicago this weekend and I have to tell you guys my impressions. I loved it!! I can't say enough good things about my experience there. Kali (the owner) cut and styled my hair and I love it. She also taught me so much about how to care for and style my hair and cleared up a few misconceptions that I had about what's good for curly hair. She is awsome!!

    My biggest fear was that she wouldn't know how to style my hair and I would leave looking crazy, but she knew what to do and made my curls look amazing. She is the first stylist I have found who actually understands curly/kinky natural hair. I was also impressed that she took the time to find out exactly what I wanted and explained everything she was doing.

    My visit was very pricey, but I think it was worth every penny b/c I haven't been able to stop smiling since I left! :D :D :D :D
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  • mafaldamafalda Posts: 510Registered Users
    Yay. So there's hope. Mind posting pics?
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  • curliejcurliej Posts: 55Registered Users
    I go to The Image Studios also and I must say I have to agree. Kali is wonderful and though she is expensive, I have always left there feeling that my money was well spent.
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