NYC/NJ Salon for Coloring Hair

glossnglamglossnglam Registered Users Posts: 23
Hi curlies! I highlighted my hair months ago at a cheap salon (the type where they break to eat and leave you waiting with dripping wet hair. mmmm hmmmm.). I left (after a second visit to fix their work) with uneven/bleeding, over colored hair that I had to learn to work with.:angry4:

I'm now in need of a touch up and color correction since my caramel highlights have faded to blond. I'll probably also need to add low lights, so it'll actually look like highlights. Siiiiiigh.

Does anyone know of a great salon in the NYC/NJ area that knows how to color??? Aveda? Hair Rules? Miss Jessies?? Am I asking for too much??:sad5:


  • cmalekcmalek Registered Users Posts: 2
    I can definitely provide some options for getting your hair colored the correct way in NYC.

    BUT my opinion may be a bit biased. I work at Insitu salon in Gramercy park as a color specialist.

    Having said that I am happy to recommend a few other salons that I am confident can get the job done for you!

    1) Devachan- They are widely known for working with curly haired clients. May be a bit pricey
    2) Scott J salon- Upper east side just starting to get noticed for their great work with curly hair.

    As we know curly hair has a mind of its own and when it comes to a cut and color it can go terribly bad when your put in the hands of a stylist that doesn't know the in's and out's. Each salon generally has someone who specializes in curly hair so make sure you call and ask who that person is.

    Props to you for going back and trying to have them fix it but I'm sorry it didn't seem to work out for you. It doesn't sound like there was a communication error it just sounds like maybe they had no clue how to work with your hair texture. Fading highlights makes it sound like they had to lift your highlights using bleach which I would never recommend for curly hair!!!! When you get your touch-ups make sure to lift the highlights with color instead of bleach (less drying since curly hair is already lacking moisture). Also it sounds like you've done a lot to your hair in the past few weeks. So before you try coloring it again make sure to talk it through with your potential stylist.

    And of course, here's my biased opinion of the best NY curly hair salon:

    (3) Insitu salon- Paula Casano (Curly hair Owner) is amazing with cutting curly hair and has passed all of her lessons on to all the stylists.

    Good luck!!! Let us know how it goes!!!!
    Clarissa Malek- Color Specialist
  • teachnharlemteachnharlem Registered Users Posts: 9
    I highly recommend Rachel at Devachan. I was there this week, and she did an amazing job!!
  • glossnglamglossnglam Registered Users Posts: 23
    Thank you!! I'm leaning towards Deva now ... though I'm not big on their products, but I guess I can bare with it as long as my highlights are done well.

    I stumbled upon some reviews on this site about the Mario Diab salon. Have you heard anything about this place?? It sounds good. I think I'll add it to my short list.

    I'm still researching, but any additional recommendations are appreciated! This is especially if they can handle curly 3c/4a hair. Thank you!!:p
  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,358 Curl Connoisseur
    never had my hair colored anywhere in nyc, and am no longer coloring, but i get my hair cut by carlos at mario diab salon (he was formerly at devachan til aug 2007) and a friend of mine who has straight hair gets her hair cut by mario and we both LOVE our haircuts. she travels 2 hours to get to the city, i travel an hour (without traffic, so it often times more) and we both think it is well worth it and would not go anywhere else.
    if you read the reviews on james he gets great reviews. i believe carlos also does highlighting.
    let us know what you do. good luck!

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • TaraVictoriaTaraVictoria Registered Users Posts: 374
    I LOVED Deva in NYC, never got better color!!!!!!!!!
    Tara - have a curly day!!!

    LA Looks Curl Gel, Sauve Naturals conditioners Waterlily, CK, Deva Archangel , LOOB (has its days)...
    Deva One - LOVE it!!!!!!!

    Botticelli's Flax Seed Hair Gel (a DIY!!!) THANKS Botticelli!!!!!!
    Curl Junkie Coffee Coco Creme (LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!)
    Shea Moisture Smoothie - GREAT stuff!

    for the love of the lens...
  • rudeechickrudeechick Registered Users Posts: 6,726
    If you are willing to go into brooklyn I have THE BEST colorist on the planet!:headbang:
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
    My Photobucket Album
  • followmeskyfollowmesky Registered Users Posts: 287
    rudechick - I believe it! you have great curls and color.. :)
    3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
    Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
    hair seems to be moody.
    Does not seem to like oils
    Does not like protein or too much?
    Does not like rich products

    So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
  • rudeechickrudeechick Registered Users Posts: 6,726
    rudechick - I believe it! you have great curls and color.. :)

    Thank you! Anyone who wants the contavt info, just PM me:occasion1:
    Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot:geek:
    3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
    My Photobucket Album
  • banjocurlbanjocurl Registered Users Posts: 1,031 Curl Connoisseur
    2nd hand recommendation:
    i have not been here but a friend of mine uses robert craig color and she says these folks are excellent

    RIAH LIMITED 209 Mott St. @ Spring St.
    Ann Minahan (212) 925-4087
    deva uses goldwell i think-they do a good job too but they do not use robert craig color
    Susan suburban NY
    3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
    CG since 11/11/04
    PW: banjo
    HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos
  • CurlychallengedCurlychallenged Registered Users Posts: 1
    Words cannot describe how wonderful Kathleen and her staff are!!!! The cut is amazing and the products are fantastic!!!!! I still cannot believe how beautiful my hair is!! The curls are perfect! I put my hair to the ultimate challenge. I played soccer in 90 deg. heat and humidity and then slept on it and not one spot of frizz!!!!! Amazing!!!! I am bi racial and have struggled my entire life with my hair. I have subjected it to perms, relaxers, blow driers and flat irons to get nothing but damaged frizzy hair in the end well no more!! This is worth every penny!!!! Do not hesitate to give it a try!!!! Thank you so much 91 South!!!!!

    Try it, you won't be sorry!
    Berlin, NJ

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