The Worst Salon Experience of My Life

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Hello Ladies. Yesterday was a horrible and aweful day. I have never felt so embarrassed and humiliated in my life. Please read on...

After reading several reviews and viewing pictures, I decided to book an appointment at Fiddleheads. It's a salon in DC catered to curly heads. Now, I was a little skeptical but after I saw how CUTE one girls hair came out (its just hair blog- google it), I was convinced! So, I initially wanted my appointment with the owner, Beth, but she was unavailable. So, I made an appointment with Vicki, who also has pretty good reviews on naturally curly.com and yelp.

When I arrived at the salon, I was greeted in a timely manner and offered coffee. Everything good so far. When I sat in Vicki's chair, I showed her a picture of how I wanted my hair. I haven't had a perm since June 2010 and cut off my relaxer ends in May 2011. So, right now I am kind of in an "in-between" stage (or that awkward stage some of you call it). She said she would need to cut off too much if I really wanted it like the picture. So, I told her that I feel that my hair has NO personality and I just want a SHAPE! I really desired some sort of layers in the back and she said she could do that and my ends were very healthy and i wouldn't need to take off very much.

So, everything is all good when she is trimming. She is very careful and taking her time. We chat a little about my hair concerns (frizz). This is where I grew hesitant: She washed my hair and then used Deva One Conditioner. She then told me that she was going to use the conditioner as a styler then apply the Diva Arc Angel. NOW, I was kind of stunned because I have 4a and a little 3c looser curls in the back. Typically, my hair does very well with something a little heavier and for my hair you need to rack the product threw.

I sat under the hairdryer and ladies the end product looked a hot mess. One side of my hair was longer than the other. I started crying in the chair because I was so beyond frustrated. Beth, the owner, came over and was telling Vicki all the things that she needed to do. BUT, what really started the crying for me was that Vicki basically said she wasn't doing my hair anymore and Beth TOLD her that she needed to at least fix the piece that she didn't do right. And Vicki fixed it but said she wasn't doing anymore because I was already "unhappy." But at that point I didn't want Vicki anywhere near my hair. My hair was dry, matted, and a mess. Luckily, Vicki didn't really trim too much off. I ended up not having to pay anything (*thank God because that was literally the worst ever)

Yall I am so discouraged. I have another appointment Oasis Salon in Rockville, MD at the end of June so that gives me time to do more research. I am so frustrated because I feel like my hair looks a mess. It has no personality and I wanted a cute shape. Please provide some encouraging words.
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I'm not going to bash Fiddleheads because I've never been there...but I've always heard mixed reviews about them even here in NC.com from higher textured curlies. For looser hair (3a/3c) they seem to be ok...but if you are a 4a, its been hit or miss. SEVERAL people have stated they left with lopsided hair and uneven hair so I'm not sure what reviews you looked at.

I'm in the DC area and the ONLY...and I mean ONLY salon that I have gone to in the 8 years that I have been natural is Salon Revive in DC (9th and U Street, right near the U Street Metro Station). I HIGHLY recommend them. Several ladies here have gone based on my recommendation and no one to my knowledge has left disappointed.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I am of the FIRM belief (and many will disagree with me), but it takes someone that is very familar with textured hair (3c and higher) to work with it. Yes it is curly but it is VERY different from looser curly hair and it can be very intimidating, espically to a nonethinic beautician.

The co-owners of this salon are both African American (ethopian) and both have natural hair in the 3c-4b range. It's on thier heads, they work with it everyday, they KNOW THIER ISH. They are NOT the "lock braid twist" dubie shop. They are about healthy hair and caring for your nartural hair and they specialize in cutting/styling LOOSE curly hair. I just recently did a second (no third) big chop going from BSL to a TWA and i LOVE my cut. Like you I felt my hair didn't have any personality and I got that along with so much more. I literally get stopped on the street by folks asking me "who cut your hair".

The ladies that I've gone to and recommed at Salon Revive are the coowner Yodit (yo-deet) and Hiwot (hue-wit). They are the bomb....seriously I can't rave about them enough. I perfer Yodit a bit more than Hiwot, but they both do excellent work. I will say this...they are honest and will tell you if the cut/style you have selected will not work/look how you want based on your texture/type during the consultation before they start working. Some people might not like that but I do. I don't want someone that's going to send me out looking crazy because that's what I "asked" for.

Salon Revive is an Aveda Concept Salon and the co-owners and much of the staff worked at a high end Aveda Spa before leaving to open thier own salon. It is very much "upscale" so you should have an enjoyable experience. Here is the website shouod you wish to contact them www.salonrevive.com.

Good Luck
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I'm not going to bash Fiddleheads because I've never been there...but I've always heard mixed reviews about them even here in NC.com from higher textured curlies. For looser hair (3a/3c) they seem to be ok...but if you are a 4a, its been hit or miss. SEVERAL people have stated they left with lopsided hair and uneven hair so I'm not sure what reviews you looked at.

I'm in the DC area and the ONLY...and I mean ONLY salon that I have gone to in the 8 years that I have been natural is Salon Revive in DC (9th and U Street, right near the U Street Metro Station). I HIGHLY recommend them. Several ladies here have gone based on my recommendation and no one to my knowledge has left disappointed.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I am of the FIRM belief (and many will disagree with me), but it takes someone that is very familar with textured hair (3c and higher) to work with it. Yes it is curly but it is VERY different from looser curly hair and it can be very intimidating, espically to a nonethinic beautician.

The co-owners of this salon are both African American (ethopian) and both have natural hair in the 3c-4b range. It's on thier heads, they work with it everyday, they KNOW THIER ISH. They are NOT the "lock braid twist" dubie shop. They are about healthy hair and caring for your nartural hair and they specialize in cutting/styling LOOSE curly hair. I just recently did a second (no third) big chop going from BSL to a TWA and i LOVE my cut. Like you I felt my hair didn't have any personality and I got that along with so much more. I literally get stopped on the street by folks asking me "who cut your hair".

The ladies that I've gone to and recommed at Salon Revive are the coowner Yodit (yo-deet) and Hiwot (hue-wit). They are the bomb....seriously I can't rave about them enough. I perfer Yodit a bit more than Hiwot, but they both do excellent work. I will say this...they are honest and will tell you if the cut/style you have selected will not work/look how you want based on your texture/type during the consultation before they start working. Some people might not like that but I do. I don't want someone that's going to send me out looking crazy because that's what I "asked" for.

Salon Revive is an Aveda Concept Salon and the co-owners and much of the staff worked at a high end Aveda Spa before leaving to open thier own salon. It is very much "upscale" so you should have an enjoyable experience. Here is the website shouod you wish to contact them www.salonrevive.com.

Good Luck
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I havent been to a salon since going natural because I am not completely agreeing with the 3c and higher being really different except when it comes to shrinkage. I think it goes back to what we preach porosity, strand size, density. I'm 4a-3c who is fine. I use conditioner as my styler with oil to seal and most of the time that is all. With humidity now Im using fsg which is not very thick.
I think this is more of a case of a combo and technique that doesnt work for her hair. My biggest pet peeve with salons were the stylists who act like they know more about your hair than you do and like clients are one hair fits all. I remember asking a stylist not to grease my scalp bc it gives me dandruff and she did it anyway bc afterall she is the professional. I had to wash my hair the next day it was so bad. Anyway I say if you know your hair doesnt like something speak up and if necessary get up. I have had some of my best cuts from non ethhnic stylists. And I would let a relaxed ethnic stylist any where near my hair.
Hello Ladies. Yesterday was a horrible and aweful day. I have never felt so embarrassed and humiliated in my life. Please read on...

After reading several reviews and viewing pictures, I decided to book an appointment at Fiddleheads. It's a salon in DC catered to curly heads. Now, I was a little skeptical but after I saw how CUTE one girls hair came out (its just hair blog- google it), I was convinced! So, I initially wanted my appointment with the owner, Beth, but she was unavailable. So, I made an appointment with Vicki, who also has pretty good reviews on naturally curly.com and yelp.

When I arrived at the salon, I was greeted in a timely manner and offered coffee. Everything good so far. When I sat in Vicki's chair, I showed her a picture of how I wanted my hair. I haven't had a perm since June 2010 and cut off my relaxer ends in May 2011. So, right now I am kind of in an "in-between" stage (or that awkward stage some of you call it). She said she would need to cut off too much if I really wanted it like the picture. So, I told her that I feel that my hair has NO personality and I just want a SHAPE! I really desired some sort of layers in the back and she said she could do that and my ends were very healthy and i wouldn't need to take off very much.

So, everything is all good when she is trimming. She is very careful and taking her time. We chat a little about my hair concerns (frizz). This is where I grew hesitant: She washed my hair and then used Deva One Conditioner. She then told me that she was going to use the conditioner as a styler then apply the Diva Arc Angel. NOW, I was kind of stunned because I have 4a and a little 3c looser curls in the back. Typically, my hair does very well with something a little heavier and for my hair you need to rack the product threw.

I sat under the hairdryer and ladies the end product looked a hot mess. One side of my hair was longer than the other. I started crying in the chair because I was so beyond frustrated. Beth, the owner, came over and was telling Vicki all the things that she needed to do. BUT, what really started the crying for me was that Vicki basically said she wasn't doing my hair anymore and Beth TOLD her that she needed to at least fix the piece that she didn't do right. And Vicki fixed it but said she wasn't doing anymore because I was already "unhappy." But at that point I didn't want Vicki anywhere near my hair. My hair was dry, matted, and a mess. Luckily, Vicki didn't really trim too much off. I ended up not having to pay anything (*thank God because that was literally the worst ever)

Yall I am so discouraged. I have another appointment Oasis Salon in Rockville, MD at the end of June so that gives me time to do more research. I am so frustrated because I feel like my hair looks a mess. It has no personality and I wanted a cute shape. Please provide some encouraging words.
Originally Posted by krwebb18
Sorry you had a bad experience.
I agree that porosity, strand size, density are the major things that makes all curly hair essentially the same...the major difference being shrinkage. If a stylist hasn't really worked with hair that has MASSIVE amounts of shrinkage (I'm talking 50% and up) then that has a MAJOR effect on how a cut comes out. And if you don't know how to account for that amount of shrinkage....epsically shrinkage that's different in different sections of the head, you will quickly have a disaster on your hands.

I think what the OP is talking about is more than just the products and technique used...I've had that happen and honestly its not so bad because you can always go home, wash and restyle and as long as the cut is good, you're generally a happy camper.

But the OP got a bad hair cut....and based on her description (uneven on one side) it sounds like they are not that skilled with working with shrinkage and how to account for it in thier cuts.

You are right, this can happen with nonethnic and ethnic stylists who are not trained well or don't really know tightly curled (3c-4a) hair.
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I'm not going to bash Fiddleheads because I've never been there...but I've always heard mixed reviews about them even here in NC.com from higher textured curlies. For looser hair (3a/3c) they seem to be ok...but if you are a 4a, its been hit or miss. SEVERAL people have stated they left with lopsided hair and uneven hair so I'm not sure what reviews you looked at.

I'm in the DC area and the ONLY...and I mean ONLY salon that I have gone to in the 8 years that I have been natural is Salon Revive in DC (9th and U Street, right near the U Street Metro Station). I HIGHLY recommend them. Several ladies here have gone based on my recommendation and no one to my knowledge has left disappointed.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I am of the FIRM belief (and many will disagree with me), but it takes someone that is very familar with textured hair (3c and higher) to work with it. Yes it is curly but it is VERY different from looser curly hair and it can be very intimidating, espically to a nonethinic beautician.

The co-owners of this salon are both African American (ethopian) and both have natural hair in the 3c-4b range. It's on thier heads, they work with it everyday, they KNOW THIER ISH. They are NOT the "lock braid twist" dubie shop. They are about healthy hair and caring for your nartural hair and they specialize in cutting/styling LOOSE curly hair. I just recently did a second (no third) big chop going from BSL to a TWA and i LOVE my cut. Like you I felt my hair didn't have any personality and I got that along with so much more. I literally get stopped on the street by folks asking me "who cut your hair".

The ladies that I've gone to and recommed at Salon Revive are the coowner Yodit (yo-deet) and Hiwot (hue-wit). They are the bomb....seriously I can't rave about them enough. I perfer Yodit a bit more than Hiwot, but they both do excellent work. I will say this...they are honest and will tell you if the cut/style you have selected will not work/look how you want based on your texture/type during the consultation before they start working. Some people might not like that but I do. I don't want someone that's going to send me out looking crazy because that's what I "asked" for.

Salon Revive is an Aveda Concept Salon and the co-owners and much of the staff worked at a high end Aveda Spa before leaving to open thier own salon. It is very much "upscale" so you should have an enjoyable experience. Here is the website shouod you wish to contact them www.salonrevive.com.

Good Luck
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I was waiting for you to chime in with the Salon Revive recommendation, so I didn't mention them.

OP,
I agree with everything said about the reviews of Fiddleheads - they're mixed and the most positive reviews come from looser textured heads.

To be honest with you, I would stay clear of that salon you have an appointment with - "Oasis"? Why did you pick them? I went to the site, and it looks like Fiddleheads all over again.

Check out the Salon Revive site. I'm sorry...while I know black folks can sho nuff jack up a head of unprocessed hair (which is why I don't do salons, and I cut my own hair), I would feel most comfortable at a salon with stylists who look like me, and have textures similar to mine. Hair Rules in NYC is probably the only other salon I'd go to for a haircut (despite some of the negative reviews from folks who seemed to be disappointed with a "nappy' as opposed to "curly" look...whatever). I wish there was a Salon Revive in Detroit...I'd be there.

I've seen Naturally_Curly_Crown's haircut, in person...and it's fierce!
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I'm not going to bash Fiddleheads because I've never been there...but I've always heard mixed reviews about them even here in NC.com from higher textured curlies. For looser hair (3a/3c) they seem to be ok...but if you are a 4a, its been hit or miss. SEVERAL people have stated they left with lopsided hair and uneven hair so I'm not sure what reviews you looked at.

I'm in the DC area and the ONLY...and I mean ONLY salon that I have gone to in the 8 years that I have been natural is Salon Revive in DC (9th and U Street, right near the U Street Metro Station). I HIGHLY recommend them. Several ladies here have gone based on my recommendation and no one to my knowledge has left disappointed.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I am of the FIRM belief (and many will disagree with me), but it takes someone that is very familar with textured hair (3c and higher) to work with it. Yes it is curly but it is VERY different from looser curly hair and it can be very intimidating, espically to a nonethinic beautician.

The co-owners of this salon are both African American (ethopian) and both have natural hair in the 3c-4b range. It's on thier heads, they work with it everyday, they KNOW THIER ISH. They are NOT the "lock braid twist" dubie shop. They are about healthy hair and caring for your nartural hair and they specialize in cutting/styling LOOSE curly hair. I just recently did a second (no third) big chop going from BSL to a TWA and i LOVE my cut. Like you I felt my hair didn't have any personality and I got that along with so much more. I literally get stopped on the street by folks asking me "who cut your hair".

The ladies that I've gone to and recommed at Salon Revive are the coowner Yodit (yo-deet) and Hiwot (hue-wit). They are the bomb....seriously I can't rave about them enough. I perfer Yodit a bit more than Hiwot, but they both do excellent work. I will say this...they are honest and will tell you if the cut/style you have selected will not work/look how you want based on your texture/type during the consultation before they start working. Some people might not like that but I do. I don't want someone that's going to send me out looking crazy because that's what I "asked" for.

Salon Revive is an Aveda Concept Salon and the co-owners and much of the staff worked at a high end Aveda Spa before leaving to open thier own salon. It is very much "upscale" so you should have an enjoyable experience. Here is the website shouod you wish to contact them www.salonrevive.com.

Good Luck
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I was waiting for you to chime in with the Salon Revive recommendation, so I didn't mention them.

OP,
I agree with everything said about the reviews of Fiddleheads - they're mixed and the most positive reviews come from looser textured heads.

To be honest with you, I would stay clear of that salon you have an appointment with - "Oasis"? Why did you pick them? I went to the site, and it looks like Fiddleheads all over again.

Check out the Salon Revive site. I'm sorry...while I know black folks can sho nuff jack up a head of unprocessed hair (which is why I don't do salons, and I cut my own hair), I would feel most comfortable at a salon with stylists who look like me, and have textures similar to mine. Hair Rules in NYC is probably the only other salon I'd go to for a haircut (despite some of the negative reviews from folks who seemed to be disappointed with a "nappy' as opposed to "curly" look...whatever). I wish there was a Salon Revive in Detroit...I'd be there.

I've seen Naturally_Curly_Crown's haircut, in person...and it's fierce!
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I agree that porosity, strand size, density are the major things that makes all curly hair essentially the same...the major difference being shrinkage. If a stylist hasn't really worked with hair that has MASSIVE amounts of shrinkage (I'm talking 50% and up) then that has a MAJOR effect on how a cut comes out. And if you don't know how to account for that amount of shrinkage....epsically shrinkage that's different in different sections of the head, you will quickly have a disaster on your hands.

I think what the OP is talking about is more than just the products and technique used...I've had that happen and honestly its not so bad because you can always go home, wash and restyle and as long as the cut is good, you're generally a happy camper.

But the OP got a bad hair cut....and based on her description (uneven on one side) it sounds like they are not that skilled with working with shrinkage and how to account for it in thier cuts.

You are right, this can happen with nonethnic and ethnic stylists who are not trained well or don't really know tightly curled (3c-4a) hair.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Ok. I misunderstood. I thought the cutting went okay but she didnt like how the stylist use conditioner to style her hair because it wasnt heavy enough which led to the matted and dryness.
I trust NOBODY in my hair bc i was too trusting in the past. I cut myself. I have a natural friend who is 4a 4b lets her stylist straighten then cut her hair so it is even. Then she goes home and washes it out. But im thinking with different curl patterns and different levels of shrinkage you can cut even and still end up uneven with a w&g. Like the ladies who complain of the shag.
My hair is very uneven because of hair loss and regrowth but I dont let it dry unstretched so you cant tell.
Thank you Nappy_curly_crown for the suggestions. Girl, it was so aweful.
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Big Chop - May 24, 2011

Shampoo - SheaMoisture Shampoo or Karen's Body Beautiful Shampoo Bar
Leave-in Conditioner - Kinky Curly Knot Today
Deep Conditioner - Mixed Chicks

Moisturizer - SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Stylers - Eco Styler Gel
I'm not going to bash Fiddleheads because I've never been there...but I've always heard mixed reviews about them even here in NC.com from higher textured curlies. For looser hair (3a/3c) they seem to be ok...but if you are a 4a, its been hit or miss. SEVERAL people have stated they left with lopsided hair and uneven hair so I'm not sure what reviews you looked at.

I'm in the DC area and the ONLY...and I mean ONLY salon that I have gone to in the 8 years that I have been natural is Salon Revive in DC (9th and U Street, right near the U Street Metro Station). I HIGHLY recommend them. Several ladies here have gone based on my recommendation and no one to my knowledge has left disappointed.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I am of the FIRM belief (and many will disagree with me), but it takes someone that is very familar with textured hair (3c and higher) to work with it. Yes it is curly but it is VERY different from looser curly hair and it can be very intimidating, espically to a nonethinic beautician.

The co-owners of this salon are both African American (ethopian) and both have natural hair in the 3c-4b range. It's on thier heads, they work with it everyday, they KNOW THIER ISH. They are NOT the "lock braid twist" dubie shop. They are about healthy hair and caring for your nartural hair and they specialize in cutting/styling LOOSE curly hair. I just recently did a second (no third) big chop going from BSL to a TWA and i LOVE my cut. Like you I felt my hair didn't have any personality and I got that along with so much more. I literally get stopped on the street by folks asking me "who cut your hair".

The ladies that I've gone to and recommed at Salon Revive are the coowner Yodit (yo-deet) and Hiwot (hue-wit). They are the bomb....seriously I can't rave about them enough. I perfer Yodit a bit more than Hiwot, but they both do excellent work. I will say this...they are honest and will tell you if the cut/style you have selected will not work/look how you want based on your texture/type during the consultation before they start working. Some people might not like that but I do. I don't want someone that's going to send me out looking crazy because that's what I "asked" for.

Salon Revive is an Aveda Concept Salon and the co-owners and much of the staff worked at a high end Aveda Spa before leaving to open thier own salon. It is very much "upscale" so you should have an enjoyable experience. Here is the website shouod you wish to contact them www.salonrevive.com.

Good Luck
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I will check them out! Are they devacut trained? Do you have more pictures you can share?
Last relaxer - June 2010
Big Chop - May 24, 2011

Shampoo - SheaMoisture Shampoo or Karen's Body Beautiful Shampoo Bar
Leave-in Conditioner - Kinky Curly Knot Today
Deep Conditioner - Mixed Chicks

Moisturizer - SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Stylers - Eco Styler Gel
I'm not going to bash Fiddleheads because I've never been there...but I've always heard mixed reviews about them even here in NC.com from higher textured curlies. For looser hair (3a/3c) they seem to be ok...but if you are a 4a, its been hit or miss. SEVERAL people have stated they left with lopsided hair and uneven hair so I'm not sure what reviews you looked at.

I'm in the DC area and the ONLY...and I mean ONLY salon that I have gone to in the 8 years that I have been natural is Salon Revive in DC (9th and U Street, right near the U Street Metro Station). I HIGHLY recommend them. Several ladies here have gone based on my recommendation and no one to my knowledge has left disappointed.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I am of the FIRM belief (and many will disagree with me), but it takes someone that is very familar with textured hair (3c and higher) to work with it. Yes it is curly but it is VERY different from looser curly hair and it can be very intimidating, espically to a nonethinic beautician.

The co-owners of this salon are both African American (ethopian) and both have natural hair in the 3c-4b range. It's on thier heads, they work with it everyday, they KNOW THIER ISH. They are NOT the "lock braid twist" dubie shop. They are about healthy hair and caring for your nartural hair and they specialize in cutting/styling LOOSE curly hair. I just recently did a second (no third) big chop going from BSL to a TWA and i LOVE my cut. Like you I felt my hair didn't have any personality and I got that along with so much more. I literally get stopped on the street by folks asking me "who cut your hair".

The ladies that I've gone to and recommed at Salon Revive are the coowner Yodit (yo-deet) and Hiwot (hue-wit). They are the bomb....seriously I can't rave about them enough. I perfer Yodit a bit more than Hiwot, but they both do excellent work. I will say this...they are honest and will tell you if the cut/style you have selected will not work/look how you want based on your texture/type during the consultation before they start working. Some people might not like that but I do. I don't want someone that's going to send me out looking crazy because that's what I "asked" for.

Salon Revive is an Aveda Concept Salon and the co-owners and much of the staff worked at a high end Aveda Spa before leaving to open thier own salon. It is very much "upscale" so you should have an enjoyable experience. Here is the website shouod you wish to contact them www.salonrevive.com.

Good Luck
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I was waiting for you to chime in with the Salon Revive recommendation, so I didn't mention them.

OP,
I agree with everything said about the reviews of Fiddleheads - they're mixed and the most positive reviews come from looser textured heads.

To be honest with you, I would stay clear of that salon you have an appointment with - "Oasis"? Why did you pick them? I went to the site, and it looks like Fiddleheads all over again.

Check out the Salon Revive site. I'm sorry...while I know black folks can sho nuff jack up a head of unprocessed hair (which is why I don't do salons, and I cut my own hair), I would feel most comfortable at a salon with stylists who look like me, and have textures similar to mine. Hair Rules in NYC is probably the only other salon I'd go to for a haircut (despite some of the negative reviews from folks who seemed to be disappointed with a "nappy' as opposed to "curly" look...whatever). I wish there was a Salon Revive in Detroit...I'd be there.

I've seen Naturally_Curly_Crown's haircut, in person...and it's fierce!
Originally Posted by Ninjarette
LOL @ "why did you pick them." Well, I went there last year for my big chop with yolanda. Unfortanely, Yolanda is no longer at the salon. But, I agree with you. I'm just 4 hours from NYC and I have heard about Hair Rules. So, what kind of cut did Salon Revive give you? Do you have pictures?
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Salon Revive doesn't do Diva cuts...they just do good cuts on curly hair...no fancy naming or supposed training. If I had to describe thief cutting method, I would say that it is close to the angle balance method that is used by miss jessies, but where all miss jessies clients leave looking the same, they tailor the cuts to fit each person based on what they want, what issues they need to address how their hair shrinks, etc.

The hair in my avatar is my third BC with Yodit. I took her a picture off the Internet and her replicated it but made it suit my hair because the pic I brought the model had a looser hair pattern. I wanted the shape and she made that happen.

If you go through the march hits and miss thread there are larger pics there. Another DC curly ( her name escapes me) also got a BC after being natural for years and used Hiwot and was pleased with the results. I think her pics are in that thread also. There are also pics in the February hits and miss thread for the 2nd BC where she cut it straight and the shape of the cut when curly. I'm on my phone so I can't find them but when I'm at a computer I will post a few. There are also some older pictures on my blog (I haven't updated it in over a year). The addy is www.napskinkscurlscoils.com




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I'm not going to bash Fiddleheads because I've never been there...but I've always heard mixed reviews about them even here in NC.com from higher textured curlies. For looser hair (3a/3c) they seem to be ok...but if you are a 4a, its been hit or miss. SEVERAL people have stated they left with lopsided hair and uneven hair so I'm not sure what reviews you looked at.

I'm in the DC area and the ONLY...and I mean ONLY salon that I have gone to in the 8 years that I have been natural is Salon Revive in DC (9th and U Street, right near the U Street Metro Station). I HIGHLY recommend them. Several ladies here have gone based on my recommendation and no one to my knowledge has left disappointed.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I am of the FIRM belief (and many will disagree with me), but it takes someone that is very familar with textured hair (3c and higher) to work with it. Yes it is curly but it is VERY different from looser curly hair and it can be very intimidating, espically to a nonethinic beautician.

The co-owners of this salon are both African American (ethopian) and both have natural hair in the 3c-4b range. It's on thier heads, they work with it everyday, they KNOW THIER ISH. They are NOT the "lock braid twist" dubie shop. They are about healthy hair and caring for your nartural hair and they specialize in cutting/styling LOOSE curly hair. I just recently did a second (no third) big chop going from BSL to a TWA and i LOVE my cut. Like you I felt my hair didn't have any personality and I got that along with so much more. I literally get stopped on the street by folks asking me "who cut your hair".

The ladies that I've gone to and recommed at Salon Revive are the coowner Yodit (yo-deet) and Hiwot (hue-wit). They are the bomb....seriously I can't rave about them enough. I perfer Yodit a bit more than Hiwot, but they both do excellent work. I will say this...they are honest and will tell you if the cut/style you have selected will not work/look how you want based on your texture/type during the consultation before they start working. Some people might not like that but I do. I don't want someone that's going to send me out looking crazy because that's what I "asked" for.

Salon Revive is an Aveda Concept Salon and the co-owners and much of the staff worked at a high end Aveda Spa before leaving to open thier own salon. It is very much "upscale" so you should have an enjoyable experience. Here is the website shouod you wish to contact them www.salonrevive.com.

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Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I was waiting for you to chime in with the Salon Revive recommendation, so I didn't mention them.

OP,
I agree with everything said about the reviews of Fiddleheads - they're mixed and the most positive reviews come from looser textured heads.

To be honest with you, I would stay clear of that salon you have an appointment with - "Oasis"? Why did you pick them? I went to the site, and it looks like Fiddleheads all over again.

Check out the Salon Revive site. I'm sorry...while I know black folks can sho nuff jack up a head of unprocessed hair (which is why I don't do salons, and I cut my own hair), I would feel most comfortable at a salon with stylists who look like me, and have textures similar to mine. Hair Rules in NYC is probably the only other salon I'd go to for a haircut (despite some of the negative reviews from folks who seemed to be disappointed with a "nappy' as opposed to "curly" look...whatever). I wish there was a Salon Revive in Detroit...I'd be there.

I've seen Naturally_Curly_Crown's haircut, in person...and it's fierce!
Originally Posted by Ninjarette
LOL @ "why did you pick them." Well, I went there last year for my big chop with yolanda. Unfortanely, Yolanda is no longer at the salon. But, I agree with you. I'm just 4 hours from NYC and I have heard about Hair Rules. So, what kind of cut did Salon Revive give you? Do you have pictures?
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I never had my hair cut there. I'm recommending them based on NCC's experiences (I trust her judgement), and the numerous high marks they've received online.
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Salon Revive doesn't do Diva cuts...they just do good cuts on curly hair...no fancy naming or supposed training. If I had to describe thief cutting method, I would say that it is close to the angle balance method that is used by miss jessies, but where all miss jessies clients leave looking the same, they tailor the cuts to fit each person based on what they want, what issues they need to address how their hair shrinks, etc.

The hair in my avatar is my third BC with Yodit. I took her a picture off the Internet and her replicated it but made it suit my hair because the pic I brought the model had a looser hair pattern. I wanted the shape and she made that happen.

If you go through the march hits and miss thread there are larger pics there. Another DC curly ( her name escapes me) also got a BC after being natural for years and used Hiwot and was pleased with the results. I think her pics are in that thread also. There are also pics in the February hits and miss thread for the 2nd BC where she cut it straight and the shape of the cut when curly. I'm on my phone so I can't find them but when I'm at a computer I will post a few. There are also some older pictures on my blog (I haven't updated it in over a year). The addy is www.napskinkscurlscoils.com




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Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown

Oh okay, thanks!
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UPDATE-

i did a WNG Sat and it came out pretty good. So, I think the problem was the styling at Fiddleheads and not the cut (which I will articulate clearly in my salon review)

Thanks again ladies for the revive salon recommendation. I will update again once I go there.
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