I was very apprehensive about going to get my hair cut in a Salon. My Big Chop March 2009. Last relaxer Jan 2010. Last hair cut March 2011. ( a few trims here an there.) I was in desperate need of shaping. One side on my hair appeared to be longer and oddly shaped. I went to Anthony Garubo salon on Aug 3,2012. Kyle was very professional and extremely friendly. She dove into my hair with no fear. She looked very carefully at my coils that were loose. She looked at the two pictures I brought in. I told her I wanted my hair to grow into this style. She totally understood me. She asked questions about how I usually wear my hair, products I use and so on. She cut my hair the next day and I love it. I went from arm pit length stretched to chin stretched.
I was very apprehensive about going to get my hair cut in a Salon. My Big Chop March 2009. Last relaxer Jan 2010. Last hair cut March 2012. ( a few trims here an there.) I was in desperate need of shaping. One side on my hair appeared to be longer and oddly shaped. So I went to George Arubio salon in Maplewood, NJ. I started by having a consult with Stephanie on Thursday Aug, 2012. I was late and she couldn't see me. No problem. The front desk staff set me up with someone available who also did the dry curly cuts . Only hade to wait about 10 mins for her. Kyle was very professional and extremely friendly. She dove into my hair with no fear. Even though I wore it pinned up that day, she looked very carefully at my coils that were loose. She looked at the two pictures I brought in. I told her I wanted my hair to grow into this style. She totally understood me. She asked questions about how I usually wear my hair, products I use and so on. I told her I took my daughter, who was 6 to Devachan to get her hair cut and I loved it. Side bar: I have to say I had another consult the day before with another salon where I had to wait 30 min past my appointment (stylist was late no explanation given) it went from bad to worse with this guy. He was unsure about how to approach my 3c/4a hair. I wore it in a curly fro. My hair when stretched is at the tip of my arm pit. He kept saying maybe when discussing products and saying "I can cut it." I wasn't sure if he was trying to convince me or himself. He didn't listen well to what I wanted. Then he asked if I wanted my hair straightened. Defeats the purpose of a dry curly cut. Oh yeah, I paid for this consult??? It goes towards your cut if you choose to get one. Not!! So Kyle at George Arubio was so refreshing. I went into the consult with her thinking it would be the same bad consult as the day before and I would have to travel back to NYC $$ and go to Devachan$$. I'm so happy it was not. I made an appointment for the next day. She was on time and attentive to what I expressed the day before. My cut is great. I waited 3 days to post my thoughts on this experience. I wanted to sit with it for a day or two. I left with a very defined curly fro. I pinned it up into a fro hawk. It was awesome . I usually don't wear a wash n go. So I had to get use to the extremely curly coils. My 3 day hair is fab! I got what I wanted. And I didn't have to go all the way back to NYC to get it. Pro: The salon is nice and very clean. The front desk staff was friendly. This is a salon and spa that truly handles all types of hair. A++ staff ( Kyle) who is confident and knows what they are doing. I'm so recommending Kyle to any natural who wants a curly cut. Cons: None I just feel out of like with my hair and back in love with my crown of curly coils.
This by far may have been my best salon visit in my life. I have always dreaded them because I never feel like anyone listens to what I want. Stephanie was the very best stylist a curly girl could have. She asked me many questions during my consultation. She understood that I don't typically go to salons and gave care tips for when I do my hair myself. I was in desperate need of a haircut because my curly fro was getting out of control. She did exactly what I wanted and I left the salon feeling so beautiful and with renewed self-esteem. I highly recommend her for any curly head. It may be a little pricey for some but it is completely worth every penny!
I got my first Deva cut with Stephanie She was very nice and tried to give me natural hair care tips. The Staff over all was very friendly as well. She was able to shape out my curls and maintain length as well. Initially I was a bit doubtful, from so many past experience's but but the end of our session I was very happy. I gave a 4 out of 5 rating only because they do not use the Devacurl line of products, they carry there own line, and well my hair have adapted well to Devacurl and tends to look weird when other stuff used. Overall I would recommend this Salon to others and I would return.
Stephanie is an absolutely amazing stylist!!!!! She gives great cuts for curly hair and really understands what makes curly hair unique! She also knows how to cut hair for all different varieties of curly and wavy! She will give you the cut you ask for, unless it would look terrible and then she knows how to alter it to make the client look fantastic! Stephanie even googled different celebrities at the salon with me so she new exactly what I wanted my hair to look like. She is also a talented colorist and is applying to be a member of the American Board of Haircolorists. If you want a spectacular and stylish cut for any kind of curly girl, you cannot go wrong with Stephanie! She is wonderful, I won't even let anyone else touch my hair.
Stephanie did an amazing job with my hair. I have 3b/3c curls, and have had cuts at Christo Salon on 5th in the city before. However, the $200 price tag and my student budget was not going to work, so I decided to try one of my local salon's "curly specialist. She's not the only curl specialist there. I think Kenya is very good with curls, too. My hair cut is INCREDIBLE! It's bouncy, fuller, and definitely worth more than the $60 price tag. She also does the Deva cut too, but I straighten my hair from time to time and wanted that option.