Dominican Salons

I’m updating this post (originally published on 8/8/08) because I’ve noticed that it gets a lot of hits. Folks are searching for Dominican salons in Philadelphia and if I can use my experiences at a few shops to help, that’s pretty cool right?
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Some background info: Dominican Salons are a good, cheap option if you’re looking to get your hair done. Whether you’re Black, Latina, Bi-Racial, whatever, relaxed or natural, long or short, you can probably get your wig twisted at a Dominican joint.

They employ a method that’s practically the same no matter which one you go to. For example, I go for a basic wash and blowout: Wash & condition, set on large barrel rollers and place you under a dryer. This is one level of straightening your hair. Then you get the hair blown out with a super efficient hand-held blow dryer w/concentrator attachment. The hair is round-brushed to another level of straightness. Finally, the hair is straightened and styled with a flat iron. Voila! Or whatever the Spanish equivalent is of “voila”. In addition to the blowout, they usually do color and relaxers as well as trims and cuts.

Three things to be cautious of: 1). High levels of heat are used. Although they use products that are designed to protect the hair, high heat is not good no matter what. If your hair is natural and you like to wear it curly, please note that you could begin to lose your curl pattern after only a few consecutive straightenings. I suggest opting for the deep conditioning that most salons offer for a small additional fee. 2). Most stylists at the Dominican salons know only two general styles: curly or straight. Know that you may have to restyle when you get home to suit your particular taste. 3). There may only be one or two stylists in the salon who speak English. If this intimidates you, you might feel out of place in the beginning. Hold tight, though, after a while, you get used to it and learn the routine well enough that you’ll be fine.

I’ve visited three salons so far in Philly. See info/reviews after the jump. Check out the comments for other suggestions.  Nuevo Estilo – Hunting Park Avenue between 6th & 7th Streets. I went to NE for about 2 years on a friend’s recommendation. I always used the same stylist, Morena, except for the two occasions she was out. You cannot make appointments here. It’s first come, first served. You walk in and write your name down, then take a seat. Depending on how busy it is, you might get called straight back to get washed. I’ve recommended NE to friends and they generally like their hair. For a blowout I would pay $30. I’m pretty sure they charged me an extra $5 because my hair is natural. I brought my girl with a relaxer and her cost was only $25.

I’d caution against going on Fridays and Saturdays, but you should know better than to sit in a salon on those days. Note that on Sunday and Monday, the salon closes at 5pm but every other day of the week, they close at 7pm.

Don’t be alarmed if your stylist takes out a Corona or some food and gets down in between pressing your strands. That’s the way it is sometimes in there. Oh, and you can probably buy anything from socks to bath mats with all of the hustlemen that come through there. LADIES SOCKS!!!

Maria’s #2 Salon – 3808 N Broad Street (about a block up from Erie Ave; (215)-227-4959). I’ve been going to Maria’s pretty regularly now. I started going there because it’s easier to get to by subway. It’s smaller than N.E. and has less stylists, but when I go it’s never crowded so I’m in and out faster. I have hardly ever had to wait very long, even on a Friday. They do just as good a job of straightening my hair. I see other customers looking well-coiffed as well. While I do think that they do up the curls too tightly, (I definitely leave the salon running my fingers through my hair to loosen up the curl and shake it out the way I like it) I generally like my hair when I’m finished. They use different dryers than N.E. and I’m convinced they run on super turbo nuclear technology. HOT!! A plus, Maria’s charges me $5 less than N.E. They also offer a deep condition for $5. I suggest you opt for it. With all of the heat, it certainly can’t hurt. At least no one there drinks on the job and the space is quieter than the perpetual Fiesta down the street!

Ingris Dominican Hair Salon – 1512 Wadsworth Ave. (215) 248-3060. I had my first visit to Ingris’ last week and I’ll be going back. Not only is this salon more convenient for me because of where I live, but I liked the service I received. First off, the salon was big, well-lit and clean. The staff was nice and they all spoke very good English as well as Spanish. I liked how the shampoo girl gave a scalp massage and asked me whether I liked to be washed soft or hard. The salon had business cards and posted prices. Services range from a typical wash and curl to highlights, extensions and pin curls. My style cost $25. I did not get the deep condition on that visit, though. I will point out that one of the stylists did drink a Corona, but she had the decency to put it in a cup and drink it in the back of the salon! Take that N.E.! I’ll be going back. Hours of operation are M-F, 9-7. Sat, 8-7. Sun, 9-4.

There’s another salon on my bus route home that I’m inclined to try, just to have reviewed it. Even if I don’t go, I’ll try to find out some info about it. I also vaguely remember a Dominican salon on Broad Street closer to Girard Avenue. I’ll see what I can dig up on that. I saw something about a place named Jaelinne’s on another blog. I don’t have any first-hand accounts of that place, so you might want to call or drive by there. They’re at 6334 Rising Sun Ave in the Lawncrest section of the City, (215) 725-4185.

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36 responses to “Dominican Salons

  1. FeFe Fatale

    dominican salons have the assembly line process down pat. the same way asians do at the nail shop. they move fast, lack customer service, but you will most often leave satisfied.

    their shampoos and conditioners arent good for black hair tho. but for the price, you cant beat it. no appt necessary and you can be in and out in less than 2 hours.

  2. NDH, Esq.

    FeFe: that’s so true about the shampoos and conditioners. I see a lot of customers carry their own preferred products in and the stylists have no problem using what you bring. It’s really BASIC service, too.

  3. liz

    Hi,

    I randomly came across your blog while trying to find good Dominican salons in philadelphia. Is there any way to call either Neuvo or Maria’s, or should I just go. Is Maria’s open on sundays?? Please get back to me ASAP. my black stylist is charging a ridiculous 65 bucks now, and my hair needs help.

  4. nina

    I go to NE pretty often also but sometimes the wait drives me crazy I work from 8:30 to about 7 pm each day so the only days I can go is on the weekends so I was looking for a new place to try maybe I’ll go to Maria’s. Thanks. Oh yeah I’m glad you mention the corona thing it use to trip me out. I hear there is a great Dominican Salon at 67th & Woodland but I live in the Northeast and thats way too far for me to go.

  5. KimNJ

    Can someone pls let me know if their is any good Dominican salons closer to South Jersey area

    • madicmd

      I’m from Camden and I’ve been living in Chestnut Hill for 4yrs but I get my hair done no where else but Ramona’s Salon.Its on Westfield ave around 35/37th streets.If you can get over the neighboorhood or the language barrier you will never be dissapointed!There is also another salon about 2 blocks away also.

    • T

      You.would have to go in Camden on mt ephraim ave.

  6. belinda

    Here’s a good one in Pennsauken.
    Foxy Lady Beauty Salon
    5507 Westfield Ave
    Pennsauken, NJ 08110

  7. ive never been to a dominican salon…i love my naps too much to risk it. but i will say, that some dominican products are fantastic!

  8. PrettiPerky

    I love the Dominican salons… thats mostly who I go to here in Atlanta.

  9. SoulJourneys

    Hello diva! When you say natural do you mean like a Mya natural or a straight up “happy nappy” kinda natural. I have very kinky coarse hair and it is color treated and i am trying to order some dominican products. I am leaving my hair natural until I grow at leat 10 inches then who knows?
    Anyway what products do they have?

  10. @ souljourneys: In terms of their products, I’m no that knowledgeable. I do always see them using Salerm styling products which seem to work well. Their shampoos, however, aren’t that great and if you go to the salon, you might want to bring your own.
    By natural I mean “happy nappy”. At least that’s how I started. After several years of biweekly straightening, my curl pattern has loosened now it’s not as kinky or coarse anymore.

  11. KimNJ

    thank you for replying,
    now my hair is natural i haven’t had a perm in over a year. It grows better but still breaks off easily. my question now is, what kind of products can i buy to help with growth and breakage?

  12. @KimNJ: I suggest checking out this site: http://healthytextures.typepad.com/my_journey_to_healthy_hai/
    They seem to have some good product reviews and tips!

  13. GREAT article. I featured it on my blog. Hopefully those salons will get some exposure. My readers are always looking for more info on dominican styles, http://discoveringhair.com/blog/?p=527

  14. Sunny

    I’m black and I dont have a relaxer… Do you guys who go to the dominicans often notice damage to your hair?…..

    • If you get your hair straightened by Dominicans or by any method (at home with a dryer and/or flat iron, hot comb) TOO OFTEN, then yes, you will start to see straight pieces mixing with your curly strands. One side of my hair is curlier than the other. Doesn’t bother me too much because I wear it straight more than curly, but if you’re set on rocking the curly look, I’d say straighten sparingly. Save it for special occasions or when you’re in a style rut. And when you DO straighten, use heat protecting products.

  15. Umm Amiyr

    I’m from Philly and have been going to Dominican Salons for 7-8 years. I’ve done the relaxer, natural and now I have a texturizer which was applied at the roots. I currently go to:
    Kebello Kolors,
    5237 Germantown Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    (215) 848-3848
    Let me tell you Yadira, the owner is really good. She uses high end as well as traditional Domincan products. I took my niece there over the break, she lives in MD, and they did a wonderful job on her head, which is naturally KNOTTY.

    I use to go to a girl over in Frankford,
    Carmen’s
    1920 E. Tioga,located on the corner of Helena and Tioga, 2 blocks east of Kensington Ave.
    (215) 425-0509
    Carmen is really, really good . She was just too far for me to travel. Carmen has hands that seem to grow your hair. Oh, she doesn’t speak any english, however, there is always someone in there that does, and they will translate. The chinese resturant across the street delivers, which works out well while your under the drier.

    • Kelli

      After googleing dominican Salons I found this site I went Kebello Kolors because it was the closest to me and “Umm Amiyr” recommended. My experience was terrible. I went on a Monday around noon I was the ONLY customer in the shop I didn’t get out until 4:20pm. I requested Yadira and I was passes along to 2 other workers while she sat and looked. On occassion Yadira would jump in and “help”. In the middle of getting my hair washed the stylist stop to answer her cell phone to have a personal conversation I sat there with water dripping for about 15mins until she got back to me. Im not sure if it’s the norm but they didn’t use a cape at all so water splashed everywhere, hair all over my shirt. Domincan Shops Im used to they don’t use much oil and spray on your hair this one did. I came out with greezze hair.

      I DO NOT RECOMMEND

      Kebello Kolors,
      5237 Germantown Ave
      Philadelphia, PA 19144

  16. LisaAngelaPamelaRenee

    @Umm Amiyr: Thanks so much for adding that info!

  17. Addy

    There is a new Dominican salon on Olney avenue near Broad. It is on the left if you’re coming down the hill. I have to check out the Wadsworth location…especially if it is clean and well lit. Thanks for the info! Gonna go there today!

  18. Debbie

    Sista’s
    I found a salon in Philly (but I live in DE. Anyone have information on a salon in Delaware?

    Thanks!

  19. bubblin brown shuga

    but whatever you do please do not let them try to cut your ends. you will be walking out with a keri hilson bob whether you like it or not. they have the strangest and most wrongest way of trimming ends. they cut every piece of hair to the same length. have yo ass looking like edward scissorhands for real.

    i go to “sisters” on 145th and st. nick in harlem. everybody leaves happy and luxurious. you can catch me there on any given tuesday or wednesday getting the 10-15 dollar special.

    • T

      I’ve been a victim:(

      • jinette

        Go to Jinette’s Dominican Hair Salon. 1922 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia., PA. 19138. They speak English. Amazing customer service, clean & they do everything from roller sets & blowouts to colors & weaves!!!! They also have specials on Tues. & Weds. roller set & wrap $20 – blowout & wrap $25. U can’t beat that

  20. topoftheclass

    Sisters in NYC is great. They have salons in Brooklyn too and they always get it the way you want it.

    So the procedure in Philly Dominican salons is wash, set(under dryer), blowdry, AND THEN flatiron??? That seems like a lot of heat.

  21. joy

    All this info is great! Now, does anyone know of any domincan hair salons near university city? Maybe between 34th and 50th streets, or nearby.

    • ladibugg

      Hi Joy,

      there was one @ 43rd & Lancaster (just look for the Hello Kitty sign…just kidding :)

      New Style Dominican Hair SalonAddress:‎
      4326 Lancaster Ave
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-1367
      (215) 222-1156

  22. SISI34

    Is there any Dominican salons near the King of Prussia area? I love dominican stylist, but would hate the 40+ min drive to get there!! Let me know!

  23. Therese

    What is the address of the NE salon? Thank you.

  24. Yudy's Dominican Beauty Salon

    Yudy’s is the best in the entire City of Philadelphia!! My hair was short and very damaged. Now it is down my back!!! I only let Yudy do my hair especially clip it she definitely has a “growing hand” as they say! There are othe stylist in the salon that are fantastic but Yudy is number ONE!!

  25. I went to ingris salon on 1512 wadsworth (recommended by blogger) and it was the worst hair dresser ever. I’m from NY so im spoiled, harlem is the home of the wrist flippin roots smokin dominican salon. The first woman when you enter has no technique and does not have the proper tools for a good blow out.

    1. she tried to take me from under the dryer after 25 min. asking me “are you ready?” how the hell would I be ready in 25 minutes? furthermore, you are the hairdresser, why are you asking me?

    2. i wanted my hair straightened at the roots with a lose curl at the end (quite possible and natural in harlem using purple rollers). She uses this big brush and carries it all the way down my hair which knocks all the curl out then tries to recurl it with the big brush. STUPID! my people in harlem use a smaller diameter brush with a hotter blow dryer. they wrap each curl around the brush straighten the roots then hold the blow dryer on the actual curl. then they spiral it with their fingers. I told her how to do it, she says ” no mami they must have been putting something in your hair to do that, you cant get curls with the blowdryer”. THAT is when I got mad. I sat under the dryer for an hour to get curls, if you didn’t mess them up using too big of a brush, I would still have them and your job would take four minutes.

    I had to go home and recurl my whole head. 25 dollars wasted. Do NOT try this place

  26. T

    Very helpful info zip. I appreciate it:)

    • jinette

      Jinette’s Dominican Hair Salon is amazing!!! Very clean, exceptional customer service, & the best Dominican hair stylist in Philly. Plus they have great specials on Tues. & Weds. Roller set & wrap $20 – Blowout & wrap $25!!!! U can’t beat that!!!

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