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    Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    So, one of the ladies here posted a link to an article about Dominican Salons on her blog. I was intrigued because I have never been to a Dominican salon. The salons I got to are usually white but I have been to Black salons and recently Egyptian salons. I don't know of very many Dominican salons here in Chicago but that may be because there aren't many here in the Midwest. I don't know. Anyway please read on.

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    This may be a foreign topic depending on where you live, but most of the east coast ladies will find this to be a familiar subject. I was introduced to Dominican salons approximately two years ago while in Silver Spring, Maryland. I ventured into Mary's Stylists with no appointment and really no expectations. I left with a head full of bouncy hair and self-confidence. I usually play my own stylist but when I do put my hair in the care of professionals I head primarily to Dominican salons.

    So what's the difference between African American salons and Dominican salons?

    I was raised in black salons and I have my good stories – and my bad. The one defining difference between the two is how your hair is managed and what you pay at the end of the visit. For example, when I visit traditional black salons I usually get a wash, wrap and bumped curl on my ends. The process is quite simple and my hair is usually treated with products such as Dudley's, Mizani or Paul Mitchell. A heavy oil such as Kemi is applied to my hair at the end to soften the curl and I always get a coat of Finisheen to keep my tresses glossy as I walk out the door. Does this sound familiar?
    Now onto the Dominican salon. If you're smart you will arrive early because most have a walk-in policy and we all that Friday and Saturdays are busy. It's like hitting the mall on Black Friday. When you arrive there's a whole process – much like ordering from the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld. You nod at the person behind the front desk to be sure they've acknowledged you, you take a seat and you wait for someone to come by and get you.

    You're usually greeted by a person who takes you to the back and sits you down – very little speaking is done. Your hair is washed with products usually with no labels. I've since discovered that some salons use products by Salerm, Lacio Lacio and Alfaparf. Unfortunately, you won't find these labels at your local beauty supply store. Yet, I've managed to find one online store that carries most of their products (click on 'Beauty and Health' then 'Hair Care').

    Once you're washed and conditioned then comes the rollerset. This is where it gets tricky. You're usually spoken to for the first time and asked which color rollers you want. I go with the medium size rollers (gray) so that I have some curl to my hair. Once you're rolled up under the hood dryer you go. Depending on the length of your hair you could be under for one hour or nearly two. The heat is so strong and powerful and yet I've sat under the dryer for ninety minutes.

    Once you're dry, it's time for the infamous blowout.
    The rollers are removed and out comes the round brush and blow dryer. This is the process I've been unable to duplicate at home. The stylist is literally using the roundbrush and the heat from the dryer to straighten your roots and bend your ends. Each section of the hair is treated until your entire head is done. For me, the latter takes approximately twenty minutes and if you're tender-headed I suggest you grab some aspirin. During my visit, I winced in pain every time the dryer came near my scalp but wouldn't you know it I couldn't get over the results once she was done. My hair is usually coarse and rarely holds a curl but she managed to do in one day what I had been trying to do my whole life and I had the nerve to gasp when she said I had to pay $40. The amazing part is that the curls lasted two weeks (yes, I had the nerve to test this) and dare I say it, I didn't wrap my hair not one night.

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    before i went natural i loved gettin my hair done in Dominican salons, they helped in between touch ups cuz they were able to get the roots nice and straight lol..sadly the last time i did go to a regular sister-girl salon, first i tell her the relaxer is burning, (she told me to hold on) then after washing and puttin me under the dryer, she goes to flat iron my hair but dropped the flat iron fresh out the stove on to my neck...needless to say, i left the salon with half a wrap, an icee on my neck a serious attitude and my money still in my wallet...my last relaxer by the way..but if and thats a big IF i was to cut my hair i will definitely let the Dominican ladies work on my hair

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I went to one two times. I stopped going because I didn't know what products that they were using. I also had the languague barrier, I don't speak spanish well and they can't speak english. I didn't feel comfortable in a place where I couldn't understand what everyone was saying.

    However I will say that my hair had it growth spurt while I went to them but my hair also got thin, I think because the products were too harsh.
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I have gone to the Dominican salons and yeah I have seen them do miracles.
    I have seen them make curls on stick straight hair (the clients were Mexican) w/o giving them a perm.
    I have curly hair that I can straighten out myself relatively easy, but one time that they did my hair (I was going to a company party) they put some type of gel/serum in my hair (didn't smell very good) and my hair stayed straight although it rained, I was shocked!

    There prices are very reasonable, I'm always very good w/tips but I am extra generous w/them. The only thing I don't like about most of the salons is that they don't take appointments so I am there a few hours sometimes (I'm used to being in & out within an hour).

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    Those salons have really blown up in Brooklyn. I have heard of people claiming their salon is a Dominican one just to get customers.
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    We have Dominican salons here in CT. I've gone to one w/ my aunt but didnt get anything done, I just watched. I go to a prodominately black hair salon who've I've been going to since I was in elementary school, lol. But I've heard mixed stories about them. Some people that i've talked to said their hair started to fall out, others said their texture was different. Some love them. But I havent given them a chance. I dont let many people put their hands in my hair b/c firstly I have naturally curly thick hair long hair and not many people can handle that, so I dont jump around, lol. But I guess it goes on experimenting. You should try it if its interesting! I just cant take the heat they seem to be using! lmao.

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I've heard they are very good. But I have yet to try one. I've been going to the same stylist for over 10 years and I'm very happy. LOL
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I've heard a lot of good things about them, too. But, I don't know about rolling my hair and then blow drying it. I do, however, roll mine and then flat iron the roots once a week. And, I don't know how the hell she slept without wrapping it. My hair would be a mess.

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I love this thread!
    Since I'm half Dominican I'll chime in with my thoughts. Dominicans are HUGE on hair, especially straight hair. It's a cultural thing that gives the appearance of wealth and status. If you are dark skin, yet manage to have straight silky hair, then the better "off" you are. Even better if you are light skinned!
    Since I was a little girl I was also taught to tame my curls and my little fro. (ha...if my aunties saw me now they'd die!)
    My aunt owns a few hair salons and I have yet to see her or her staff do any type of "natural" hairstyles on ladies with coarse or naturally curly hair. They can straighten the hell out of it though! My sister has ringlets and they made her hair so damn flat I didn't know what kind of machine or products ran through it!
    Now, thats not saying that Dominican hair salons are bad...I just know that I, for various reasons, would not go to one who does not understand my "other" Black half self with my curly hair. I wouldnt take my daughter to one either. Her hair is braided and I have yet to find a Dominican hair salon that can braid hair.
    So if you are looking for slick straight hair, I bet they'd do a great job! If you are looking to wear and grow your hair more natural I would go elsewhere.
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I've been to predominately black salons all my life and just this year I switched over to Dominican Hair Salons. Thus far my experience has been pretty positive. I started growing my perm out in about March of 06 to get my hair back to its naturally wavy state and but still wanted to wear my straight styles occasionally so I paid them a visit. my hair is pretty much the healthiest it has ever been, though this could be a result of my hair being totally unpermed. When i go i make sure i get a deep conditioner and a trim because all the heat from a sit down dryer, a 3500 watt blower dryer, and a flat iron will tear your hair up if you are not careful but tons of growth and good results are possible if you make sure you know what they are doing to your hair. The salon i go to is versatile and offers lot of different simple styles that can be maintained by pin curling at night and I even trusted them to do my color and it came out great. Plus the prices are greats and i'm in and out in an hour and a half top (whereas i'd spend 5 to 6 hours in a black salon) But you have to do a good search, you can't just run into any salon Dominican just as you can't just go with any black salon. If you can find one with a good reputation then I suggest anyone who wants to try something different to give it a whirl.

    For anybody in the MD area check out Luisa's in Silver Spring or The Dominican Beauty Center in Baltimore. They're off the hook!
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    Yea here in baltimore the Domonican Salon are very popular...actually a couple of my homegirls go to them to get their hair done.As fro me, i feel like it is kinda stupid to go to someone to get a wrap done, maybe because im soo use to doing my own wraps.Is it anything else that they do besides wraps?

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I prefer to patronize my own people. I am African-American. I find that the Dominican Salons apply to much heat to the hair. The African-American salons put more of an emphasis on the ideal of caring for the hair and they use upscale products where the Dominican salons normally do not.
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    I prefer to patronize my own people. I am African-American. I find that the Dominican Salons apply to much heat to the hair. The African-American salons put more of an emphasis on the ideal of caring for the hair and they use upscale products where the Dominican salons normally do not.

    I completely agree! Thats exactly what I was trying to get at!
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I currently toggle between Luisa's in Silver Spring and a black salon (MiToni).
    Both use quality products (I ask what's being used and then I google the products)and both maintain my hair to my satisfaction.
    As far as patronizing your own people. I feel that each person should patronize whoever can achieve your hair styling requirements, no matter the race.

    Both my salons charge the same 35.00 for a roller wrap and both get me in and out in less than 2 hours.
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I would love to hear more experiences on this topic. Anyone?
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I'd be weary of using excessive heat on relaxed hair. It's a reciepe for disaster. Heat damages hair and chemicals damage hair, so when you put the two together....

    I wear my hair naturally, so I only visit salons for color treatments, and I plan to go to an Aveda salon for my next one.

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

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    my hair is pretty much the healthiest it has ever been, though this could be a result of my hair being totally unpermed. When i go i make sure i get a deep conditioner and a trim because all the heat from a sit down dryer, a 3500 watt blower dryer, and a flat iron will tear your hair up if you are not careful but tons of growth and good results are possible if you make sure you know what they are doing to your hair.

    That's probably the case as far as the bolded is concerned. Also, esp. becasue you are going to be wearing your hair naturally, you should know that high blow drying temperatures and flat irons can permenantly change your curl pattern. Heat can literarly scorch the hair, hense the bad smell in hair salons. I've seen it with a lot of people, including family members, who have limp, droopy, and scragly curls and coils. I'm not trying to discourage your hair style choices, just trying to let you know what could happen, and sorry if this is redundant.

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I got my hair permed ONCE and NEVER again. My curls were gone and it took me years to get the healthy, ringlet look back!!! It was just like what Twinkle Twinkle described! I hated it!
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I m glad you posted this because I need to get to one. I HATE hot combs, the leave my natural hair permanently straight in some spots. Many Black people have told me that Dominican salons do a great job straightening hair. It all makes sense considering that many Dominicans are of African heritage
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I love the Dominican salons.....even though I only go get a Doobie (as it is called) about once every 3 months....the products are really excellent ...had me ordering some for my home stash off line...Also you don't always have to sit under the dryer and get your hair blown afterwards. I just let the roll it then I have then wrap it around with a million and one pins LOL then I am out the door. Usually when the blow dry a heat protectant (sp) is always used. And for 10 or 15 bucks my hair and my pockets are def smiling.
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

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    I got my hair permed ONCE and NEVER again. My curls were gone and it took me years to get the healthy, ringlet look back!!! It was just like what Twinkle Twinkle described! I hated it!

    Yeah, I had a Dominican friend in high school who had a love hate battle with perms/relaxers. She would always try to stop using them, but couldn't handle the texture difference between her new growth and the permed hair. It was a shame too, because she never wore her hair straight, and her curls were sad and droopy, so she had to scrunch and scrunch and scrunch to get it to look right...

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

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    I prefer to patronize my own people. I am African-American. I find that the Dominican Salons apply to much heat to the hair. The African-American salons put more of an emphasis on the ideal of caring for the hair and they use upscale products where the Dominican salons normally do not.

    Interesting....I guess it depends on where you're from b/c my experiece has been the opposite: African-American salons seem to focus on STYLE which often involves a lotta gelled-up, sprayed-up, micro-hot-curled up styling that looks pretty upon leaving the salon but disasterous the next morning, thereby requiring that I apply more heat to my gooped hair, eventually resulting in damage and breakage (queen of the run-on sentence!)

    I have been patronizing Dominican salons for the past 8 years or so and my hair has THRIVED. Yes, the blow out is definitely Mr. Heat Miser BUT....somehow my chewed up dull hair has morphed into shoulder-length, shiny, healthy, swinging hair w/ no split ends or breakage. I find that they actually use few products on the hair, allowing it to be light and swingy. The look lasts until my next visit (every 2 weeks).

    I have found, however, that they do NOT secialize in style CUTS. If I want a cut, I'll go somewhere else and then back to my Dominican sistahs for maintanence.

    I pay $17 for a wash and set and blow out. $5 more for a deep condit under a steamer, which I adore.

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I wish they had Dominican salons in the UK but next time I'm back the US I'll definately check one out, I'm natural too and I find that black hair salons insist on pressing the hell out my hair aswell as shellacking it with grease to make it sleek; I end up with bone straight hair, but the catch is it doesn't move!
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    NIceee threadd lol.... i am 100% dominican born and razed lol.... yes there is a craze with these salons!! Im from NY... washinggton heights or little dr as they call it where you can find one in every corner.... I love these ladies i have never relaxed or permed my hair that stuff scares me so its 100% natrual.... i have extremly tight curls and if a want straight hair better believe i have to go to a GOOD dominican salon {cuz they arent all good} but i find that they do my hair the best without damaging or burning my hair... also lasts the longest without curling up or frizzing up lol even after a famous night of clubbing... etc i have been to a black person but i had to get up mid hair dew and leave cuz she was doing all kinds of weird things.... But then again everyones hair is different so its justt whatever works for you!

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I am african american and my hair is very wavy curly. I relax my hair 3 times a year and it's past mid back length. I LOVE Dominican Hair Salons...I dont get my entire head blown out ever (maybe like 2x a yr for a special event) I usually get just my "roots" blown and get the doobie wrap. I also bring my own conditioners, shampoos and etc. I find that they are crowded always (my least favorite part of my visit). Also I dont like how they charge by the length of your hair even though I understand...sometimes it will say wash and set $10 or $15 dollars but I ALWAYS pay $25 or more just for my wash and set not including deep conditioners and leave in treatments thats why I started to buy my own products and take them in with me. I've been going to dominicans since I was a teen in HS and now I'm mid thirties so it's all I know. I also agree with some people who have said black salons do use alot of heat, gel, and greasy products to tame the hair and I dont prefer that but again its about what works for you.
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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    I personally cannot go to a Black Hair Salon...I have never been to a Dominican one so I can't speak on that...My hair is so fine and breaks easily. I do not perm it...and I can not do holding gels or sprays, super hot professional flat irons that sit in that oven type thing, freeze curls etc...because my hair will fall on the floor within days. My hairdresser just washes, blow dries it on cool heat and then he flat irons my hair on medium to low heat ...I pretty much keep my hair cuts simple and maintenance free because it grows so fast. I never wrap my hair before bed, I used to have to when it was treated with a lot of oils, gels etc...
    I comb it the way I wear it before bed and all I have to do is light touch ups with the flat iron in the morning

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

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    I prefer to patronize my own people. I am African-American. I find that the Dominican Salons apply to much heat to the hair. The African-American salons put more of an emphasis on the ideal of caring for the hair and they use upscale products where the Dominican salons normally do not.

    It's funny that you feel that way, because I think that of all types of salons, traditional Black salons tend to care more about style and appearance than the actual health of hair, and that they only reach for premium products if it is a high end salon, which is why I haven't been to one since i was in high school which was something teen tears ago, LOL. Of course I can't speak on them all, because I haven't been to them all. I do have two shining examples of ones whose main focus is hair health, but I'm biased because they are run by my friends. They focus more on natural hair, but do perform other services just as well.


    My daughter happens to have the ideal hair type to that seems to looks good via Dominican blow out methods; it's very thick and coarse; however, she gets her hair blown out at a Black salon, or her cousins do it. My daughter and her cousins seem to have a similar hair type and don't have relaxed hair. They do her hair with a ceramic ion flatiron ( so does my daughter's salon stylist), and I swear getting them all together after they've had their hair done is like a Pantene commercial. If my hair wasn't locked, I'd entrust them with my hair for sure.

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    Re: Dominican Salons....is Dominican the new black?

    Dominicans are the only ones who touch my hair here in the US (I'm from Jamaica)...I go to school in Gainesville, FL which is Hicksville so I don't go to any salons here both black or white. Even though my hair is relaxed, my hair seems to be too thick/long for black hairdressers and they always want to do weird stuff to me like line my hairline up (lol i'm not a boy) or apply massive amts of gel or hair oil to my hair (eww) so not unless someone of Caribbean descent (who'll understand my hair) opens a salon here in Gainesville then I shall continue driving all the way to Orlando to my girl Belgica of Salon Dominicano. And they do speak English there but thats not really a problem since I'm of Cuban (father) descent also...Yeah they use alot of heat but since it's so far I only go every 3 months when I go relax my hair and my hair looks AMAZING afterwards

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