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

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Originally Posted by HeavenLeiBlu View Post
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...
I was thinking the same thing.
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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
If you're ever in Jacksonville check out Reflexion Salon! It's the only place I go to and I've referred several lovely ladies there who have also continued to go. It's a Latina owned and run. I've learned my lesson of letting just any hairdresser mess with my curls.
post #33 of 96

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Thanx Mizzbeba, if I'm ever up that way I will definetely give Reflexion Salon a try
post #34 of 96

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Originally Posted by HeavenLeiBlu View Post
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
My past experience exactly....After I left the style was one of those hang your head off the bed to maintain styles...and you had to wash it to even be able to comb it because there was so much gel action goin on
post #35 of 96

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The salon I have been going to for the past few years has 2 black girls & 1 Dominican. The Dominican lady is the one that I always go to to get my hair done & I find that she has a huge following & most of the customers there seem to go to her. Which sucks for me because even when I make an appt. I always am waiting. I remember one day I swore I would never go back there, because I actually spent half a day there getting my hair done because she had so many people she was working on. I tried a few other salons after that. Then I went right back to my Dominican lady because she just does such an amazing job. I just try to go really early in the morning when they first open, that usually helps me to get out faster. I also like that they use very little products so my hair, after she is finished with my blow dry & flat iron, all she puts is in my hair is some Biosilk & I am out the door.
post #36 of 96

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I'm half dominican and went every week for 20 years. They were able to make my tight curly hair perfectly straight. i stopped going because I eventually learned how to do it on my own and have been able to save the 100 dollars a month I used to spend. They are also generally alot cheaper.
post #37 of 96

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I have the weirdest hair texture ever ! It's so thick and coarse but it's not like african american hair. Everytime i go to a hair salon or a typical regular spanish hair salon, even when they blow out my hair it's still looks frizzy and they complain about how much hair i have and how thick it is and charge me a crap load of extra money for that. I gave up and went to a dominican hair salon they opened around my way, and let me tell you, although smoke was coming out of my head as they straightened it the results were amazing ! and i was surprised wen i realized i got a wash, cut, and blow dry for less then 60$. Them dominicans know whats up lol, and i've seen all diff type of ppl walk in there and they leave lookin great. They can basically handle any type of hair texture.
post #38 of 96

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I don't like dominican salons. My first problem is the language barrier. My second problem is the fact that majority of the ones i've been to hide the products they use on your hair so you cant see them. I won't even buy products that don't have the ingredient label on them, let alone have someone put something in my hair and I don't know what it is.. I know good and darn well that is not tresemme' in those tresemme' bottles..
post #39 of 96

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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.

do you prefer to patronize your own people based on nationality?because most dominicans are just as black as AA.yeah some don't admit to this and some hate that we look alike but the only difference is culturally and language.

for this reason they need our support just as much as a black salon does.imo.
post #40 of 96

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Well, I'm 150% dominican and i totally luv the way my girl from the salon takes care of my hair. She does an amazing work
post #41 of 96

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I love it but I hate it at the same time. I have really curly hair, and I just get it blow-dryed. But the only reason I hate it is because how much it hurts when they get to my scalp. But when it's all over with my hair is just... extremely straight and not frizzy at all.
post #42 of 96

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My friend goes to Claudia's in Silver Spring, Md and she loves it. Her hair is very curly. Her hair always looks fabulous after she leaves.

I've also heard from other ladies that the DS don't take care of your hair but I think that probably has to do w/ the salon she goes to.
post #43 of 96

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nevermind...
post #44 of 96

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I love getting my hair done with dominicans the are the only ones that can really cut some good layers and get my hair to curl. I have had trouble finding a good salon in south florida.
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If the salon has Stylist of all races, then what color label does that salon get? I hate to be an ass, but when did salons start getting named based on race? I've been to salons where there are all ethnicities of stylist. If your a true stylist you should be able to style any type of hair regardless of the color of your client. At least that's the way i was taught back in cosmetology school. As a stylist you should broaden the spectrum and perfect your craft by learning how to style different types of hair and also learning different methods for treating all hair types. Just my 2 cents!
post #46 of 96

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I have to say that my experience at the new Dominican salon here in Bronx, NY has shown me what I have been doing wrong all of my life: I put too much product in my hair! I walk out that salon with hair that actually MOVES! It's amazing! The stylist applied a small amount of hairdress to my scalp (she asked my permission) and she sprayed my hair with Organic Root Stimulator's Olive Oil Sheen Spray. I have decided that I will now oil my scalp lightly with coconut oil or avocado oil and will continue to use the oil sheen to moisturize my hair.

Why should I pay $65 for a relaxer(that's without the trim!) from my former hairstylist when I can pay $40 for a relaxer, deep conditioner, and trim at the Dominican salon? When my hair was very short, the black hairstylist would spray holding spray on my hair before curling it or spiking it even after I told her that I do NOT like when my hair is hard. She told me that it was the only way for the curls to stay. Who wants to hear their hair sizzling on a curling iron? Of course one day I lay my head down on my pillow and a chunk of my hair broke off because of the spray/hot flat iron combo. The blow dryer at the Dominican salon is brutal, but the fact that they always roller set your hair first to cut down on the heat is a great thing. They also understand the difference between a trim and a cut! I will stick to the Dominicans!
post #47 of 96

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they're horrible. and not as focused on hair health as they seem. I only go when I'm wearing extensions..
post #48 of 96

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Originally Posted by slvrlips View Post
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.
So I guess it all just depends on your needs, likes & dislikes
Is Luisa's salon the same as Shashelvis? Ive been there, on Wayne ave is SS, and they did an excellent job.
post #49 of 96

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Originally Posted by raphdiaz View Post
do you prefer to patronize your own people based on nationality?because most dominicans are just as black as AA.yeah some don't admit to this and some hate that we look alike but the only difference is culturally and language.

for this reason they need our support just as much as a black salon does.imo.
Exactly. Black is black. Why the need to differentiate amongst our own? No wonder some people think black people have issues!
post #50 of 96

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If the salon has Stylist of all races, then what color label does that salon get? I hate to be an ass, but when did salons start getting named based on race? I've been to salons where there are all ethnicities of stylist. If your a true stylist you should be able to style any type of hair regardless of the color of your client. At least that's the way i was taught back in cosmetology school. As a stylist you should broaden the spectrum and perfect your craft by learning how to style different types of hair and also learning different methods for treating all hair types. Just my 2 cents!

Salons recieve the label based who it's run by, techniques used or the demographic of the majority of it's clientele. It's the same with neighborhoods and churchs (ie. being labeled as black, white, hispanic or asian). Location has a lot to do with it as well (country, suburbs, urban, uptown).

And true, stylists should learn to how to work with all hair types but there are far to many out there who could care less, others still simply choose to specialize in a certain area- such as color, precision cuts, curls, extra long, updos, texture, etc. and there's nothing wrong with that. If I still went to salons, then I would choose someone who was experienced and well recommended with working with hair as long and curly as mine. But race is irrelevant when it comes to skill- after all the best cut/style I ever got was from a bald white guy.
post #51 of 96

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I Love the DR salons and their products........awesome. I am transitioning to natural and they will be my only saving grace for a relaxed look without the relaxer I was sold when my daughter's fully virgin natural hair was blown out and just as bouncy and shiny as my relaxed hair.
post #52 of 96

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

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Originally Posted by couturesista View Post
If your a true stylist you should be able to style any type of hair regardless of the color of your client. At least that's the way i was taught back in cosmetology school. As a stylist you should broaden the spectrum and perfect your craft by learning how to style different types of hair and also learning different methods for treating all hair types. Just my 2 cents!


This should be true or what we would expect, but we all know that is not the case. I have been to different salons,(dominican, white and black). And all cut and styled my hair differently and charged completely different prices. I am hispanic with pin straight that should be pretty easy and to the point when getting a hair cut and styled. Even different spanish people don't leave my hair as nice as most Dominican people. I wont say its all dominican that can do hair b/c I have been to some that dont really know what they are doing. I all depends on the stylist but in my case I would only go to a dominican.
post #53 of 96

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My mom had a really bad experience at one. We were in NY for a family wedding and a friend suggested a Dominican salon to her close by. Let's just say they relaxed her hair- which wasn't the problem. They talked her into a "rinse" but actually gave her a permanent color and a relaxer all on the same day- BACK TO BACK CHEMICAL SERVICES, which is a no-no for most hair types... She had no idea...She went from having hair on her shoulders to looking like she had a mullet. It was very traumatic. Luckily, that was almost 2 years ago and things are better now. She has a really cute bob now and her hair is healthy again. My advice is to proceed with caution. Wash and set, roller wrap, no problem, but I would be weary getting anything more done (anywhere) unless you know they have received the necessary training.
post #54 of 96

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UGH! I went once and had a horrible experience.
I normally just go to the spa near my house and have my hair blow dried straight and flat ironed. NEver Had a perm. Went to a dominican stylist and my hair was SOOOOO dry when she was done I didnt know what to do with myself.
post #55 of 96

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hmmm..at work bored so I clicked this thread cause I hear of these salons but unfortuantely in my part of the south there are none..but I noticed folks was talking about patronizing ur own...

actually I go to a black stylist who doesn't use gel..my hair is healthy, not overprocessed or any of that..she does my relaxer, rinse..and rolller wraps are really popular down here..and I find my hair does better with one..but she has helped my hair to grow and almost cut me when I wanted her to cut it into a bob..lol!

At home I only use Organic Root Stimulator products cause I know that works best for my hair...I don't flat iron it or curl it a lot at home harldy ever...I have had this hair all my life so I should know it by now and I know what will & won't work for me....

It's not about the race but just knowing that ur stylist knows what they are doing, check out their products and telling them what u do/don't like...my stylist knows I have thick sideburns so she knows to line me up...but some women don't like that...u have to know ur hair..imo...

But if we ever get a Dominican salon..I would try it for the hype, if they know what they are doing
post #56 of 96

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hmmm..at work bored so I clicked this thread cause I hear of these salons but unfortuantely in my part of the south there are none..but I noticed folks was talking about patronizing ur own...

actually I go to a black stylist who doesn't use gel..my hair is healthy, not overprocessed or any of that..she does my relaxer, rinse..and rolller wraps are really popular down here..and I find my hair does better with one..but she has helped my hair to grow and almost cut me when I wanted her to cut it into a bob..lol!

At home I only use Organic Root Stimulator products cause I know that works best for my hair...I don't flat iron it or curl it a lot at home harldy ever...I have had this hair all my life so I should know it by now and I know what will & won't work for me....

It's not about the race but just knowing that ur stylist knows what they are doing, check out their products and telling them what u do/don't like...my stylist knows I have thick sideburns so she knows to line me up...but some women don't like that...u have to know ur hair..imo...

But if we ever get a Dominican salon..I would try it for the hype, if they know what they are doing


You know what though, people get so hyped up on "the Dominicans" ( It's not a dis, mijas, please don't take it that way) like they're the only ones who know how to blow out hair. Like I said before, when my daughter goes to a salon to get blown out, it's a Black (American) salon.

Shyste has a great point about knowing your hair. If you don't have some idea of what's good/what works on/for your hair, how in the hell is going to a stranger ( professional or not) going to just magically know and be able to generate the perfect outcome immediately?


I say just stop woman whose hair looks good and get stylist reccomendations from them. Some people are stank and don't wanna share, but I'd rather share good info than refuse o give advice and have some poor woman walking around lookin to' up about the head.


Of course, I can only give salon recommendations for areas that I've lived in ( NYC/NJ/Tristate area, Atlanta/Savannah) but if you insist on trying to locate a Dominican salon near you ( in the US) go to :::RoundBrushHair!:::
post #57 of 96

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Whoa wait, not much talking is done at a Dominican salon?! Anywhere I go that's Latin anything, I get food, advice (even though I never ask for it), life tips, Spanish lessons, hugs, kisses, loud music is playing, people are laughing and joking..

I'm Puerto Rican and there's a salon called Dominican Girls. I definitely wanna try it out, I'll you all know how it goes. I'll get a cut and maybe some extensions.
post #58 of 96

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I go to my Dominican Salon faithfully every week and I wouldn't trade it for the world! Deep conditions and roller sets/wraps. It is the best maintenance hair care I have ever received and I have tried many, please believe it! However, I venture back to my African American salon for my chemical services. Which is not that often anymore, and I attribute that to my Dominican stylist. I used to get relaxers every 6 weeks, now, it's probably every 12-14 weeks. And my hair has grown significantly. It is a little past mid back now. If you can get to one, I highly recommend.
post #59 of 96

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they are everywhere here in NYC but I dont see anything special about them...i stopped going once I joined the hair boards and haven't look back. Many of them don't even have their licenses and I realized I was losing more hair with them than when i did it myself . My conclusion is its just a dominican woman doing some hair...the end
post #60 of 96

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Haha... They really are becoming way popular on the east coast. The thing is, we're really into hair (I'm Dominican btw). From when I was a kid (seriously, I blew out my own hair at 7), my mom taught me how to do a blowout, rollerset, protein treatments, curls, simple haircuts etc... I always joke it's in the blood. I've relaxed my bf's hair *4* times in a short span and when he went to his regular stylist, they were baffled as to why his hair was in perfect condition and super manageable. The Dominicans around my way also do that Brazilian Keratin Treatment, complete with gas masks. We're hardcore, lol.
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