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Alter Ego Impac Ego Treatment with Garlic
#1
Alter EGO Nequal Intensive Energizing Lotion 125ml
#2
Alter Ego Revitalizing Lotion
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Boé Crece Pelo Combo Set II for Hair Growth
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Alter EGO Hair Loss Combination Set
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Alter Ego Nourishing Spa Quench+Care Leave-in
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Alter Ego Garlic Shampoo + Hot Oil Treatment with Vitamin A 1000ml
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Alter Ego Coconut Conditioning Mask
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THE DOMINICAN HAIR SALON EXPERIENCE Tips before going to a Dominican hair salon
How do Dominican women grow their hair so long?

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Aleida Morel - Dominican hair care
Dominican women love their hair! And Dominican stylists know how to make it beautiful and healthy. As a Dominican woman in the USA, I get a lot questions about Dominican beauty parlors and hair care. Like most Dominican women, I spend a lot of time at the hair salon, so now let me tell you why, and why you might want to also!

“This Sunday, I was in the House of Beauty Store where I buy my Dominican Hair Products. They had a new sales associate working there. I told her what I wanted to buy. She thought that I had hair extensions because my hair is so bouncy. I told her no, it's my hair and I showed her my scalp. I told her that I get my hair done at a Dominican Salon and that it is always bouncy and now it is healthy. I no longer have split ends. She was shocked.

“My hair is very healthy since I have been going to the Dominican Salon, Lisflor and using their hair care products. Maintenance is very important and the Silicon Mix Brillo that I use is very good at keeping my hair looking healthy, shiny and conditioned. It's not greasy at all. In hot weather, I use the spray. In cold weather, I use the regular Brillo.

“I have had the most wonderful experience with the Dominican Salons. My stylist won't even put dye in my hair because it is healthy and she does not want to damage it. I use a color rinse. ”
—Margot Osorio, Philadelphia, February 2010

“When I lived in Atlanta, I frequented a Dominican Hair Salon every two weeks and was very pleased with the results as my hair grew like weeds and was thick and healthy. Now that I've moved to Alabama, there are no Dominican Salons anywhere in sight! Since I've moved, my hair has never looked as healthy or grown quite as fast/long as it did when I went to the Dominicans.” —Nikki, Alabama. “I loved my Dominican salon in DC. Going there every other week made my hair healthier than its ever been. I did not have damaged hair until I stopped going and came to the desert. I used to get a shampoo, deep condition and rollerset. After that, they blew out my roots leaving my hair silky and bouncy. For those who don't know much about Dominican salons, techniques, and products... go to: http://www.aleida.net/salon-en.htmlDime, Iraq, 2009.

Aleida.net: Top Ten (+1) selling hair products April-June 2013   (see previous quarters)

#1. Alter EGO Nequal Intensive Energizing Lotion 125ml
#1
#2. Alter EGO Curativ Ego Cren
#2
#3. Alter Ego Revitalizing Lotion
#3
#4. Alter Ego Impac Ego Treatment with Garlic
#4
#5. Crece Pelo Capillary Hair Growth Natural Dropper 4.25oz
#5
#6. Alter EGO Hair Loss Combination Set
#6
#7. Silicon MIX Intensive Hair Deep Treatment
#7
#8. Boé Crece Pelo Combo Set II for Hair Growth
#8
#9. UNA Combination Set for Hair Loss
#8
#10. Alter Ego Coconut Conditioning Mask
#10
#11. Alter Ego Garlic Regenerating System II
#11
How do Dominicans know how to do hair so well?

Dominican people
Dominican people come in all colors.
Most Dominican women have textured hair (el pelo texturado), which needs a lot of attention! And therefore almost every Dominicana goes to the beauty parlor once or twice every week. The beauty parlor is called el salón de belleza or la peluquería. In the Dominican Republic, and wherever Dominicans live, the beauty parlor is a big part of our culture. According to Dominican Times Magazine in 2007 there were 3,250 Dominican beauty salons in the New York metropolitan area! That's a good thing because for our kind of hair, the Dominican hairdressers (estilistas or peluqueras dominicanas) are simply the best. For 500 years, they have been developing techniques of hair care based on washing, drying, and brushing and on the natural tropical products of our country like silk, avocado, coconut, and cinnamon oils; maracuyá [chinola, passion fruit], rosemary, garlic, wheat germ, and aloe (not to mention sole of shoe and snail slime!) for keeping our hair beautiful even in the hottest and most humid conditions! (Read more about Dominican hair-care products.)

Dominican women use Big Rollers
Dominican women use big rollers!
More and more North American women, especially African-American women, have heard about Dominican salons and they want to go there too, because it is really the same kind of hair – a mixture of European, Indigenous American, and African, just like we are! Dominican salons don't like to use hot irons or hot combs or strong chemicals for straightening, they have their own special techniques that are more gentle for your hair. For example, because I go to Dominican salons, I never need to have my hair straightened with chemicals or hot combs!

If you search in Google for "dominican hair salon" or "dominican beauty parlor" you will find a lot of American women who are so happy now that their hair is finally healthy, growing, strong, and full of shine, thanks to a Dominican salon!

WHAT IS “GOOD HAIR” AND ”BAD HAIR”?

In the Dominican Republic, people often refer to pelo malo (“bad hair”) and pelo bueno (“good hair”). Sometimes Americans are upset when they hear these terms, because it seems like people who are more Black or African have “bad hair” and those who are more White or Indian (indigenous) have “good hair”, and therefore it is bad to be African. But a person's race is not so important in the Dominican Republic as it is in the United States; it's just a feature, just part of your look. Most Dominican families have people of all colors; almost every Dominican is a mixture, and almost every Dominican has textured hair. To us, “good hair” is hair that is manageable, because we like to change our look, and our hair style is a big part of our look. “Bad hair” is simply harder to manage. But we do it anyway! That's just one reason Dominican women spend so much time in the salon. Of course some Dominican women like to have natural hair too — a puffy Afro, dreadlocks, cornrows, and other styles — but don't kid yourself, that takes work too!

WHO CAN GO TO A DOMINICAN SALON?

Everybody can go – Black women, White women, and everybody in between; Asian women, Indian women (both kinds!)... Every Dominican salon will want your business and will be glad to serve you, no matter who you are or what your hair is like, or whether you speak Spanish or you don't. But since Dominican salons specialize in textured hair, and especially textured hair that is overprocessed or damaged, they are especially popular among African American women, as you can see if you search Google search on this topic!

I get a lot of questions from Black women about whether they should go to a Dominican salon, or use Dominican hair products. The answer is Yes and Yes! Most people in the Dominican Republic – about 85% of us – are Black or part Black, mixed mainly with European Spanish and Indigenous Taíno people. Most of us have the same kinds of hair as African Americans (such as 3b, 4a, 4b, etc, in the Andre Walker system), so Dominican hair care techniques and products are just as good for African American women as they are for Dominicanas.

The only thing to be aware of is that Dominican women like their hair to be long, and some Dominican salons don't know what to do with short hair. Also, most Dominican salons don't know a lot about styles that aren't Dominican; for example, corn rows. But you never know. Just ask first! (See my hair and makeup gallery to see typical Dominican hairstyles.)

WHAT IS IT LIKE IN THE DOMINICAN HAIR SALON?

A typical salon in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican round-brush technique
When you go to a Dominican Salon like Yani Vanet in New York, plan to spend a good part of the day. It's first come first serve (orden de llegada), no appointments (citas). On the busy days – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, or any day before a holiday – you can wait 2, 3, even 4 hours for your turn. But don't let that stop you, it's fun! A Dominican salon is a very special place for women to gather and “let their hair down”. You will make a lot of friends there! Dominican music – Merengue, Bachata, Reggaetón – is playing, everybody is talking and laughing... and eating! If you have a long wait, you can go to the restaurant and bring back a delicious Dominican meal to enjoy (and share) while you wait; it's the best food there is, and it tastes best in the beauty parlor!

In the salon they use the Dominican or Italian or Spanish hair products – shampoos, rinses, treatments, and conditioners – that are the very best for our kind of hair, and also for brittle or damaged hair (you can see some on the wall in the picture: Alter Ego, RR Line, UNA...). Healthy hair is the first priority of the Dominican stylist! She won't put anything in your hair, or do anything to it, that is not going to make it more healthy.

Hint: If your stylist uses some product that does wonders for your hair, be sure to ask her what it is so you can keep using it in case you move away, or your salon does!

THE BASIC DOMINICAN WASH AND DRY – LEVADO Y SECADO

My hair This is the "Dominican Blowout" that you have heard so much about! We don't call it that, for us it's just the regular lavado y secado (wash-and-dry or roller set).

What I describe here is how they do my hair in the salon once or twice every week. It leaves my hair smooth, full, wavy, and bouncy, the way I like it, without strong chemicals. Different types of hair and different styles have different requirements and can take more or less time.

When your turn comes up (cuando te toque a ti), first you have a shampoo (lavado), from a shampooer or from the stylist herself if she is not too busy. The shampoo might begin with a hot oil treatment. Then when the shampoo is rinsed out, you have 10 minutes in the dryer (el secador) without rollers to warm up your head, and then you have a wonderful scalp massage (un masaje) to stimulate the roots (estimular las raíces), that might be done with some product like a rinse (un rinse). At this point your hair is still wet.

After the massage, a leave-in conditioner (un acondicionador para dejar sobre el cabello) is applied and (if you need it) a special hair treatment (tratamiento, suero, ampollas, gotas) from Alter Ego or Cosmo or RR Line or Salerm or Star or UNA. And then they put in the curlers (los rolos). Big ones (los grandes) if you have long hair, smaller ones (los chiquitos) if you have short hair (el pelo corto) or you want your hair more curly (rizado) or wavy (ondulado). We like to use BIG rolos and the dryers are extra big so our heads will fit!

And then you sit under the big dryer (secador) for an hour! While your hair is drying, you can sleep, or read, or eat, or talk on the cell phone, or chat with the other women, or have a manicure or pedicure, or all of those at the same time! THEN, when you come out of the dryer, they take out the rollers, they spray your hair with a special product for blow-drying like Salerm Brushing Termo Activo or sometimes the stylist's own mixture of water, leave-in, and treatment in a spray bottle. Then they divide your hair into sections, which they brush (cepillar, and sometimes they pull – jalar – hard), and blow-dry (secar a mano) for half an hour, using a big round brush (cepillo redondo) or other kind of brush, depending on the length of your hair and style you want, and whether you want it to fall inward (hacia adentro) or outward (hacia afuera, “con flip”). And that's it!

THE "DOOBIE" AND OTHER SERVICES

Aleida.net: Dominican salons... Hair so soft and smooth after Dominican wash and dry - click to enlarge For women who want their hair to hang perfectly straight without waves, without using harsh chemicals or hot irons or combs, the Dominican stylists have perfected a technique called the doobie or “wrap” or “dry wrap” (envoltura), which is an additional step after the wash-and-dry, in which your hair is brushed and wrapped tightly around hour head, held in place with hairpins or clips and a head scarf, preferably silk. It's like using your head for a curler! The longer you leave your hair wrapped, the better it works, so normally we keep the wrap overnight – it's more comfortable than sleeping in curlers, and less stressful for your hair and scalp. You can re-wrap your hair every night before sleep to make that salon look last! (You can't do this if your hair is too short.)

Of course the Dominican salons have a lot of other services too: trimming the ends (cortar las puntas, I do that every 2 or 3 months), relaxing or straightening (alisado), hair cutting (corte de pelo) and styling (peinado), coloring (tinte), streaks (mechas, rayitos), highlights (reflejos), extensions (extensiones)... they like to work with you to create what you want, as long as it is not something that will damage your hair. When the stylist and the customer work together to create something new, they both get excited!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? – ¿CUÁNTO CUESTA?

For me, the basic Wash and Set is usually $18-20. If I have a hair treatment (tratamiento capilar), it's another $5.00. If they need to apply special oils (ampollas, these are very good for my hair!), another $5.00. To trim the ends, also $5.00. To do the eyebrows (cejas) is $6.00. Cutting and styling and coloring, of course, those cost more.

To save money, many customers buy the hair products they prefer directly from the salon or from my website and bring them each time they have their hair done, and that way the salon visit costs less. Prices vary from salon to salon, and can change from time to time, and also depend on your type of hair and how long it is. But for now, at least, the Dominican salon is a Great Bargain!

COMMUNICATING

In the Dominican salons in the USA, they speak Spanish of course, but they know the English hair terminology. If you know some Spanish, it will be helpful, and for Spanish hair terms you can consult my ENGLISH-SPANISH HAIR SALON GLOSSARY. But anyway, if you show them a picture of what you want in their sample book (muestrario) or a magazine (revista), they will know how to take care of you, and they will do a very good job because they want you to come back again and again, and you will, and soon it will feel like family. Communication comes naturally because for us women, hair is the universal language!

Yani VanetMartha's Unisex Beauty Salon - Manhattan NYCYenni's Grand Salon - Waterbury CTElaine All NailsClass A Unisex Dominican Stylist 
I started by recommending the salons where I have my own hair or nails done in New York City and Connecticut, because I know personally that they do a very good job and if you visit them, you will not be disappointed (tell them Aleida sent you!) But now you can see that I'm starting to receive enthusiastic reviews from visitors to this page. If you would like to send in a recommendation for a Dominican salon that you like, CLICK HERE. Salons that I go to myself are marked with “***”.

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Recommend a salon
Name   (click for website if underlined)
Address (click for map) Town Telephone
USA New York
Martha's Unisex Salon ***
(As of October 2012, this one might have disappeared)
2 Saint Nicholas Terrace Manhattan NY 10027 1-212-280-1200
B&N Condition Beauty Salon 205 East 120th Street Manhattan NY 10035 1-212-410-3460
“I've been going to B&N for the past 20 years; excellent hair care and friendly stylist. I was hooked after I did a home perm and my hair fell out; my stylist, Nancy, restored my hair and I've had long and luxurious locks since. One visit and you too will be hooked! Bielka is the owner; Bielka, Nancy, Miriam and Raquel are the stylists and are all from from the Dominican Republic.” —Helane L., NYC
Kraile's House of Beauty *** 117 Rockwood Street Bronx NY 10452 1-646-345-1199
Specializing in extensions! See photos. Located between Grand Concourse and Walton Avenue, one block north of East 172nd Street.
Yani Vanet Beauty Salon *** 209 East 165th Street Bronx NY 10456 1-718-588-5102
Sonia's Unisex Salon 2530 Boston Road Bronx NY 10467 1-718-519-6733
Ask for Elsa or Sonia. Wash and Set is $30, but that includes deep condition and roller set and blow dry or wrap if you want one. I recommend them for my hair as Elsa nursed my hair back to health! I have African American hair that was dry and breaking and she saved my hair! I 100% recommend this place! And they know how to apply relaxer on your hair safely! 100% recommend!! —Michelle, Bronx NY, August 2013
Villa Unisex Beauty Salon *** 3175 Villa Avenue Bronx NY 10468 1-718-367-8461
“I started going to Villa Unisex Salon @3175 owned by Aris and after two washes I can already see a huge difference in my hair. I am Dominican and when I go I feel at home with both Aris and Jacky, they are both so sweet. I am going every week for now to nourish my hair back to health and then I will start going every two weeks. The most important part, they won't burn you with the blow dryer and never have I been so eager and happy to go to the salon.”  —Josephine, Bronx NY, August 2013
Melany's Unisex Beauty Salon *** 1131 Sutter Avenue Brooklyn NY 11208 1-718-235-9188
Class “A” Unisex Dominican Stylist *** 10-75 Cypress Avenue Ridgewood, Queens, NY 11385 1-718-366-4882
Ask for Juana, tell her Aleida sent you!  This salon recently moved from 10-70 Cypress Avenue, which is “catty-corner” (diagonally) across the intersection with Summerfield Street. The new location is the second door from the northeast corner of the intersection. There is some confusion about whether it is in Queens or Brooklyn, but since 1979, Ridgewood (and Class “A” Unisex) is definitely in Queens.
Estilo Barbershop Unisex 757 Suffolk Avenue Brentwood LI, NY, 11717 1-631-617-6194
Recommended by Juliana F: “I congratulate these women whose gifts and talent this world needs... Hi Aleida, my name is Juliana and I recommend Estilos Barber Shop, they are Dominicans and excellent stylists, and I especially recommend the stylist Yuliana.”
USA New Jersey
Centro de Belleza Mati Mel 944 Summit Avenue Jersey City NJ 07307 1-201-656-6766
Recommended by Leslie, Cliffside Park NJ:Salon Mati-Mel in Jersey City, NJ...the owner and head stylist is Dominican. I LOVE her... I've also sent some of my closest friends to her (including my mother in law) and EVERY SINGLE PERSON has come back to me thanking me for the recommendation. Her work is amazing and she takes excellent care of every client's hair. Her name is Melba. Once you go to her, you won't want to go to anyone else!!!”
Las Mellas Salón Dominicano 5114 Palisade Ave West New York NJ 07093 Español: 1-201-766-3264 English: 1-917-807-0091
Dominican Hair Design 138 South Broad Street Woodbury NJ 08096 1-856-845-1433
Recommended by Iyanna Carr, June 2010: “Hi Aleida! Yesterday I finally went to a Dominican salon! I definitely recommend Dominican Hair Design in Woodbury NJ across from the Pep Boys! I got a wash and blow! Although it cost more than I expected, I think it was worth it. It cost $40 with a $5 tip. I reccomend making an appointment for the morning. Walk-ins are welcome! I went to Lydia and my hair was beautiful! Feels and looks just like a perm! Thanks for everything and your site was very helpful!” (glossary recommended)
Celebrity Style Salon 409 Warren Street Beverly NJ 08010 1-609-747-9770
Recommended by Lisa F: “I just started going to a Dominican hair salon for the 1st time....LOVING my hair stylist, her name is Nellie.”
Lusvianca Hair Salon 1047 Liberty Street Trenton NJ 08611 1-609-278-9209
Recommended by Bernadette, Jan 15, 2013: “I love Lusvianca and have been going there for about a year. When my mother and I first started going our hair was very damaged but now it is shiny, healthy, and full of body. All the stylists are wonderful. However, I usually go to Suri, Viviana, Elba, or Magalys. I totally recommend them.” (See other reviews here, here, and here).
USA Connecticut
Yenni's Grand Salon #2 *** 505 Frost Road Waterbury CT 06705 1-203-573-0794
Recomendation by Kenia, July 2012: “I went and met Daisy and her daughter Yenni. Very very nice people. Daisy wouldn't relax my hair because she thought that it would be too harsh and that I would be better off doing a keratin treatment that would straighten my hair without the harshness of a relaxer. I complained that the keratin treatment was twice the fee of the relaxer but she refused to do a relaxer and explained that my hair would be better off with a keratin treatment. So I agreed. She dyed my hair and then Yenni did the keratin treatment. It was $160. I wasn't planning on spending that kind of money but I wanted to get my hair done and I wanted it to look good. It came out silky, shiny, straight and soft. I am hoping my curls hold out for 3- 4 months like Daisy said, because I don't want to be spending this kind of money every month. All and all, my experience with Yenni's Grand Salon was good enough to make me a recurring client. Thanks for your advice.”
Ooh La La Hair Salon 103 West Main Street New Britain CT  06051 1-860-357-5708
info@oohlalahairsalon.com
Recomendation by K Rosado, October 2012: This past Saturday, I went to a different Dominican owned salon in Connecticut called Ooh La La Hair Salon located at 103 West Main Street, New Britain, CT. I had my hair dyed and then the "crown of head" highlighted...it was only $75!!! And then since I was there, I had the Brazilian Keratin treatment which was more expensive than I had paid before but I just didn't have the time to go anywhere else so I had it done there as well. The Keratin treatment was $150..so it all was $225 for one day. UGH! But I love love my hair. The color was great and the Keratin treatment was also great. My hair is shiny, smooth and soft. The owner/stylist of the salon is Sandra. She used to work in NYC and relocated here. So you get the NYC experience without having to take the 1-2 hour drive down to the City. The salon was clean, ultra modern and the ambience was great. There was no loud talking (I don't mind it anyways but some people do) and the sound system was playing smooth romantic Spanish songs. It was a great experience. I called her that day and she got me in on that day. I definitely am going back.
USA Pennsylvania
Lisflor 510 West Girard Ave Philadelphia PA 19123 1-215-426-7527
Recommended by Margot Osorio: “My stylist at Lisflor's is Tania. They do very good work and they use very good products. They are open Monday through Saturday.”
USA Delaware
Miguel Moda Barber Shop 816 Maryland Avenue Wilmington DE 19805 1-302-622-8812
Recommended by Lakiesha: “Okay, so I know you probably have not visited any Dominican salons in Delaware and I'm here to put one on the map! :) The salon is call Miguels Moda. It is a unisex salon and the go to person is Lucy. She is amazing and does a great job on ALL ethnic hair types! I think you should include the salon on your list because they are really good there!!”
USA Maryland
Alina's Hair Salon Dominican Stylist 7319 Baltimore Avenue College Park MD 20740 1-301-454-0262
Recommended by Tisa D.: “Well, I got my hair done today and I absolutely love it! I'm a bit sad because I have to now contact my former hairstylist to tell her that I will not be returning as her regular client anymore because this is my new spot. My hair is so shiny and bouncy. I had the infamous "Dominican blowout", and I had no idea my hair could get so straight and smooth. It's natual but it looks like I just had a relaxer, and she never flat-ironed it. I also love how friendly they all were. In fact the owner told me that when I come there, "I'm family", that was so sweet. All I got was the blowout with a round brush and that curled it. I told my stylist that I was coming back in two weeks. Right after I came out of the salon, a lady stopped me to ask me if I had just come out of the Dominican salon, and I said "yes", and when I told her that my hair is natural she couldn't believe it. She told me that she was gonna go as well. In fact when I was walking to the garage, she was pulling in and parking. Thank you so much for your site. It's fantastic, and I've learned so much!!”
Dominican Trendz 4825 Allentown Rd Camp Springs MD 20746 1-240-619-5035
“Great Salon. Professional Stylist. Affordable Prices.” –Kelly A.  Near Andrews Air Force Base.
Top Dominican Salon 211 Reisterstown Road Pikesville MD 21208 1-410-415-5448
Recommended by Casandra Nesmith: “Top Dominican hair salon in baltimore, md is amazing. im extremely picky about who does my hair but after my first trim there i was hooked. me and my daughter (whose a natural) go once every three weeks and those three weeks are amazing. our hair stays silky and soft and bouncy! the girls are great and very nice and the environment is clean and relaxing. absolutely love! for a wash set and style with trim for both of us totals to 90$ love that too!”
USA Virginia
Christy's Hair Salon 6332 Midlothian Turnpike Richmond VA 23225 1-804-675-7108
Marianelas Dominican Hair Salons
Henrico
8715 West Broad Street Richmond VA 23294 1-804-562-8631
Marianelas Dominican Hair Salons Henrico 1420 North Parham Road Richmond VA 23229  
Marianelas Dominican Hair Salons Virginia Center Commons (VCC) 10101 Brook Road Glen Allen VA 23059 1-804-266-6424
USA North Carolina
Felicia'a Dominican Salon  1603 S. Horner Boulevard Sanford NC 27330 1-919-777-5900
I was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I moved to North Carolina in 2003 and opened my salon last year; I thought that your readers might like to know there is an authentic Dominican salon in the heart of North Carolina! Gracias mi amol!
USA Georgia
Simone's the Stars Dominican Salon (*) 240 Powers Ferry Road Marietta GA 30067 1-770-875-8224
USA Florida
Jackie's Unisex Beauty Salon (*) 2012 NE 164th Street N. Miami Beach FL 33162 1-305-947-3467
Salon Libby 11913 East Colonial Drive Orlando FL 32826 1-407-574-4466
Recommended by Anny F.: I will highly recommend Salon Libby in Orlando FL. Salon Libby is a traditional and Organic salon with an incredible costumer service and super knowledgeable staff. I came to Salon Libby last year with a desperate need of a relaxer (so i thought) and the owner Libby explain to me what the relaxer was doing to the health of my hair and gave me healthier alternatives and refused to be part of the destruction of my hair. After the information I chose to go with the Organic Keratin. It has been a year now and my hair is fantastic and, better yet, healthy. I get lots of compliments. Thank you Salon Libby! You got me for life!
USA Texas
Caribbean Beauty Essence 102 W Main St Grand Prairie, TX 75050 (Dallas / Fort Worth) 1-972-992-8477
Spence Style Salon and Supply (formerly Studio Salons) 1802 Plano Road, Suite 200 Garland TX 75042 1-469-235-6656
Recommended by Marcel: “This is my Salon and the stylist, Mary Spence, is Dominican. When I leave her salon I don't think their is a star in Hollywood with more beautiful hair than mine. The hair is light bouncy and beautiful. She treats everyone like family. I have three daughters and they all insist this is the only place they will go to do their hair.” UPDATE (March 28, 2014): My Hair Stylist has a new location and name with the same phone number. The old salon name and address was Studio salons on 10455 N Central Expressway, Suite 28, Dallas TX 75231 My hairstylist has moved to a new location on Plano Rd in Garland. The decor is very nice and one of her daughters is a Stylist now also.  My hair is beautiful and bouncy as usual with Mary. If you want to keep your natural hair and wear it straight Mary and Annalise are hair genies.  This location is very convenient too. True Dominican Hairstylists.
Canada
Martha Beauty Centre (*) 2708 Sheppard Ave West Toronto, Ontario M9M 0B5 Canada 1-416-746-3127
United Kingdom (England, UK)
Hair Dominican Republic 55 Brixton Road London SW9 6BU, England +44 07765245338
Recommended by Lauriane Conné-Bizy:  “I found a Dominican salon in London, the owner is very nice and very professional!”
France
María Dolores Institut de Paris Salon Dominicain 167, rue Saint Martin 75003 Paris, France +33 01 42 76 00 20
Youtube:   Promo   /   Interview   ||   Miss-afro.com: Review
Salon Miss Keyssy (*) 24 rue Étiene Huyard 33300 Bordeaux, France +33 05 56 04 14 10
Germany (Deutschland)
Salón Las Bonitas Kaiserstraße 60 60329 Frankfurt a.M., Germany +49 69 36 70 76 10
The Netherlands (Holland, Nederland)
Hairstudio Future Coupes Kinkerstraat 2 1053 DT Amsterdam Netherlands +31 06-17627729
* Recommended by a reader.
*** Recommended by Aleida.

The majority of Dominican salons are excellent but for me Miguelina's Yani Vanet Beauty Salon in the Bronx (New York City), and Martha's in Manhattan, are among the very best. In Connecticut I recommend Yenni's Grand Salon #2 in Waterbury.

I have been going to Miguelina ever since I came to this country. She is near the 167th and Grand Concourse subway stop. It's like a second home to me, where I can relax and laugh and be myself among friends. The stylists are friendly and nice and they are VERY good to my hair! In fact, they care about my hair as much as I do, and that is a lot! Every week we work together to create new and different and exciting looks for me, and every time I go Miguelina, or Martha, or Yenni's, I know that I am going to feel Very Good when they finish with my hair. And every time I leave those salons, I feel happy. And beautiful!   Take a look!

Dominican women have a special relationship with their beauty salons, so Dominican salons are usually found in places where a lot of Dominicans live. In the United States, the biggest Dominican populations are in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Here are some maps that show you exactly where to find all the Dominicans, from the 2004 Migration Policy Institute report, The Dominican Population in the United States: Growth and Distribution:

USA The Northeast The New York Metropolitan Area Massachusetts Florida

Hint: If you are planning to move and you want to be near a Dominican salon in your new location, you should check these maps first! Good choices would be New York City (West Bronx or Upper Manhattan); Boston or Lawrence MA; Providence RI; Miami FL; Northeastern New Jersey (Bergen, Passaic, Paterson, Union City, Newark); Sleepy Hollow or Haverstraw NY; Philadelphia PA.

To search for a Dominican salon near you, enter the location into one or both of the search boxes below. The Google box asks Google to search for any pages about Dominican salons that also mention the location tht you enter. You can put the city or town and state (you can use the 2-letter abbreviation, for example “bronx ny” or “new haven ct” or “marietta ga”), or a zipcode, or anything else to identify the location. The results will probably include a lot of questions like "Does anybody know where to find a Dominican salon in Bismarck, North Dakota?" but if you look at all the results maybe you will also find some answers.

Dominican Salon Locator: Google

Then to get a different set of results, do another search in Superpages.com (telephone book business listings); this search finds all the salons in or near the location that you give that have "dominican" in their name. Put the city and state (for example "union nj") and/or a Zip code (CLICK HERE for help):

Dominican Salon Locator: SuperPages® Yellow Pages   [USA only]

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