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How Do I Choose the Best Hair Braiding Salons?

Lainie Petersen
Updated May 17, 2024
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One of the best ways of finding quality braiding services is to ask people whose hair you admire for a referral to the hair braiding salons that they patronize. Another option is to research reviews of hair braiding salons in your area on consumer websites. Other things to think about include the licensing and training of a salon’s braiders, the cost of its services, and whether the location of the salon is convenient to where you live or work.

Finding a good hair stylist typically involves finding someone who has strong hairdressing skills who is also willing to listen to his or her clients. When searching for hair braiding salons, look for examples of its stylists’ work. Personal referrals are always a good idea, but you may also want to check out photographs on the hair braiding salon’s website. You should also pay attention to what people have to say about the stylist’s listening and communication skills. If you decide to visit a hair braiding salon because you like the work you have seen in photographs or worn by other people, make sure to find out whether the stylist who actually performed the work you admire is at the salon and that you can get an appointment with him or her.

Another thing to think about is whether you are going to want a salon that provides other services. Some hair braiding salons only braid hair, while others perform haircuts, manicures, and waxing. For the sake of convenience, you may wish to choose a full-service salon over a specialty establishment if you frequently make use of personal appearance services. Pricing is also a concern for many people, although you may find that the hair braiding salons that charge more also offer better service, requiring fewer maintenance visits. A good salon will typically offer free consultations so that you can get information about services and pricing before making a commitment.

It’s a good idea to find out whether a salon is licensed to offer services in your area and whether its employees are likewise trained and licensed. In some areas of the United States, for example, hair braiders may be required to have a standard cosmetologist’s license, while in other areas they may be exempt from licensure or permitted to apply for a limited license. If you are concerned about a braider's credentials, ask about them or look for his or her license or diploma on the salon’s walls.

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Discussion Comments

By ddljohn — On Apr 02, 2012

@turquoise-- Have you tried forums? I think you may have better luck with those than the actual store websites, people tend to be pretty honest on forums.

You could also go to the store and ask them if you could call one of their customers. Or you could ask to stop by while a customer is getting a braid and see it for yourself. If you've had your hair braided before, it will give you an idea about how much expertise they have and if you like their work.

I don't see why a salon would refuse to let you see their work or speak to other customers if they are a good salon.

By turquoise — On Apr 01, 2012

@burcidi-- What do you do if you're new somewhere and don't know anyone?

I just moved to a new state and I don't have any acquaintances or friends here. So I have no one to ask for recommendations. I found out that there are a couple of hair braiding salons in the area. Two are general salons that do everything and one is only for hair braiding.

I checked out the store profiles online and there are a few reviews there. But I heard that stores log in with different names and write reviews themselves. And most of the reviews are positive which makes it a bit questionable.

I don't want my hair to be ruined but I need to have it braided soon. I don't know what to do.

By burcidi — On Apr 01, 2012

I've had several bad experiences before with hair stylists who were not very experienced and didn't really know what they were doing. The only way to make sure that you're working with someone who is good at what they do is to speak to other customers. I always seek other people's opinion before I go to a new hair braiding salon or stylists.

And just because you go to a certified salon doesn't mean that they have a lot of experience braiding hair. I've had lots of stylists braid my hair who worked out of home and not at a salon. And they did some of the best braids I've had.

So the key I think is to find out if they're reliable and have experience. I don't worry about the stylist working at a well known salon or not.

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