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shay
10-11-2009, 04:52 PM
Can anyone recommend a good salon in Boston? After years of being loced I cut my locks off a few months ago and am looking for a salon that works with loose natural hair. Someone had recommended a shop to me but I cannot remember the name. Thanks.

Shay

redecouverte
10-11-2009, 05:42 PM
Hey
I don't know a good salon in Boston where they cater natural hair. I used to go to His n hers on mass ave when i used to have re.l.a.x.e.d hair as well as structure in Dorchester. I had a great experience in both salons. However I don't know any natural hair salons in Boston.

dancingbtrfly
11-28-2009, 07:32 AM
Can anyone recommend a good salon in Boston? After years of being loced I cut my locks off a few months ago and am looking for a salon that works with loose natural hair. Someone had recommended a shop to me but I cannot remember the name. Thanks.

Shay


OMG- You and I are in the same boat!! I had my locs for 12 years and took them down. I know of one shop but it's a bit pricey. Simply Erin's in Cambridge caters to natural hair. I'm in the process of looking for a shop as well (I just don't have the dough to roll with Erin right now she's really good though) Keep me posted if you hear anything different. We can't be the only Boston naturals on the boards....can we?!
:(

shay
11-28-2009, 01:54 PM
I have heard of Erin's but didn't know anyone who went there. The other place I heard of (cannot remember name though) got rave reviews but was definitely pricier than Erin's. I will keep you posted though if I hear anything.

dancingbtrfly
11-28-2009, 07:37 PM
I have heard of Erin's but didn't know anyone who went there. The other place I heard of (cannot remember name though) got rave reviews but was definitely pricier than Erin's. I will keep you posted though if I hear anything.

There was a place called Salon Red (I think) on Newbury Street but I think it closed. I will ask my friend who went there. BTW I started a group for New England Nappturals...will you join please?? :)

BlackOnyx03
12-28-2009, 07:17 AM
Hi ladies!

I just wanted to add my two cents. I've been in Boston for quite awhile now and the natural hair pickings are just slim. You'd think with ALLLLLL the black folks we have in Boston there'd be more options for natural hair care than we have. Anywho, here's what I've found over the years:

If you have locs, there's...


Muriel's Natural Hair Studio (my two cents: SUPER GHETTO! Avoid! This place started my locs, and it just got to the point where I couldn't go back. - http://www.yelp.com/biz/muriels-natural-hair-studio-dorchester-center)
Fresh Start Salon (my two cents: These are Muriel's relatives, but the salon atmosphere is a tad bit better - http://www.yelp.com/biz/fresh-start-natural-hair-salon-dorchester)
Royal Tree Barber Shop (my two cents: I've never been there, but I literally stopped a complete stranger on the street with GORGEOUS!!!! locs and she recommended her stylist Belinda -- http://www.myspace.com/royaltreebarbershop)

Note: Neither Muriel's or Fresh Start does a particularly good job catering to anyone who does NOT have locs. In fact, I think Muriel's has become what old heads on this board used to call a "loc mill" -- so much so that I think I saw ONE person who did not have locs in my two years of going there.)


If you have a TWA or small fro, there's...


Royal Tree Barber Shop (my two cents: again, I've never been there, but from the MySpace pics it looks like Belinda could maintain this for you, even though she tends to have largely male clientele who are getting elaborate designs shaved into their heads -- http://www.myspace.com/royaltreebarbershop)


If you have Sisterlocks/Brotherlocks, there's...


Martine Bernard - http://www.karendrummey.com/BostonSisterlocks/index.html
Jacqueline Ashby - http://public.fotki.com/jlmashby/ and http://www.hairstoyounaturally.com/


If you have loose napps, there's...


Simply Erinn's (my two cents: very expensive and the service isn't particularly friendly or efficient) -- http://www.simplyerinns.com/)
Salon Ambiance (my two cents: there used to be a stylist there named Shanita who twisted my locs and sometimes did cornrows and basic natural styles. She doesn't work there anymore, but you can PM me and I can try to send you her cellphone number. There may be other stylists at the salon who can do your hair, though I have to warn you that the place is nice overall but definitely has a different vibe since it changed locations and had turnover in the staff. It's a nice place still, but probably not as nice as this review suggests -- http://www.yelp.com/biz/salon-ambiance-by-alexandreas-mattapan)
Liz's Hair Care (my two cents: I've never tried this place, though I'm also surprised to hear that they retwist locs since I distinctly remember calling them when I wanted to get some and being told over the phone that they didn't do locs. It does seem that they can do loose napps though -- http://www.yelp.com/biz/lizs-hair-care-roxbury-crossing#hrid:wqM7fv5UHk9cn_OUcyM0Nw/src:search/query:%22natural%20hair%22 and http://www.lizhaircare.com/services.htm)
Olive's (my two cents: When you look at this website, you wouldn't think they do natural hair at all, but I've anecdotally heard over the years that naturals do get serviced here. -- http://olivestextures.com/ and http://www.yelp.com/biz/olives-beauty-salon-chestnut-hill)


Lastly, a couple of years back when I frequented a message board that was a forerunner to this one (though nowhere near as nice and organized), I received an email from a local stylist who was in cosmetology school and hoping to have her own salon one day. I never followed up, so I don't have any personal experience to relate. But for what it's worth, here's the message she sent me:

--- Zenda Walker zwalker2@hotmail.com wrote:
>
> > Hello [MY NAME]. I am still available for styling. I
> > do all natural styles
> > (extensions, two-strand twists, silky twists,
> > traditional locks,
> > sisterlocks, cornrows, flat-twists, press-n-curl,
> > etc.). I also just
> > completed my cosmetology program and will be getting
> > my license March 5th.
> > I work from home, but on occasion bring my clients
> > to my cosmetology school
> > salon for full-service appointments. Feel free to
> > contact me when you are
> > ready for an appointment.
> >
> > 617-669-3831
> >
> > I look forward to your call.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Zenda

BlackOnyx03
12-28-2009, 07:22 AM
There is a natural hair meet-up group in Boston. If you join the group ($4 membership) you can chat one-on-one with other members and find out how they get their hair done!

http://www.meetup.com/Napptural/

BlackOnyx03
12-28-2009, 03:54 PM
Hi ladies!

I just wanted to add my two cents. I've been in Boston for quite awhile now and the natural hair pickings are just slim. You'd think with ALLLLLL the black folks we have in Boston there'd be more options for natural hair care than we have. Anywho, here's what I've found over the years:

If you have locs, there's...


Muriel's Natural Hair Studio (my two cents: SUPER GHETTO! Avoid! This place started my locs, and it just got to the point where I couldn't go back. - http://www.yelp.com/biz/muriels-natu...chester-center (http://www.yelp.com/biz/muriels-natural-hair-studio-dorchester-center))
Fresh Start Salon (my two cents: These are Muriel's relatives, but the salon atmosphere is a tad bit better - http://www.yelp.com/biz/fresh-start-...lon-dorchester (http://www.yelp.com/biz/fresh-start-natural-hair-salon-dorchester))
Royal Tree Barber Shop (my two cents: I've never been there, but I literally stopped a complete stranger on the street with GORGEOUS!!!! locs and she recommended her stylist Belinda -- http://www.myspace.com/royaltreebarbershop)

Note: Neither Muriel's or Fresh Start does a particularly good job catering to anyone who does NOT have locs. In fact, I think Muriel's has become what old heads on this board used to call a "loc mill" -- so much so that I think I saw ONE person who did not have locs in my two years of going there.)


If you have a TWA or small fro, there's...


Royal Tree Barber Shop (my two cents: again, I've never been there, but from the MySpace pics it looks like Belinda could maintain this for you, even though she tends to have largely male clientele who are getting elaborate designs shaved into their heads -- http://www.myspace.com/royaltreebarbershop)


If you have Sisterlocks/Brotherlocks, there's...


Martine Bernard - http://www.karendrummey.com/BostonSi...cks/index.html (http://www.karendrummey.com/BostonSisterlocks/index.html)
Jacqueline Ashby - http://public.fotki.com/jlmashby/ and http://www.hairstoyounaturally.com/
Natural Kinks by Valena - http://www.myspace.com/naturallykinkysisterlocks


If you have loose napps, there's...


Simply Erinn's (my two cents: very expensive and the service isn't particularly friendly or efficient) -- http://www.simplyerinns.com/)
Salon Ambiance (my two cents: there used to be a stylist there named Shanita who twisted my locs and sometimes did cornrows and basic natural styles. She doesn't work there anymore, but you can PM me and I can try to send you her cellphone number. There may be other stylists at the salon who can do your hair, though I have to warn you that the place is nice overall but definitely has a different vibe since it changed locations and had turnover in the staff. It's a nice place still, but probably not as nice as this review suggests -- http://www.yelp.com/biz/salon-ambian...dreas-mattapan (http://www.yelp.com/biz/salon-ambiance-by-alexandreas-mattapan))
Liz's Hair Care (my two cents: I've never tried this place, though I'm also surprised to hear that they retwist locs since I distinctly remember calling them when I wanted to get some and being told over the phone that they didn't do locs. It does seem that they can do loose napps though -- http://www.yelp.com/biz/lizs-hair-ca...ural%20hair%22 (http://www.yelp.com/biz/lizs-hair-care-roxbury-crossing#hrid:wqM7fv5UHk9cn_OUcyM0Nw/src:search/query:%22natural%20hair%22) and http://www.lizhaircare.com/services.htm)
Olive's (my two cents: When you look at this website, you wouldn't think they do natural hair at all, but I've anecdotally heard over the years that naturals do get serviced here. -- http://olivestextures.com/ and http://www.yelp.com/biz/olives-beaut...-chestnut-hill (http://www.yelp.com/biz/olives-beauty-salon-chestnut-hill))


Lastly, a couple of years back when I frequented a message board that was a forerunner to this one (though nowhere near as nice and organized), I received an email from a local stylist who was in cosmetology school and hoping to have her own salon one day. I never followed up, so I don't have any personal experience to relate. But for what it's worth, here's the message she sent me:

--- Zenda Walker zwalker2@hotmail.com wrote:
>
> > Hello [MY NAME]. I am still available for styling. I
> > do all natural styles
> > (extensions, two-strand twists, silky twists,
> > traditional locks,
> > sisterlocks, cornrows, flat-twists, press-n-curl,
> > etc.). I also just
> > completed my cosmetology program and will be getting
> > my license March 5th.
> > I work from home, but on occasion bring my clients
> > to my cosmetology school
> > salon for full-service appointments. Feel free to
> > contact me when you are
> > ready for an appointment.
> >
> > 617-669-3831
> >
> > I look forward to your call.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Zenda

If you're looking for online/in-person support...


There is a natural hair meet-up group in Boston. If you join the group ($4 membership) you can chat one-on-one with other members and find out how they get their hair done! -- http://www.meetup.com/Napptural/
There is also a Yahoo! group for Boston naturals, though it hasn't been very active lately. -- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/boston_naturals/

dancingbtrfly
12-29-2009, 01:34 AM
Hi ladies!

I just wanted to add my two cents. I've been in Boston for quite awhile now and the natural hair pickings are just slim. You'd think with ALLLLLL the black folks we have in Boston there'd be more options for natural hair care than we have. Anywho, here's what I've found over the years:

If you have locs, there's...


Muriel's Natural Hair Studio (my two cents: SUPER GHETTO! Avoid! This place started my locs, and it just got to the point where I couldn't go back. - http://www.yelp.com/biz/muriels-natu...chester-center (http://www.yelp.com/biz/muriels-natural-hair-studio-dorchester-center))
Fresh Start Salon (my two cents: These are Muriel's relatives, but the salon atmosphere is a tad bit better - http://www.yelp.com/biz/fresh-start-...lon-dorchester (http://www.yelp.com/biz/fresh-start-natural-hair-salon-dorchester))
Royal Tree Barber Shop (my two cents: I've never been there, but I literally stopped a complete stranger on the street with GORGEOUS!!!! locs and she recommended her stylist Belinda -- http://www.myspace.com/royaltreebarbershop)

Note: Neither Muriel's or Fresh Start does a particularly good job catering to anyone who does NOT have locs. In fact, I think Muriel's has become what old heads on this board used to call a "loc mill" -- so much so that I think I saw ONE person who did not have locs in my two years of going there.)


If you have a TWA or small fro, there's...


Royal Tree Barber Shop (my two cents: again, I've never been there, but from the MySpace pics it looks like Belinda could maintain this for you, even though she tends to have largely male clientele who are getting elaborate designs shaved into their heads -- http://www.myspace.com/royaltreebarbershop)


If you have Sisterlocks/Brotherlocks, there's...


Martine Bernard - http://www.karendrummey.com/BostonSi...cks/index.html (http://www.karendrummey.com/BostonSisterlocks/index.html)
Jacqueline Ashby - http://public.fotki.com/jlmashby/ and http://www.hairstoyounaturally.com/
Natural Kinks by Valena - http://www.myspace.com/naturallykinkysisterlocks


If you have loose napps, there's...


Simply Erinn's (my two cents: very expensive and the service isn't particularly friendly or efficient) -- http://www.simplyerinns.com/)
Salon Ambiance (my two cents: there used to be a stylist there named Shanita who twisted my locs and sometimes did cornrows and basic natural styles. She doesn't work there anymore, but you can PM me and I can try to send you her cellphone number. There may be other stylists at the salon who can do your hair, though I have to warn you that the place is nice overall but definitely has a different vibe since it changed locations and had turnover in the staff. It's a nice place still, but probably not as nice as this review suggests -- http://www.yelp.com/biz/salon-ambian...dreas-mattapan (http://www.yelp.com/biz/salon-ambiance-by-alexandreas-mattapan))
Liz's Hair Care (my two cents: I've never tried this place, though I'm also surprised to hear that they retwist locs since I distinctly remember calling them when I wanted to get some and being told over the phone that they didn't do locs. It does seem that they can do loose napps though -- http://www.yelp.com/biz/lizs-hair-ca...ural%20hair%22 (http://www.yelp.com/biz/lizs-hair-care-roxbury-crossing#hrid:wqM7fv5UHk9cn_OUcyM0Nw/src:search/query:%22natural%20hair%22) and http://www.lizhaircare.com/services.htm)
Olive's (my two cents: When you look at this website, you wouldn't think they do natural hair at all, but I've anecdotally heard over the years that naturals do get serviced here. -- http://olivestextures.com/ and http://www.yelp.com/biz/olives-beaut...-chestnut-hill (http://www.yelp.com/biz/olives-beauty-salon-chestnut-hill))


Lastly, a couple of years back when I frequented a message board that was a forerunner to this one (though nowhere near as nice and organized), I received an email from a local stylist who was in cosmetology school and hoping to have her own salon one day. I never followed up, so I don't have any personal experience to relate. But for what it's worth, here's the message she sent me:

--- Zenda Walker zwalker2@hotmail.com wrote:
>
> > Hello [MY NAME]. I am still available for styling. I
> > do all natural styles
> > (extensions, two-strand twists, silky twists,
> > traditional locks,
> > sisterlocks, cornrows, flat-twists, press-n-curl,
> > etc.). I also just
> > completed my cosmetology program and will be getting
> > my license March 5th.
> > I work from home, but on occasion bring my clients
> > to my cosmetology school
> > salon for full-service appointments. Feel free to
> > contact me when you are
> > ready for an appointment.
> >
> > 617-669-3831
> >
> > I look forward to your call.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Zenda

If you're looking for online/in-person support...


There is a natural hair meet-up group in Boston. If you join the group ($4 membership) you can chat one-on-one with other members and find out how they get their hair done! -- http://www.meetup.com/Napptural/
There is also a Yahoo! group for Boston naturals, though it hasn't been very active lately. -- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/boston_naturals/


Thanks so much for the great information!!! I moved to Boston for a second time last year and at the time I had locs. Now I am a loosie who is struggling to care for my hair. BTW I started a group here on NP called New England Nappturals- Boston and Beyond. There are only three of us so far but we'd love to have more! Please feel free to join us.

@ Onyx are you a member of the meetup? I am emailing the mod now! You rock...thank you soooooo much.

Steph

shay
01-17-2010, 07:33 PM
Thanks for these recommendations, yeah I went to Fresh Start years ago when I had locs and I agree with what you said. Man, its a desert out here in New England for naturals. I am in Maine and we do have one half way decent shop I may just go back there since traveling to Boston to not get anything better in Maine would just be a waste of time.

JazzWife
01-24-2010, 11:54 PM
I'm in the Boston area, too and LOL on the two cents information. I've been to Muriel's and I have to agree, which is why I'm over here laughing. When my son was trying to loc, we visited there. I just wasn't feeling it.

I'll check out Errin's. Its exciting just to have another option to explore. But you all are right; Boston is a wasteland for naturals. Jeesh! I hope that wasn't too harsh. lol

Naturalohwhatafeeling
01-25-2010, 04:42 AM
Hi Ladies,
I was in Boston for 5 months working this past year and she is a lovely person, very positive, i am from NC so i was like dang boston has NO WHERE to go and i had to search but i found her right before i left to come back home. I know that she does loose hair beautifully! She has sister locs so she might attend to locked hair too hope this helps! If ya go tell her vercie said hello and I def. miss her!

shay
01-30-2010, 02:41 PM
I'm in the Boston area, too and LOL on the two cents information. I've been to Muriel's and I have to agree, which is why I'm over here laughing. When my son was trying to loc, we visited there. I just wasn't feeling it.

I'll check out Errin's. Its exciting just to have another option to explore. But you all are right; Boston is a wasteland for naturals. Jeesh! I hope that wasn't too harsh. lol

I definitely wouls like to hear your thoughts on Erin's if you go. Since I had thought about going there at some point in the future. At least they have a website.

vonxbaybee
07-10-2010, 04:50 PM
I am looking for a salon in Boston MA where I can go and get my hair BC'd for the second time. I want a place that ACTUALLY knows about natural hair! Please any suggestions are welcome!

- Shavon :)

adnamaj
07-19-2010, 03:17 AM
Good luck I've been looking for the longest time!

galeb
07-19-2010, 07:59 PM
You're like me, I want the person that cuts my hair to be a natural hair specialist, not a perm, cut, weaveologist.

VivaciousE
09-23-2010, 03:56 AM
Natural Kinks of Boston
By Appointment Only
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 312-2274
Fresh Start Natural Salon
373B Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
(617) 825-6027
Muriel's Natural Hair Care
768 Blue Hill Avenue
Dorchester Center, MA 02124
(617) 282-5386
Royal Tree Hair Care & Barber Salon
162 Norfolk Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-436-3800
Marlena's Unisex Hair Salon
900 Main Street
Woburn, MA 01801
(617) 817-0416

shay
09-23-2010, 01:53 PM
Unless they changed last time I was at Fresh Start they only did locs. I went to them years ago when I started my locs.

Mz Bajan
09-23-2010, 01:56 PM
^^^ i don't think they've changed....

00bring654
02-14-2011, 09:59 PM
Wanted to confirm that Fresh Start is primarily for dreadlocks, they'll do fades / lineups as there is a barber - but itd primarily dreadlock-focused

00bring654
02-14-2011, 10:11 PM
Just in case anyone has been on the rabid hunt for salons in Boston that have websites or some kind of online presence the other website for Simply Erinn's http://www.simplyerinns.com/home.html

She also appears to be on Facebook but hasn't updated in afew years...

Has anyone ventured out to Simply Erinns yet and has some feedback? Her salon seems to be pretty highly rated on Yelp - http://www.yelp.com/biz/simply-erinns-cambridge
so, I may take the dive this week and will DEFINITELY post a review for the Boston folks out there!

I don't understand the different "Levels" on her site though where the services are listed: http://www.simplyerinns.com/home.html - is that a standard salon pricing list? Anyone know the logic to it? I've never been to a salon since being natural for 13years (note: I usually had a large afro or caesar, I never treated it well, am only learning now!) so maybe its common... I just wouldnt want to expect Level 1 for a deep moisturizer, trim, and clipper cut and end up with a level 3 and collapse from sticker shock!

Ill ask when I call too, but if anyone has insider info, let me know!

shay
03-30-2011, 12:47 AM
Just in case anyone has been on the rabid hunt for salons in Boston that have websites or some kind of online presence the other website for Simply Erinn's http://www.simplyerinns.com/home.html

She also appears to be on Facebook but hasn't updated in afew years...

Has anyone ventured out to Simply Erinns yet and has some feedback? Her salon seems to be pretty highly rated on Yelp - http://www.yelp.com/biz/simply-erinns-cambridge
so, I may take the dive this week and will DEFINITELY post a review for the Boston folks out there!

I don't understand the different "Levels" on her site though where the services are listed: http://www.simplyerinns.com/home.html - is that a standard salon pricing list? Anyone know the logic to it? I've never been to a salon since being natural for 13years (note: I usually had a large afro or caesar, I never treated it well, am only learning now!) so maybe its common... I just wouldnt want to expect Level 1 for a deep moisturizer, trim, and clipper cut and end up with a level 3 and collapse from sticker shock!

Ill ask when I call too, but if anyone has insider info, let me know!

Did you ever go to Simply Erin's? I need a trim desperately.

QueenNarcissa
04-13-2011, 04:24 PM
I took out my first set of locs a little over 6 months ago and have been rockin the curlyfro ever since. I'm ready to get into my second set of locs but I need someone to start them for me, I had my first set for 5 years and I know what I need to do, I just need someone to start them for me. I went to school in New York but as of right now I am living in Boston and I'm finding it difficult to find a salon that can start my locs for me. Does anyone know of any that are good?! I'm looking to start ASAP.... I miss my locs :(