So I have found myself stylist/salon shopping for the last year, dropping by I Love Lulus on La Brea Blvd and most recently visiting Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon in Beverly Hills. I have really been trying to find a place that specializes in natural hair and can trim my hair without pressing it out. Both salons do a great job but after visiting Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon today they are my top pick so far.
For one, they only do natural hair styles. So you won't find a tub of lye or even a pressing comb lying around. Despite being in Beverly Hills, Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon is surprisingly affordable (at least it's within my budget) - paying $60 for shampoo, deep condition, blow out, trim and a simple style (shampoo and condition service is waived for first time clients - so I only paid $30 total this time!).
Trichology is the branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp (source)
Nonetheless, it was cheaper than Lulus where I found I spend around $100 including tip for anything from a simple trim to bantu knots!
Another plus is the staff. Dr (yes that's right) Kari Williams, is not only a talented stylist specializing in trichologyshe truly is an inspiration. It took me some time to realize that the Dr. Kari Williams I saw on the Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon website was the same same Dr. Kari sporting a cool urban tee and stretch pants listening to me talk about my multicultural dating experiences! Totally down to earth and relatable on top of being beautiful, smart and successful.
What I find interesting about where Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon is located, is how it is apart of a larger network of salons called Salon Republic. Most rooms only have two or three styling chairs and one area to wash and dry. Very small, intimate and controlled - an environment that I really liked! A nice departure from the hustle and bustle of hot and loud hair salons I remember visiting when I was younger.
I was very pleased with my hair service in the end. It was very quick, under two hours and that was with another person being serviced at the same time. The heat on the blow dryer was not too hot, she deep conditioned me for 15 minutes (didn't do the stick under the dryer for 30 minutes and leave you there type move). She also used oils and butters to french braid my hair at the end which I was thankful for since Lulus didn't do that when my hair was just so dry! I am looking forward to unbraiding it this weekend to have a cornrow-esque type braid out
The only cons I had with the salon was one I could of avoided if I just said that I was tender headed and if I just comb my hair more often! The combing/detangling was rough (and it doesn't help that I do such a poor job of combing out my hair every week) and I wish she was gentler on combing the hairs toward my hairline since my hair is really dry and fragile around there. The french braids are also really tight and I kind of want to poor some water down the center of my scalp lol but I know it will loosen up in the coming days - I just need to learn to be more vocal about my pain tolerance! Also, maybe this is a testament to the popularity of Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon, but it is difficult to get an appointment with them. The earliest appointment they had available was almost a month and a half away! Maybe there was a vacation period or Dr. Kari went to conference, etc, so this might not be typical of her salon's availability. In any case I am going to be sure to book my appointment for crochet braids next month - something I saw on their website and raved about in anticipation for the look!