The GF highly recommends what I refer to as the “Dominican Hair Experience”. In many East coast cities from NY down to Florida, you can get what is commonly referred to as a ‘doobie’. Essentially a doobie is a wash and set that is combed, and wrapped. If you’re in NYC, you’re in luck, because there’s probably 50 Dominican Salons north of 116th street in a 20 block radius. The Ghetto fashionista always checks out Max’s or Pascuala’s (Pascuala’s is almost right next door to the famous (infamous?) Sylvia’s restaurant). In any case, for a price range between 15-25 bucks (depending on the length of your hair) you can get fried, dyed, and laid to the side. Most of the salons offer free oil treatments, and a deep conditioner can be added for a nominal fee. The reason this experience is so special is because even the toughest (read nappiest) hair can be tamed and you will be bouncing and behaving when you leave the shop. I have even visited these salons after two months of wearing my hair in micro braids, and NO relaxer and my hair was still able to be tamed into submission. These salons are also a great alternative between your visits to your regular stylist. I promise, you will not be disappointed!
Here’s contact information for some of my favorite salons in NY, NJ and DC:
Pascuala’s Beauty Salon
346 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10027
Max Doobie Unisex Salon
445 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ 07107
8559 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910