Ever since I moved to Paris I had been on the hunt to find inexpensive salons. Back in the states, in particular New York, my friends and I enjoy the pleasures of going to Domincan salons. Granted, all are not created equal, but when you find the right one, it is magic. I had my spot I would go to in Queens. I loved them because they knew how to handle natural hair, as well as relaxed, and were still reasonable priced. In Paris, there are natural hair salons, however, they’re usually owned by an American and the prices are a bit high. No shade, but I wanted them DR prices. Well I was in luck, because I found one last year and they are not overpriced. The name of the salon is Institut Alcantara. Unfortunately they do not have a website, but they can be found at 19 Rue le Peletier in the 9th arrondissement, off metro Richelieu-Drouot. The service was great, fun staff, who genuinely care about hair health, which concluded with a successful blowout I so much love. All in all, I was very impressed with how they took on my natural hair without a problem. No questions, no shock and no hassle. I have to say, I wasn’t taking good care of my hair at the time. It had been dyed and I was not doing protein treatments or feeding it water. More on that later.
Intently listening as Sophia, my stylist, explained to me different products.
Applying the luxurious deep conditioner.
My favorite part, the rinse out.
Setting the hair under the hooded dryer…
Sophia styling my hair.
Final result: Mary J. Blige flips…I was pleased overall.
Romper: Old Navy