Salon Review: H2 Salon Brooklyn
I stumbled across this salon on Yelp after reading an interesting review on the Devachan Salons and the DevaCut Method (which inspired my previous post on curl cut techniques). At the end, the yelper mentioned she now goes to H2 Salon since she prefers their method of cutting. I have never heard of H2 Salon before and decided to check them out on Yelp and Instagram before deciding to try. If you don't know what you're looking for, the salon can be easy to miss or mistaken for someone's home from the outside. But on the inside, its large and beautifully decorated. The receptionist was friendly as every and everyone in the salon has a lot of personality. I didn't book with anyone in particular, and so was assigned to Char.
My appointment was one of the last of the day on a Friday so I was weary that my stylist might be in a rush to get me in and out of the chair. Not the case. Char was patient and ended up being quite the natural hair tutor. I came in with my hair still straight, but sweated out at the roots. I was a little anxious to see if I had sustained any heat damage from Dream Dry and expressed this much to Char. Seasoned stylist that she is, she gave my apprehensions a sort of friendly side eye. She washed my hair with DevaCurl No-Poo Cleanser and conditioned with Iso Bouncy Curl Defining Conditioner (I think!).
One thing I noticed, is that Char skipped the detangle. I'm not sure, but this is probably because my hair was straight-ish when came in and might not have needed it. Straight from the bowl to the chair, she put Matrix Biolage SmoothProof Leave-In Cream and possibly another heat protectant, although I'm not sure. She then proceeded to blow my hair out so that she could give my ends a proper trim. Sensing my aversion to heat, Char offered me champagne (lol) and started telling me about how to avoid heat damage, focusing on what kind of products protect my specific type of hair from heat the best. It was comforting and I learned a lot that I didn't already know, which was amazing. I really appreciate an informative stylist. Char trimmed the split ends of my longest layer before proceeding to cut my the rest of my layers. I decided to leave my hair blown out so that I could do a twistout later, and Char sent me off with these cute vintage braids. Before leaving, we had a long talk about styling for my hair, with Char offering invaluable advice on small but result producing techniques, such as how to position your flexirods to get it to fall the way you want.
My trim cost $125, which is the same as all the other natural hair salons in NYC that I've been too. A normal wash and go is around $40-60. I would definitely recommend this salon for its ambiance, service, and educational value.