Someone just got on my case about being slow to post this review. Sorry all
Anyway, I cannot tell you how happy I was to learn that there was FINALLY a Dominican Salon in Pitt. This is great for us in the Ohio/Pitt area.
Naturally, I needed to call and verify, then of course, I started thinking…well, I could use a relaxer…after all, the weather will cause frizzing. Right? Right.
I’m not going to lie, it is REALLY scary for me to try new stylists, because I know how to do my own hair and I have grown really particular. There are only a handful of stylists I trust. However, I heard that the owners were not only Dominican, but were from NY. What more was there to doubt? Nada.
So, I called and the first thing I asked was, “Can I bring my own products?”
Usually when I ask that question, I get, “Um…what?”
I knew Primo was the real deal, because the response was, “Yes, of course! What are you bringing?” That response pretty much signed the deal for me.
Ok, on to the experience. First, I was surprised to learn that Antonio, the gentleman who made my appointment, was not only there to answer the phones, but he is a bonafide stylist. He and his mother run the salon, have others located in Connecticut and money-earnin’ Mount Vernon. So, I’m in the chair now, nervous, anxious and praying that I will be happy. I can do my own rolos, right, and actually my own relaxers, but it takes FOR-EVER!
First thing the owner does is oil my scalp. What?! Not even my regular girl in NYC does that. Kudos to “mom” for that.
Next, she begins to apply my relaxer in very small sections. She didn’t rush, she didn’t slap the relaxer on, she was very, VERY careful and gentle. What’s really interesting is the owner, who did my relaxer (cannot remember her name), studied with the creator of Mizani. That was another Kudo for her!
After my relaxer was rinsed out, I was placed under the steamer with a conditioner. I didn’t bring one, because I knew that they had other really good products in the salon. When the conditioner was rinsed out, I was expecting “mom” to do my rolos. Now, the thing that worries me most is the fact that my hair tangles and typically people like to RIP my hair out. So, I was a wee bit surprised with “mom” told Antonio to put my rolos in. Antonio did my rolos. Much to my surprise…he managed to get my rolos in without ripping hair, and he definitely combs very gently; that was a total shocker.
This Mother and son, Dominican dynamic duo are HOT!! They have incredible products and are not just stylists, but they both are very into the health of the hair. They KNOW their stuff and the fact that the salon was PACKED speaks volume. Ironically, it felt like I was back in NYC. There were customers from NY, as well as other latina customers.
The other thing that I really liked is the fact that they had an African-American stylist working there too. She does excellent work.
- You can bring your own products – but I would ask first, out of respect.
- They did NOT try to cut, or even trim my hair. You all know most salons want to chip-n-clip whenever they get a new client.
- They are from NY, so they know how “we do.”
- Don’t have a favorite product? No problem, they have excellent products in the salon and know what to use on your hair.
- The atmosphere is very inviting and comfortable. I felt like I’d been a customer for years and years. It’s like a big family in the salon.
- This may not be a problem for Ohio and Pittsburgh people, but we New Yorkers are used to walk-in salons. No appointments necessary. This, however, is not a major problem. They are open Mondays – Saturdays, which is great!
- Hmmmm….I’m all out of cons
I highly recommend them to everyone! I will definitely be back in the salon and if you try them out, get 20% if you mention dominicanblowout.com!
Primo Hair Studio
5450 Steubenville Pike
McKees Rocks, PA 15136-1412 –