WORST HAIR STRAIGHTENING EVER!.
I've been going to Hisako for Japanese hair straightening for almost 8 years now. The girl who usually does my hair (unfortunately, I don't know her name) is absolutely wonderful. My hair is soft, sleek, full of life after every hair straightening appointment.
I have since moved to London but still travel back to NYC & Hisako once a year to get my hair straightened. Unfortunately, this year my usual stylist wasn't there & my hair was done by a guy. I should never have trusted someone else to do my hair. I don't know what he did to it, but it is definitely not straight. I had wavy hair before and now it's horribly frizzy, damaged & looks like the end of a broom. I've tried to use flat irons, conditioners, protein shampoos but nothing makes it look passable. I look like a freak at the moment.
Unfortunately, I'm back in London so I cannot go to the salon and get my money back. I've called them and they say they've never had a problem with anybody else. Which is a lie since I found a few other reviews with EXACTLY the same problem as mine! Plus they already have my money so they don't really care.
I went to another salon yesterday to get a second opinion and she said that the stylist has burnt my hair by using flat irons that were too hot. I also remember that he had used the irons while my hair was still a bit wet. Result: my hair is damaged beyond repair. There isn't much I can do except wait for my hair to grow out (which will be another 6 months!)
Please DO NOT go there is you want to get Japanese Hair straightening (thermal reconditioning) !! They will completely ruin your hair !!
Going there was a HUGE mistake!.
DO NOT GO TO THIS SALON FOR THE JAPANESE STRAIGHTENING (Thermal Reconditioning) TREATMENT.
I've been getting Japanese Straightening for 9 years at a different salon. I walked by and saw their promotion - same treatment for $90 less. Looked them up online, they use Liscio - same as my regular salon. Went in, spoke to them, confirmed price, asked about service specifics and booked my appointment.
I had the "service" done on Superbowl Sunday. The chemicals looked different than usual and the process usually takes 4-4 1/2 hours, but I was out in 3. My hair also looked a bit puffier than the perfectly straight locks that I get, but I figured that it takes 48 hours to set, so...
It's been almost 2 months since the treatment and my hair has NEVER been straight. Even after blow drying and a straightening iron, my hair is still not straight. Not only does the hair NOT look professionally straightened, but it looks much worse than my original hair. As a matter of fact, it doesn't even look like Caucasian hair!
It is also super dry and damaged - I've never had that before either. That $90 that I "saved" has been used up by argan oil, deep conditioning masks/treatments, etc.
I have to wait until this hair grows out (at least 2-3 more months) before I can go back to my old salon. Everyone who knows me (co-workers, family, friends, my regular hairdresser) has noticed the problems. I've been urged me to go back to the salon and demand my $ back, but I've been so angry that I've been putting it off.
I have no idea what they did to my hair, but it was not Japanese straightening. I can't go back in time, but I can do my best to prevent this (or worse) from happening to someone else's hair (and wallet.)
Please don't let the deceptively perfect ratings fool you - none of these people had this particular service done.
Damien works miracles. I have never looked better since I stumbled upon Hisako Salon and met Damien. He works magic with color and style! My mousy brown bob with bangs was transformed into a lovely, honey gold "do" with soft, voluminous layers. I have been seeing Damien since October and I will never look for another stylist. Any NYC woman is lucky to have him!
Great Manicurist. I got my nails done by the manicurist, Akemi at Hisako Salon, which is really beautiful and elaborate!! You can request your original design that nobody wears. Just explain the design you want to wear or choose a design from her portfolio. Also, the quality of her Calgel is really nice! It lasts more than 4 weeks without damaging your own nails. I really recommend her cutting-edge Calgel!
Damien does fabulous work!. If you go to Hisako Salon ask for Damien. The man knows how to work the hair!! Truly gifted and certaintly knows what he is doing...He does a fantastic job with my hair and everytime I sit in that chair I leave feeling like a DIVA!! I have recommended people to him and guess what? They stay with him as their stylist..HE IS THAT GOOD!!!! You won't go wrong people..I HIGHLY recommend!!!! See for yourself!
Diversity Friendly and Fabulous!. Thank heaven for Damien! Ladies, if you are looking for luscious locks from a Chelsea salon, put your trust in Damien at Hisako Salon Chelsea. He cuts, colors, weaves and more! Finally a salon that recognizes that all hair is not created equal. Hisako provides superb service at an appropriate price, and Damien turns all of your hair fantasies into reality. Highly recommend!
Hisako - highly recommend.
Hisako seemed like they did hair cuts at a good price - and when Hitomi had finished with my barnet - i couldnt believe what a fantastic job she did at such a good price.
It's the first time i've walked out of the hairdressers without wanting to put a hat on to cover my hair up!
It was truly service with a smile and Hitomi made me feel comfortable and talked me through the styles i could get.
Really professional, really friendly, a great hair cut at a great price - highly recommend! Thanks Hitomi!!
Favorite Stylist. My stylist, Damien, is absolutely amazing. I have big, curly hair, and he knows exactly what to do with it! Whatever I ask him to do, cut, color, straighten, he's able to do with ease. I'd recommend him to any and everyone. In addition, the salon itself, is bright and quaint. The service is lovely and I always feel at home when I'm there.
Exceptional Service. For years I struggled with finding a stylist that could cut my hair EXACTLY the way I wanted it. My hair is med-thin and visibly grows fuller and longer on one side of my head. This needs to be taken into consideration when getting a cut. Not only did stylist Damien listen to my desription of my hair issues and give me the best cut I've had in years, he explained in detail how I should wash & condition my hair, which products to use and showed me how to style my hair with the flat iron to make it appear fuller. I've received so many compliments over the last few weeks. I would recommend Damien Moran to anyone with hair on their head!
When I first moved to NYC, I didn't know which hair salon to go to so of course as a newbie to the city, I went exploring different hair salons. Dramatics NYC Chelsea, checked! Dramatics NYC Midtown, checked! Some random place in Chinatown, checked! Having explored the different salons NYC offers, I came upon a boutique salon in the heart of Chelsea. Now that I've been a regular customer at Hisako Salon for the past 5 years, I must say one can always expect the following:
1. A Great Hair Stylist! (Hitomi Nakamura is someone I can always count on!)
2. Exceptional Service where you don't always feel like you're being rushed
3. A Friendly Staff
4. A Clean Environment
5. Affordable prices
I have recommended this place to many people, and in turn they've passed on the recommendation as well once they've had their hair appointment. So if you're looking for a place you can count on, you should definitely call up Hisako Salon and ask for Hitomi!
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