L.A.'s Top African-American Salons & What The Owners Swear By

The bond between an Angeleno and his or her hairstylist is deeply rooted in something we like to call "tress trust." So, rarely will someone divulge the deets of their locksmith for fear that the love affair will be experienced by many — and booking an appointment will become tougher than securing a table at Laurel Hardware.
But, as you already know, R29 refuses to keep our finds under lock and key! We're always excited to share with you our stomping-ground secrets (take a peek at our Beauty Black Book if you haven't already!), including the best spots for African-American hair care. Considering there are so many salons in Lala Land (seriously, they're like Starbucks!), discovering the right stylist can be a daunting task for a woman with textured tresses.
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From weaves to treatments and everything in between, take a peek at the crop of hair-care pros around town whose knowledge of African-American manes are second to none.
Photo: Via Facebook/Kimble Hair Studio
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Renia Edittorio
Owner of Odessa Renia Salon, 9021 Melrose Avenue (near North Almont Drive); 310-358-0358.

Her mane objective:
To provide clients with the very best healthy hair care through excellent customer service and comprehensive knowledge.

If you have natural hair:
"Natural hair needs oils to help lock in moisture — make sure to apply in conjunction with a leave-in conditioner. Steam treatments are also great because curly hair is more porous and tends to be thirsty."

If you have pressed or straightened hair:
"Be sure to begin with clean hair and tools before pressing to avoid that burnt-hair smell. Also, be careful not to over apply product as this can weigh the hair down. Pressed hair should behave like relaxed hair."

If you have relaxed hair:
"Because most of the elasticity has been removed from relaxed hair, use caution when blow-drying. Concentrate on smoothing the roots, then lightly go through the ends. Excessive tension can weaken the hair shaft causing unnecessary breakage."

Photo: Courtesy of Renia Edittorio
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Renia Edittorio, Product Suggestions:

Kerastase Crème Oleo Relax Slim Intense Smoothing Crème
"It's a leave-in and excellent detangling conditioner for use on natural pressed hair. Trust me, a little goes a long way!"
$39, available at Kerastase.

Pravana Perfection Shine Serum
"This has great UV and thermal protection, so I won't flatiron without it! Plus, it's lightweight and smells delicious."
$13.60, available at Beauty-Mart.

KERACARE Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
"The sulfate-free, pH-balanced formula cleanses hair without over-stripping nourishing elements."
$10.14, available at Amazon.

Jane Carter Solution Scalp Renew
"This is an excellent pre-treatment for dry and undernourished scalps. A must-have for dry climate exposure!"
$20, available at Jane Carter Solution.

Mixed Chicks Detangling Deep Conditioner
"The answer to my prayers for detangling and moisturizing natural hair."
$10.99, available at Mixed Chicks.
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Dr. Kari Williams
Owner of Mahogany Hair Revolution, 490 South San Vicente Boulevard #10 (between Drexel Avenue and West 5th Street); 323-782-9909.

Her mane objective:
To provide men and women with healthy hair-care education, maintenance strategies, and a variety of styles that promote healthy hair.

If you have natural hair:
"Natural hair that is coiled or curly needs daily moisture and lubrication to prevent dryness of the hair strand."

If you have pressed or straightened hair:
"Heat protectants should be applied before using heat styling tools! This will save the hair shaft from damage."

If you have relaxed hair:
"Deep conditioning treatments on a regular basis are imperative to maintain the moisture and protein balance the hair strand needs to prevent breakage."

Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Kari Williams
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Dr. Kari Williams, Product Suggestions:

Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
"This is ideal for strengthening the hair with protein."
$14.39, available at Walgreens.

The Roots Naturelle Braid Sheen & Conditioner
"I love this product for daily moisture and lubrication."
$5.99, available at The Roots.

Eden BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo
"Eden BodyWorks offers a wonderful moisture-based shampoo for dry hair."
$8.99, available at Eden BodyWorks.

Eden BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner
"This is perfect for replenishing dry, brittle strands."
$9.99, available at Eden BodyWorks.

Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Purification Hair Masque
"Gently treating the symptoms without drying out the hair, this is a great line of products for dry, itchy scalps."
$9.99, available at Walgreens.
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Kimberly Kimble
Founder of Kimble Hair Studio, 1106 North La Cienega Boulevard (near North Holloway Drive); 310-652-1822.

Her mane objective:
Style and healthy hair maintenance should coexist.

If you have natural hair:
"Make sure to always keep it moisturized using a leave-in conditioner (like our Brazilian Nut & Acai Berry blend), oils, and silk pillow cases or bonnets that keep it from drying out. For finished natural styles, use a shine spray or shine serum. But, if you're searching for a curly or kinky look, use our Bounce Back Curl Revitalizer for moisturized, shiny curls."

If you have pressed or straightened hair:
"After you shampoo and condition hair, use a leave-in conditioner that contains thermal protection to prevent damage."

If you have relaxed hair:
"Make sure to condition very well, and try not to use much heat at all. You can use our Brazilian Nut & Acai Berry Conditioning Masque as an intense conditioning treatment by washing your hair and leaving it on for 15 to 20 minutes."

Photo: Courtesy of Kimberly Kimble
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Kim Kimble, Product Suggestions:

Kimble Beauty Natural Bamboo Paddle Brush
"It makes blow-drying so much easier! Plus, this natural brush is eco-friendly and designed to help make the hair manageable."
$18.90, available at Kimble Beauty.

Kimble Beauty Brazilian Nut & Acai Berry Shampoo
"This sulfate-free shampoo is very moisturizing and helps repair thirsty hair. When you wear your hair naturally, this shampoo is a great cleanser that does not strip the hair."
$13.99, available at Kimble Beauty.

BaByliss Pro Porcelain Flat Iron
"The tool leaves hair really smooth with zero frizz. It also safely penetrates your hair from within to prevent damage."
$37.99, available at Beauty Basic Supply.

Brazilian Nut & Acai Berry Shine Spray
"For a polished, clean, and healthy look, use this spray — it contains essential oils to help keep hair moisturized and shiny!"
$11.99, available at Kimble Beauty.

Kimble Beauty Silk Non-Metal Elastics
"The silk on the elastic prevents pulling and tearing — it's a very healthy way of wearing a ponytail!"
$8, available at Kimble Beauty.
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