A stylist for long, curly hair?

sculpture with curly hair Flickr user quinn.anya CCJordan emails:

Hello. I moved to the area two years ago. I have beautiful long curly hair. I'm really picky about who I let cut it and am really protective of it. For two years I've actually flown back to my previous place to meet up with some friends, and while there, got my hair cut at my old stylist. She had 13 years of experience with a focus on curly hair and had a studio with one chair. She cut my hair perfectly, layered everything just right, everything. Comforting, knowledgeable, the whole nine. But I can't go back this year, and I need a cut. The whole thing tended to cost around $70, and I typically tip 100%, because changing a part of my body that take years and years to grow is a big deal for me.
I'm looking for a person in the area similar to her. She was affable, easy to talk too, covered in tattoos, and the 1.5 hour cut was never awkward or silent. Who in town is like this? Price isn't an issue, just skill, lots of experience, and a good positive environment.

We had a similar question in the past, but it was many years ago. And things change, shops close, stylists move.

So, got a suggestion for Jordan? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're recommending a specific stylist can be helpful.

photo: Flickr user quinn.anya (CC BY-SA 2.0)


Shelley, the owner of Shelley Salon in East Greenbush, is awesome! I don't have curly hair, but I've been a client of the salon for years, and they use the Devacurl system. Shelley is very educated about curly hair. The salon overall is welcoming, friendly and professional.

Maria at Cocolo Spa and Salon in Loudonville does a beautiful job on my curls (does a dry cut ala Devacurl but uses other curly brands as well) and she's a total sweetheart and easy/fun to talk to. Good luck!

I have curly/wavy hair and I go to Corey at Townsend. He cuts it half wet/dry and he is very scientific in his knowledge of curly hair texture. Can't ever go to anyone else!

Ron at Moisture Salon in Schenectady! He only cuts curly hair and knows what he's doing. Tell him I sent you!

I am Dominican so I totally relate. I have thick curly hair (3c) and some of the hair professionals in this area do wonders with fine curly hair but have no idea what to do with thick (ethnic) hair. For the longest I had to take trips to NYC to get my hair done until I found Islenia (you can find her as "Hair by Islenia" in Facebook).She has been doing my hair for over 10 ears and she is excellent!

She is currently working at Hair Studio One in Glenmont and I highly recommend her for cutting, color and styling hair. I hope you can go see her :)

Julia Bello at Kylie & Co in North Greenbush. I used to come back here for my hair, even when I lived in the city. Always get compliments. She's my sister--so I'm biased. But I've lived all over the country and never found anyone half as good. Good luck!

Namia Salon and Spa! Aiman the owner is amazing! I have long curly hair and Aiman works her magic better than some stylists I have been to who specialize in curls (None are listed above:). More generally, everyone there is helpful, welcoming and makes a visit special break from the everyday. It's an Aveda only salon, and the "Be Curly" Aveda products have worked like no other with my hair. This past year they moved from Troy Schenectady Rd to Fuller Rd in Albany.

Kathy Vega at Wave Lengths in Latham! Been going to Kathy for nearly 20 years and get constant compliments on my curls. And we never run out of things to talk about. In addition to a good cut, go with Aveda BeCurly products.

I second Cory at Townsend Salon! Super knowledgeable, fun & friendly, and always does a great job on my hair (and several other people I've recommended)!

The expert in curly hair located in the Capital District is Ron Suriano owner of Moisture Salon located in Schenectady, NY. He is a true professional and unequivocally the absolute best. You will not be disappointed.

I like Stephanie at Karma Hair Studio. They use Kevin Murphy products, she has tattoos and cowboy boots on constantly. I get a reverse, asymmetrical bob cut from her about every three months because she was the only person I trusted to do something that is a little bit professional, a little bit punk rock.


I have thick curly hair and have been going to Patrizia Napolitano at J. Leigh Louisa Salon in Schenectady since they opened a few years ago. She is amazing and the shop has the feel of a barber shop for women - always something going on, people laughing, and never a dull moment. I always get compliments on my cuts and have convinced a number of friends and co-workers to switch to her - all have been happy!

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