Every curly-haired person has had the experience of sitting in a stylist’s chair and receiving a cut that left their hair flat and lifeless — because cutting curly hair is a completely different animal from other hair textures. But in recent years, all that has changed. Today, there is an army of stylists who specialize in all curl patterns and types, and even entire salons that are devoted to curly hair cuts and treatments. We’ve rounded up hair salons in the North Jersey area that specialize in cutting curly hair — along with individual hair stylists throughout the area who are curly-hair experts. Read on to find some of the best curly salons and stylists in our area.
Antonio’s Salon + Spa | 163 S Livingston Avenue, Livingston
This is one of the few salons in New Jersey certified in the Ouidad carving and slicing style of cutting and managing curly hair. Stylists also educate clients on how to keep their hair looking its best. What’s more, it’s been around for over 50 years — so you know the team has extensive experience in cutting + styling hair.
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Curls All Out | 203 Ridge Road, North Arlington
The best part of getting your hair done is when a stylist can accentuate your already natural beauty. The salon’s owner, Iris Campechano, wants her clients to embrace their natural curls and believes that curly hair looks best when it is kept in its natural state (as do we!). She is a Deva Certified Stylist, and the salon also offers color services that cater to each curl type.
Jersey Curl Salon | 661 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park
We know first and foremost that not all curls are the same. Whether your hair is wavy or springy, this salon knows the way to enhance its pattern. The founder, Veronica Tapia, worked at the original DevaCurl Salon DevaChan in New York City before settling in New Jersey, so brings with her lots of knowledge + curly hair experience.
Lumie Salon | 260 Valley Street, South Orange
While straight-haired people are welcome at this salon, its owner, Kosia Asiamah, is an award-winning stylist with expertise in dry curly cuts. Plus, her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Brides, and Quest — so you know you’re in good hands. The team emphasizes that they understand how your hair is part of your identity, so they’re sure to treat it with care.
The Natural Hair Studio | 616 Freeman Street, Orange
This hair studio offers a wide range of services to help you achieve the look you want. Beyond the great haircut, the team works to teach and educate the people they serve. Clients rave about the styles, treatments, and educational tips they are given to help them better understand their hair.
Patricia Perry Salon | 302 South Avenue E, Westfield
Before you even face a stylist’s scissors, this salon requires all curly heads to book a pre-consultation so they can better understand your hair and its needs. This extra step helps ensure that you don’t walk away with a haircut you don’t like. You can also book a curly coaching session to get product and styling advice — so you can become your own professional stylist.
Tousled Hair Salon | 500 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City
This salon features a stylist who is Rezo Certified in Voluminous Curly Hair Cutting, Sculpting, and Coloring. Curly cuts are only done on dry hair here, and the website includes a Prep Your Curls guide to help you get the most out of your visit. There’s even a therapy dog who works as the hospitality manager — we can’t think of anything cooler than that.
Up + Out Salon I 1106 Washington Street + 341 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken
This salon boasts curly hair stylists, including Katey McClintock, who is certified in DevaCuts. It also has a downtown blow-out bar for special occasions. You can read all about Katey in our profile here.
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Curly clients flock to these stylists for cuts that enhance the beauty of their hair. Many have devoted followings, so appointments can be hard to get — but they’re often worth the wait.