Brooklyn >Beauty > Curve Salon Inc
“The atmosphere is professional, beautiful and relaxed.”
“It just seems greedy to charge that much knowing there aren't many people who are knowledgeable about this type of service.”
“Yes, they did an excellent haircut back then but the overall service isn't worth that much money.”
Avoid Miss Jessie's at ALL COSTS (& it costs A LOT).
THOUGHTS ON THE “MISS JESSIE’S” PRODUCTS:
1)The “MISS JESSIE’S” products USE MINERAL OIL
& PETROLATUM (both of which damage both
hair & skin) AS two of the KEY INGREDIENTS
2) Titi & Miko – THE OWNER’S of the “Miss Jessie’s”
product line (AND most of THE CLIENTS they choose
to photograph) -- achieve their hair-styles because
they USE what they call ”Silkener”' (which is simply
a mild relaxer / texturizer & made of CHEMICALS).
3) The same results can be achieved for a fraction of
the cost by going to a store and purchasing / applying
the same dangerous (ex. relaxer / texturizer) as well
as damaging (ex. mineral oil / petrolatum) products.
4) People should save their money (and hair) by avoiding
the cheaply-made / expensively-sold products (such as
the ”Miss Jessie’s” line) that contain worthless and
harmful ingredients such as mineral oil / petrolatum
and / or are “chemically-dependent” to achieve results.
Read this review before getting RIPPED OFF (as I did!!)..
THIS SALON IS THE BIGGEST RIP OFF EVER!!
Like many other reviewers, I too traveled all the way to New York (from Boston) after reading all of the glowing reviews and the great reputation of this salon.
Firstly, I will admit that when I called to make an appointment, the woman that I spoke to was extremely pleasant (I am assuming this is due to the fact that they have had trouble with their customer service ratings in the past), and she informed me quite bluntly that the rate for a Silkener STARTS at $300.00, and a Silkener with a haircut STARTS at $425.00...OUTRAGEOUS, RIGHT?!!! But, since they were charging so much money, I figured the service would be well worth the price. So, I put down my $75.00 non-refundable deposit and prepared to be amazed.
When I arrived there, I was greeted by a very polite and attentive staff member at the door...but, once I entered the salon, my mouth nearly dropped at the size of the salon. It's a studio apartment at best (and I know that personally, because I live in a studio apartment). If I'm paying a $300.00 STARTING rate for a hairdo, I expect luxury and SPACE. It gets worse...the "bathroom" (if you want to call it that) is the size of a linen closet (possibly smaller). Here's a visual: your knees will touch the sink tas you sit to tinkle. Oh, and goodness forbid that you are a bit overweight---FORGET ABOUT IT!!
LADIES WITH KINKY AFRO TYPE HAIR, PLEASE TAKE NOTE: MISS JESSIE'S CANNOT HELP YOU. Unless you have a very defined curl (as that with women of Mulatto/mixed decent), or a very scrunchy curl, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!!! When my hair is shorter, I have a very tight, kinky (basically nappy) curl that loosens as my hair gets longer in length, and since my hair was mid-length when I arrived, I had a very loose curl. Therefore, when Miko applied the Silkener, my hair just basically went STRAIGHT (straighter than I have seen it since going natural in 2007). They may have just as well slapped a PERM in my hair...the existing wave/curl that I had initally was entirely gone!! So, after that, they put a billion Flexi-rods in my hair and I sat under the dryer for an hour and left with Flexi-rod gained curls.
The bottom line is that I could have gotten this DONE ANYWHERE, and not for a cost of $430.00!! Oh, and by the way, I didn't even get a haircut...I got a TRIM which I was charged the PRICE OF A FULL HAIRCUT FOR. Thanks Miko and Titi...I just find that unnecessary and plain GREEDY. It's bad enough that I paid a BOGUS cost for an AVERAGE hairdo, but that just added insult to injury, truly.
Oh, and don't expect either Miko or Titi to ever remember your name...Miko's politeness was measured at best (it was almost downright calculated to be honest), and even though Titi seemed a bit warmer it still didn't feel genuine at all to me.
I was so disappointed with this experience I was almost sick. Please, women with afro type kinks, kinky looser curls or waves, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY LIKE I DID. Please don't make my mistake ladies!!
I Just Don't Have That Kind of $$$. I use to go to Miss Jessie’s salon here in NYC back when they called it Curve before they moved to DC. Back then, it was a $50 deposit for the first appointment and $205 for the haircut & style (more than what I wanted to pay for but they did do a good job). I was taken aback when they moved without telling anyone. To me, it felt like it was in poor taste because they had all of my contact information. I was not willing to travel down to DC since I don’t know anyone and it just seemed silly to travel that far just to get my hair done when there are other salons in the area. For a year I would twist my own hair and trim it myself until I decided to stop being stubborn and buy a bus ticket. When I called to get directions, I was thrilled to learn they returned to Brooklyn. Unfortunately, that is where the love affair ended. I was told by the receptionist that I would have to pay a $75 deposit since Miko hadn’t seen me in a year (putting me in the “new customer category) AND that the price of a haircut now STARTS at $325 (good luck if you have thick hair – you could pay upwards of $400 or more)!!! Excuse me?? Don’t get me wrong, I am willing to pay for a service if I feel that it is worth it but…really? Yes, they did an excellent haircut back then but the overall service isn’t worth that much money. For $400, I expect to go to a bathroom that isn’t the size of a broom closet (good luck if you are a thicker girl, I could barely turn around to take care of business!). For $400, I expect ambiance. For $400, I expect to be treated like I really matter with one-on-one face time - not herded like a group of cattle. While they do know what they are doing, I refuse to shell out that amount of money to someone who could never remember my name. It just seems greedy to charge that much knowing there aren’t many people who are knowledgeable about this type of service. Disillusioned, I sucked it up and decided to go to Devachan Salon in Soho (the prices are less than HALF of what Miss Jessie’s is charging and their consults are FREE). My consultation is September 17. I will put a review of them on their CitySearch page if I decide to get a service done.
Greed is an ugly thing. Why would you close a salon and not inform your clients? Why is if necessary to charge people $400+ for a hairstyle that can easily be done by many of the African hairbraiding salons for way less money? I have very curly hair and I have been twisting and curly my own hair form many years. Anyone with this type of hair texture knows that it can be hard to manage at times, but certainly Miko and Titi are not the only ones in all of NYC or the US for that matter that know how to handle this type of hair texture. I have looked on the missjessies website and the techniques and products that they use are demonstrated. Some people simply charge this outrageous prices because they are greedy and rope us into thinking that we need them. Every woman wants to feel beautiful. They say that a woman's hair is her crowning glory. No matter what texture of hair I have there is no reason why anyone should have to pay that much money in order to feel and look beautiful. Miko and Titi need to give us curly crowned woman a break.
Greedy owners, less than average results, rip off. I went in for the big cut. The charged me a $50 deposit beforehand, of course, and hacked off my hair, slapped on some curly pudding and buttercream something and called it $300 (inlcuding tip). This was the biggest waste of money. Don't buy into the hype. I have since worked with my own natural hair by using cholesterol cream conditioner or the olive oil conditioner you buy in duane reade and get crazy compliments. I always tell people of the crappy curve salon story. I would not recommend going to them for transitioning into natural look. Just toughen out with the new growth until you are confident enough to rock the short style by yourself (it will take some getting used to but it will grow) and leave a bunch of conditioner in your hair at all times. My hair is very dry but leaving in conditioner helps. forget their "angle and balance" method. They hacked off my hair period. They are in it for the money. Okey and Dokey are money grubbers when it comes to the natural look. I have not gotten anything else done so I don't know how they fare with silkeners but it is just like a perm ladies if you need to get retouched after a few weeks. They are robbing you.
Never again. My experience at Miss Jessie's salon was that of mixed feelings. It was a gift from my sister who stated she wanted to go to the salon to get her hair done and she paid the deposit ($75) for me to go with her. After looking at the website and finding no prices I decided to call and see. The receptionist on the phone told me that she could not give out the prices due to the fact that every person is diffrent to the (density) of your hair. With that in mind me and my sister set out on a road trip from Boston to Brooklyn. Not knowing our way around we relied on our native ny sister to get us there. After arriving I found out that only people getting their hair done was allowed in the store like we were having spies in there to get their secret recipe. Well we went in and asked how long it would take because our ride was going to come back and pick us up. The recepionist told us that it could take at least 4 hours depending on what we wanted done. Well it was clear shock when I looked at the price guide and seen the outrageous prices they were charging but we put our deposit down of 75 dollars and was not about to lose it. The main stylist finally walzed down the staircase and made her grand entrance saying hello to all. She gave her consultation to us on how she could do lovely things to our hair but it was so dense and that the prices that were on the board were going to be more because of the density. She must say this to everyone cause while i was there it was said to 6 other people. I ended up getting a dry twist one that I did not see on the website that I could do myself. While in there watching I seen most people come out with the same style as the next and the ones that looked really a mess she gave them a headband like that was going to help them out. But first thing was first money was always collected first. Just in case you came out with one of those ugly headband you did not get your money back. I can tell you this the product is a good one
Miko is now in DC.
My experiences at Miss Jessie's (the former Curve salon) have always been great. I'm extremely picky when it comes to my hair and most of the time I'd rather just do it myself than let someone else mishandle me. I've been a client since 2003 and the head stylist has always been very responsive to my needs. She's attentive, caring, and most importantly she listens to her clients. The assistants are pretty good also.
As another reviewer pointed out, Miss Jessie's is now closed. However, Miko is styling hanr in DC. For more info, you can go to ther website Find Miko
MISS JESSIE'S CLOSED. I had my hair done in Aug. and I hated it. I saw another client also go out with the same tired head band as myself. and the same ugly hair do. I was never told what was put in my hair but it burned like hell after they wet it down several times. I was told by Miko that it would get better the next time. I love the products so here in Dec. I tried again. Flew to Nyc from NC and guess what they are closed. (due to staff issues). Spoke to Miko on the phone after i got back home, no nothing, I didn't mine the cost of the appointment, but i flew in for nothing and wasted money. I was told they will be CLOSED FOR 3 MOS AT LEAST. This is useless sense i already have 3 mos of new growth. Does any one know what the seceret silkner is so i can get a retouch.
Overpriced, unattentive and not worth the money....
I went to Curve at the beginning of October and had the absolute worse experience I have ever had a t a salon. If I am spending $400+ on hair services, I expect the service and results to live up to the out of pocket price. I sat through a consultation that seemed as if the day would be as expected. However, when I sat down to get my hair done, the person (who shall remain nameless, but anyone who has been there knows who delivers the chemical services) did not even really look at my texture. She simply slapped on the "solution" and left me to be attended by assistants. Several times, I mentioned that I did not want to lose my curls and suggested I be rinsed. But each time the assistant suggested that the "main stylist" knew what she was doing. After all the back and forth, I ended up with limp, semi-wavy hair with not a ringlet in sight - and yes, I do have ringlet curls.
When the stylist came to style my hair, she simply said, "Not my best work; I'm not totally happy with it, that's why I'm taking so long." I was absolutely miffed. Since I was not discounted for these ridiculous, unspectacular services, I discounted myself by not leaving a tip and completely verbalizing to her I was unsatisfied. The salon should be happy I was not more vocal to the other patrons.
Save your money - go to Devachan or Ouidad where, even if it is a "factory" - you will get what you pay for.
These ladies seriously know what they are doing.. I was a Ouidad girl for many, many years but grew tired of their rising prices and increasing factory-like atmosphere. Everyone left there looking the same and I felt that my haircut was less precise with each visit because they needed to hustle me out the door to make room for the next client. I entrusted my hair to Titi and Miko because they have pretty much the same hair as mine! I figured they's know how to handle it, and did they ever! I've had a couple of cuts and one silkening treatment at Curve (now renamed "Miss Jessie's") and my hair has never looked better. Nor has my wallet even been emptier. The one drawback to this salon in the prices--they are astronomical (their product line recently went up in price, as well). I figure they are so expensive because, well, they have a right to be: this is one of those few cases where you really do get what you pay for. The bummer for me is that I cannot get a haircut or silkening touch-up as often as I need to: it's $275 for each. OUCH!! But, when I shell out that monsy, I'm never sorry for it. Worth every penny.
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