Tuesday, March 19, 2013

LBS Salon Review: Idalias Salon in Brooklyn

Last month, I paid the Idalias Salon in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn a visit. I was preparing for my trip to LA and I needed to get my hair washed and conditioned. I also needed to get my Bounce Deep Wavy/Coil Curl Indique Hair extensions sewn in by a professional stylist. One of the first things I look for when heading to a salon is a specialist who knows how to properly care for and maintain natural curls. It's been 2 and a half years now that "Cece's Curls" have been alive and well so I go to great lengths (no pun intended) to make sure they're protected from breakage and heat damage.

The professionals at Idalias took great care of me! Their motto is "Healthy hair first equals stylish hair always," so they place an emphasis on hair health.

As such, salon owner Darlene was very delicate with my curls and gave me a thorough shampoo and deep conditioning treatment before I sat down to be braided up and styled.

They used a great combination of products and made sure that my hair was properly protected. I get the question alot about how I blend my natural hair with the curly extensions so the difference isn't easily detectable. You know I only give my secrets away to y'all so here it is:

Depending on which way you want your hair to lay, you need to leave out just enough of your natural hair to cover the tracks once the styling is done. See below for how much I normally leave out.

I chose a middle part this time around so the stylist at Idalias sewed my hair in a U-shape so that there was an ample amount of my natural hair on all sides to cover the track once she was complete.

Next, she fluffed my hair out and began to apply a light styling cream. My absolute favorite is Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream for this, when I do it at home.

Before I left, the stylist flat-twisted my natural hair along with the extensions so that when I released it the next day, my curls would naturally follow the curl pattern of the extensions.

This process is really easy to replicate at home. You simply retwist each night with the curl product of your choice and wrap your head with a silk scarf or bonnet to maintain.

Needless to say, they did an AWESOME job and my hair was on point for my trip to LA!

 Next week I'll be posting an exclusive Q&A with the salon owner who has some really helpful tips on installing and maintaining extensions while keeping your hair healthy. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, if you're in the Prospect Heights, Brooklyn area - check out the Idalias Salon and let them know LoveBrownSugar sent you!

Idalias Salon
677 Washington Ave 
New York,  NY 11238
(718) 636-5521
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Disclosure: The Idalias Salon provided me with a complimentary hair service for this review. As always, all opinions expressed herein are mine and not reflective of the company.
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  2. Great post! They did an excellent job with your hair.

  3. Very nice, your hair looks great!

  4. Your hair looks gorgeous ! I was hoping if you would like to follow each other on Google Friend Connect and other social sites.- Chic Out of Town Blog


  5. beautiful pics... hope you had a great time !!!