hether you have chemically treated or natural hair, you may be thinking about getting braids or twists to give your hair that much needed break in the summer months. Some of the hottest styles this season are the Senegalese Twists, Havana Twists and Box Braids, which were seen on Janet Jackson in the movie “Poetic Justice.” Don’t know where to go to get these popular styles? No problem. We asked BLAC Detroit readers and professionals to recommend the best salons to get braids or twists in the metro Detroit area.
4147 Cass Ave., Detroit
This salon in the Cass Corridor is unique, according to Nefertiti herself, for its “intention on uplifting and elevating customers who come in.” Although this salon’s specialty is in natural hair styling and Locs, we’ve heard a great deal about their twists and braids. Some of the styles Textures by Nefertiti offer are Box Braids, Havana Twists, Cornrows and Two Strand Twists with natural hair or extensions. Textures by Nefertiti was mentioned multiple times by hair experts and BLAC Detroit readers.
My Sistahs and Me 24-Hour Hair Braiding
19001 Livernois Ave., Detroit
Yalonda Wynn runs this salon with her sister. Here, you can also get the Senegalese Twists, Box Braids, Ty-zillions, Kinky Twists and more. This shop is 24 hours, but you have to make an appointment as well as leave a deposit if you’re scheduling after 6 p.m. Wynn says they make their clients feel right at home at My Sistahs. This salon was recommended by a few of our BLAC Detroit readers.
22560 Telegraph Road, Southfield
Rodney Howell, owner of Hairshion, is known as Metro Detroit’s “Style Guy.” He’s also an interior designer who appeared on the HGTV Reality Show, “My House is Worth What?” But he’s not the one you will be seeing for braids. Dee, the loctician who is known at the salon as the King of Locs and Natural Hair, can give you Cornrows, Two Strand Twists, Fake Out Braids and Braided Updos.
First Lady Natural Hair and Braids Salon
10107 W. 7 Mile Road, Detroit
Hair expert Rodney Howell of Hairshion Salon also recommends this salon. Howell says when his clients want to switch their styles up, they go to First Lady Hair salon. Here, you can get it all: Ty-zillions, Kinky Twists, Senegalese Twists, Individual Braids, Nubian Twists and Box Braids.
19894 Kelly Road, Harper Woods
Shelia Everette-Hale is the owner of Everette’s Natural Hair Care Salon. She says they do everything from Cornrows, Ty-zillions, Tree Braids, Senegalese Twists and more. Everette-Hale says, “everyone wants the Havana Twists. That’s been the most popular in the past month.” What makes this shop unique is the fact that it’s not only an appointment but an experience. “They get the whole world of holistic natural hair from our salon and our school (Everette’s Natural Hair & Beauty School). We come from a holistic point of view, so our clients learn a lot,” says Everette-Hale. This shop was recommended by experts and BLAC Detroit readers.
Stylist Tesia Tillman at Swank Salon
29306 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield
Gwen Jimmere, hair care expert, recommends Tesia Tillman, a stylist at Swank Salon, for her unique braided Updos. Along with natural hair services, Tillman does basic Cornrows, Two Strand Twists and Braided Updos. Tillman says her braiding is unique because of her different braid designs and the ability to make the braids look natural.
Senegalese African Hair Braiding
10218 W. McNichols Road, Detroit
Ina Falconer of Detroit faithfully gets Ty-zillions at Senegalese African Hair Braider. Recently she decided to get Senegalese Twists. Falconer says she loves them. “I’ve been going there for six years. I keep going because they are nice and fast. I can’t stand being in a chair long getting my hair did,” Falconer says laughing. Senegalese African Hair Braiding offers a variety of twist and braid styles.