44 W 55th Street, 4th Fl, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.768698 -73.991818
BEST Japanese Hair Straightening & Haircut in NYC – HAIR STRAIGHTENING: I've been getting the Japanese Hair Straightening done for the past 5 years, and was THRILLED when I found Salon Chinois 3 years ago. The other places I'd been to left my hair fried and smelly. At Chinois, Patty has done my hair straightening about six times now (2-3 times a year) and she's a godsend. She knows the in's and out's of the process, is very meticulous, and I walk out of there every time with straight and HEALTHY hair. Seriously, the straightening actually MINIMIZES my split ends, breakage and dryness, all of which my natural hair is prone to. Other "top" salons I've been to don't even remotely compare in terms of service and quality. I just moved out of the country but am scheduling a trip to NYC just so that I can get my straightening done with Patty... I don't trust anyone else to do it!
HAIRCUT: I get my hair cut with Yan, the owner, who's the friendliest person ever, not to mention a genius when it comes to hair. My hair has never looked this good! He takes his time and does a perfect job every time. He'll totally listen to what you want: he's not one of these stylists that will chop off 4 inches when all you want is to trim the ends. He'll also give you advice about how to style it the way he does. And it's so refreshing to go to a nice salon in NYC that isn't snobby.. Yan will chat it up while cutting your hair and gives you the sort of personal attention that is hard to find.
STAFF: Everyone in the salon is extremely friendly and it has a great positive vibe.
BOTTOM LINE: All in all, HIGHLY RECOMMEND this place. Note: I'm extremely picky and hard to please, but they've totally won me over!
Must Try... – I am cursed with the worst pin straight, flat and thin hair. I was in desperate need of a make over. I walked into the salon based on the recommendation of a friend who see Yan *the head stylist* Yan was booked by they had me set up to see Ilda. I was a little nervouse because I know how disastrous new hair places can be, but when I walked in I was greeted by a male receptionist who was gracious , warm and made me feel really comfortable. In fact, ALL OF the staff was equally friendly and inviting. Really eager to make me feel welcome. My hair came out amazing. Ilda put fantastic layers and actually convinced me to do add highlights and I have to say I will never go any place else again. For me, what makes this place unique also is that they have a spa upstairs! You get your hair done downstairs and then go upstairs to have your nails and/eye brow waxing done also. Its one stop beauty and I am definitely going back. Definitely try Ilda.
Really wonderful full service salon – I have friends and family who have been going to this salon since it's opening (and have been following both Yen and Jose for years) and it's a wonderful place. The staff is talented and amazing and you feel like a queen when you leave. I haven't tried the spa services yet, but I've heard raves about them.
Friendly staff – I have been to a few hairdressers in New York and didn't really like any of them, however this place is really good. They try and fit you in even at short notice and when the lift doors open I fall in love with the girl on reception every time!
The pricing is pretty good for a man and I guess repeat visits prove I'm satisfied.
Rebuttal to an Undeserved review. – In response to digarnick's review I would just like to say that I was the receptioinst at Le Salon Chinois on the day of her appointment and I would just like to point out to the public that it was digarnick's daughter who had gotten the single process with our colorist, and that it was her daughter who insisted on having a blow-out we in no means pushed the service as it is our philosophy to push our clients to do services. I would also like to mention that we did the eyebrows under the price of the single, any other client that would want to have their eyebrows done it cost a little extra. I would also like to point out that her daughter had gotten a blow-out with our head stylist Yan Chia, who charges his clients $75 for a blow-out, her daughter consistently mentioned that the cost of the blow-out did not matter because she wanted to have it done one way or another. The only reason why our operations manager threatened to call the authorities was this client made a big scene in our salon saying that she would not pay for any of her services in front of our clients who had come in to relax and get pampered. What digarnic failed to mention was that she recieved 30% off of the blow-out, which is more than we usually offer. And i would like it to be known for the record that my manager in NO way yelled at me or reprimanded me, digarnick misunderstood the situation and was a little to emotional so she must've thought that i had gotten yelled at. I would like our clients to know that Le Salon Chinois has never believed in any such thing as "hidden fees", it is our mission to please our clients to the fullest extent.
Hidden Fees make the experience painful! – The colorist was wonderful and with the first time coupon it was only $68 (for a single application) including eyebrows. However, when they were done coloring they asked if I wanted it blow-dryed. I changed seats and they charged me an extra $75 for blow-drying. They say the coupon doesn't apply to blow-drys. To top it off when I asked why I wasn't told the fee was extra and so high, the owner's wife yelled that she will "call the authorities on me" if I don't pay right away. When the receptionist apologized to me, the same woman yelled at her own receptionist. Unless you have money (and patience) to burn, avoid Le Salon Chinois!
Fabulous colorist! – Irina has been my colorist for years. I started going to her after a horrible hair coloring disaster. She was able to save my hair and I will follow her anywhere. I prefer natural looking highlights which Irina does with the balayage technique. My hair is naturally a dark to medium brown and you would never know it. She has also colored my two sisters, each of us with a different look. Not only is she an excellent colorist, but a caring, lovely person. I highly recommend Irina for all your coloring needs!
DONT GO FOR THE JAPANESE STRAIGHTENING! – Hi Guys,
I got the japanese straightening a few weeks ago by John and it was the worst experience ever.
First of all, he was the only working on my hair so it took hours.
But more importantly, he didn't seem to know what he was doing and I've gotten it done once before (a year ago) and it was clear that he was incompetent.
It's now been several weeks and my hair is really REALLY coarse and dry, like horse hair.
I've never had it this texture before.
My hair is naturally soft and the first time I got TR/japanese straightening done, it was beautiful, shiny and straight.
Now it's unnatural, and coarse and while it's straight it looks absolutely horrible.
I had the worst salon experience as well.....
I urge you to go somewhere else if you want good results for your TR.
John isn't experienced enough and I'm def. going back to the first salon I got it done at for my retouch and subsequent visits.
The Amazing Ilda – So, I went here because they were offering a special on highlights and Jose, the colorist, recommended Ilda for cuts. Since they were also offering a special on all services that day, I decided to go for it. A bad experience with a stylist at a different salon has left me with a haircut I hate, and the newfound knowledge that I would rather eat tin foil than have layers in the back of my hair ever again. I have been hopping from salon to salon since trying to fix this unbelievably costly mistake. At my first consultation with Ilda, she explained why the cut didn't work and realistically told me my options. There wasn't much she could do with the back, since I am unwilling to cut it short, but she did make the front layers look nicer. After growing my hair out a little more, I came back so she could clean the layers in the back a little more. It will probably be another 3 months before the back grows out enough so that she can even it all out, and I want to kick myself for having gotten myself in this situation in the first place, but I am very happy that I managed to find such a great stylist. Ilda will go into detail about what will and won't work for you and takes the time to really talk with you to make sure she understands exactly what you want. She is fantastic at cutting; in the past I've almost always had to even out my hair myself after a cut, at least a little. But I don't have to do that when Ilda cuts my hair - she gets it right the first time. I really trust her judgment, and she is a genuinely nice person. At $75, she is a bargain for NYC standards (but still a little expensive for me), and I honestly believe that she can do a far better job than many stylists charging three times that amount. She is the only person I trust now to cut my hair. Thank you Ilda!
Great colorist – I've been here before for a haircut and Patti did a really nice job. But I've been coloring my hair for years and I can't find a good colorist. I know what I want and what I cannot stand is when a colorist says, "That won't look good, we cannot do it for you." To me, that translates to: "I'm not a good colorist, I don't know how to mix it." Well, I went in and my colorist was late so I wound up with Jose who I will now never leave. I showed Jose exactly the color I wanted and that's exactly the beautiful rich, deep burgundy color I got! Although if the color was inappropriate for me, he would have told me so, but I knew it was "do-able". Jose is a funny character, very very friendly and the atmosphere is not stiff at all. Everyone was so nice and accomodating that they will definitely see me again..and again....The woman who washed my hair, Yan and Jasmine, all very personable and very helpful when it came to purchasing some hair products for my hair. My hair looked great this morning after using the new products. A winner.
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