Black woman and child hugging (Black hair salons Boston)When I gave birth to my first child, I had a great hair care routine and loved my fro. However, a few months later I had lost the edges of my hairline, and there was shedding after every wash. No one prepared me for this postpartum effect — that I’d lose the tresses I had worked so hard to maintain and style.

For the first time in a decade, I was ready for someone else to do my hair. I went on a search to find the best hair salons for Black women in and around Boston. And now I’m sharing my findings with you! These salons offer stylists and services that fit everyone but definitely focus on Black and ethnic hair care.

If this list is the push you need to book an appointment, do it! You deserve to be pampered and learn the best ways to take care of yourself. It’s been great for my boys to see my different hairstyles and come to understand that this makes me look and feel good.

Fortunately for us all, the Crown Act is in place, which bans discrimination based on “natural or protective hairstyles,” like braids, locs, twists, and Bantu knots. With this in effect, Black women can wear their hair in a style that makes them feel confident — without the risk of unprofessionalism or reprimand at work or school.


The Loft Hair Studio :: Medford

The Loft offers a custom hair experience for each client. The cut, care, and products are specific to the needs of the curly girl in the chair. It’s a must for anyone transitioning from relaxed to natural hair or who needs a new routine during the postpartum period.

The Curl Bar :: Somerville

Needing to get your kid started with a curly cut? The Curl Bar offers to show you how to do your hair and get a “mommy and me” curly cut. The Curl Bar is the answer to your prayers.

Perfect 10 Unisex Salon :: Boston

This spot was recently named “Best of Boston” for natural hair care, and you’ll find more than natural hair needs being met here. I love checking out their Instagram and TikTok accounts to see examples of their services and transformations — the salon is perfectly named!

Noir Essence :: Dorchester

With the goal of elevating beauty and wellness, Noir Essence offers a number of services outside of hair care — including body contouring. At this salon the atmosphere alone will ensure you’ll leave feeling refreshed.

North of Boston

Fatou Hair Braiding :: Lynn

Looking for a protective style for the next season? Some of the best braids in Massachusetts are coming from Lynn! 

Salon Mii :: Methuen and Haverhill

Salon Mii offers custom color (and color correction, if needed) for all textures of curly hair. The range of services is great, and outside of braids, they offer every kind of hair extension available.

South of Boston

The Shop Unisex Hair Salon :: Randolph

The Shop is an old school salon, meaning you’ll have to call to make an appointment. But transformations happen for every patron here as they focus on individualized hair care for each client. 

Penthouse Salon :: Braintree 

Penthouse boasts a long list of services — box braids, twists, faux locs, weave installations, and natural hair services like wash and gos, twist outs, and silk presses. And even that list is incomplete!

Salon Q :: Randolph 

Stylists at Salon Q offer services for men and women. This salon offers wigs and toppers for anyone interested and uniquely offers services specific to people with alopecia. 

Millennium Hair Salon :: Brockton 

This amazing salon caters to everyone but has Cape Verdean roots, so those with ties to the island will feel right at home. 


Boston Beauty Bar :: Newton

A pleasant surprise for those living in the Newton area — no need to drive into the city to get the glam they deserve! Both hair and makeup services are available here. 

Adeelle Hair Salon :: Waltham

Adeelle specializes in natural and protective hair care styles like box braids and sew-ins, and you can trust them with your bridal hair, too! Children are welcome, and this salon always tells you how long each service will takes, making it easier to plan ahead. 


Dashanna Hanlon
Dashanna was born in Michigan and raised between there and Virginia. She moved to Massachusetts in 2011 after getting a bachelor’s degree in English and gender studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She married her favorite Massachusetts native (Tom) seven years ago. Together they have two sons, Lucas and Isaiah, born in 2018 and 2019. Becoming a parent ignited a passion for supporting others, and Dashanna became a doula before the birth of her second son. She is now the owner of Caring for Mamas, working with families all over Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She loves fresh-squeezed lemonade, good music, and helping and supporting families.


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