I wouldn't and SHOULDN'T go anywhere else!.
Sophia's deserves 5 stars but there are 2 reasons why it doesn't have it.
First let me give you some background on my hair.I have jet black hair...very thick,and NO PERM! Please keep that in mind when reading this review.
Sophia's is run by Danielle. The shop is beautiful! For it to be in that area of West Philly,you wouldn't expect it to look like that which is great. If you want the whole beauty salon experience for a decent price...this is the place for you. The staff is very professional...the typical gossip salon image...NOT here. They do have a receiptionist who is very friendly and welcomes you when you walk in, and also offers you tea or coffee (if it's in the AM).
My stylist at Sophia's is Danielle...who is wonderful. The only "problem" with Danielle is that EVERYONE loves her so expect to wait if you're not the 1st person at the shop when it opens. She can't help it though...she's just that good. There is another stylist there, Ebony...I've heard she's good as well but I personally have never gotten my hair done by her.
I haven't come across ANYONE who can do my hair as well as Danielle does. Because my hair is so thick and she knows to use a straightening comb for my roots. YES PEOPLE...A STRAIGHTENING COMB. She also uses a Chi flat irons...which make me look like I have a perm I SWEAR! Danielle uses very good products as well on my hair which help it to grow.
Anyways, what prompted me to write this review was going to other salons (one I JUST came from in Harlem, Sho Nuff, review coming soon) and NOT being completely or nearly as satisfied as when Danielle does my hair. Like I said before...no one can do my hair like she can.
The ONLY two reasons why Sophia's doesn't have 5 stars is because 1.Danielle charges $45 for a wash and curl(not a big fan of the price, even though its worth it...)and 2.The wait time even if you have an appointment.
Best Weave! Best Relaxer! Best Natural Hair Care!.
I heard about this place through word of mouth after a long exhausting search for a good afro hair dresser in Philly- and WOW! What a blessing and perfect surprise! I've been going here EXCLUSIVELY for the past six months and my hair has never been healthier! I get a relaxer and weave and it looks GREAT every time- However I have been so impressed by Ebony (my stylist) pays attention to my natural hair- giving me excellent tips on my natural hair care maintenance, hair wrapping and preventing breakage- My hair was over processed and broken but is now healthy and strong-
BEAUTIFUL Salon- very professional environment- makes me feel like a Queen EVERY time! All the stylists are excellent- Ebony does my hair and I highly recommend her! In short- LOOK NO FURTHER for a professional, high quality salon that will make your hair look amazing!