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Combing for a Black Hair Salon in Paris PDF Print E-mail
Written by Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen   

When it comes to getting my hair done I, like most African Americans I know, need it. It's not like we are addicted to it (or maybe we are), but we want and need our hair to look "right". When I first moved to Paris over ten years ago, that was one of my first missions: finding a good hair salon that did black hair, specifically African-American hair. I had just moved from New York City and I had been spoiled! I was a customer at one of the best hair salons in the city, which is located in Harlem. This salon was fabulous because the entire staff was talented. I say talented because that's exactly what they were. Sadly, I don't think the salon exists anymore because I've tried to look it up several times. But at this salon, I had real customer service in which they even kept a file on me to make sure I was getting exactly what I needed each time. They could cut and style. They could color. They could treat damaged hair with great success. To top it off, they could braid, weave in ten different ways, cornrow- you name it. It was a total salon, which means, they did everything. Atlanta is another city where all of this is possible. Black women in Atlanta do not leave home unless their 'do is thoroughly done. Every time I go back home to visit, I'm in one of these salons. Okay, enough about these places, but I wanted you to know what I had, to further explain what I'm looking for. Finding a total salon here has not been an easy job. Sure, Paris is the fashion capital of the world, but it is not the hair capital, at least not for African Americans. I've gotten a few tips from different people, but it still remains a challenge for most. I have friends who have just cut it all off, out of frustration in not finding a good salon or stylist. I admire that choice, but I don't think I could carry off that look. My face isn't the right shape. Okay, the truth, I'm too attached to my hair to cut it all off. I've tried braids too, because there are lots of African ladies here who do great braids, but that's not for me either. In my long search to find the all around hair salon that does black hair covering all the aspects-shampooing, styling, perms, relaxers and great products, I guess I'm almost satisfied. Here's what I've found so far. I consider these to be good addresses and though they are all slightly different, I would recommend all of them. As the prices are just about the same for all the places listed, I've not gone into specifics. Please keep in mind your own expectations when choosing a salon, as they may not be the same as mine of course. Maria Dolores Institute 167, rue Saint Martin Paris 3rd M° Rambuteau (ligne 11) M° Etienne Marcel (ligne 4) Telephone: 01 42 76 07 90 One of Prissy Mag's readers from Manhattan read this article and luckily for us, she was nice enough to write and give us a new recommendation for our list: Maria Dolores Institute. I previously had no knowledge of this salon. I had no idea it existed. Maria is Dominican and has been living in Paris for several years. African-Americans coming from NYC especially know that Dominicans "can really do some hair" as my girlfriend would say. The salon is conveniently located in Le Maris. It's small but completely adequate and well organized. The atmosphere is professional but also relaxed, especially when it comes to the music. You'll be snapping your fingers and singing along in Spanish. The thing I most appreciate is that as soon as you arrive at your RDV you are taken care of. You have no time to read a magazine. You are in and out in one hour if you have a shampoo. If you get a conditioner, it's 90 minutes tops. Maria's hair products include: Alter Ego Italy and Sebastian, Loreal and Mizani. The lady who washed my hair was thorough and asked questions and gave good hair advice. The lady who blew-out my hair was quick and effective. Prices are extremely reasonable too: around 35 euros for a wash, with a conditioner around 52 euros.Bottom Line: A very good address. Polished Hair Salon Locale: 76-78 Ave. Champs Elysées Metro: Geoge V Tel: (33). Owned by Nicole Pembrook, an American hairdresser from San Francisco. This salon has expertise in hair extensions, cutting, straightening, the permanent blow dry, colouring techniques, eyebrows, and flat iron curling. For Nicole, Polished Hair Care is more than a hair salon. It is a sanctuary where women of all origins can experience professionalism and tailor-made services. Pros: A very experienced team, great products, perms, conditioners, advice, and much more. Easy, central location. Bottom line: A good salon with a good staff. Their shampoo is the best I've ever had. DO make an appointment beforehand and DO be on time as the salon get busy. Salon Mark Clément Locale: 58 rue Volta, 3rd arrondissement Metro: Temple or Arts et Metiers Tel: (33). I was on vacation in the Dominican Republic when I met another Parisian who recommended this salon to me. Thank goodness! Mark is an African-American who hails from Los Angeles. The manager, Bruno, is French but speaks English fluently, so don't hesitate to call and make an appointment if you don't speak French. The products are fantastic in this salon also- most of the same used to in the U.S., like Revlon, Affirm, etc. Mark does perms really well, and is heavily into hair care. He actually takes the time to explain what he's doing to your hair, and why. The location is easy to find, and the salon is brand new. You feel good here. It's like going back home in a way. Bottom line: I highly recommend. Célianthe Coiffure Locale: 48 rue Fbg. Monmarte, 9th arrondissement Metro: Le Peletier Tel: (33). This is supposed to be the oldest Black hair salon in Paris. Pros: Their products are familiar-Optimum, Dark and Lovely, etc. They do braids and weaves as well, and it's a nice, modern salon. Cons: The welcome is not as warm as the other places, and this salon takes walk-ins only, so I had to wait a long time. (You must reserve however if you are getting a weave.) I didn't receive any advice about my hair or its condition either. Bottom line: I'd go back if I were in a pinch. Hairy Taj Coiffure Locale: 111 rue Quincampoix, 3rd arrondissement Metro : Etienne Marcel Tel: (33). Taj is a wonderful stylist who has trained in the United Kingdom and the United States, and he is constantly traveling to different hair shows and workshops to keep his skills tight. His work is often featured in hair magazines, and he works with several local artists, but he's very down-to-earth and accessible. The salon is a multi-service salon, offering everything from weaves, to relaxers and coloring. Taj is also specialized in treating natural hair, but has products for all hair types. Bottom line: A good address. Univers Phytos Locale: 109 rue Faubourg-St. Honoré, 8th arrondissement. Metro: St. Philippe de Roule Tel: (33). My stylist in Atlanta swears by the phytospecific line, which includes a relaxer without chemicals and all natural plant-based products. Appointments must be made in advance for this ultra-clean and chic salon, which is why you won't have any waits when you arrive. A great salon for people with certain (wavy) hair textures. The only con: A little pricy, and again, the relaxer is good for certain textures of hair only. Bottom line: Depends on your hair type. Kanellia Hair Locale: 66 av. Champs Elysées, 8th arrondissement Metro: Franklin Roosevelt Tel: (33). Kanellia is another salon that specializes in its own natural, plant-based products. The founder, Ms. Sandrine Jeanne-Rose, has also created her own line of beauty products for Black skin. Besides doing hair, the salon also offers massages, facials and other beauty treatments. You must make an appointment. The salon is located in one of the galleries or mini-shopping centers on the Champs Elysées. Look for the number '66? and walk all the way to the back of the gallery, then take a right and you?re there. Please note: I was not able to get my hair done here, but it was recommended by several people. Possible Cons: No weaves or braids done here if that's what you need, and they only use Kanellia products. Bottom line: Again, depends on your hair type and what you're looking for. Well, that's my list!* I'll have an updated on soon because I've just heard about some new salons and I'll definitely be checking them out for you. Good luck ladies! *Originally written in 2005, this list was updated July 2010. Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen moved to Paris from New York City in 1999. In addition to be the Editor and Founder of Prissy Mag, she is the author of the novel STOCKDALE . For her complete bio, please click here.
Comments (129)add comment
San: ...
OMG, thanks so much. i friggin love this, i think you just saved my life! I will visit a few for consultations.

April 14, 2010
Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen: ...
Hi San,
Great! Let us know how it goes and stay tuned--we'll be updating our list in the next couple of weeks!

April 17, 2010
Jes: ...
OMG, this is so helpful! I will be studying abroad in France for a year and I was clueless as to what I should do with my hair. I considered chopping it all off, but thanks to your commentary I have more options. Thanks again!

June 01, 2010
Jolonda: ...
It's so nice to see another Alabamian outside the States Priscilla. I'm transiting through Paris in July and wanted to get my hair done. This makes things sooo much easier! Thanks for this. Now I'm only hoping to get an appointment :).

June 28, 2010
If you want to buy real estate, you would have to get the credit loans. Moreover, my father usually uses a college loan, which supposes to be the most rapid.

July 03, 2010
Thank you so much! I will be studying abroad this coming Fall 2010 and I was freaking out about my hair. I thought of braiding it but changed my mind.
Let me ask you though, I usually rollerset my hair myself and sit under a hooded dryer for at least 30 mns. I will not be able to bring my hooded dryer with me to Paris and I cannot afford a beauty salon treatment every week, do you know if I will be able to buy a cheap hooded dryer or find another way to dry it? I dont blow dry and flat iron, my hair is too fine. Any advice would be welcome from anyone here!

August 01, 2010
Bri: ...
Excellent advice, thanks! I'll be living in Paris for at least a year, and wondered where I could find a stylist that did black hair. Now I know!:)

August 09, 2010
jillian: ...
why don't you come to the Netherlands and do the same thing, I miss someone who can really take care of my hair and give me good advice. Your website is still very good even though I can't use it keep up the good work at least you help ladies in Paris

October 06, 2010
Dona: ...
Thanks so much ! My daughter will be in Paris for a semester,and we did not know what to do with her hair. First we thought of weaving, braiding or just chop it off. But thanks to your information, we now have other options.

October 17, 2010
Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen: ...
You are all very welcome! Jillian, maybe I'll take you up on that. Thanks for your feedback ladies and do write us and let us know about your hair experience in Paris!

October 28, 2010
Hi Priscilla, I'll be going to paris in Dec and I've always wanted to braid my hair. Can I know roughly how much on an average is the price of hair braiding in Paris? I plan to braid part of my hair only.

November 07, 2010
Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen: ...
eiling: We will check on the prices and get back to you!
Thanks for your comment

November 11, 2010
Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen: ...
Dona: thanks so much. Please send us your feedback once you've visited a Parisian salon.

November 11, 2010
Beth Thomas: ...
Nao: Are you still in need of a hooded dryer? Let us know!

November 11, 2010
ashley j.: ...
I just found this site because im studying in france until december and I wanted my hair from atlanta so i totally can relate! are you still in Paris? We should meet up!

November 23, 2010
ashley j.: ...
...also for Mark Clément, his website is

November 23, 2010
Leigh Logan: ...
I'm so glad I came across this. It has opened up my options too. I'm Irish/Kenyan and have been living in Paris for 6 years. I did my own braids for the first 4 years and the few times I relaxed my hair was when I would go back to Ireland to have a hairdresser friend do it for me.
I then started going to the salons at Strasbourg St Denis and my hair was very badly damaged after a few sessions there.
I recently found a chain of salons called Ethnicia and they are very good. I've had my hair relaxed with them twice at 2 different locations and they had a record of me on file from my last visit. The staff are lovely too.
I will look into these salons for my next do.

November 25, 2010
Rena': ...
I'm going to add my praise to the others on this board. Thank you I am also coming to Paris shortly and outside of wigs I didn't know what I could/would do with my hair. But thanks to your page I now have options.


December 03, 2010
Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen: ...
Leigh, thanks so much for sharing your story and information. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience "on the boulevard" as it's called. I'm glad you found someone good and please do let me know if you try out one of these salons in the article.
Best wishes,

December 06, 2010
Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen: ...
Rena, many thanks for reading! We'd love to hear what happens when you visit one of the salons!

December 06, 2010
Anglin : ...
This info is great! I'll be studying abroad in Venice during this upcoming spring semester. I know Paris is not a super far trip, but would you happen to know of any salons in Italy?

December 13, 2010
Hi Anglin, sorry but we don't know if any salons in Venice. We'll check with our Italian sources though and see if we can find one for ya!

December 20, 2010
Tumelo: ...
Thank u soooo much. Just moved 2 Paris 4rom South Africa, and I've been trying 2 look around & couldn't find nothing. U just saved my life

December 22, 2010
I have lived in France for 14 years and my hair and I have suffered greatly from not having competent hair care. Christmas Day I am sitting here looking for some stylist to gamble upon and I find your site and I thank you sincerely. Made an appt. at Polished Hair for Monday by phone. Praying she will be able to fit me in. I will definitely contact you with the results.

December 25, 2010
Tumelo, Priscilla will be very happy to hear this! Thanks for writing and please send us your feedback on the salon you visit.

January 02, 2011
Delishea, you read our mind. We like to have the feedback so Priscilla can add that to the next article. Good luck at Polished!

January 02, 2011
Priscilla, THANK YOU. I had my hair done at Polished on the 4th of January. Well now! She combed out, shampooed, massaged, advised, listened, laughed and was just great. While she washing and massaging my head the chair massaging me from head to foot. I thank you. I have not been so well treated since leaving the States. I gave her card to two American ladies that I met at the Atelier (16è). Of course they are going. So this means that I am going to have a look at all of your other articles!!! Happy New Year!!

January 07, 2011
Forgot to add that at Polished Hair it is very clean.

January 07, 2011
Je t'aime Tahi: ...
Thank you so much! I just moved here from California and I was going crazy trying to figure out what to do with my hair. We are in Nimes, and the only salon I could find was in Montpellier! It will be worth it to me to come to Paris once every 3 months for my hair services! You saved me!

January 12, 2011
Still looking for a good salon in Paris: ...
I went to Salon Mark Clement Dec 2010 and what a Disaster ! I called in advance for a wash and set as I had a special nite out at the Opera with my husband. Mark the owner was nice enough. However his products are awful - revlon stuff that people with caucasian hair use. My hair was so hard after the wash. Then he tried to comb it without conditioner. When I asked for conditioner I was told this was another 10 euros. My 3b/3c sholder length hair NEEDS conditioner. So I agreed. He used a conditioner that was not very good at all. Then came the rollers. It took almost an hour ! Unfortunately due to illness, his hands shook and the pins kept sticking my head. His shaking made my whole head shake as he put the rollers then. then drying - he told me I was done is 45 min. I insisted on an hour. then he took it out and did not want to see that my hair was still damp (cold). I asked him it he could blow it out - but it was a disaster b/c of the shaking above described. I have gone to hairdressers all over the world Turkey, Kenya, Mexico, Brazil, England and I have never had such a bad outcome. I paid him a full 55 euros (60 b/c I couldnt wait to get out of there and didnt bother with change) with my hair looking WORSE THAN IT WAS WHEN IT WALKED IN. Salon Mark Clement - NEVER AGAIN ! Thus I will try another (sigh)

January 12, 2011
Krizia | Blog Income for Women: ...
OMG - You are a life saviour!

I'm considering moving to Paris in the coming year and that was one of the biggest issues. In fact, I was considering learning how to do my relaxer myself and not be at people's mercy. I have seen black women in Paris and their hair is scary.

The weaves are bad, the wigs are bad, the braids are bad and HELLO does anyone knows anything about hair treatments? I do my treatments + colour at home, but need help with the relaxer.

I have very long hair, but super-fine so I need a good product that is gentle and won't damage my hair. So to have experts living in Paris is such a relief. When I move I will get in touch with you. I agree with this other lady ... we should connect (I'm Canadian!).

Thanks a million for this post!


February 02, 2011
Yaminah: ...
I recently paid a visit to Polished Hair and what a great experience! Nicole and her staff are very professional. My French isn't that great but the staff was very accomodating and made sure I was comfortable. Nicole was great, she gave great advice on hair treatment and my hair looked amazing! I would highly recommend Polished Hair.

Thanks Priscilla for the wonderful recommendation, I don't know what I would have done without this blog.


February 11, 2011
Ari: ...
Thank you soooooo much for the info! I will be going to Montpellier for a semester, and I had no idea what I was going to do with my hair. You've given me a bunch of options, and I'm so excited to check them out!

February 13, 2011
kilee : ...
Do you know if the salons are open on Monday? I'm desperate to get my hair done but they are not answering their phones.

February 21, 2011
Hi Kilee,

Try Kanellia around 10am. They have two locations and they are open on Mondays!

Locale: 66 av. Champs Elysées, 8th arrondissement

Metro: Franklin Roosevelt

Tel: (33).


February 21, 2011
Jasmine: ...
Thank you so much for your suggestions! I was just wondering what the price range for relaxing is?

February 24, 2011
Josj: ...
I'm a African American male from Chicago. I'm backpacking thru Europe for the next few months. I'm headed to Paris this weekend. Are there any barber shops for males that are really good? I got to keep my up town fade perfect.

March 23, 2011
Krizia | Women Entrepreneurs HQ : ...
I have been telling a lot of people about your site.

It's so amazing that you'd share such valuable information.

Once again, Thanks a lot!!!


April 05, 2011
Priscilla Lalisse-Jespesen: ...
Krizia, thank you so much! We appreciate the feedback. We're going to check out your site as well. Best wishes to you.

April 05, 2011
Josj check out Mark Clement Salon. He and his staff cut a lot of male hair in addition to their female clientele. Good luck to you.

April 05, 2011
Beth Thomas: ...
Dear Still looking:

Thanks so much for your comment and allowing us to have this feedback. We are sorry that your experience wasn't as pleasant as our own. Have you tried any of the other salons on this list?

April 05, 2011
Beth Thomas: ...
Jasmine relaxer prices depend on the salon in question. There are other things to consider such as hair length etc. Please call the salon you are interested in and they'll be able to help you. Good luck!

April 05, 2011
A satisfied American : ...
I came on here to write a review of my favorite Parisian hair stylist Mark Clement.
When I was enjoying all the previous comments, I saw the mean review written by the woman above "still looking for a good salon in paris". I have to give my two cents because I (along with several other Americans) was at the salon the day she was there. I totally remember this diva. First of all, she arrived at the salon with an attitude. She was rude. She was picky, and she was very demanding. I witnessed Mark and his staff patiently trying to accomodate this woman but she was constantly asking for things and deliberately NOT taking his advice about her hair. I am sorry that she came on here to write up her negative review of this salon. I think it's highly unfair given her attitude and the fact that SHE DID NOT WANT TO LISTEN when the staff told her her hair would turn out better another way. And another thing: the prices are on the door! You can't get something for nothing. They can't just give people free conditioners. I will just close by saying that I have had several wonderful experiences at Mark Clement's Salon and I highly recommend Mark and his entire staff to other visiting Americans.

April 14, 2011
Erin : ... http://n/a
Hi Priscilla,

I'll be going to study abroad in France, and I was wondering if any of these salons specialize specifically in weaves... even if that's not their specialty, what types of weaves do you mainly see in these hair salons? glue-ins? sew ins? I'll be moving to study there for the year in august and i'd really appreciate a response.

Thanks so much for this by the way!


April 22, 2011
Hi Prissy,

Hope you are doing good.
I just wanted to share with all your readers the address of our Dominican Salon :

Maria Dolores Institut de Paris
167, rue Saint Martin
75003 Paris
Metro : Rambuteau (line 11) -or
Etienne Marcel (line 4)

See you soon,
Maria Dolores.

May 09, 2011
Hi Maria!

Thanks so much for your post. I'm going to update the list very soon and I will certainly add your salon to it.

Hope to see you soon,

May 10, 2011
Tumelo: ...
i visited Polished hair salon thanx to you guyz, & i am happy to announce that i have found my hair a home. Everything about them is so professional, i highly recommend.

May 19, 2011
Tumelo: ...
me Tumi again, i did mention Prissy mag as my referrence to Nicole, she's so lovely..Thanx team prissy mag

May 19, 2011
Meabh: ...
I went to Mark Clément yesterday and I had an excellent experience. His staff were great and he was just excellent. I wanted a weave but open at the top and I put myself in his hands without disappointment. He did a beautiful, natural weave and he advised me well.
I enjoyed my experience and will definitely go back.

May 20, 2011
Cassandra: ...
This is a very informative article. Does anyone know of any hair salon's in Bordeaux?

July 18, 2011
Michelle: ... http://Smith
By chance, does anyone know of any black or Dominican salons in Ankara, Turkey?

August 01, 2011
Stéphanie: ...
Hi all! I just wanted to say that I have been going to Maria Dolores' beauty salon for 4 months now and they're great! Very nice location, warm welcoming, she is really concerned with the health of her customers' hair. I'm from French West Indies and I'm very picky with hair salons, in 7 years in Paris I simply avoided them. But I finally found a trustworthy hair stylist! Thank you Maria! Be aware, you could get addicted once you've been there :-)

August 05, 2011
Nikki: ...
Hi! Thanks for this info. I wil be moving to Paris within a month and was worried about my hair.

Does this polished Salon do straightners/relaxers that are natural without chemical? I use a natural straightner called Brasillian Blowout. I just love it... no chemicals!!!

August 25, 2011
coco: ...
Hi !
Im an african girl with medium frizzy hair ( its really hard to comb). I tried many hairsalon in Paris, but there wasnt great. I just wanted to visit Mark Clement for the first time, and the fact is that im wonderin if he is really good at weaving. I want to stylize a "tara" short "remy hair" on me... the hairdo name is " pixie bowl hairstyle" (google it). So please someone who has tried this barber advice me ! Thank you

August 27, 2011
msemmad: ...
Thank you! this site is amazing help! Please post where I can find some weave as well!! Merci :)

September 01, 2011
Keenan: ...
Do you know of any barbershops for Black Men? (ex. fades, dark caesars, etc.)

September 19, 2011
renee: ...
did you go anywhere in mexico and if so where and what did u get done

appreciate it

September 24, 2011
celeste: ...
i just stopped breathing for a you have a guide like this for london, madrid and rome as well? please say you do...thank you, regardless.

November 09, 2011
Perez: ...
Hello Prissy,

After reading this article I chose Mark Clement salon and have had nothing but a great experience. I go regularly now. I look forward to going there getting a great cut and talking about whats going on in the US and comparing notes on living in Paris.

Staff is very professional and greets each customer with a smile. I would recommend this salon to anyone.

Thank you for your help.

ps: I also read your book Next Of Kin. Mark recommended I read it and I have to say it was a great read and very similar to realities of staying abroad!!

November 18, 2011
Jovan: ...
Hello Prissy!
Thank you so much for the information in this article! I will be moving to Paris in the late summer and I was worried about finding a hairdresser that specializes in African-American hair. One question though: Do you know if the permanent blow dry from Polished Hair Care can hold up through Bikram (100 degree room) yoga? If anybody has info on how it holds up through heat and sweat I would appreciate it!
Keep up the great work!
I know this will become my go to guide for navigating through Paris!

December 28, 2011
Hi Jovan,

We will certainly asked Polished! Stay tuned for an answer.

Thanks for reading!


January 26, 2012
Wani Manly: ...
Thank you so much for this article. I juste moved to Paris from Miami and like any other woman on here I have the same concerns. I was wondering if were familiar with the style called the "Straw Set" and if you knew ifany of these salons or others doe this set. Essentially, the hair is rolled on drinking straws. Your advice would be most helpful as I speak NO french.

Thank you so kindly,


January 28, 2012
Hello & thanks for this awesome information. I just recently spent the Christmas holiday abroad, and loved Paris so much that I am planning to relocate their in 12-24 months. I am particlarly interested in providing hair care services to African American women specifically. I have been doing hair professionally for the past 16 years and absolutely love it. During my recent travels there, and from reading the blogs I know that there is definitely a great need. Tanks for the info & I will be following your posts. All the best!!

February 18, 2012
Hey guys be sure to check out my new blog BLACK HAIR IN PARIS for more information about black hair care in Paris!

March 12, 2012
My hairdresser is fantastic: ...
Bonjour tout le monde,
je vis à Paris et je vais me coiffer dans le salon Marc Clément depuis 3 ans. Je suis allée à l' étranger 1 an donc je sais ce que c'est de ne pas retrouver un coiffeur. Aujourd'hui je suis allée avec ma maman me coiffer et comme d'habitude on en sort toute belle. Pour chaque type de cheveux, Marc a un traitement particulier et adapté. En plus on passe un super moment avec un artiste!!!

March 21, 2012
Suze: ...
I have to say my experience at Mark Clément salon has always been excellent. I highly recommend an appointment with the amazing executive stylist Shelley Fox Reed, originally from the Bay area who is truly magic with hair, in fact he is known to be one of the very very best hair designers in all of Paris. He is incredibly talented, patient and very funny- you systematically come out looking way better than you even imagined, I don't know how he does it. Mark stocks excellent hair care treatments and I guarantee you'll have the best experience of any other multi-ethnic hair care salon in Paris.

April 02, 2012
burnt head: ...
Don't be so quick to dismiss the "mean" review of Salon Mark Clement. His hands were shaking. The sniffle was still there. My scalp got burned terribly during my touch up. I told him I was burning, but he wouldn't rinse it out.

Perhaps that particular relaxer brand wasn't for me, but - the shaking hands REALLY put me off. (Keep in mind these reviews are over a year apart). You may fare better, but don't take all of the positive reviews of Salon Mark Clement at face value if you know what I mean.

May 13, 2012
Mark Clement, owner of Salon Mark Clement: ...
Dear Burnt Head,

We strive to provide our clients with superior care and service by a friendly, knowledgeable and responsive staff that exceeds our clients' expectations and that will help them provide unequalled service. We are disappointed to hear that your experience with us was unsatisfactory. There are days when allergies do get the best of me, but as my clients depend on me 100% and I hate to disappoint them by calling in sick.

As far as your relaxer goes, please make it known to your hair care provider if it or any other product is burning. This goes for our salon or any other. Communication is very important. Indeed we want our clients to be happy and invite you to visit us again soon. We will do our upmost to make sure your experience is pleasant.


Mark Clement

June 03, 2012
Jennifer: ...
Bottom line: I don't know you but I love you! I'm visiting Paris and plan on taking engagement pictures. Was so worried about my hair that I decided to look up "black hair in Paris." Your blog and this list of hair stylists are fabulous. Keep up the awesome work!

June 15, 2012
Sharon: ...
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am thinking of moving to Paris from London and was a little worried about having my hair done, was even thinking of coming back to London for that purpose alone, but after reading your blog I will be trying out these salons, My daughter and myself.

July 05, 2012
Mary Ann Thompson: ...
I came to France for a one month vacation and was desperate to find a proper hair salon. I currently live in Bali, Indonesia where there are absolutely NO black hair salons. I was searching all over the net and found your amazing blog. After reading through the reviews I decided to contact Polished Hair Care. This was the best decision I could have made. I had the best hair experience and met wonderful people all at the same time.What is great about Polished Hair Care is that they really care about your hair. The entire process from the wash to the styling was done with such care. Thank you so much for starting this blog. I loved my hair treatment and whenever I go back to France I will be visiting Polished!

July 09, 2012
Noni: ...
I would like to know of any recommendation of black hair salon, in Granoble, Lyon, Marseille, Salon de Provence, Avignon. If you of any salon around that area please let me know. Thanks.

August 10, 2012
Ral: ...
Loving this blog! Sorry I found this so late though. I've been here a few years now and remember well the panic before moving here about what to do with my hair. I already had a bad experience living in London for a few not all black people can do hair! I too have been spoilt at home with a hairdresser who's been doing my hair for about 10years...yep homesick for my hairdresser. Anyway I've been going to Polished for awhile now and they're really good with styling and suggestions. Would recommend to anyone for a great cut style and ambiance, massaging shampoo chairs is the chocolate ganache on the eclair. However I am a bit concerned that the focus on styling overshadows hair health. Looking at the websites here I'm tempted to try Maria Dolores Institute listed above. Has anyone been and can recommend?

August 14, 2012
Noni hi unfortunately we do not have any addresses for those areas.

Readers do you?????

August 14, 2012
Stephanie: ...
Thank You Prissy for this post. I, as well, went to Mark Clement's salon and I have nothing but positive reviews. The service was professional and hospitable.

Mark also recommended your book, Next of Kin, a great read.


September 15, 2012
Meabh: ...
Love love Mark Clement! He is excellent, professional and a very nice guy. I feel relaxed and happy when I go to his salon. His colleagues are super nice too. Mark is definitely talented. I'm going back to him soon for help. I've let my hair go crazy and I need his help big time!

October 04, 2012
Claire Peterson: ...
Thanks for all the I live between Florida and Paris your info was priceless...I do want to add that I have coarse hair and I was recommended the phytospecific natural relaxer after a severe well for my very coarse hair and now I swear by it too just like your Atlanta hairdresser....thks for your priceless info

October 08, 2012
Didi: ...
Hi Prissy!!! Thanks so much for this blog! I don't thnk you could ever possibly understand how much this blog has helped us out! The first thing I ever thought about before coming to Paris was how I was going to get my hair done. Today I had my hair done by Mark Clement at his salon and it turned out fabulous. He is an excellent hair dresser and I was quite pleased with the end result. Thanks to your blog, I also visited Maria Delores hair institute last time I was in Paris as well.

October 17, 2012
Olivia: ...
This blog is a life saver,which one do you recommend for braids?? I have been living here for a year and the person that used to braid me moved to Canada :(, i dont like the hair salons at Strausburg st dennis but it seems like its the only place where I can braid my hair.

October 26, 2012
Travelling Hibiscus: ...
Hello all!

I also got my hair done by Mark Clement in October a month before my return home (Bahamas). He did an awesome job! He was super friendly and accommodating. By the time I visited his salon, I had already had the misfortune of going to two other salons (that shall remain nameless) one of which blatantly ripped me off. I was very pleased with my relaxer and trim. I left the salon a very happy tourist :) Mark is very talented and has a big heart. You'll be happy you went to his salon if you go. I'd go back in a heartbeat if I ever move back to Paris! Thank you ever so much to you Prissy and to you Mark!

December 30, 2012
Thanks for all your comments! They are greatly appreciated. We are searching for talented braid stylists and as soon as we have something to report, we will!!!
Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen

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January 09, 2013
Maeve: ...
I had another fabulous session with Mark Clement a couple of weeks ago. He is so meticulous and talented. My hair looks amazing and is so soft!
I'm currently reading 'Next of Kin' that Mark lent me and it's a very good read so far. I'll be commenting shortly on that too :-)
I highly recommend Mark's salon. He knows hair and he is such a nice person to chat too. I always enjoy my sessions with him. Can't say enough about them all there. The atmosphere is so friendly and warm. They're awesome!

January 30, 2013
Lilli: ...
OMG, I am in tears because I have lived here for 4 years and metro boulot dodo has left me soo not in touch with the outside world, I have needed this list, wow, I will research the best for my natural hair, and get a wave nouveau.

Merci beaucoup

April 16, 2013
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April 17, 2013
Ash: ...
Just wanted to say thanks for the recommendation. It was time for a perm while i was visiting Paris. As a result of your blog, I chose Mark Clement. I was very struck by the skill with which he perms, including him thoroughly greasing my scalp. The deep condition and trim were also welcomed extras. And after converting to dollars, the price was more than reasonable. I would definitely go again when I'm in Paris. (I can also recommend Royal Hair & Beauty in Montpelier for a "shampoo and brush".). ps for comparison, my hair is on the "mild" side of "regular" but i definitely take a "regular" perm.

April 23, 2013
Juniper Training : ...
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May 16, 2013
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Very Very good and usable post. Thank's to share your experience with us. I will try to remember these tips in my blog commenting task.

May 23, 2013
Tasm: ...
I highly recommend Mark Clement salon. I have lived in Paris for 4 years and have had my share of nightmare hair stories. Fortunately, a friend found this blog and sent it to me. Mark is so professional. He explains what he is doing as he does it. He goes out of the way to make you feel comfortable. The salon is clean and quiet. The wait was not long. Although I arrived late, I was still accommodated. No complaints! Highly recommended! Thanks, Priscilla for this blog!

June 07, 2013
Frenchick: ...
do you know french black magazine like brune or miss ebène ? they have tons of advert for hair salon and guess what non of them are located in strasbourg st denis or chateau rouge.
you cann add to your salon list :
niwell by frank provost
ethnicia (now hapsatou Sy)
pierre yves lilas
farida b
atelier toritille
les secrets de loly
most of them are chain salon

I would recommend strasbourg St denis/Chateau rouge salon for braids and senegalese twist. Other salons ar better for perm and treatments and/or natural hair.

hope this help

June 14, 2013
Thanks Frenchick! We appreciate your input. We are actually getting ready to update this list and some of the salons you have mentioned will be covered.

Thanks again so much!

Priscilla Lalisse-Jespersen

June 14, 2013
Beth Thomas: ...
Thanks for your comment Tasm!

June 14, 2013
chavannes: ...
hair star in chatelet. It's owned by carribbean french folks

June 20, 2013
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July 23, 2013
Sharonna: ...
Thanks for the blog! I just visited Mark Clement's Salon last week and it was outstanding! No complaints here!

July 23, 2013
Top hair salons: ...
This site is excellent and so is how the subject matter was explained. I also like some of the comments too.Waiting for next post.

August 02, 2013
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August 27, 2013
Rose Revel: ...
Thank you Prissy Mag for the hookup! Salon Mark Clément rocks!

August 29, 2013
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September 13, 2013
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September 13, 2013
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September 13, 2013
Pascale: ...
Born in Paris.... Out of France for the last 10 years... I used to have my hair done lately in the UK. We were moved back to Paris. So I was looking for having just a shampoo for my perm. I walked in the first "Ethnic" hairdress in order to have this shampoo. Panic when I left: curl vanished, my hair keep falling. I thought that there was no other choice than cut off my long hair.
THANKS prissymag for your wonderful blog! You saved a caribean parisian girl in Paris. Mark Clement has just save my hair and recover the disaster being made (for a less expensive price than this ethnic previous salon!).

September 17, 2013
Sofia: ...
Thanks a lot for your advices. I'm french and can't find a good hairdresser in Paris since I stopped relaxing my hair in 2008 and no more hair relaxed since 2011. More over, I'm half-breed. It's relly a problem not to have good hairdressers for my kind of hair. Schools for futur hairdressers should start at last to teach how to manage our kind of hair ! Sorry, I'm so pissed off right now. I'm under the impression that in english speacking countries (USA, UK) there are really good hairdressers for our type of hair ; there're choices. What's wrong in Europe... or at least in France ! Hairdressers offer you systematically to relax your hair to get much more money but that destroyes our hair. It's only a bad way to make business and to accept at last our natural hair.
Anyway, i needed to share this feeling... it's done !

September 21, 2013
Susan Biggs: ...
I am a bit skeptical to check out the rest of the hair dressers recommended because I have already went to Mark's Coiffure and it really, really sucked. My hair looked like a student did it, the salon was dirty and they were very unprofessional. I will however try one other salon before I completely dismiss this entire blog.

September 29, 2013
Beth Thomas: ...
Dear Susan Biggs,

We are utterly shocked by your post. We have NEVER gotten such a negative response to Mark Clement Coiffure. (Please read the other reviews here about Mark's salon as well!) We have been there 100's of times and the salon has NEVER been dirty and the staff NEVER unprofessional. Are you sure you went there?

As for your comment regarding Prissy Mag, we try to be informative and entertaining. All of us have lived here for a NUMBER of years. We try to pass on what we've learned and we stand by what we recommend. Please note that all of the information is FREE. If you are not happy with our content, we are indeed sorry to hear that and wish you well on your French journey.


September 29, 2013
I don’t suppose many of websites give this kind of information.

October 02, 2013
Paris is the fashion capital of the world, but it is not the hair capital, at least not for African Americans.

October 02, 2013
tori: ...
I have been to salon mark clement twice and could not be more happy with the quality of the service. I walked into the salon not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by how welcoming they were. Mark speaks both english and french so it was easy to communicate what I wanted. At the end of my first visit my expectations were surpassed! They took excellent care of my hair and did a phenominal job- better than the places I normlly go to in New York. If you are an american student in paris looking for somewhere to get your hair done this is 100% the best place to go. Mark Clement is a multi-ethnic salon that caters to all hair types-- I saw a lot of different types of hair being done there (curly, straight, weave, relaxed etc.) Also the people who work there were very sweet and offered me coffee/tea. Thanks Prissymag for putting up this article I would have never been able to find the salon!

October 03, 2013
Lorine: ...
Hello ! First of all,thank you for this article.
I'm a French black girl and I had tried a lot of hair dresser here in Paris, but never got the satisfaction I had in NYC salons.. And then, I tried Mark Clement !
My first time was this summer. I was so surprised by the joyful atmosphere, the professionalism, the kindness of the team. They welcome you with a great smile, invite you to get rid of your coat (they a special place for it), and propose you something to drink. Of course, all this doesn't make a salon a good one. However, Mark Clement's salon is an excellent one! Last Saturday was my 4th time there. I set a RDV for me, my mom and two friends of mine(both white girls)! I got relaxer (thanks Edie) and the most amazing haircut ever (thanks Mark!!) ; My mom got a colour and a cut on her natural hair and a bunch of advise (thanks again Mark) ; one of my friend got a colour and a amazing haircut (thanks Igor : she had quite long hair without any shape and he worked with hair so kindly throughout the process for a wonderful result!) ; and my other friend get a super colour and a hair cut also ( thanks again Igor, you're the best!) no need to say all of us had the best day ever!! I was so amaze by the fact I was getting my relaxer just beside my mom who has natural hair and my two white girlfriends : I think this says it all about Mark's concept!! Really, I recommend you this salon ; you won't regret ;)

October 07, 2013
Obat tradisional: ...
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October 18, 2013
Styling their hair is something every woman is in love with and I am not an exception. However, having a thick mane of hair can also bring some other problems like not being able to style it properly. Opting for ethnic hair treatment is the best idea for styling unruly hair.

October 25, 2013
Nette: ...
Hello Prissymag,

I don't live in Paris and that is a 3 hour train ride away. I hear such great things about this site and was wondering if you know of a place in Aix-en-Provence or Marseille where I can get my hair done?

October 26, 2013
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November 18, 2013
Is that post exactly means we cannot find any Salon in Paris for black haired people. But i don't think so...Because last year when i visit to Paris see lots of Salon shops near Eiffel Tower but didn't go their to cut my hairs. Because few days back something wrong happened with my friends outside Salon shop so i afraid to go their.

November 18, 2013
penyebab kantung mata hitam: ...
Thanks is for your information is very good

November 27, 2013
living in amiens: ...
Hey, I am looking for a first time perm and all the reviews of Mark Clement's salon has me leaning towards going there to get it done. Any reviews on whether this is a good place to go to get your first perm?

December 07, 2013
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January 25, 2014
Ebonee: ...
I went to Mark Clement Salon, best experience ever. I'm one of those girls that cries after every cut because they SOMEHOW ruin my hair even when I tell them what I want they think I don't know my own hair. At Mark's I didn't cry, I didn't even have to say much, he did it for me! He knew what I needed and he explained every step and what I need to do at home, since Paris water and pipes are harsh and calcified (respectively) and ruins your skin and hair. Every time, I come to Paris my hair is out of control. He told me everything to fix this. Now, It is a bit different than what I expected in regards to length, he cut off more than I had wanted but I told him I had confidence in him, and he said, that with my damage and combing it had to go if i didn't want to see him earlier than necessary. BUT I DIDNT CRY. my cut was shorter but fits my face, and i am in love with it, and feel like a new girl.

March 17, 2014
thank you so much! We appreciate the feedback. We're going to check out your site as well. Best wishes to you.

March 26, 2014
Sanaa162: ...
I came back to Paris after 5 years in the UK and was quite worried about not finding a good hairdresser here but I'm now reassured since my visit to Mark Clement Salon last week. I got a texturizer and a cut done and was very satisfied. The cut was exactly how I wanted it as I got rid of my dead ends without losing too much length.
Mark gives good advice and makes sure you feel comfortable.
I also saw the work done on other people's hair while in there and the results were great.
I'll definitely be back!

May 12, 2014
Erin: ...
As an American having spent almost 2 years living in Paris, I finally went to Mark Clement's salon yesterday for a full weave, and almost prefer his salon to mine back home! The team is incredible, Mark is so friendly and accommodating, he really listens to what you want, and I love the way my hair looks! Recommended to all!

May 17, 2014
Hair cuts fresh meadows: ...
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July 02, 2014
Liz: ...
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July 06, 2014
Tall American Girl: ...
I was lucky that I came across this website offering options for Black hair while away from the States. I had the pleasure of having my hair done at the Maria Dolores Institute de Paris which is centrally located at 167 Rue Saint Martin. It is in a busy shopping district and about 3 blocks from the Metro Station. I had Sophia do my hair and had a wash, condition and a great Dominican blow out that is very much on par with my Dominican stylist back home. They even use Alter Ego which is an Italian brand that works well with my hair. They also do (in fact mostly do) weaves and extensions for women across all cultural spectrums. However the blowout is my preferred method for keeping my do-did.

I have relaxed hair but it is very fine and sometimes prone to damage and breakage if it is handled improperly or by some roughneck, heavy handed worker. Sophia gave an excellent wash. Handled my hair gently for the condition and comb-out. She did a roller set and a quick, efficient and lasting blow out hitting my roots (which are due for a relaxer) and my ends (which are due for a trim). I am so very pleased with the results and I highly recommend Sophia and the Maria Dolores Institute de Paris. I notice a lot of respondents here have chosen the Mark Clement Salon as an option which is fine but if you are a girl or guy who needs options then add Mara Dolores to you address book too.

July 25, 2014
DC Morena: ...
I have the luxury of living in a neighborhood near Washington, DC that is heavily populated by Ethiopians. I go to Ethiopian salons to get me hair set and flat ironed. They do a fantastic job on my natural hair. It looks relaxed after they're done and it doesn't damage my super coily hair. Anyway, just wondering if there are any Ethiopian salons in Paris.

August 25, 2014

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