8 of the Best Hair Braiding Salons in NYC

Looking to get your braids popping for the summer? Check out our list of eight of the best hair braiding salons in New York.

NEW YORK CITY—Last week, we highlighted the standout braids, twists, and faux locs that we've seen around Brooklyn, but, truly, there are beautiful people rocking awe-worthy braids in all five boroughs.

There are plenty hairdressers around the city, but not all are created equal. Not only do we want our braids to look fresh, but we also want our hair to be treated with care and love in order to get the most out of protective styling.

We want to help you find the right hairdresser to cater to your specific hair needs! Below, is a list 10 hair salons and hair braiders in New York to try out, if you're looking for banging braids this summer.

Hair by Susy

Location: 1019 Hegeman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208

This colorful shop is owned by Susy Oludele, who's done hair for Beyoncé, Solange, Zoë Kravitz and more. She spoke with us in April, about how she's managed to find success in the hair industry.

Aminata African Hair Braiding

Location: 360 W 125th Street, Suite 2, New York, NY 10027

Harlem is the epicenter of African hair braiding and this salon is located right between Morning Side Ave and St. Nicholas Ave. They specialize in Senegalese twists at an affordable price.

Photo courtesy of Diarrha N'Diaye.

Ancestral Strands Braid Studio

Location: 080 Fulton Street, Suite 5, Brooklyn, NY 11238

This salon specialized in braids and natural hair care. If you wanted your hair to be treated with some tender love and care, Ancestral Strands Studio is the place for you. Their intricate cornrow patterns make for a bold, summertime look.

Mimi's Braids

Location: 5 Henry Street, Passaic, NJ 07055

Located in neighboring, New Jersey, this salon has hosted the likes of Wale and Travis Scott, and delivers neat, detail-oriented designs.

Yacine African Hair Braiding

Location: 995 Fox Street, Bronx, NY 10459

Yacine African Hair Braiding is a great stop if you're looking for skilled and reliable hair braiders in the Bronx.

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Lacy Redway

Location: 245 5th Ave, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10016

If you're looking for some star treatment (and have the money to dish out), Redway is your stylist. Her celebrity clientele includes Uzo Aduba, Alek Wek, Yara Shahidi, Naomi Campbell and many more.

Stasha's Tempted 2 Touch Salon

Location: 153 Euclid Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208

This one-stop shop will give you the fabulous, braids, twists or faux locs you're looking for at an affordable price.

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Khamit Kinks

Location: 400 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Located on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn, Khamit Kinks offers creative looks that "help support vitality and growth." They've got you covered on any natural hair style you can imagine.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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