Internal Medicine Residency

Hair Care

One person that you’ve probably regretfully left behind upon coming to Penn is your friendly, trustworthy neighborhood hairdresser or barber. Realizing that for many people it takes months to find what they consider a good beautician or barber, we thought it might prove helpful to hear about those places that are frequented by other medical students.


Chaos Hair Salon
2032 Chestnut
Everyone there will lay your hair out. Prices are reasonable, $35 for a wash and set. Relaxers are $50 for Design Essential, $60 for Affirm and $65 for Pure Essence. You get $10 off perms and 20% off cuts with the Student Advantage card. There is also a salon special of $10 off permanent colors every Thursday.

Cynthia’s Salon
4532 Baltimore Avenue
Cynthia’s specializes in corrective work. Relaxers start at $45. Wash and set are $35. The salon is open Monday to Friday 9-6 and Saturdays 9:30 - 3:00. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

First Decisions
107 South 40th Street
Specializes in precision cutting and short styles.

The Gallery Shopping Mall
18th and Market to 10th and Market Streets
Among its 125 shops and restaurants are 5 beauty salons. They are Command Performance, Andre Rossi, Talent Hair Beauty Salon, and the beauty salons located in JCPenny’s Department Store and Strawbridge and Clothiers Department Store. These are excellent spots to find bargains, because all of them offer “specials” or discounts throughout the year on relaxers, haircuts, tints, etc. Newspapers often run ads for these sales.

Magnificent Obsession
6379 Germantown Avenue
Want your hair to look like Janet Jackson or Gabrielle Union? Well, this is the place. Specializing in weaves, relaxers, and precision cuts.

Myriam’s Braids
69th Street Terminal
Box braids start at $50.00.

Philly Cuts Unisex Salon
4321 Chestnut Street
Featuring coloring, waxing, facials, shampoos, eyebrow arching, manicures and pedicures for reasonable prices. Wash and Set, as well as Blow and Curl are $25. There is a 10% discount with student ID on all services.

Salon Dubos'e
107 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-5340
Reasonable prices and flexible hours

Selective Beauty Salon

5252 Spruce Street
Relaxers are $40; blow dry and curl, $25.

Tina’s African Braiding Shop
5129 Walnut Street
Tina’s can be a little pricey, but they will do an EXCELLENT job. The stylists are highly skilled professionals and can do just about any style you need. Shoulder length braids are approximately $150. Longer braids can be $200. Ask for a student discount. You may be able to negotiate a cheaper price.

Total Serenity INC
2108 Walnut Street
Features massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, body waxing, body wrapping, and reflexology. 10% student discount.

Vibes Hair Studio
3631 Lancaster Ave.
Ask for Wayne. Prices are very reasonable. The salon also has a barber.

Zulene Hair Design & Beauty
1508 Lombard Street
Zulene specializes in natural beauty techniques. She is a wonderful stylist who has 22 years of experience. Hair care products and services include: aromatherapy, permanent herbal relaxers, scalp care, cutting, weaving, custom blending, and private skin and make-up line. Relaxers range from $65 to $85. Ask about the student discount. Zulene is available Tuesday through Friday by appointment only. You may also access this salon via the web at <>

Zulu Braiding Salon
4838 Frankford Ave
Services include hair weaving, braiding, locks, relaxers, cuts, and color. Relaxers start at $55; cornrows start at $75. The salon is open until 6 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, until 4 PM on Thursday and Friday and until 3 PM on Saturday.

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First Decision
107 S. 40th, between Chestnut and Walnut Streets
This is one barber who is good and takes his time especially when he gets to know you as one of his regulars. Occasionally, it is hard to get a haircut around lunch time. Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9 AM - 5 PM, Saturdays 9 AM - 4 PM.

Philly Cuts Barbershop
4321 Chestnut Street
Nine chairs of Philly’s finest barbers. Appointments suggested but walk-ins are welcome. Haircuts—$10; shape-ups—$5. Manicures—$8.