At the recommendation of a few friends, I went to Olive's for a relaxer twice. They do a roller set before the blow dry, which gives you hair some volume and a break from heat. The conditioning treatments are great.
I was a bit concerned about my haircut when the stylist commented that my hair was ""lots of different lengths,"" and then it took her a minute to realize those were layers! My cut was disappointing...I sort of ended up looking like that lady from Dilbert with the triangle hair, to be honest.
The atmostphere wasn't as professional as Newbury Street, but I've had A LOT worse. The stylists were extremely friendly. Bring a book and be prepared for a bit of a wait, especially if you go on the weekends. They cater to mostly African American clients, but there were plenty of other races there too! I wouldn't get my hair cut there again, but this place is great for relaxers, blow dries, and conditioning treatments.
Pros: Conditioning treatments, friendly staff
Cons: Cuts, distance