I've been to BET 6 times, mainly for braids - fixing bad jobs, 2 full installs, and removing braids, as well as for putting in extensions. They are great for the price, if you can over look ALOT. I find it kind of stressful to be in this sort of environment so I've chosen not to really go back, but I'm open to revisiting my decision as time goes by.
BRAIDS: BET does some of the best microbraids around. That said, they don't really care if the break off the front of your hair. Very few of the hair dressers actually listen when you tell them what not to do to your hair line. They do tiny braids around the crown, and expect you to come back every week or every other week to get them redone... not happening! Some stylists actually know how to braid larger at the front so you don't end up with large bald spots, where the braids used to be! I have almost totally destroyed my hair line, due to using BET for the past year.
Regarding the PRICE: Some of the best prices around for the work. VERY professional braiding job (apart from the hairline destruction thing, which they don't seem to get)... If you don't go through Blessing (the owner), some of the girls will rip you off...
They recommend high quality human hair, and it definitely makes a big difference. Particularly in photos. They do probably some of the best braids, better than most Boston braiding salons which will charge you at least $30-$50 more on up). They may charge $130 for small micro braids, where as for the same price in Boston you will get really thick braids poorly performed. However, pretty much everything everyone says on the 1 star reviews is pretty true.
SALON EXPERIENCE: Pretty crappy. Bathrooms without soap or paper towel. Bring your own! I think they have either toilet paper or paper towels.... Chaos rules the day, but there are lines of very patient women sitting for hours to get their hair done, regardless of this mess. The owner, has her underage kids working the cash register, and in the beauty store and its pretty strange communicating with at 10 year old about what hair you'd like to look at from behind A TINY HOLE IN BULLET PROOF GLASS.
THE WEAVES are pretty good.. id just bring my own heavier duty thread. The tightenings are pretty bad to the extensions as they don't remove the old hair, they just add new hair on top, which makes a huge lumpy mess.Redo the whole head instead of getting it tightened. Much cheaper, but wearing weaves overall is pretty expensive. If you don't spend at least $300 getting it installed, you know its not ideal. They charge about $100 per weave.