I started going to John atchinson in the beginning of 2008 after having a horrible experience with relaxers for 4 years.
The first day I went, I expected to have that same old burning sensation in my scalp and the horrible cut...
my trichologist was Janice and she observed my hair and decided I needed a mild relaxer. And behold, it didn't burn at all...and I kept asking her..""are you really using a relaxer?"" and she explained to me how she based my scalp and she doesn't comb it in and mainly uses her hands. I also realized as time went on that she would only get my new growth and she never made my new growth bone straight, which has benefited my hair greatly!So if some people are looking for bone straight you might have to tell your trichologist in advance about that.
My stylist, Pat who I believe has left, was also good with my hair and actually gave me a ""trim"" and not a ""cut"" and taught me how to do other styles to my hair instead of just having it straight 24/7. I felt very comfortable here, and my trichologist would always give me advise about my hair when asked and it was cause of John Atchinson's salon I was able to venture out more and learn more about my hair.
But this place is pricey! The last time I went I did pay around $185(relaxer + wash and style). But I would go every 10-11 weeks for a touch up...so they also helped me learn how to stretch out my relaxers =p
Pros: good staff, very informative,very clean
Cons: can be pricey for a college student