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Nova Hair Salon - 30 Reviews - 1324 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA - Beauty Salons Reviews - Phone (215) 309-8703

Nova Hair Salon

1324 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 309-8703
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For over six years, I have gotten a cut and color every four weeks from Bernadette (Bern) Brescia. I followed her to Nova Hair Salon, a low keyed lovely salon in the heart of cent...


The stylist butchered my hair. I am very very upset, I had very long thick hair before my visit and the stylist hacked it off without any sense of a style. Now it is so choppy and...

Editorial review from Citysearch 7/29/2013

This place is way better that the other places around, I really enjoyed the way they work in here, very energetic and friendly staff, they are really amazing. more

Great cut/great color by Bernadette 11/30/2010

For over six years, I have gotten a cut and color every four weeks from Bernadette (Bern) Brescia. I followed her to Nova Hair Salon, a low keyed lovely salon in the heart of center city. The front desk (Bern's sister, Theresa, happens to work there) is extremely welcoming and schedules customers so they rarely have to wait. Since my childhood I have felt that I have curly, sometimes frizzy unmanageable hair that has a mind of its own, but Bern does such a great job that I have grown to love it. I am thrilled I found her! more

brazillian blow out!!!!! 9/30/2010

so happy with the whole process!!! more

cutting edge 9/30/2010

Everyone at Nova is great. I love going there. It is in a very vibrant part of the city, the stylists are all up on the latest trends in hair fashion and the best products. Bernadette gives me the best cut and color I have ever had! I get so many compliments. I also appreciate the convenient discounted parking in the lot right across the street. Now I make it a day of beauty then drinks in the neighborhood and I don't have to move my car. Thanks to Bern and Marianne and Roe for making me feel good and look good too. more

great experience! 9/23/2010

I have been going to Nova for years for color and haircuts...recently I tried the Brazillian Blowout! Bernadette did a fantastic job. I was a liitle nervous about the process and she made me feel very secure. Now my hair looks healthy and smoothe! All the people that work there are great...and they make a good cappucino too. more

FABULOSO!!! 8/11/2009


NOVA---ROCKS!!! 4/13/2009

I have been going to Nova for a long while... Russel the barber is fantastic....I sit in his chair and he knows exactly how I want my hair styled...The girls the work there are extraordinarily nice and make you feel at home.. I couldn't imagine a better place to go!!!! more

Great Salon 3/12/2009

These people are easy to work with, they take the time to ask what you want and what you expect from your cut or color. They're pros, they are experenced yet they're up with the lastest trends. When you have a appointment , that's when you're taken, you don't sit and wait an hour for your stylist. Great cuts at a fair price, what more can you ask. more

Great Salon! 2/17/2009

I have been going to Rose at Nova for ages. I have really difficult hair, but Rose styles it perfectly every time. The salon has a friendly, comfortable and welcoming environment and I have happily recommended it to many friends over the years. No one has ever been disappointed. Pros: Friendly, Professional Cons: None more

Superior Salon...Warmest people 2/2/2009

I have to agree with gtowngirl. The review is VERY questionable; actually, I believe the review to be untrue. I have been going to Nova for 8 yrs and never, not once, have I been disappointed. Marianne delivers on point each time. My color, cut, and perm look terrific and my hair is more conditioned than ever. Rose, Erin, John.. all great stylists and I would be comfortable in each one's chair. Their clients walk away with smiles just as big as mine! Kathy, the manicurist, perfects the nails and does wonders with eyebrows. Annette gives the greatest shampoo. She leaves your scalp feeling refreshed and your hair revitalized; she blots perm rods like no other to make sure curls come out perfect..which they do! Rita, the receptionist, is a joy to talk to. She makes you feel right at home. Once you walk in you can immediately feel the warmth of the staff. The professionalism is top notch and the talent cannot be measured; Nova Hair Salon is truly an exceptional place. For anybody reading these reviews, please question the validity of that ONE and ONLY ONE vicious review. I believe there had to be other intent behind it. Pros: Never disappointed Cons: No cons on this salon more

Talented, Compassionate and Professional Staff. I question this one negative review! 1/30/2009

I've been going to Maryann, one of Nova's owners, for more than twenty years. I have been really happy with my haircuts. This salon has tons of loyal clients; during the holidays people bring food and gifts to share. For these reasons, I really question the truthfulness of this review by "sinnabunni." I can't imagine any of the hairdressers hacking at anyone's hair! In my experience, they are very thoughtful and ask lots of questions when someone with long hair asks for a dramatically shorter cut -- they know it can be an emotional experience and they want to play it safe. Makes me wonder if this woman got the right place -- or is she someone with an axe to grind? Pros: Quality, professionalism, punctuality Cons: Can be hard to get an appointment at peak times more

Where Everybody Knows Your Name - a top salon with the spirit of "Cheers" 1/30/2009

As soon as you walk in the door this exceptionally talented and caring group of professionals welcome you like a valued member of their family. I?m an executive consultant and professor with exceptionally high standards for service. I am also a loyal client of Nova Hair Salon ? for over a decade now. My visits feel more like a revitalizing retreat than a hair appointment??Cheers? for those thirsting for a salon rather than a saloon. more

A terrible experience, my hair is ruined for years! 12/24/2008

The stylist butchered my hair. I am very very upset, I had very long thick hair before my visit and the stylist hacked it off without any sense of a style. Now it is so choppy and nasty that I put it back and can't bear to look at it. Horrible!!! I asked for light layering and bangs, what I got was 5 years of growing my hair down the drain, in some places in the back it is 12 inches shorter, and the longest layer is cut on an angle with little pieces that stick out and got missed by the scissors. A child could have cut it better, I am so sad. I forget the stylist's name but she was a middle aged woman with short dark hair. I will NEVER go back, and would not recommend this salon. Don't let them ruin your hair too! Pros: Medium Price Cons: Awful haircut! more

Truly, a great salon. 12/11/2008

I have been a client of Nova Hair Salon for nearly 10 years. Although I relocated to Chicago 5 years ago, I still travel the 800 miles back to Nova to get my hair permed. Why? Because, they listen. Instead of giving me a hair style that I can not maintain, they work with me to create a style that fits my life. That alone would keep me coming back, but, as a bonus, the Salon's atmosphere is welcoming and upbeat. I can not recall a visit where I did not hear the clients and staff joking with each other. Truly, a great salon. Pros: Attentive, Friendly, Professional, Talented more

this place was amazing 11/30/2008

I absolutely loved it here. I had gone to another salon to try a new style and it was almost the total opposite of what I wanted. So I called Nova Hair Salon and got my appointment. I told the woman what happened at the other salon and how it wasnt anything what i wanted. We talked about how I wanted it and when I walked out I looked just the way I wanted to. more

Great Haircut- Terrific Prices- Feels Like Home 10/29/2008

I went to Nova after being disappointed with another salon in Center City Philadelphia. I called on a Saturday morning and was booked in with Erin. Upon entering the salon, I instantly felt at ease---which is not very common in the upscale salon scene. After only waiting for a few minutes, I met with Erin who discussed my cut and let me know what she would need to do in order to acheive the style I wanted. Erin is a true pro and not only cut my hair- but styled it for me so carefully----and I am so happy with the results. Pros: Relaxing Atmosphere Cons: Nothing more

Respose from Nova Hair Salon to Unfair Review 6/28/2008

As one of the owners of Nova Hair Salon, I would like to respond to the person who suggests that we are rude. First, I want to specify that this person was a job applicant at Nova, not a client. As a courtesy to prospective employees, we allow all job applicants to fill out applications. If there is no job available at the time they come in, we make that clear to them. When this person came in to apply, she was informed that we would file her application for future reference, but there was no job available. She still insisted on calling 2 days later to find out about the job that wasn't there. more

great blow-out! 1/20/2007

I happen to come across Nova hair salon on friday when I was in a bind and needed my hair done for the evening's events.Nova salon is located on the of corner juniper and sansom street which was such a great location. As soon as I walked in I was greeted kindly and taken right away. I needed a clarifying treatment as well as a good blowout. One of the stylist there had made my hair unbelievably bouncy and shiny. I will be returning to her for my scheduled cut in a few weeks. Not only did I find a new hairstylist, I found a future salon with the greatest attitude towards their clients. Pros: value customer, fair prices, excellent experince! more

rude behavior 1/12/2007

The owner was extremely rude behavior. She was look down on people and also decided people before she learn more about them. In stead of making me feel at home and comfortable she make me feel as though I was bothering her. She hadn't listened to a word I said. NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL. BECAUSE You have a lots of choice salon in center city that better than her salon....... more

Friendly, low key, professional service 10/21/2006

I've been going to Nova for forever. Through perms, color, cuts, and several different lengths of hair. They are terrific. Very caring for their customers. Low key, easy to talk to. Good, high-quality hair care. Highly recommended. more
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Owner Message

  • At Nova Hair Salon, the friendly and energetic staff strives to bring your hair's maximum beauty and potential to light. With expert hair stylists working to provide you with the perfect hair cut and ideal hair color to match you as an individual, you can rest assured that your personality and true self will radiate.

    Healthy hair is essential, and Nova Hair Salon emphasizes the importance of proper hair care for your overall look. Hip hair styles and contemporary cuts to classic hair color and traditional hair dos, this beauty salon offers the total hair care package. Highlights are offered as well as full hair color, so for all your hair care needs, visit the chic Nova Hair Salon in Philadelphia.


  • Philadelphia's best kept secret is ready to come out bringing you the ultimate in hair care.

  • 8/21/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Tue 8:00am- 6:00pm Wed 10:00am- 6:00pm Thu-Fri 8:00am- 6:00pm Sat 9:00am- 4:00pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Cash, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Center City, Washington Square West