Perched in the pulse of Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood Florida is a hair care gem that has been my home since my sophomore year of high school. The owner who’s name is on the moniker, Dilcia, plays the role of caring mother to all of her clients.
“There is a difference between hairstyles and haircare,” she said with sincerity.
One step into Dilcia’s Haircare Salon and you are met with something that surpasses a polished image. You are greeted by a space that is packed with culture and heritage.
“Lia, make sure you get pictures of the dolls. Those are very important,” Dilcia warned with a mother-like authority in her voice. “Do you want to know why she doesn’t have a face, Lia?”
I watch her closely and nod my head as she begins to speak.
“It’s because the women in the Dominican Republic are so diverse. Everyone looks different.” The diverse faceless clay dolls are placed through out the product wall behind Dilcia’s welcome desk in her salon.
“There are a lot of hairstylists who are willing to just style your hair and send you out. But that isn’t what we do here,” Yovanna Aguasvivas (which translates to ‘living water’) chimed in. “We want to make your hair healthy. We deal with clients who have lost their hair due to extensions or getting their hair over-relaxed. So hair care is a must for us. Our motto is that this (hair salon) is an arsenal that belongs to the clients.”
Much like the dolls that fill Dilcia’s salon, her clients are all very diverse.
“ We treat every client like family and we work will all kinds of hair: natural, relaxed everything. We have had clients for 20 years.”
So with such a loyal customer base, the mother-daughter-duo wanted to share a few pieces of advice about haircare with Worthy readers.
1. Know your stylist
“There are three different types of stylists: The ones who only do your hair for money, the ones who do hairstyles and don’t treat your hair and stylists who do hair care. A stylists who practices hair care will keep your hair trimmed regularly, offer deep conditioning treatments as well as protein treatments on a consistent basis,” according to Yovanna.
2. It’s all about energy and it all takes time
“Your hair is like a plant it has energy and it takes time to heal and rebuild.”
3. Trends are ok but haircare comes first
“While you are keeping up with the joneses, you have to make sure that you are treating your hair in-between the coloring and extensions.”