Dreadlocks by Randi
151 Ridge St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 260-8118
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Bike Parking: Yes
Price Range : Average
By Appointment Only: Yes
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Randi, seemed slightly abrupt on the phone at first, but then she became more approachable as the conversation went on. However, I decided to give her a try as I never "wrapped" my locs (which she highly recommends, no wonder, as it costs a whopping $200), and I was fairly new to locing (only had my locs in then about a year).
When I arrived I noticed and was slightly apprehensive to find she had her surly girlfriend in the wings upon your entering her establishment. I felt a little like I was being slanted against, before she ever got to see, or know me. I am glad my teenaged sons came with me, one waited in the car and the other escorted me in. Once I felt safe enough I had them both to wait in the car. Randi and I then had our consult which again seemed a bit obnoxious, but I always give person time to show who they really are.
Therefore; I saw her every three months for about a year, and over time she showed her character, and it was not one I would aspire to, or recommend associating with. On occasion we talked, and she would indicate some of her troubles (we all vent). (But 'Karma'; if you follow that sort of thing, which I don't, but in this case I couldn't help but say, "hmmmm maybe", being the person you are is attracting pain and difficulties into your life, Randi.)
Let's talk about Randi the person: On one of my visits I asked her to allow me to leave a very small but really "cute" advertising box for my Mary Kay business in her shop (which she said she wouldn't mind). However, upon my return for my regularly scheduled appointment she explained that the cleaning lady might have thrown it out?! Lol. The way my 'facial box' looks, and where she had placed it in her shop, this could not have been mistakenly discarded. She threw it out herself, or She told the cleaning lady to do so. So not nice, I would even say mean!
Now, let's talk about Randi the loctician: I won't lie when you leave your hair looks okay (nothing to rave about, but I was fairly new to locs at the time); and well, this wrapping thing does takes care of the frizzies. But "wrapping", doesn't deal with caring for the health of your hair. And before you come for each appointment you have to wash your hair?!; that really threw me, I mean isn't that part of the service a loctician is to provide for a client (especially at $200 a pop)?, but as I said I gave her a shot.
Randi's seems to be a person who is self-centered, crude, shallow, and even a bit hostile. I have never returned, and never will. I certainly advise against stepping into her "dungeon", much less sitting in her chair. To say her hair care skills are lacking is generous at best. If there was anyway to rate her a (-)5 I would have.
Sigh ... what a waste of time and money, I trusted you Randi ... REALLY?! You did nothing for my hair .... NOTHING!
If you love your locs and need a good loctician?, it's definitely not Randi, don't do it to yourself. Run ... hide!
I wish the best to whomever reads this, love always
I have read all the negative and positive reviews and my advice to those who complain is in life u will not get every thing perfect all the time. I live upstate and for twelve years my hair was abused by beauticians who claim to know about locks well they were dead wrong it wasn't until i found this well educated women who saved my BEAUTIFUL Hair. Yea she can be a little strong in her personalty but i am not their to date her or get in her personnel life i am straight up about my hair and what she continues to do to help my hair so on that note don't go find some one in ny who is better.Good luck.( PATRICK)
03/11/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I'm a frequent traveler who has been to many places and encountered different people within the customer service realm but recently I had the pleasure of meeting the two most amazing professional females. Dreadlocks by Randi is much more the a Lock salon, Randi goes above and beyond for her clients and the environments makes you feel like you've never left home. It's clean professional and caters to the client in the chair my dreads took 15hrs an it felt like just another day spent with friends. I truly appreciate the chance to meeting her walked in as a client and felt that I walked out with new friends and AWESOME/AMAZING dreads. Many can try but highly doubt they would come even close to Dreadlocks by Randi.
03/10/2012Provided by Citysearch -
What can I say about ""Dreadlocks by Randi"" besides that it?s the BEST IN THE CITY and maybe even the country in my opinion. Randi has a personal touch that makes the work that she does priceless. For her it?s not about the money it?s about the quality and she won't let you leave until she feels she's given you her best. Randi takes a pride in the dreads that she creates that is unmatched. I went to get dreadlock extensions to my shoulders and the work took 15 hours. The conversation was engaging and her personality will keep you smiling the whole time you?re in her chair. Being there for that long I got to see some of her other clients come and go and they all have nothing but love and praise for their loctician as do I. I absolutely LOVE MY NEW DREADS and I couldn't imagine letting anyone else handle my locs from now on. THANK YOU RANDI YOUR ONE OF A KIND.
12/08/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I got off the plane from a WAR ZONE and into Randi's chair. After conversing by email and phone, having her adjust her schedule several times to accommodate me, finally i was there. In a foreign land once again because I am from SC. Randi re-constructed a ripped up situation. I mean my HAIR. My locks were a DISATER. From stress and just living in a war zone for 2 years. She went to work and now my hair looks great. She was very polite and patient with me as i kept falling to sleep, because i was so tired. She made my hair look FANTASTIC!
What was the best part, was after her job was finished she made sure i got home safe! to me thats more than a stylist, thats a GREAT PERSON! Thank you Randi, I wish you much success in everything you do!
10/15/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I've visited Randi's shop several times a year and had no problems. She was nice but notice from her phone conversations her personally can be gruff and intimidating so understand what Indian Princess may have experienced. As far as her work, it was okay but not great. Unfortunately she's the only one in the area that does that kind of work so lots of people go to her. The work can be expensive and sloppy at times. Every time I leave the shop I have to do home maintenance but she doesn't charge me a lot and my locs look pretty good overall so don't complain. I only go to her if they break. I did find her website misleading. the hair is not 'human' and she has never used any of the products mentioned on my hair. Also noticed the unprofessionalism - profane language and constantly on cell while doing hair. Since I only visit several times a year deal with it. I go to her because it's convenient but would not recommend her.
09/22/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I am looking for someone to reattach my locks and a friend told me to read these reviews before I make up my mind and take a leep of fate with Randi. I cut off my locks because I could not find someone to do them well, but I really miss having my locks and want them back. I am worried because someone menshoned on an earlier page that this lady asks for reviews here. Her work on her website looks grate, but I am enclined to beleive that she does ask for reviews and some of these people are her friends. Reviews about her hands dancing across their scalp, looking forward to laughing with her again, or her answering a calling are a little over the top and gushing for them to come from strangers. I want to beleive that she does work majic but some of these reviews are a little too much to be beleivable. Its almost as if they are love letters or fan mail to her, and not direcshons for readers. One person says she's a client for 10 years in other words, a friend and another one gushes how they felt at the end of the night after being in her shop. I dont no if this is they way to be sure but these dont seem like normal reviews. So if anyone can help it would be good before I make this big life style change and end up dissapointed.
I have been a long standing client of Randi's for the better part of a decade. When I first came to her shop, in the spring 2002, my fledgling locks were holding on by a thread - literally.
I started my locks myself in the fall of 2001 and decided to quit smoking cigarettes at the same time. (Brilliant right?!?). Hence, I had the worse case of ""hand-in-locks-itis"" ever. My locks were frail, on the verge of breaking off and suffering from serious over-twisting.
Randi, patiently and professionally saved and re-enforced my locks. She carefully and thoroughly explained to me how to care for them and I have been elated ever since.
As a professional singer and entertainer, appearance is very important in my line of work. People stop me constantly; everywhere I go and compliment me on how beautiful my hair is. I've even gone so far as to hand out Randi
Randi you did my loc extensions, in August of this year, as the days go by they are getting softer and softer and looking more natural as time passes.Everyday I get stopped by someone complementing me on my locs, and asking how long Ive been growing them.They cant tell Ive had them for a little over a month.I look forward to laughing with you in the shop and you twisting my new growth in the near future.
08/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I am thrilled with the beautiful work Randi did with my locks on my daughter's head. Yes, that's right I said ""My locks were used as extensions to my daughters head of uneven and split locks. It was amazing to watch her do her magic one by one carefully selecting only the locks that were either weak in the middle, shorter than the rest or frayed on the ends. Randi gently crafted a renewed longer stronger lock. Each was an invisible blend of my daughters 12 year old lock with my 10 year old locks that I cut and saved over 6 years ago. The result when she finished was remarkable. Both of us left with a smile as my daughter walked away with nice even locks draped down her back. I beam with delight whenever I wash her hair and think to myself ""My locks have a second chance! thanks to Randi.""