I tried Signara Hair Braiding for the first time today for small shoulder length box braids and it was an extremely positive experience.
Inside Salon Plaza on Rockville Pike (discovered a waxing/threading salon there as well)
Stylist was on time, pleasant, easy to talk to and understood what I wanted
Braiding was fast! (About 3-4hrs max)
Cost was average at $180
This is a third try for me as far as finding "THE" braiding salon and the third time just might be the charm. I was able to make an appointment for the next day which was great. The stylist helped me decide on a hair color (pulled out everything she had so I could check them out). There was another stylist that came in to work on a client's hair and she was just as pleasant, professional and talented. Although the stylists spoke French to one another they still made conversation and included the clients-- for me that was extremely nice to see as most braiding salons have you just sitting there while everything goes on around you and communication can be sometimes limited.
Another highlight was not only the speed with which the stylist braided but how neat she was. After trimming the stray hairs from the braid she applied a wonderful smelling mousse then dipped and misted the hair with a nice oil/sheen spray. I appreciated the attention to detail and the quality of the work.
While the salon space itself is small and not "fancy", everything seems to work well for the stylists and run on time. I'm very happy to have found this salon and will def make another visit.