Kelly Elaine Inc. A Curly Hair Salon and Such

Pittsburgh, PA
4.3 / 26 Reviews

Kelly Elaine Inc. A Curly Hair Salon and Such

Pittsburgh, PA
4.3 / 26 Reviews

Kelly Elaine Inc. a Curly Hair Salon and Such, is Pittsburgh's premier and only curly hair salon. Our belief is to be inclusive not exclusive. Our atmosphere is relaxed yet professional. A bonus of an appointment with Team K.E.I. is that you will be taught styling techniques in order to duplicate results at home. Our stylists are not only trained technically but are also trained artistically. Team K.E.I. look forward to guiding you along your curl journey.


Our Certifications

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Deva Advanced Stylist

Completed our hands-on Level 2 course, featuring advanced cutting and color techniques

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  • Deva Advanced Stylist

    Completed our hands-on Level 2 course, featuring advanced cutting and color techniques


Devacurl Services


Stylists at this salon

Victoria Nicholas

Deva Advanced Stylist
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  • DevaCut
  • Pintura Highlighting
  • DevaCurl Transformation
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Kelly Anker

Deva Advanced Stylist
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  • DevaCut
  • Pintura Highlighting
  • DevaCurl Transformation
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Reviews

Awesome experience

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by Crystal on SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
Service Received: DevaCut

I got my very first Deva cut! Janaya did a awesome job! I absolutely love it. She was very helpful and informative with showing me techniques to style my hair, and making suggestions as to what products are best for me. This was one of the best things I have done for myself...and I’m so very glad that I did!

Best experience in a hair salon ever

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by Sherry Podobnik on FEBRUARY 03, 2018

First off, Kelly is a artist! She is so skilled at her craft that it is mind blowing. I am OLD. My hair story isn’t. A childhood of little bows in a mass of totally out of control hair....The salon experiences from ‘don’t have a clue’ to ‘pay a lot, put up with our snooty atmosphere and still walk out looking like Medusa attached to an electric socket’! Finally had enough. Just let it grow...and grow....with a little manicure scissor snip now and then. Looked in the mirror one day. Saw the frowsy, insane looking bag lady looking back at me and caved. Well hell! Who knew? There were salons dedicated to curls. I called Kelly Elaine’s based on the reviews I read and spoke to Danielle, who might be the nicest person I have met in years. My appointment was life changing, everything about the salon is genuine. Especially Kelly! She is a master and a power house! Honestly, it is an actual honor to be a part of the family. That is how The Whole experience feels. She is serious about pleasing her clients and serious about her art. She is fun! (Not in that annoying ‘make idle conversation’) but in a really loving, accepting amazing way! I am so thrilled with this salon. I am so thrilled with Kelly and her staff. Best of all, my hair is beautiful. I love my hair!

Won't Trust My Curls to Anyone Else

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by Maria on JANUARY 30, 2018

I've been coming to Kelly Elaine Inc for nearly 7 years. I wouldn't trust my curls to anyone else! My hair has never looked so good and I get compliments all the time. I love the atmosphere in the salon...here, I'm not "just another client." I'm treated as a friend. I've gotten to know Kelly over the years and I can honestly say that she not only cares about my hair, but she cares about me! The customer service I've always received here has been excellent. It was sad to see Victoria go as she always did my color, but Kelly recently hired Janaya - she's done my color twice now and I know I am in EXCELLENT hands with her. Already I feel comfortable with her cutting my hair if the occasion ever came up. If you're on the fence, please give it a try. This salon is Worth. Every. Penny.

Finally love my locks!

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by Carol on JANUARY 29, 2018

I grew up hating my naturally curly hair, luckily my 2 daughters have nothing but love for their curls! Kelly takes the time to ensure you understand the products and makes sure each curl is happy to be a part of your hairstyle! She makes sure that your experience is top notch! The salon often holds special events to promote products or share general curl love. I am glad that we have a place to call home and know somebody is looking out for our locks.

Awesome Salon All Around!

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by Arlene S. on JANUARY 27, 2018

Kelly has been with me each step of my curly hair journey and I fall more in love with my curls after each visit! Kelly is truly a artisan, cutting curl by curl. I love my “misfit”hair which is wavy and curly hair. My favorite part of Kelly Elaine Inc. is the awesome education you receive. Her haircuts are investments, but they come with one-on-one education and Kelly has even answered my burning hair questions on a weekend in her Facebook group. Also, the new receptionist, Danielle, is super knowledgeable and fun. She has suggested great products for my hair. During my last cut, Kelly used new techniques she learned in a class. She always is bringing new techniques and skills. Oh, and the salon just has an amazing energy. I always leave with a smile! You won’t be disappointed!

Refusal Of Service

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by A.N.T. on JANUARY 01, 2018

First time appointment, mentioned I thought my curls could use a little extra attention during the final style, and Kelly's response when I mentioned scheduling follow-up? "It would be in your best interest to take your curl journey elsewhere."

Leave with WET Hair

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by Lisa A. on DECEMBER 24, 2017

Kelly rather her clients leave with WET curls or some left over treatment than style clients with a finished look. Kelly overbooks and on the usual has her own her curls unsettled or matted beneath a hat. Her hair is no more a few inches long but no time to style? Red flags ladies and gentlemen.

Zero Professionalism 0%

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by Sarah Savanah on DECEMBER 23, 2017

Scheduled an appointment months ago for an especially special date on January 31st 2018. Today, Saturday December 23rd 2017 I receive a text message to my cell phone stating my appointment has been cancelled. I reach out for confirmation of this as it seemed highly unprofessional, especially the timing right before the holidays, without any email nor any call what so ever. I receive a reply back from Kelly confirming this cancellation on Facebook, stating she decided she was not the right stylist for me, no reason further a simple refusal of service delivered right before Christmas Eve. I attended Kelly's salon prior, she had no issue scheduling this return appointment months prior. My appointment was for a Deva Cut Shaping & Deep Conditioning Treatment. No extravagant request made, nothing beyond Kelly's capabilities was requested. Beware, Kelly judges without rhyme or reason, she may cancel on you with short notice. Any reasonable stylist is booked out further than a months notice. Kelly obviously needs work on her professionalism & demeanor.

My hair looked HORRIBLE!

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by Karen Kahn on SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

I have hair that's somewhere between wavy and curly. The cut was awful- I have these random blunted pieces.. Also, Kelly's styling was atrocious for my hair- weighed it down and made it look revolting. I think if your hair is extremely curly/kinky this cut/styling works but it definitely doesn't for my kind of hair. Curly hair isn't one size fit all, regardless of what Kelly thinks.

Worth it

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by Dina on JULY 25, 2017

After trying my first Deva Cut at a salon in Warrendale in February I left feeling unhappy and not confident with the deva cut I got. So I took the recommendation of my friend who goes to Kelly and took the plunge. It was pricy and a 40-45 minute drive for me but it was well worth it! I had my appointment with Victoria in Mid May and she helped me through learning I was using too many products and still using some products that had silacones (the safe ones) but none the less still silicones. She also taught me how to use less product and achieve a better result. Victoria cut my hair beautifully and when I walked out I felt very good. I switched to the recommended innersense products which I love and my hair is looking amazing. Also Kelly and Victoria are always there to help you through the journey. I'm looking forward to my next appointment next week!

I never thought my hair could look like this!

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by Suzanne on MAY 16, 2017

I've recently decided to embrace my curls and make the change in styling my hair. Until I met Kelly I truly thought I would just have to live with unruly and messy curls/ waves. Not so anymore! Kelly talked to me about my hair, lifestyle, current products, and my expectations. Then she walked me step by step through styling and what products I should be using, and how to apply them for my best curl. I'm not going to lie, I was scared the next day to do it myself but I did exactly what she showed me and my curls are amazing! Great shape, no frizz, perfect!! Thanks Kelly, I've never been able to do this without your lesson!

Basic....

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by LAJG on OCTOBER 26, 2016

I expected more for the price. Pros: Taught me 2 things I didn't know about caring for/styling for curly hair. Cons: Price--i thought very expensive for a curl lesson. Was surprised I wasn't asked questions about my hair--what products, how I style it etc. Time spent- I thought it would be more of a one-to-one time, meaning for the price I paid was expecting the stylist to JUST work with me. Another client was worked one the same time pets--there are two pets there- very well behaved but don't think its very sanitary anyway to have pets in a salon. I do love pets too...... I just expected more and the drive was very lengthy. The products chosen for my hair made my hair look greasy. I have learned from this experience that I like my hair straight, its much less work. I do not plan on returning as I will be wearing my hair straight 50-80% of the time and if I do choose to go curly, i have the knowledge base already gained from online curly hair sites and youtube.com

My first custom curl cut

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by Maryann Martin on AUGUST 26, 2016

Kelly Elaine Anker, at Kelly Elaine Inc., a curly hair salon and such, gave me a Dry Custom Curl Cut, Styling Lesson/Curl Boot-Camp, and Product Recommendation. It was quite a learning experience. Kelly knew my hair properties from feeling my hair. She gave me a cut that made my curls defined and springy. She created a custom styling routine that fit my hair's needs and she demonstrated it to me so that I could learn how to do it myself. She used hair products that my hair loved. When I left the shop, there was no frizz and my hair felt and looked beautiful.

"I was staring at your hair"

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by Dani Moss on MARCH 06, 2016

I am IN LOVE with my hair! People literally have said that they were staring at how cute my hair looks. It feels good, I feel good, I'm excited to see how it grows and to play with it! Thank you so much, Kelly, for being an artist and using your skills and talent to cut my hair. I love that you take the time to talk with me and consider my curls systemically: lifestyle, preferences, products, routine, etc. You are a gem! Victoria is a gem and my color is awesome! Your shop is the cutest and just a fun place to visit. I am going to believe that I manifested finding you, because about 8 years ago I remember whining about my unruly hair and exclaiming, "I just wish an artist would do something with my hair!" Well, I have found 2!

Should have come sooner

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by Dorothy on JULY 09, 2015

I have been looking for a salon for a long time. I was really hoping for something closer. That was stupid. Even though I may spend 45 minutes getting there - it's totally worth it. Victoria made my curls look better than they ever have. She worked miracles with my trifecta of problems - I'm old (#1) with long (#2), curly (#3) hair. My husband was speechless when I walked out.

Great first experience

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by Jane on JUNE 17, 2015

June 9, 2015 was my first experience with Kelly. I must say she made me feel welcome and gave me so many tips to enhance the curls I have. I was amazed when I left. Victoria was pleasant and helpful, too.

Excellent!

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by Krystyn on MARCH 25, 2015

I got my first hair cut and style from Kelly today and was amazed at not only a great cut, but how my hair was styled. It curled up perfect and had life again without being stiff from product. She also gave me all know-how to do it myself so I can continue to style my hair with the right products! I will be recommending Kelly and Victoria to all my curly friends, because these ladies know whats up!

Run, don't walk

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by geisgeiscurly on FEBRUARY 20, 2015

There is NO OTHER stylist in Pittsburgh who has training like Kelly and Victoria. Not only do they have multiple certificates of training, they're constantly researching new product lines for us, AND they have an artistic eye - a crucial 3rd aspect to this. You can't just be good with curly hair...you must know it - inside and out - like an artist knows their canvas! They are true masters. PLUS they'll customize your styling routine for not only your hair, but your lifestyle! Us curly girls have baggage - you know we do - and they're also skilled with dealing with that. Sit back, have a glass of wine, talk hair like it's the most important thing ever, and enjoy your shiny locks. It WILL make you feel better to know that you have SOME control over your hair. GO TO KELLY ELAINE INC! Run, don't walk.

Look no further, Go see Kelly now!

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by Kim on FEBRUARY 19, 2015

My first cut with Kelly was in January of 2013, and it was the best decision I ever made. My hair has never looked so good and has been this healthy! Kelly and Victoria are so knowledgeable about all things curls, from the cut, to products, and the how to do your hair after you leave the salon. I love that I can have an idea of what I want and Kelly makes that happen but even better! Thank you for giving a fantastic hair cut everytime :) I

best haircut ever!

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by judith on FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Just returned from my first cut & color @ Kelly Elaine's. My hair looks so much better and after Kelly and Victoria's step-by-step instruction I feel empowered to fix my own hair at home. Thanks ladies!

finally!

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by B on FEBRUARY 05, 2015

after cutting my long wavy hair short, I found my usual stylist just didn't understand what I wanted. After burning my ear on a flat iron, my google search found Kelly! I feel like I am encouraging my hair rather than fighting it

Finally Fell in Love

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by Lisa J on FEBRUARY 04, 2015

After a lifetime of strongly disliking my hair and ten years of having my daughter walk around with a head full of frizz, we were introduced to Kelly & Victoria at Kelly Elaine inc. They are AMAZING!!! I never ever liked my hair. Now, I LOVE my hair!!! I feel beautiful!! Thanks to Kelly and DevaCurl! Plus, the salon has such a fun and welcoming atmosphere. I get there early and stay after my appoinments just to hang out and relax.

excellent

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by curlystar on FEBRUARY 04, 2015

I love how Kelly and Victoria will truly listen to what I want and, also, listen to my long history of curly horror stories. They understand the angst that accompanies cutting and caring for curly hair. Kelly and Victoria continually and patiently walk through the steps to achieve great hair!

Thankful

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by Marsha V on FEBRUARY 04, 2015

I found Kelly Elaine Inc three years ago and it was the luckiest day of my life!!! Seriously, she is a fantastic stylist, great person and super talented. My hair has never looked better and I look forward to going to visit and cut my hair done....Kelly isn't just my stylist she is my friend. Even my husband tells me my hair has never looked better. I have wavy/swavy hair.

worth it

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by lisa on FEBRUARY 04, 2015

Go to Kelly. She will bring out the best in your hair. Just go. Longer version: I'm what people around these parts call a yinzer. When I moved to Pittsburgh in 1996, I found my neighborhood salon, my neighborhood dentist, my neighborhood drugstore, my neighborhood gas station—you get the idea—and that was that. Yinzers know that the stuff in their neighborhood is at least as good as, if not better than, anything that requires crossing a bridge or going through a tunnel. So I resisted driving ALL THE WAY (16 whole minutes!) to Verona. This was true even after I went to an actual Devachan Salon in Soho while there for business. But I'd go and then decide I could get by with some other salon, regret it, and go back to Kelly to fix the damage. This went on for three years. Finally, I accepted the fact that Kelly just does it better than any of these other people. So convinced am I that I now set up my next appointment for about the time that I would normally experience hair rage and get it chopped off impulsively in frustration, so I don't do that any more. My hair looks great, and it stays that way for months after my cut. So go. Go see Kelly and see how much better your hair is.

Great!!!!

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by Sheila on FEBRUARY 04, 2015

After years of "blow frying" and flat ironing I finally found my savior! Kelly and Victoria are supportive and always ready to help. At my first appointment Kelly recommended products and told me to wait 3 months for a cut....No charge! How many would do that?! It's always a great time whether stopping for products or getting "the full treatment"!

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