Now this is the last in a group of postings about the Harare Salon Experience. I’ve talked about a bad experience I had, a better one, and this post really consists of how to protect yourself from a bad hair dresser.
Now, this calls for a bit more boldness from you my ladies. If you want to make sure you never experience my Day ONE, there are a few things that you will need to adopt.
1. Pre-poo before you get to the salon
If you have coconut oil at home, drench your hair in it, and tie a pony. By the time you get to the salon and wait your turn, you’ve done a mini pre-poo to prepare your hair for the shampoo.
2. Bring your own products – Know what’s in your hair
If you’re not sure that the salon has the products that you know work for your hair, don’t be ashamed to take your own. Ask at reception whether they are ok to use your shampoo and conditioner. (if you really are scared, just look sheepishly at them and say, you have a sensitive scalp, no one can resent you for that – well not publicly anyway)
Yes even your own relaxers (as I hear that at times salons don’t use the right amount of relaxer, lie about the relaxer they’ve used on your hair, or use the knock offs).
Where they’d usually put that wax on your hair and scalp, ask them to use your trusted coconut oil instead (make sure it’s melted before you get there).
2. Bring your own combs
I’m sounding a bit pedantic, I know, but have you seen those combs?! Your stylist’s last client may have had a contagious skin disease. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to find out the hard way.
3. Talk to your stylist
The days of remaining silent should start coming to an end ladies. It’s time for our voices to be heard. If you’re not comfortable with how a person is doing your hair, let them know. It needn’t be in a harsh tone, just an informative one.
If your scalp is burning because the relaxer has been on for too long, let your stylist know.
If your stylist is overlapping with the relaxer, let her know to keep the relaxer ONLY on your growth.
If she’s harshly rubbing your scalp, instead of massaging it, let her know.
If she brings out the wax for your scalp, hold out your castor oil and boldly say ‘please use this instead, and sparingly, a little goes a long way’.
All I’m saying is we’ve always known that not all stylists go to ‘hair school’. So if it’s clear that they don’t know how to treat our hair, let them know that there is an alternative and that is what you require. The future of hair care will only change when we start being bold and take pride in how our hair is taken care of.
It’s sad to know that stylists take more care of the purchased 100% hair, rather than the 100% that our ancestors gave us. I want to change that … the journey starts with you though.
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