Harare Salon Experience – Get the right products at your hair salon (3/3)

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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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13 comments

  1. I loved this series of posts. A very enjoyable read and extremely informative too. Its shocking what we have to put up with at the salons we go to.

  2. very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep up the good work

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  4. [...] my hair. When I moved back to Zim (in the middle of the economic mess), I had an encounter with a hairdresser who’d obviously mixed something into the relaxer to make it go further; and for the first time in [...]

  5. Oh my gosh, just today I went to relax my hair for the first time after joining the HHJ – so I told the stylist just to relax my growth, and he was asking me why and that my hair won’t grow if I just relax the growth.

    He seemingly was following my instructions until half way through when he decided to relax my relaxed hair!!! Honestly I was so angry at him and even clicked my tongue at him.

    The only good thing out of this experience was that I had coated my strands with coconut oil before I went to relax. And that is the only thing that seemed to help me.

    Stylists really need to learn how to do hair, or if they can’t – they must listen to the customer!

    1. Bitter Sweet chaiyo! I’m so sorry you went through that, but glad you had semi-prepped your hair. :)

      1. caren · ·

        hie pro, can u apply coconut oil before you go for a retouch?

      2. Yes you can. Coconut oil is like any other moisturiser. Just make sure you place a lot of it on the hair that’s already processed

  6. I really enjoyed reading these posts. I was in Zim this August and I went fully prepared with all my products. I went to a regular (cheap) salon frequently but I made sure I let the stylist know what I wanted and the results were great. I was just really happy to get a break from doing my own hair and I love roller sets but can’t do them myself. I paid about $6 each time (because I had my own products), so I was really living the good life! Thanks so much for these posts!

  7. Grace · · Reply

    I live in Harare and i haven’t been in a hair salon in about a year but when i did go, everything they used on my hair was my own – the shampoo, conditioner, combs and even rollers. i was cheeky enough to take with me a jar of honey too but because my hairdresser introduced me to it, she really didn’t mind. The tricky part though why i haven’t gone to her in a long time is that, good as she is, she lost her caring nature and wanted to fit in as many clients as possible in her day since she was “renting a chair”. Money became her motivator. Haven’t found anyone better so i might just go back to her for those essential visits.

  8. Hie Phro i guess this experience can be a Catalyst for you to open a Hair academy or something of that sort in Zimbabwe, i guess this way they will be a shift in the industry with this valuable info..Any plans towards this request??

    1. Hi Amanda,

      Thanks so much for speaking into my life. There are a lot of plans that I believe will impact thousands of people … I do appreciate your support :)

  9. Hair Experts · · Reply

    Good post,

    but what about when a salon improperly takes out your weaves or braids-and they cause your hair to get very tangled and matted. should you have asked them if they know how to use the take down remover technique before sitting in the styling chair?

    A lot of hairdressers blame the client. Is that the client mistake technique taught in cosmetology school.

    Why is it so hard for hairdressers to apologize and seek out a solution-especially if they are clueless on what to do.

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